I've finally decided to buy a stick-edger and was wondering bent or straight shaft. I saw another LCO asking about one and the dealer made the comment "No matter what get one with a straight shaft..." Coincidentaly, these are more expensive... so I'm asking the pros. Are straight shaft ones THAT much better or was he trying to "pad his pocket" a little? I've had very good experience with this dealer over the last 10 years so keep this in mind. Echo and Stihl are my top runners. Thanks ya'll.