well I just got back from looking at both the Stihl BR600 and the RedMax 8000 series and I like various things about each blower. The Stihl is certainly lighter although it looks cheaper too. The RedMax looks heavy duty and heavy is a good word for it. I am not sold on the Stihl having everything covered and I am not too sure about the spring mounting. I am also not sure if here in Michigan I would be plagued with static charge shocks that I have heard the RedMax is known for. The Stihl has that problem taken care of. I do like the bigger gas tank on the RedMax although the dealer says the Stihl is more fuel efficient. The same dealer sells both brands so service and parts won't be a problem. It is almost a flip of a coin to choose which one is best. I really can't find one single thing to sway my choice one way or the other.