I know that there have been several posts regarding this already...but figured I would share some general feedback on our recent experience with these blowers. We need some new blowers so recently I bought the echo and also a shindaiwa...we had also a brand new redmax to use from a friend to see which we liked best. These of course are all their top models that they currently sell. They are all good blowers and work well...but the general consensus goes to the Echo. They all like that one the best because it seems to do the best job as far as blowing power. It also seems lighter. The shindaiwa we may try a different tube configuration to see if that changes anything...as this one on paper is supposed to be the most powerful. But as of right now, we will be buying more echo back packs next spring.