I bought the New BR 600 today. Dropped $500 after taxes. What do I think of it? I'm amazed by this machine so far. The fit and finish is very impressive. There's nothing out in the open to get snagged. Where there's a lot to get snagged on the Red Max. The gas lines are out in the open on the Red Max, as well as cables. There's nothing like that on the Stihl. The Stihl is more comfortable on your back. Its lighter and because its closer to your back it feels lighter then it is. I feel as though I bought a state of the art well engineered machine....so far. I was final able to compare it directly with the Red Max 8000 on large piles of wet leafs. The Stihl dose better then the Red Max. I was blowing side by side with my helper and I was getting more more leafs moved then he was. I was using the Stihl BR 600. We switched blowers and now he was moving along faster then I was. The Stihl was better at getting leafs out of tight places such as a stone wall, or prickers. I think an important difference in the two blowers is the nozzle outlet. The Stihl has a tapered outlet witch concentrates the air. The Red Max has a strait tube, so the air isn't as concentrated. Both blowers probably make the same amount of air. Today, the tapered nozzle of the Stihl was doing better then the Red Max 8000s wider outlet. I bet the 8000 would do better then the Stihl on dry leafs because of the wider nozzle outlet. But not by much. The new BR600 even has that twist when you give it full throttle like the Red Max does. If the Stihl BR600 continues to run like it did today , then I feel it is a better buy then the Red Max 8000. iv had nothing but problem with my Red Max. The BR600 is brand new, so I may feel differently about the machine after it has some hours on it. To all you Red Max guys, just remember its only my opinion. An opinion is like a rear-end. Every one has one and they all stink.