Hello all, new homeowner with a 1/2 acre to maintain in Southern California. My land is partial hillsides, and was poorly maintained while property went through foreclosure. I used this site to help me decide on which mower to purchase(Honda HRX217HXA). I saw a line trimmer at Costco yesterday, a Swisher E4-S3000. After researching the unit on the web, it seems to be a good deal at $250. Not sure I need this good of a trimmer, but I hate to buy stuff which is inadequate or fails prematurely, such as the lesser models of top quality brands made specifically for big box home improvement stores. Also, buying from Costco gets their unbeatable return policy. Would really appreciate some quick feedback as they only had about 5 in stock, and I would not count on more stock this season. Thanks to all who reply, and to all who helped me choose my mower.