Just got a Redmax 7001 (499.00 +T) Wanted the 8000, but dealer was going full retail plus, at over 700 bucks. Oh well-only-game in town, and a Walker dealer with massive ego & terrible customer skills. Back to the ?-- Does the blower get a little more powerful after break-in? I read folks with the 8000, seemed to think theirs got better. I mean it's OK, but I was expecting even more power. Also what octane gas do you mix. Manual says at least 89. My stihl equipment likes high octane. Hey thanks for all the great info from the brilliant minds here at LS.