I picked up my new string trimmer this morning. after using it all day I have to say i'm very satisfied with use on day one. The first tank of gas was a double mix which held the rpms back. after which I filled up with 40:1 mix and it took right off. as expected with the name Dolmar it has more then enough power and speed. the weight seems a little heavy for 12.5 lbs, but with the strap it very lite. the balance is very nice as I was using it with one hand. its was very easy starting, i never used the purge bubble. it also has cruise control mounted on the handle with the on/off switch. the choke is very easy to operate. I wasn't happy with the string that came pre wound on the spool, I changed it to Husqvarna Titanium Force after the first job which took all of 2 mins to load. I can't believe this machine is cheaper then the echo SRM230 let alone the SRM260. I paid $210 plus tax, which I could have got it $10.00 cheaper if I would have drove 40 miles. but I like my dealer and his service and we all have to eat. I'll keep you all updated on this as I use it. if you have any question please ask. Dolmars web site has this model listed as a 4 stroke which it is not. It is a 2 stroke.