Just did a demo on redmax 8500 yesterday. Was a really wet and windy day. Had no trouble blowing wet leaves and pin needles. Will be getting redmax soon. I wouldn't buy a stihl from the 2 dealers in my area. Service sucks and they told me they can only order parts when they have a large number of orders. But I could get it quicker if I wanted to pay the shipping. What a joke. Not only that got a stihl edger this spring and had to get it fixed after a month. Will never buy a kombi anything again. Sorry about the rant. But when I spend good money on equipment I want it to last. And if I need parts can't wait on dealer so they can save a buck on shipping.