I'm in need of a stick edger and although I would like to get a stihl it's not in the budget for this year and will have to wait until spring so I thought I'd go with an echo to hold me over. I've read all the negative post about the PE 200 and usually listen to experience but if i can pick one up for $150/$160 (has been demo'd once and sitting on the shelf at a little country dealer for almost a year) would it be worth it as a temporary solution assuming that i would cut one side of the guard to make it like the new open face echo's, i assume this may help a little with it's lack of power.. Or should I just say no? If so how about the PE 230?? new and regular price $289.. I've also read somewhere that I shouldn't bother with this model due to lack of power.... One plus over the PE 200 is 1.5 cc more but it says it has their new pro-torque gear case which delivers 20 to 30% more torque, wouldn't this 20 to 30% percent make a huge difference and be enough to get the job done? I'd have to have them order it so it would be hard to demo it and then not take the unit, that's exactly how the PE 200 ended up sitting on the shelf, dealer says they only sell one edger every one to two years and I'm trying to build a good relationship with them and don't want to stick them hence my dilemma and the long post for such a little machine.