Ok, so this is my first post, but I have read quite a bit over the past month or so. Next year I will be going from part-time to full-time, and have a good plan to at least double my current customer base. Anyway, I need to get a good backpack blower and a good pair of hedge trimmers. For a weed trimmer, I have a Stihl FS85RT and I know what people are talking about with the hard starts, but its not that big of a deal, usually only takes me 3 pulls and once its warmed up it runs great. Now for the questions. From what I have been reading, most people think that Echo or Redmax is the way to go for the blower, and I have also read good things about the Redmax hedge trimmers. The only problem for me w/ Redmax is that the nearest dealer is 40 miles away. I have a Stihl dealer (if i go w/ Stihl hedge trimmers) that I is about 1/4 mile from my apartment and an Echo dealer about 8 miles away. Is the equipment close enough in quality that a 40 mile drive vs. an 8 mile drive plus any applicable downtime would not be justified.