I've been reading on hand helds for the last... five hours or so. Reading everything I could find. Now for every brand etc. I could find there would always be a couple people who would say... this brand sucks. After 2 months they just don't run right, carbs always not working blah blah... got me thinking... All these brands (commercial quality) make products that are very very close. It would follow that if keep in good order they should last a good while. So is it really all in the maintenance? There are slight variations from brand to brand. A lot of it seems to just be the color. So just select the gimmick specific to each brand that you prefer/good dealer near you. Take care of it. BAMO! Long lasting machines. In reality if you use good quality oil. Good gas. Keep the engine clean. Than any quality brand should last and serve its intended purpose.?