Went to a local dealer to pick up some spare parts and they had a Redmax model 8001 I think it was. I picked it up and the thing weighed a ton! Hate to have to throw that on my back all day. I am sure these things can take paint off a house but I have yet to meet a job that my lowly Echo PB-603 can't handle. Do you have to lift weights to qualify for buying one of these behemoths? Is it just me or is the "we build the strongest backpack blower in the world" race getting a little silly?