After 12 years of using nothing else, I'm finally calling it quits with echo power equipment. In the last several years quality has definitely decreased, they're using more plastic and cheap metal, and nothing is lasting much more than a season. In the last yearalone, I've had a nearly new blower definitely lose power, all 4 tabs holding the back pad on fall out, the starter mechanism fail, and two trimmers have gone south. One with a season on it seized up and I can hear metal parts rattling around inside. Starters keep breaking, Trimmer spools wear through the bottoms frequently, and they're telling me I have to buy the whole trimmer head, not just a spool. Apparently they prefer to sell $24 heads instead of $10 spools. Just about every unit gives me more problems than in the past, and I'm tired of it. Once is chance, twice is a coincidence, three times is a quality problem. And no, it's not the operator. I use the same fuel and same techinques I used for the first 10 years w/ few problems. Who has suggestions for a brand that is reliable and well built, for a trimmer that is roughly the same weight as my old SRM 2400's?