I just picked up a new Redmax 7001 this weekend and I am so amazed with this blower. It is absolutely awesome. The 8000 was out of my price range and from what I've read here, many guys are also very happy with the performance of the 7001. So if anybody out there is looking for a new blower, definitely check out Redmax. One thing I'm curious about is how many hp is this blower? My dad and I were trying to compare it to his Giant Vac with a 5hp Briggs. We were just trying to get a good comparison. Anybody out there know?