Well I bought a $159 weed eater edger which at the time I didn't know anything about the crap that weed eater/poulan/electrolux puts out. I went to change the blade and inserted a screw driver in the gearbox housing hole as recommended by the manual to give something for the blade to press against as I turned it. Crack. The plastic gearbox housing shattered and pieces of plastic flew everywhere. Good grief. Now I know better. Thing is I really liked the 'flat footed' design it had - I could just wheel it along with no worries at all. I've looked at Stihl and Echo as I know they're both very reputable brands, but to my surprise they look like nothing more than string trimmers with an edging 'attachment' at the end - even though I know it's not detachable. They just don't look very sturdy to me... or stable, for that matter.