just starting out and looking to buy my first piece of real equipment. my dad has a poulan and a cheap curved shaft weedeater for around our house. the poulan pooped out last week and I just don't feel like running the weedeater through 15-20 residential yards next year. our local dealer has a brand new echo 225 for $219 plus taxes. I like the way it feels but I couldn't find any decent reviews on this machine by searching lawnsite. we also have a stihl dealer in town, thinking maybe a fs90 is comparible??? but its defintly more expensive and im not made of money yet. thanks. im leaning more towards th eecho anyways because of great dealer support and ive heard stihl auto heads are a PITA to re string.