After a long period of researching and borrowing equipment, I finally bought a hedge trimmer today. I ended up with a Stihl KM 90 with the articulating hedge trimmer. I was planning on getting a FS 90 and switching out the gearbox, but the dealer pointed out the advantages of the Kombi and it was too good to pass up. I tried it out on some of my own hedges today (which were long overgrown). The 28.4 cc engine was a beast and handled them perfectly. I have no regrets at all and am glad I went with a Stihl. Over time, I am planning on an edger, trimmer, and BP blower. Total cost was $545 with tax and a free case of oil. Pics coming soon!