the gas can is not the only reason i picked the stihl. have u ever tried a stihl and if you have, have u noticed the 4+ pounds of weight difference between the two. thats a reason i picked the stihl as well. Also there are two stihl dealers near me and one echo and they are doing away with the echo. around here i see about 30 stihl backpacks to every one echo or redmax or kawasaki. maybe where you are it is different but because i saw how many people bought the stihl that persuaded me as well. echo 2 cycle is not popular with lcos here i guess i have echo trimmers and they are great but their blowers i have never tried. how is the vibration of your echo? on the stihl it is greatly reduced having the housing seperated fom the back panel and straps.