Well I pulled up local dealers on the internet last Monday with plans to go by and pick up one of the new 8000 model Redmax blowers. I called all four of them prior to going only to find out that one dealer no longer carried the Redmax brand, one dealer didn't seem to know they had a new model, one knew about it but didn't have one in stock and finally the fourth one had one unit. So I went to the dealer that had one and tried it out and also tried the 7001 model as a comparison. Both created about the same air speed but the 8000 model easily moved more material due to the larger air volume created. So after trying them both I said I would take the 8000 model. Needless to say this is a very small dealer working out of a utility building way off the beaten path. So after driving 30 miles one way he now tells me that he does not take plastic. I am not standing there with $529.00 + tax in my pocket so I leave there with nothing. I still plan to get one but now I just have to make time for another trip. Nice unit though.