My area recently opened up a new Shindaiwa dealership. They also deal hustler, scag, husqvarna, billy-goat, and am leanard so I don't think they are going anywhere. I currently use all steel power equipment (blowers, weed eaters, trimmers) I am really interested in the shindaiwa trimmers & weed eaters. If you had dealer support in your area would you choose them over Stihl? Dealer was telling me how the blades on the hedge trimmers never need sharpened on the shindaiwa's, I don't understand how but I think thats pretty badass if true.