My 8000 was recently stolen and am looking at the BR 600. The specs are better for the stihl from the manufacturer. Redmax 688 w/pipe 943 w/o stihl 712 w/pipe 1012 w/o. not sure what the stihl is going for but im sure they gotta be close. anyone running the stihl? what do you guys think? i loved the redmax but am not partial to any name brand, just performance!