It finally showed up Thursday. I'm going to get right to it so here goes... The plastics on it do appear to be cheap but I think that has to do with the finish on the plastic. All of the other trimmers I've ever used or seen had a glossy, very shiney finish. The plastic on this trimmer has a satin finish. The plastic otherwise seems to be sturdy enough to handle everyday abuse. I put the trimmer head on it, real simple. It took 15 seconds. I put the handle on it, again simple, took 1 minute. I've read reviews on this trimmer where the author complained about poor assembly instuctions. If you need instructions to put a head and handle on then maybe you should be buying from a dealer. I found the On/Off switch. It similar to the switches on Stihl's hedge trimmers. Not a slide switch like most trimmers I've seen but a rocker switch. It shouldn't be a problem. One of the nice things about this trimmer is a lack of a throttle safety. You just squeeze the throttle and trim. There is no safety to push down. Although they are not that hard to operate on other trimmers, they can be a pain in the butt sometimes especially when you invert the trimmer to use it for edging. The choke lever seems kinda cheesy and small. It's well protected but it could be difficult to use with gloves on. It should have been designed so the choke is open when the lever is down, not up. In most cases, if the lever is going to be bumped it will be bumped down, not up. The way it is now if it is bumped it will turn the choke on, not off. The primer bulb is remote mounted from the carb and on the air filter side of the engine. Easy to use even with gloves on. I pulled the air filter cover off and was somewhat disappointed. The air filter is the worst I've ever seen on ANY machine. Ever! It is a flimsy little foam piece of crap that goes all of the way around the air filter cover. It is severely lacking in support at a bunch of spots. If you live in a dusty area where the air filters tend to load up with dust quickly then daily maintenance of this filter is a must. If the filter starts to build a restriction due to dust buildup it could easily collapse due to lack of support. Once it collapses then it's just like not having an air filter at all. In the picture above you'll see an engine sticker. Notice the 300 hour Emissions Compliance Period. That is the highest that the EPA has for small handheld equipment and the same as any other commerical piece of equipment. I didn't pull the covers off of the engine but I did look at them. The engine is well covered all of the way around. I do see a problem with the main engine cover though. Tanaka chooses to mount the spark plug at the top of the cylinder. I've always thought this was a poor place and in most cases, not required. The problem is that there is a huge fairing sticking up to protect the spark plug and wire. The way I use a trimmer requires me to rest my arm there especially when I'm one handed trimming. This fairing is right in the way and it sticks me in the arm. My Stihl FS 80 trimmer has the same type of fairing, although not as high as the Tananka is, and I ended up cutting it down to make the trimmer more comfortable to use. I can easily see me cutting this Tanaka fairing down and soon. A couple of notes on the muffler. This muffler has the tinyest exhaust I've ever seen on a piece of hand held equipment. It is round and just a little over 1/4". You must either use a lean mix fuel/oil ratio or run this trimmer wide open all of the time. I can see this tiny port becoming clogged up quickly. Also, the spark arrestor screen is not removable. It is inside the muffler and there is no way to get it out. This is another spot that could quickly coke up. The screen also appears to only be spot welded (and not very well) so you can expect it to come loose and rattle around at some point. The gas cap is in a bad place. It could be next to impossible to get off if you're wearing heavy gloves. I couldn't get my fingers all of the way around it and if overtightened I can see a person having trouble getting it off. It's not that bad but it could be better. The recoil handle is large and easily accessable. Tananka gets bonus points for not screwing this up. I filled it up, primed it and it started right up. Right out of the box it needed adjustment. It was idling so fast that the trimmer head was spinning. I turned it down a bit. It has a lot of vibration no matter which idle it has. I revvedit up a bit and it just didn't feel nice and smooth like my Shindaiwa T-230s always have. Remembering that it comes with .095 from the factory I decided to switch to some round .080. Removing the trimmer line spool was easy enough. It has 2 tabs that you push in and is very similar to Stihl's AutoCut head, just not as large. The spool came out easy as did the .095 trimmer line. So I would have a good idea of how much .080 line to put on I measured the .095 with my tried and true method. Arm lengths. 1.. 2.. And a half? I get about 8 on my Veri heads. Since my .080 is smaller than the .095 (duh!) I pulled out 4 arm lengths to put on. Just so you know an arm length is about 5-1/2 feet. This means I'll be reloading twice as often with the Tanaka trimmer head. I'll have to get a Veri head for it since this is unacceptable. The spool has 2 seperate sides for the length of trimmer line. You find the center of the length of line, fold the line in half and one half goes on one side, the other goes on the other side. Easy enough to do. After you've wound your line on you normally slip the line into slots in the little tabs on the spool so it holds the line in place while you put the spool back into the trimmer head. The problem is the slots are too big for .080 and the line wouldn't stay. You have to hold the line while reassembling the trimmer head or else the line comes back off of the spool. A pain in the a.. for sure. So I got it put back together and picked the trimmer up for the second time. I want to say something about the weight of this trimmer. A lot of guys like a lightweight trimmer. This has got to easily be the lightest trimmer I've used since 1980 when I had a electric trimmer that I had to drag a electric cord around with. Since the electric trimmer was basically just a handle, shaft, tiny electric motor and trimmer head it weighed next to nothing. So I scaled my Shindaiwa T-230, the Tananka and my Stihl. Bear in mind that this is being done on a household scale. I stand on the scale, see what my weight is and then pick up each of the trimmers and see what the increase is. The Shindy is around 10-1/2 pounds without fuel. The Tanaka is about 10 pounds with fuel. My Stihl FS80 is around 11 pounds without fuel. Then I put each of the trimmers on the scale by themselves just for grins and giggles. This time I just put the powerheads on the scale and left the trimmer head sitting on the floor. I came up with about the same results as far as weight differences go. The Tanaka is clearly the lightest of the 3 trimmers even though it was full of fuel. Sweet. This concludes the end of my First Impressions Review of this trimmer. It has some things that MUST be addressed before it can be a true commercial trimmer. Namely the sad, sad air filter and the trimmer head. I won't be able to test it's true power and abilities until next year since most of my southern grasses have slowed down growing to the point where it's not a challenge to cut them now.