My Echo long blade single side H.T. needs sharpenong. I was cuttin the podocarpis and it just pulled/shredded into the leaves! Looks horrible, and will take a month to grow out the brown shreds in the leaves. It will do just fine however,on hibiscus,panaks,etc.. What do you do for sharpening? Takes time to do each cutter and I have tried with marginal results. Maybe go to the dealer and spread the money around. He did not take me out to lunch and he never gave much of a price break. I am sure I helped pay off his Audi however! Love this buis! Mahalo! P.Y.S.