The time has come that i need to upgrade. Im looking forward to purchasing a new trimmer and backpack blower. All the big brands (echo, stihl, shindaiwa, redmax) are offered within 5 minutes of my house so dealer support isn't so bad. With so many choices it seems whenever i think i have my mind made up, I find another one that seems better. So basically Im looking for the most powerful blower I can get at the best deal I can get. My stihl dealership is really firm on their prices but I got him down to $480 for the br600. My echo dealer has the pb-755 and I got him down to $430 for that, although i havn't heard rave reviews on it like the stihl it does offer a 5 year warrentee. As for the redmax and shindaiwa I havn't looked much into price for them but the shindaiwa eb8520 seems like it is the most powerful out of all of them. But it seems everyone like the redmax 8001 the most. Which lo and behold is probably the most expensive. Trimmer wise they seem to all have great features. Mainly im looking for a trimmer that has a solid shaft (strait shaft also) and is reliable. In all im looking to try and keep it all under $750 for the blower and trimmer. What should i get?