OK. I just started up my own lawn business thing. So far it's going OK, but I've decided I need a stronger, more reliable trimmer. My current one is a homelite easy touch. It cuts great and I've had it for years, but its a gas trimmer that starts up with a rechargable battery. Unfortunately the battery is going bad. So I went to Home Depot yesterday and bought an Echo GT-200R. I used it today and I really don't care for the comfort of it. It seems too small and I really hate the huge shield. Also it doesn't seem any more powerful than my Homelite. So I'm going to take it back. I was wondering what I should exchange it for? Are the Toros and Ryobi any good? I want something really powerful for under $200 that will not let me down. Also I'm thinking about getting a bump spindle spool weedeater, I haven't used one in years. Do they work better these days? And are the straight shaft trimmers any better? They seem really long considering I'm only 5'6". Thanks! Also if anyone in the DFW area needs a good employee with a lot of experience, let me know. I speak good English and have plenty experience in the hot texas sun.