I am looking at buying a Shin T2500 trimmer that my dealer has from a buy out a while ago. I believe this is last years model, but it is new/never been used. He wants $286 for it. What do you think as far as the price and the trimmer in general. Also, if you run this model or any Shin trimmers do you remove the gaurd? I am sick of my Echo crap, it may find its way to the dump next year and be replaced by RELIABLE equipment.