My echo has a fuel leak problem and don't have time to mess with it. I like it as a back up but I now have a good excuse to get a new blower. I really want a redmax and like the 8001. I have never used one but have used the eb7001. It was a little uncomfortable but had some good power. The dealers sell the 7001 for close to the price of the 8001 online. Is the 8001 the way to go? Texasmowparts, and nashville mowers, on ebay have the 8001 for 475 w/ 27.98 shipping, and 495 w/ free shipping. Any comments or suggestions are welcomed.