I've been looking into various trimmers and already did the search on here and found reviews featuring almost every brand and model... Currently, I'm using a *GASP* Ryobi.. Damn thing cost like $110 and I haven't been able to kill it yet. I use the .80 Echo cross-fire trimmer line and it does fine (so I think). And being it's just trimming and not brush-cutting it really does ok.. Thing has to be 8 years old or so, it's the 775r model which is a straigt shaft trimmer, 31cc 2 cycle engine that has a 17" cutting path. Now the kicker is that over time, I've picked up the various attachments. The 2 that I do use are the hedge/shrub trimmers and the tiller for loosening up small areas of soil for seed, etc. It also works fine. What I'm wondering is this: I also had a Crapsman blower.. Decided to "upgrade" and picked up a Redmax EB7001. I couldn't believe the difference between the 2. I had no idea blowers were even made that strong... <G> So I now know the value firsthand between homeowner and commercial grade equipment.. Will I get the same kind of benefit between a Ryobi trimmer and a commercial grade one? The problem is that on the blowers, the specs weren't even close.. It was like racing a Corvette against a Hyundai. <G> For the trimmers, the Ryobi specs actually seem to be in the general ball park as the other made trimmers.... Actually it's a 31 CC engine against others that are like 25.4, etc.. So go figure. <G> Note that I always trim and then I use the split-boom part of the Ryobi and turn the head 90 degrees so it's cutting up and down and I use that to edge. I've gotten very good at it and I know there is the huge debate about string edging vs metal blade edgers, but I string edge for now, none the less..... So, what model trimmer should I be looking at in particular? I *THINK* the most popular votes are : Stihl FS-85rt (is that the correct model for split-boom?), Shindaiwa T-260 or T-270 and the Redmax SRM-2410.... Anyone have any first hand experience with any of these or any other model to strongly recommend? Thanks!