Agreed. The BR420 and 380 have identical engines and power (56.5 cc's). The 420 version has larger diameter tubes than the 380, which changes the specs a little. The 380 turns out 181 MPH and 465 CFM's. the 420 turns out 172 MPH and 518 CFM's. The higher CFM's are better at moving wet and or heavy debris.Stihl BR380 is about the same price and about the same power. IT is about the most bullet proof blower around. Not say the Echo is bad, just say BR380 has years and years of perfect reputation. It is an old design which is a good thing.
The BR200 is a tiny homeowner blower. It isn't even as powerful as my SH85 handheld. Stihl is dropping the older 2 stroke designs like the 380 and 420, which is too bad IMO. A lot of dealers still have them on their shelves though, so have your dealer check with other dealers in the Stihl network for one for you (if you are interested enough). There's no charge to get one shipped from dealer to dealer, at least there's not supposed to be. parts will be around for quite a while since there were so many made.The only Stihl in my price range is the BR200. I don't see the BR380 or BR420.
For that, your best bet would be to call around to Stihl dealers yourself. Since Stihl is phasing out the 380 and 420, dealers will be more likely to be willing to make you a good deal on one just to get rid of them before inventory time/tax time, especially since it's the off seson.Well, how much is the BR380?