i talked to my dealer last week only to find out that echo has boughten out shindaiwa. i almost cried.... he said thats why theres no updated catalogs or new trimmers for '09, OR the new eb8520 blower that was supposed to come out.. its all because echo is like redesigning the shindy look. so its gunna be a totally different look on all blowers and weedeaters etc.... in my honest opinion, i really dont like echo's. they seem cheaper, cause they're from home depot. but i know some of you on here would strongly disagree with me. but then again i havent even used one, so i might be missing something. who knows... thank god i got a T-230 when i did. im tempted to go and buy a T-260 that they have left over for $300.00. owell.. thought i'd share some info.