Don't know if anyone else has tried these out yet, but thought I'd give my 2 cents on one I bought about a month ago. I originally planned on buying a 260. My dealer showed me this funny looking new trimmer called the 251E. I'm usually game for something new, and for the $100 savings on the 260 I figured why not. Power wise, I'd say the 251E is comprable to the 260. Echo redesigned the grip/throttle. I give them a D grade here. I don't care too much for the new operator presence lever, as it's recessed a bit and doen't always stay down as well as the 'older' design. The new grip is also a bit larger in diameter. I might try to retro fit an older grip/throttle assembly to the new trimmer for better operator comfort. The plastic around the power head has been rededigned as well. I give them an A here. This trimmer has addressed the burnt arm issue quite nicely. Finally, this thing is definitely heavier. Still, this is the trimmer I find myself using more frequently because it doesn't burn my arm. My ocassional helper still prefers the 230 due to the lighter weight and more comfortable grip/throttle. BTW, don't say 'shoulda bought a red max'. I have a kick a** dealer that know's how to take care of their commercial customers.