I just found these forums this evening and I'm happy to post my questions. I'm in the market for a pole pruner and wondered if you've used them? I'm hoping for reliable moderate to heavy use. The local equipment dealer sells and services Echo and Stihl so all else being equal these brands start with an advantage over the Husky. The Echo, model PPT-260 looks like it would best meet my needs primarily due to it's reach of 17'-8" with the optional 5' extension. The fiberglass body is a nice feature although I have no intensions of using the saw near power lines. It has a 25.4cc engine. The Stihl, model HT 101, has a reach of only 11'-6". It has a 31.4cc engine. The Husky, model 326P5X, has a reach of 16'-0". It has a 24.5cc engine. Attachments aren't considered in my decision as this tool would have only one purpose...to prune while I'm standing on the ground. Price is not an issue either as all of these are priced between $550 and $600 which is not enough of a diffenence to influence my decision. Have any of you used the Echo pruner? Would you recommend it? Thanks in advance for your replies and advice. Moderator, please move this thread if you believe I'll get more replies in another forum.