I don't know about the rest of you guys but as far as I'm concerned all of Echo's power tools are just as good if not better than Stihl w/ the exception of their chainsaws. Over the the winter I bought all new Echo blowers, string trimmers, hedge trimmers, etc..... I have been using both brands for years and I really think that Echo is the top of the line for commercial use. I have had to do almost no maintnence on them for the past three years. Don't get me wrong I am not knocking Stihl at all, I'm just saying I think you get more for your money with Echo. What do you guy's think?