Lately I have gotten alot of requests for hedge trimming,most of them seem to be bushes that are 7-10ft tall,All I could find to rent was a regular gas hedge trimmer,which really didnt work that great.I am now looking for an extended reach hedge trimmer,regular weed eater shaft with hedge trimmer type.I looked at the split boom systems from echo and stihl,but the hedge trimmer attachment alone is around $200.,and I think the power unit is around $300.Im sorry,but that is ridiculous!!! I looked at the permantly mounted weed eater type units(echo SHC 261,I think)Basically lowest end model was around $300. and the high end with articulating head was $575.!!!!! Does anyone know of anyone else that makes these type of hedge trimmers(like Homelite,poulan pro,etc) I know these units are not comparable to stihl or echo,but for doing maybe 2-3 hedge jobs every other week,it would probably work allright. I would never spend $575. for a hedge trimmer!