I went to look at both of them yesterday. I liked the way the Echo felt but didn't like the exhaust being on the left side. Probably a bigger concern was the cutting blade. Maybe I'm crazy....but the Stihl looked much stronger, less flimsy & better. Much more substantial! I've read opinions on the units but would like your feedback on how you feel the 2 blades stack up/hold up to one another? I need to purchase by early next week.