I'm a homeowner looking for a new string trimmer for my personal use. I have a normal run-of-the-mill tract house, but I still want a decent trimmer. I purchased an Echo GT-200R from HD about 4-5 years ago. I've never been completely satisfied with it because of its lack of power. Granted, I don't do any heavy trimmer, and the lack of power was really a mental issue versus an actual physical hindrance to getting the job done. So when the GT-200R ceased working recently, I wasn't too upset at the though of replacing it. So I've been doing some looking in local stores as well as researching online, and I've narrowed it down to a few. I'm looking for suggestions to help me make my final decision. Budget is around $200, and I want to buy at a local store. Here's my short list, along with notable pros or cons that I'm aware of. Kawasaki KTFR27A. This is Kawasaki's residential trimmer. Has a good size commercial engine, but has a "3 bearing residential gearhead". Not sure how this type of gearhead compares to my other choices. Also has braided steel cable drive, which does not bother me. $199 from local dealer. Tanaka TCG22EASSLP. Smaller 21cc motor. 7 year consumer warranty. Don't know much else about this trimmer, but I've heard that Tanaka makes good equipment. How does the power compare to my current Echo? $199 from local dealer. Stihl FS55R. Big motor. Legendary Stihl name, but I've read that their reputation has gone down over the last few years. $220 from local dealer. Echo SRM-215. Not too impressed with Echo based on my previous trimmer, and this looks to have a similar sized motor. Dealers say that this one is better, but they can't necessarily say that I'll be happier with the power. Also, this unit just seems a little over-built to me, meaning too much plastic and they tried to make it look too pretty. $199 from just about every equipment shop + HD in the area. That's about it for choices. So what do you think?