Alright, I have been wanting a backpack blower for next season and have been reading alot on this site about the different models and the power differences. I have come to the conclusion that its between the redmax and the Stihl. I'm the type of person that has to research everything until I feel Ive done all I could and then make the purchase. Well I feel like the Br600, the redmax 7001 and the new 8001 are what most people like and seem to have good and bad things about them but nothing is going to please everybody out there. We all have different body types and we are all individuals. Anyway, I talked to my dealer, actually the dealers tech who works on all the equipment that comes in and who's opionion that I really trust. He has no reason to lie to me because he does not sell anything and is very objective in his views. I just started in this business and he has been my go to guy for my questions after I have done my own research. The dealer I go to sells only Hustler and Redmax. I bought my Super Z from them and I bought a Redmax short-shaft hedge trimmer that I really love. Well after doing my own research I finally thought that I would give him a call and ask what his opinions on the Stihl Br600 and the new 8001 Redmax were. He told me that the 8000 are always in the shop for repairs. I said well I was under the impression that the new 8001 had all the bugs worked out and were a better machine. He said the are having the same problems with the 8001. I asked him about the Br600 and he told me that he did not like the new 4 mix and that the valves would have to be adjusted every year. He recommended that I go with the 7001 because they hardly ever come in to get worked on. He said they were pretty much bullet proof. After talking with him I now think I will get the 7001 Redmax. He told me I could demo the 7001 for a day and he would let me try out a 8001 in the parking lot but at this time they don't have an 8001 I could take out for a day. I just want a good dependable blower. I have no brand loyalty, when I buy something I try to buy quality tools. I know this has been asked alot on hear but I would really like to hear from you guys that use these models and especially from the 8001 Redmax users. Thanks for your help, Dave.