Dead might not be 100% true but it needs a new gas tank, won't start, and runs like crap when it does run. If I can find a gas tak it will be approx $45.00 so it is not worth fixing. It got homeowner heavy duty use with more than 75 trees, and 30 fence post to trim bi weekly. Time for a new one, but I do live in the middle of no where Wyoming. Honda looks interesting with a dealer 150miles away, Stihl is available 130 miles away, Husky right in town. No Tanaka or Echo. Could I risk Tanaka with no ealer within 300 miles??? How about the Honda only 150 miles away. I know they each have their strong and weak points. I'd like them to start, not on the first pull necessarily but at least within 5 pulls orso, and not need to go to the dealer every year. Would also like to be able to put a solid trimmer on it. What do you guys think.