I find my self in need of a professional hedge trimmer, due to increasing requests from my customers. I need something that will do a good job in the least amount of time. I am looking at a Sthil HS 80 with a 30" blade or an Echo HC 180. I have both Sthil and Echo equipment and like them both. My nearest dealers (important to me) are Sthil (1 mile) and Echo (10 miles). My Sthil dealer is top notch and will bend over backward to make it right for his customers. Gee maybe I answered my own question ?. Well any way, what are your suggestions and or comments.