After planning, all winter long, on switching from my Echo 2601 and Tanaka 230 trimmers to the Kaw KGT27A -- I have to say I'm really disappointed. First thing off is I have put Edgits on all 3 trimmers. The Kaw is rated at 10.2 lbs. Yet it feels at least as heavy and also less ergonomic than my Echo 2601. And comparing those two trimmers, the Echo simply feels much more comfortable to use and seems smoother, better throttle response, etc. And the Tanaka is DEFINATELY a 10.2 lb trimmer! It feels much lighter than the Kaw. I owe Tanaka an apology for even THINKING of switching to Kaw! The Tanaka is SOOO much smoother and ergonomic. Do I need to put this thing (the Kaw) on a scale?? I have a feeling that Kaw is doing what Shin does -- listing the trimmer weight without the guard or the head. At least Shin tells you, although you sure have to look for the fine print. When Tanaka lists the trimmer weight, it's ALWAYS with the guard and the head. The Kaw is either getting returned to the store (I bought it about 3 weeks ago) or it'll be for sale here. At this time, I'll be carrying the Echo and the Tanaka 230 trimmers. Sometimes I need the more powerful Echo to run the Edgit.