For starters, if all things were equal, I'd pick the Stihl. However, I REALLY want the scissor blade--called Twin Turbo on the Kawasaki and Landscape on the Maruyama. The only equivalent is the Reciprocator on the RedMax, but that isn't a multi-tool. Plus's for the Kawasaki (http://www.kawpowr.com/pp/MultiTask.aspx): Cheaper, not sure how much yet Has a 3' extension for the pole pruner and hedge trimmer. Other Kawasaki notes: 26.3 cc, no power rating, 8.8# for the power unit. Hedge trimmer seems to be 20", not clearly specified. No rotary sweeper Plus's for the Maruyama (http://maruyama-us.com/products/multicutter-systems/mc3021-sb/): 30cc, which also turns out to be their lightest 12.1# for the power head with standard string trimmer; that is lighter than many 23cc units. Hedge trimmer is 24" Rotary sweeper with a variety of different wheels (flaps standard) available 5 year commercial warranty. I'm not commercial, but that implies it is made to go the distance. Other Maruyama notes: Dealer network? Not in NJ yet! Although they have longer units available in other markets, the pole pruner is only 2.5' and a pole extension doesn't seem to be available The power unit is ONLY available with a string trimmer, which I wouldn't really need. I need to trim around trees and shrubs, and really prefer the blade rather than the string. These two systems seem to have the same accessories. Are they interchangeable? If so, some of the accessory 'issues' disappear. No one seems to know. Thanks for you advice, David P.S. I'll probably have this for 10+ years, so $100 one way or another isn't as important as having a machine that vibrates less and has the attachments I need.