Everyone always asks which trimmer is the best. Since I have used many different brands I will give you all my VERY unscientific results of what I have liked and didn't like about each. Least Favorite to Most Favorite 5. Echo - pro's - starts very easily, smooth throttle, quiet, durable, light cons - not enough power, difficult to refill spool 4. Husqvarna - pro's - starts easily, smooth throttle, quiet, light cons - "ok" power but still lacking, hot spots which burn your arm, not long term durable 3. Stihl - pro's - mediocre to good power, durable cons - slow to start, mediocre power, somewhat noisy 2. Redmax - pro'a - tons of power, easy to refill spool, quick change spool, large gas tank, comfortable grip cons - VERY cold natured, heavy 1. Kawasaki - pro's - starts easily, good power, easy to refill spool, quick change spool, light cons - grip could be more comfortable, gas tank too small Keep in mind that this is my observations over the past few years and the observations of my employees. They like and perform best "overall" with the Kawasaki's. However, we always need to keep a Redmax around for the really tough jobs. This thread is not meant to start a huge "Chevy" vs. "Ford" debate. It is just my thoughts.