I have been researching trimmers like mad over the past few weeks and I am down to a few options: I really really like the Husqvarna 326L and 326LX trimmers. To me, they are the nicest ones available and extremely light and powerful. They are only 9.9 lbs or it may just be 9lbs. Either way, they are very light and wouldn't fatigue you at all. However, they are $300 and its hard to find it cheaper. (Northwestpowertools.com has them for cheap, but shipping is high). They are a little high. I also like the Shindiawa T230 trimmers, they are a little heavier (but also seem heavier duty), but they are only $260ish. I would get that new 4 cycle one, but its $300+ and much heavier than the Husqv. I also like the Redmax trimmers. They seem the heaviest duty out of the mix, but have a wierd shield on them and are a little high. I have had trouble finding a good deal on them online too. They have a composite shaft model that is really powerful and light, but I bet it will be too expensive. I kinda ruled out any Echos, I don't really like the one I have and the new ones are the same and have the worst shield design I have ever seen. They are also really heavy for today standards. Maruyama makes some decent trimmers, but none of their trimmers stand out to me and I can't find an online deal on it either. My last option, is to wait for my Echo to get out of the shop, it is supposed to be getting the ignition replaced for free (lifetime warrenty of shaft and ignition). However, its about 4 years old and may not last too much longer no matter what. Anyway, sorry for the lengthy post. Hopefully you guys can show me where I can get a good deal on some of these options and give some good advice about them.