I need to get a new backpack. I have always loved the echo blowers. However, lately, I have not been having good luck with my echo equipment. I just had to put a new engine on an Echo trimmer (warranty work thank goodness). Now I am having to replace a carb on my echo backpack. This blower is 4 years old and I have already put two carbs on it. They don't make this one anymore. Go figure. So, now, I am wanting to switch. I am pretty much down to the Kawasaki or the Stihl. And no, I will not go with Echo again. Any thoughts on the Kawasaki vs Stihl?