Well, I've been using my poulan pro 33cc trimmer with a hedge trimmer blade, and finally decided I needed a dedicated gas hedge trimmer. The poulan pro has earned its keep, but wanted a quality piece of equipment for the job. Enter the Stihl HS81t. It wasn't cheap, but in using it over the last week on boxwoods and a few other hedges, it cuts like butter. The T model has the faster blade speed, and for finish work, this hedge trimmer does very well. It has the pivoting handle, but im still undecided if that's a plus or not. Time will tell, I can see how it makes for better ergonomics, but at the same time, I have to wonder if handle strength will suffer.