I remember that they used to have a "coupon" to buy a 230 for 250.00 every year (haven't checked in a year or so) but the last time I looked at the BP blower @ my dealer it was like 460- +?
Shinds. are the way to go (to me).
I've got about 12 pieces of Shindaiwa equipment. I'll never buy anything else, as long as Shindaiwa makes what I need. I had a T-27 trimmer that I used for over 10 years before giving it to a friend. After 10 years I had the gear box re-built and a new coil put on. Their bullit proof.