I made myself go give the RedMax blowers a "fair shake" today. After doing so, I'm somewhat glad I did. Although my back has been killing me (just recently) I guess my back has actually gotten a lot better. The reason I say that is right off I noticed I did not mind the 7001 near as much on my back as before. Plus the 8000 which was like an absolute NEVER didn't seem so much like a big off-balance counterweight on my back like it did before either. But after checking them out, here are some of my random thoughts... ***** The 8000 is NO QUESTION the heaviest blower that's ever been on my back and it is CERTAINLY noticeable heavier feeling than the Echo 751. Specs say the 8000 weighs less than the 751, so close you should not be able to tell. Either the specs LIE or the 8000 is laid out badly. On a side note, this 8000 had the waist strap. Wish I would have had good instruction on how to use it best. ***** The 7001 is way lighter than the 8000. Feels almost in line with the BR600, just not as well balanced out. I like it a lot more now than I did when it first came out. I think the thing is that I am a taller guy and not huge by any means but thick through the shoulders and chest. So the bottom of it hits me higher up on the back. That's what I notice anyways. On a side note, I have steep boxer/puncher shoulders. I think that's why I don't use backpacks unless they are needed. ***** Personally, I haven't noticed a massive difference in power really between the BR600 and Echo 751. Both are nice and the lighter weight and tighter design of the BR600 is a plus. But I like the Echo too for other reasons and find it close to as comfortable. I really have myself wondering how the RedMax units measure up to the BR600 and 751... With the size of the 8000 and the weight, it should be a monster and be stronger. But looking at the specs, I have a hard time believing either one does really. The reason I have this doubt is that RedMax rates their CFM 'WITHOUT' the tubes and the MPH 'WITH' the tubes. I found some ratings on the BR600 and Echo 751 'without' the tubes and they are well beyond both RedMax units. EB7001 = 742 EB8000 = 943 PB751 = 1260 (620 with) BR600 = 1012 (712 with) Most blowers seem to rate at like 300 CFM less if not more 'with' the tubes. For that reason I have doubts about the RedMax blowers. **** Well that sums up some of my random thoughts. Who here has one of these RedMax units AND a BR600 or 751 too?