Went into a local dealer today. I needed to get a trimmer and always wanted to try out the Kawasaki KBL26A trimmer. This dealer had the unit on sale for $429 Canadian. They're normally $499. After trying out the model, I liked its light weight and figured a 25.4 cc engine would make for a nice trimmer. I also know that the KBL26A trimmer has been discontinued. So, before deciding to buy it, I asked the dealer how old the unit was. He said, it was a year old. Trusting him, I bought the unit. I took it out to trim a few places and I was impressed with the unit's light weight and balance but not too impressed with the lack of power it seemed to have and the short length of the shaft which makes me have to bend down at times. My Shindawia T230 seemed to have more power and it only has a 22.5 cc engine. After finishing up the lawns, I went to change the string in my new trimmer. While doing so, I looked at the Kawasaki label on the trimmer and to my shock, realized that the trimmer was manufactored in 1999 rather than the 2005 my dealer had said. So, I ended up paying almost $500 for a trimmer that's 7 years old even though it's never been used. I know it's under warranty and everything but I still feel foolish for not having read that label before buying.