As some of you read, I had been using a RedMax 2300 demo. There were some things I liked about it, but overall I was rather un-impressed. So I returned to the dealer and swapped it out for a BCZ 2600S demo. So far after 1 day in the field with it... LIKES: I really like the head.... (same as the one on the 2300). I like the grease zerk on the gearhead... (same as the 2300) I really like it's starting manners... (almost the same as the 2300) What I mean is it will crank at idle and run with the choke on, and you can flip it off. I also like the throttle lock... (same as the 2300) but wish it was infinately variable. I also really like the power and screaming revs of the Strato-Charged engine. I also like that it is designed to run a few more inches of line over the 2300 bone stock. It's smoother than the 2300 as far as vibration. Compared to the 2300, the performance is WELL WORTH the extra weight. A day has not been long enough to find any more likes. DISLIKES: The Strato-Charged engine does not start worth a dang. It does start every time just fine, but takes several pulls. The Strato-Charged engine is like an employee about getting the work started. Bitcheeeee! It takes it a while to get going after you start it up. It has to idle a minute or two before it's ready to work. Although it has the same size guard on it that I loved so much on the 2300... It DOES NOT mount the same way and CAN'T be rotated around like the 2300. The guard itself is physically the same, but the gearbox has an extra tab on it. The guard mounts to this tab instead of using mounting hardware to attach it to the shaft tube. Although it is smoother than the 2300, it is not super smooth. It does create some vibration you can feel in your hands. I've felt worse though, and I'm not sure this will be an issue. To end here before using it some more, I would like to say that my first impression of it is that this unit DOES fall into the same class as the Stihl FS85's I've been using. It's a competing model at the same engine size and around the same weight. It seems to be a nice unit so far... but I could tell right off it's no Stihl FS85. It's certainly ample for commercial use... But it is not as smooth (vibration wise) or rugged as the Stihls. The FS85's are EXTINCT though... (and I have one out of comission) So I'll run this unit a few more days and we'll see how it goes!