I started business this year and have been using a buddies Stihl FS90R. The unit has worked flawlessly for everything I have thrown at it. I have been looking at buying my own and thanking my buddy and giving his backup unit back. I have looked all over the web for "the best" trimmer and have come to find out it's the old Ford VS Chevy VS Dodge Pi%$ing contest with no REAL findings to backup their color product they use! I am looking at several perimeters 1) what my local dealers I am near and like to use. Nothing is more horrible that dealing with a dealer you don't like. I am basing the data sheet as the starting point using the Stihl FS90R due to the experience in using the unit. String trimmers: Weight: displacement: fuel capacity: price: Stihl FS90R 11.7, 28.4, 18oz, $319.95 Redmax BCZ3060TS 12.19, 29.5, 24.3oz, $399.95 Shindaiwa T282 13.4, 28.9, 25.4oz, $389.99 Husqvarna 430LS 11.2, 29.5, 23.7oz, $409.00 Echo SRM266 12.5, 25.4, 16.6oz, $309.00 *PRICES WERE FOUND EITHER ON MANUFACTURERS SITE OR INTERNET PUBLISHED SITES. LOCAL DEALER PRICES MAY DIFFER* So far using this metric if I were to find the one that uses the highest placement, weighs less and holds the most fuel it clearly goes to the Husqvarna. The problem my local Husqvarna are a bunch of tools! The other problem I have there is only 1 Hasquvarna close to my working area. There are 4 Stihl in my area 2 of which I have a good relationship with. Redmax and Shindaiwa dealers are way out there.That takes them out of the running. This takes me to the Echo. I have no dealings with this dealer and never ever been in his shop. If I were to shop using my wallet the Echo would be on my truck right now! So, what have I think my decision will be, The Stihl not due to the color, price,displacement or dealer but, rather ALL of those metrics. I can use the other dealers to beat up on each other on price. What am I buying SERVICE and ease of getting it fixed when it breaks. It's a mechanical device and they ALL break regardless of what name brand is on the side of the unit. If anyone has any other things of real merit as apposed to "my color machine is the best just because" would be greatly appreciated.