Been using Shindy for years, but you can't get the T-260's anymore only the T261's. I did buy a 231, junk. Anyway, we like the power and weight of the 260's, well at least I do the employess like the 230's because they are lighter, but the 230's are so slow in heavey growth. I also like the 270's, they are great when you need that extra power, but they do get heavy. So which Stihl would be close to the Shindy 260? We are using the Stihl 110 edger, and the br600's and the are great, so I think we will like the Stihl trimmer's as well. I just hate the silly gas caps.