I’m new to the Shindaiwa line of products. But I can already tell you, this Won’t be my last purchase either. I wanted to stay away from the Big-box-Store products, as they don’t seem to last very long. So in researching my next grass-trimmer, I found the Shindaiwa line of products kept getting high-praise on many online forums. After doing my own research, I decided on the T254 grass-trimmer. Even after only 1 hour of use, I can feel the quality of this product. The ease at which this machine runs & cuts, Shindaiwa has a superior product over Anything sold at the big-box-stores. I have learned (the hard-way) over the years, don’t skimp on buying a top quality piece of equipment, for maintaining your yard. I look forward to many hours, months & years of use from my new T254 & the next Shindaiwa product I will be purchasing soon. Dave, Carver Ma.