It all started for me in 1984 when I bought a C-35 brush cutter to help keep the brush down on our property in Western Oregon. At $325 it seemed like a lot of money at the time, but in hindsight it was a very good purchase. I ran that C-35 as my only trimmer for the first twenty years before I purchased a T272X. With 26 years of hard use I have changed the fuel lines once. I have been so impressed with Shindaiwa equipment that I have taken to collecting it just for the joy of running all their different models. I currently have a fleet 7 brushcutter/trimmers. Shindaiwa may not be as popular as some of the other products out there, but I'll vouch for their quality any day.