I believe I have begun my 6th year. I own 2.6 acres, of which 1.75 is bermuda lawn and some shade grass. I have a sidewalk, driveway, trees, street, etc. My GT-200 is still going, and I mow and trim about every three days. I take pride in my yard. The trimmer starts like clockwork. 3 pulls, 4 max. I was so sold on my ECHO that I have collected other products which I use regularly, with no problems. You get what you pay for. I have a CS-400 chainsaw, a blower, and my trimmer. If ECHO made a car, I would trust it too.