ECHO PAS-230 multihead trimmer
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ECHO PAS-230

Highlight: It has a five-year warranty, two to three years longer than its competitors' warranties.
My two cents: "The engine never stalled or overheated, even when trimming tall,wet grass."
Tool stats: 8.7 pounds, 22.8cc engine, 10,500 rpm (maximum), 7.5 in-lbs of torque; does not accept other brands' attachments.

Price: About $270 for the engine
String trimmer (about $90): 4 stars
Pole saw (about $190): 3½ stars
Tiller (about $190): 2 stars
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