In December I bought a Ryobi gas powered weed whacker. I have a 10 year old Ryobi electric trimmer and it has been excellent. It still works just fine. I just wanted to be free from the cord. I paid about $200 for the gas trimmer. I have been VERY unimpressed with it. Since December it has gotten about 3 hours of use. The rest of the time it has been in for repairs or sitting in my shop. First it was making a terrible metalic rattle. I took it in to the service center and they had it for about a month. When I finally got it home the problem was NOT fixed. I ran it for about five minutes. The rattle was still there. It died at idle and would not start. I took it in a few days ago along with a letter proclaiming my dissatisfaction. I got a call today and they said the engine had burned up and they would NOT HONOR THE WARRANTY. I cannot believe it!!! $200 precious dollars down the drain! I have investigated Ryobi further. Appearently they have been bought out by MTD. If I had known that I never would have bought the Ryobi. I have had terrible experiences with MTD in the past. This is appearently yet another. Ryobi is now crap. How can they charge $200 for a product that is not worth $20? Why do other companies buy out companies with good reputations and completely slaughter their reputation???? I am so sick of this kind of thing. I see it in the PC world, cars, everywhere. What happened to quality products? Why doesn't someone stand up and fight to keep good quality products coming out of the factories? The guy at the service desk told me when I brought it in last that in his opinion Ryobi is now crap. Appearently the motor has a half crankshaft which is possibly the WORST design possible. A half crankshaft is only supported on one end. How mind-bogglingly stupid is that??? He also said that soon companies will be required to rate their machines in how long they should be expected to last. He said Most of the Ryobi models will be rated at 50 hours... 50 hours???!!!! that is completely unacceptable for a $200 machine!!! I still want a gas powered weed whacker and when I can afford one I would like to get a good quality one. It will be a while unless I can somehow get my money back for this peice of crap. Does anyone still make good power equipment? I know Honda does but they don't make weed whackers. The only one that comes to mind is Stihl. I sure hope they haven't turned to crap too. I have several Stihl toolst that are over 30 years old and they still work fine. Does anyone know if they make good weed whackers?