One of the realities of a family farm is the fact that you need to have STURDY, reliable, and multi-use equipment - and this 4 Cycle Gas Trimmer does the trick. It worked well in all the situations I used it -- from trimming grasses/crops along the fence line -- to the use of the Brushcutter attachment to take care of the horrendous amounts of woody shrubs/trees that also compound the situation with HUGE fence lines, behind/around the barn, in Horse Turn-outs, and by the Farm Equipment Storage areas. I used this extensively for several weeks after 1st purchasing (believe me -- the Shoulder Harness comes in mighty handy -- it does get to be a burden after about the 1st hour of use) .. but it ran like a champ. I would suggest that you NOT purchase the already cut to the correct size weed-wacking strings -- get the LARGEST package of reel and cut it yourself. Within an hour -- I used up approximately 4-5 pairs of weed-wacking strings (and this was the thickest sizes) -- so you can see that the job of keeping the farm's barn area (and fencelines) is a challenge at the BEST of times. I also purchased several Sparkplugs too with my purchase .. after all, with that much use, I find I am changing the plugs quite frequently. (the only drawback -- it does take strength to pull start ... which is what I expected anyway) ALL in all -- well worth the extra cost to upgrade and purchase this one for sure. NOTE: I am a taller female .. so it is a good size for me to use. HOWEVER, if you are shorter than average ... or do NOT have the upperbody strength -- I would NOT suggest this one for your use.