here in oz good quality machinery rarely goes on sale but you never
know a stor somewhere might do a promotion, but quality manufacturers
generally don't need to delve into the cut throat discount buisness of
competing, they compete on quality of machinery.
good brand echo and a good model you have chosen.
the only thing i might add is did you look at 4 stroke power options,
much quieter machines to run not sure if echo have gone that way yet
but the bench mark is the honda 4 stroke engine.
With peace and brightest of blessings,
len & bev
"Be Content With What You Have And
May You Find Serenity and Tranquillity In
A World That You May Not Understand."