Fair point about renting one. In fact, the idea of doing that never even occurred to me. Only problem is on longer trips like my summer shut down (at work) where I'm gone for a month and have no idea where I'll be stopping.
Actually, the local Stihl dealer is United Rentals. I'll have to ask them about that.
The Stihl is 36 volt -which probably has a lot to do with the price difference over the B&D and Craftsman tools. I suspect this is a good example of "you get what you pay for".
(and yes, I am trying to talk myself into buying one and am hoping more sensible heads will give me good reasons not to