Sorry Stihl is not still the same. I know of at least two recent Stihl whipper snappers that are both dead, their new design has made servicing near impossible. Don't get me wrong "a poor man pays twice" I prove it regularly. The proof is in the pudding, at least prove it where it's safe, they'd be great on a canoe. I own a Chinese post hole auger, blew the gear box bearings, new bearings $40 on site, new gear box $69 I think with a 6 week wait, on to my second carby their $30. It's been going for years done heaps of work, I run it rich as it it's under load, and it can still dislocate your elbow, arm and shoulder not a bad piece of cheap crap.