Well Stihl's customer service is amazing....Called the dealer, said no problem. Bring it in and we'll get it swapped out for a BR600!!!!! Lesson learned I guess, I shoulda just ordered the 600 to start with, but I was in a pinch. I guess the sound control also comes with performance control.
BR500 $495 with 3bhp 181 mph
BR600 $499 with 4bhp 201 mph
I hope I don't have the same problem with the 600....for 500 bucks I want it to blow the stink off ****, that 500 was only slightly stronger than the handheld. thanks for the quick reply, I'm thrilled they're going to swap it out for me.