Originally Posted by Ridin' Green
You need to check with your dealer about it. None in my area will sell you just the gearbox anymore. They, as well as the Stihl rep at our open house, all told me that the only way they get them in now is with the kombi shaft attached since their cost is the same either way and it doesn't make sense to stock both.
Some of the gearbox-only prices are the same, but a few are $10-20 cheaper. The dealer just wanted to sell you what he had on the shelf instead of ordering what you wanted.