I've been kickin tail on leaves with my Toro 62" with atomic blades. Mulching machine. I was out today on my last property that this machine was gonna be used for and I heard a change in my exhaust pitch. The change got REAL LOUD. I stopped and looked to find that not only did the pipes at the muffler came out, the bracket that holds the works up had cracked in 2 places. BTW that bracket is put on thin steel. There are 310 hours on the 26EFI. I am thinking that the guy who was talking about a surcharge being price gouging in another thread. I am not saying that Toro is gouging me but as of this posting it cost me $0.86 per hour for that muffler. For those of you who don't want to break the pencil out that replacement cost is $268.00 I just had to laugh because anything else would just be a waste of energy. I can get a whole replacement exhaust system for 2 cars for the same price. So when the dude says why do you have a rediculuous surcharge and you are stealing from your customer, remember this little lesson. Unplanned repairs cost money and the do happen. So I worked a little bit to replace the muffler but my costs will be made up when the bills go out, no price gouging here.