Ok...I read through some old threads and seem to have a handle on how some of it works but not quite everything. If you call the seller & buy it from him then the warranty (5 yrs res/2 yrs comm) is in your name since he is an Echo dealer. But, what's the deal if something happens to the unit while under warranty? I mean, can you take it to ANY local Echo dealer & have it repaired under warranty even though you bought it from someone who might have his shop 1,000 miles away from you? Does every Echo dealer have to honor warranties on items not sold at their store or is it at their discretion? Has anyone gotten the official word on how this works for sure? Hey, I'm looking for the best deal I can get on what I need & if that's on-line then so be it. But, I've also got to have the peace of mind to know that if something happens to the machine I can get it fixed locally. Know what I mean?