Iv been trying to like my new Red Max 8000. Iv done everything I can to treat it nice and use it for what it was intended to be used for. It just keeps breaking. I have to put a wire around the joke or the engine will stay choked. The joke seems to be getting more wiggly too. The bolt fell out of the back support and now I have a rope to keep it together. The left belt gets caught constantly on the throttle yoke. Well it did until the yoke broke off completely at the base. It broke wile it was on my back. I was trying to untangle the belt. The waist belt broke after the first few weeks of use. Iv had the Red Max since May or so. To look at it you would think iv had it for years. I usually always buy Stihl. Iv treated this $450 blower the same way I treat my Stihl stuff, but it breaks. My Stihl back pack doesn't have the balls the Red Max dose, but at least its still all in one piece after 5 years of work. Just beware and I will post pictures of what I mean.