As with all pieces of equipment. There are going to be some good ones and bad ones. It seems that you and some other people on here have had some problems. I know I have had them with my RC50. It sounds more like your dealer is the problem. It seems like they have completely written you off!! If they won't listen to your demands, get your lawer involved. I am not sure who it was, but one of youguys with an RC30 (and it was your primary machine) wants to trade it in on a 277C? If you are doing work that requires a machine of that size (277C) and you bought an RC30 then you created your own problem. I mean look at an RC30. The are a purpose built Light duty machine. If you can't look at one and tell that then you need to quit the business. As for every machine they are going to have weekness (And you guys have certainly found yours) After hearing and thinking about the problems you guys have. I am still going to get one. I feel that for what my application is, an RC30 is going to be the right machine. i am not going to be doing heavy digging with it, or beating on it at all. its use is going to be primarily clean up behind my mini excavator, and Johny on the spot work where its size will have huge advantages. If I have trouble with it, I will be on here complaing. But the difference is. I GET A DEALER MAINTANCE AND REPAIR CONTRACT IN WRITING!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! J.