I imagine that any of you who read the title to this thread were expecting to hear me rant about lawn guys not supporting their dealers. Well, that's not what this thread is about. It's about dealers not supporting us, their customers. Last week I strolled into my local dealer only to find out that he was dropping his Echo line of handheld equipment. I thought, oh well, I don't have much Echo equipment anyway and don't plan on getting anymore. Upon questioning him he revealed that he was not only not going to sell any more of their equipment but was also not going to be able to get any of their parts! While it doesn't effect me, it will effect many lawncare providers in my area. One of my friends asked me what he should he do if he needs parts for his Echo hedge trimmer, his edger, or his chainsaw? I guess he'll have to drive to another county to get parts and warranty work or get stuff over the internet. It seems that my dealer, who carried Stihl, Echo and in years past Redmax and Kawasaki, was asked by Stihl to drop all other lines and concentrate on selling only Stihl. I don't know if this is true or not but Stihl has pretty much overtaken his store. Or, maybe my dealer is mad at the Echo distributor, I don't know and probably never will. But it effects my productivity. Why should we be expected to maintain loyalty to any one dealer when they do things like this? In the past he has carried Dixie Chopper, Cub Cadet, Walker, Toro, Exmark, and Hustler. Now he only carries Hustler, Exmark and Walker. How would you feel if you just bought a new Echo backpack, edger, trimmer, and hedge trimmer and now had nowhere to buy parts or get service for them? I know I'd be a little ticked-off. I think from now on I'm going to buy wherever I can find what I want the cheapest and not worry about supportiing my dealer anymore. Why should I, he's not supporting me!