Well, it seems like every piece of my equipment broke down in the week. I was mowing my last lot last week when it got stuck in gear and i had to kick it (kicking myself now) to get it out of gear. Seems i mushed something up in the transmission. All the gears shifted to the left a bit, and i don't have reverse. now I've gotta get it rebuilt, buy a new one or scrap the mower I still can't believe i was so stupid as to kick the gear selecter with my foot. It was the last job on a hot day though. Then today i went to start trimming and my trimmer kept advancing the line, it seems the last person (neighbor) to use it lost the tension spring on the bump head. So i went through about 30' of trim string today. Tonight on the way home from cruising around town in old '79 Jeep CJ7 which is my work vehicle until i buy myself a diesel truck. It was running a little rich and kept intermitedly dieing out on me. then all of a sudden the loudest thing i've ever heard explodes under my ***. If i wasn't wearing a seat belt i think i would have jumped out of it. i decided to cut my losses and just call a friend to give me a tow. I get home and investigate the mysterious explosion, and it turns out my muffler BLEW UP, like there was a freaking stick of dynamite in it. I guess i had a backfire and since it was running so rich it just blew out the muffler. I can probably fix the jeep, but i think i'm going to have to get dealer work done on my walk behind However, on a good note, i picked up a Echo BP-750T backpack blower today, its my first BP blower, and I have definitely been missing out! this thing blows rocks around! Just had to vent some of my frustrations with my equipment that i had today, and share my joy of the new BP blower. One piece of advice to new(er) people in the business: Don't kick the gear selecter when its jammed in gear!