Wow, Cimkill, That sucks! Do you have insurance? I'm not sure if you remember me. I bought my ferris from Lou a few weeks after you and just had to bring it in due to a faulty regulator causing 3' flames to shoot out the exhaust. The worst part is I only have 89 hours on the unit and just had to shell out $350! I obviously don't use it commercially. I'm appealing to Ferris to see if there's any corporate kindness in the world... Funny thing is, from day one, it always took like ten seconds to fire. with the new reg. it takes like three seconds. I always assumed it was the oil pressure switch. Do you know what your RPM is at full throttle? I was at 3880 with the faulty regulator now I'm at 3550. I feel the loss of power in the thick grass.