Finally got my 7001 yesterday, was happily blowing the snow today when suddenly it sounded like the motor was ceasing up. I shut it off, took it off, and found that the strap end had somehow worked its way into the fan! Chewed it real good, too. Took it back to the dealer who said that it wouldn't have damaged the impellor because there is a metal garborator-like fan that would have chewed the strap before it would have damaged the impellor. As far as whether or not they will replace the strap (it's just the small piece at the bottom that you pull on to tighten the strap) they are going to look into it. Otherwise I would have to buy the whole strap for something like $38.00 Canadian. Design flaw or idiot owner?