Just a quick note for all of you running these backpack blowers and all that have frames like them. Plastic gets brittle over time and plastic is even more brittle in the winter. I like using the blower when the snow is light enough and the other day I was going to use it for this function. As I pulled the throttle arm down I must have put a rotational force to it that it didn't like and I had the whole throttle lever in my hand and detatched from the frame. As I looked at it I can see that this is a situation meant to break. It is a plastic on plastic set up and 2 screws hold the throttle arm to the frame. My frame cracked at this connection. I did not check as to how much a frame replacement costs but I am thinking its not cheap. I fixed it with a 1/8" flat steel, a drill, grinder and a sawzall. The fix or prevention for you guys would cost you about 2 bucks. I basically attatched the flat bar to the plastic frame and then clamped the broken piece to the flat bar in its natural position. I drilled 2 holes to match and used the existing hardware to mount it back up. I will let you know how it works but I think it will be fine. Anyone ever break a frame?