Your dealer sucks. I had a Red Max 8500 blower come apart at 13 months old. It has a 2 year warranty. My dealer took the thing apart while we stood there and talked about it. Engine retaining bolt hole broke off the engine. the bolt slid out and wore a hole in the impeller. Repairing would cost RedMax more than a new blower. My dealer had to fill out a form and send pictures. The dealer had a new housing in a couple of days, the motor took a week. I LOVE my 8500's If I had to throw them in a dumpster every 12 months, they were worth the price, because of the time they save...even over our 8050's.