never had any 088 problems. that seems odd. i have an 090 decades old that has had no problems other than an anti vibe mount. you may either have a bad mechanic or your crew is hard on your stuff? i have a small business (very high end though) and nobody runs my big saws except maybe to cut a stump when i am around. i have owned just about every saw stihl has ever made i think except the HO models.