I use my many years of pinball repairs towards other product repairs. Snowblowers are the worst for sending to a repair shop for yearly maintenance for me in the past. Usually $200 - $300 repair bills, so after the first few years that ended for me. Biggest rip off is unique parts & belts. Hard to get, expensive, & might be weeks to get in stock. So I switched to generic heating belts from the wholesaler. Also did away over time of crap safety devices. My own machine, & I remember when we didn't have all this crap for safety for stupid people! I drilled the body to accept a mini clothes line tensioner for auger belt drive. So it is always spinning. We had powder snow today, & a lot more coming. Usually we have wet heavy snow in eastern Canada.