So much for tractoring. Made it about a hundred yards before a fuse to the dash panel blew. Replaced it. 5 min later it blew again. Called the dealership and they're coming out some time at the beginning of the week. It could just be faulty fuses, I put another in and it's running now, but since it's still under warranty I want them to check it out before I run it any further.
So that sucked. Then I weedeated for a bit, which reminded me that I needed a padded double shoulder harness, because the unpadded single shoulder harness I have is a lawn maintenance torture device. But of course my local Stihl dealership didn't have any in stock, so they ordered me one. Next week they say. Since I was thoroughly disappointed at this point, I treated myself to a pair of $117 Stihl loppers. 32 inch airplane aluminum handles, weighing in at under 3 lbs. Replaceable blades. The only brand that might compare are Felco, but at this level of quality it's all about personal preference. I had my eye on these all winter. Very pleased with my purchase of you couldn't already tell.
Gentlemen, you can't fight in here! This is the War Room.