I wonder if I'm set for life. I just bought a 1966 8hp. Snow-Thro, have a Honda 621, and (for clean-up near my office, a small Toro single stage).
That questions is what got me to looking at the Yamaha at 22 years old though its rock solid still.
If I had not been able to get the fuel tank part some years back..... and it was not easy as they changed it and it took serious digging by the former dealer (they still maintain Yamaha contacts or did last time I got shear pins)
I do have neighbors that would assist me if the Yamaha broke down so I don't need an immediate backup.
But if it failed something I could not fix then I would have to replace it.