Well, it arrived safe and sound in its shipping crate. Securely packaged, with all parts present and no visible damage whatsoever. Some assembly was required, which took very little effort and was completed with great ease. Added some fuel and fired
it up. The machine started on the first pull (after priming), and the motor seems quite sound. Of course it was only August, so with the absence of snow, there was no way to see how well it functions. Once we get some snowfall, I'll be happy to report back.
Overall, the experience thus far has been flawless. Thanks very much.