I almost completely agree, except Stihl has had issues with the Mtronic system, I've seen it myself.What did Husqvarna and Stihl revolutionize about "fuel delivery"? Never heard of that before! If you mean AT/MT, these systems were existant for years, it is only now that two stroke adapted them. The only clever thing they did was bring out so many patents about the systems that no one else would ever have a chance to develop any thing anymore with out comming into conflict. Similar with stratofied engine technology. Decades old technique, just that Zenoah brought out a bunch of patents that no one wanted to fight against. So the simple solution, Stihl bought user rights and Husqvarna bought the company... This is just a typical sign of our time!
I have nothing against "growing pains". Absolutely to be expected and totally normal and nothing special. BUT growing pains for 4-5 years... Sorry but that is for me kind of strange situation. Not a single car brand would survive if they had that type of track record of "growing pains"! And cars are eons more complicated...
But I do credit that Stihl obviously had their "chit" together, although they are not considerd by some fan boys here to be the evolutionary top of the line. To be honest I would much rather buy a Stihl than a Husqvarna because there are about ZERO problems about their system! And when they had a problem they had the cojones to pull a complete line of saw(661), which must have cost them quite a bit of money, and only returned when the problem was solved!
Further I DO credit Dolmar for bringing out their own clever system of stratofied technology without having to buy into any patents of other companies.
So IF we are critisizing any companies of throwing "old technology" onto the market, well sorry but there isn't anyone out there that can be excluded!
You are correct there is nothing radically different in the basic design. Blaming the epa is an excuse as well, the manufacturers have to work within the constrains they are given.