. . . .(Tractor Supply even has a local shop contracted for repairs).
Tractor Supply doesn't have them contracted. Neither does Lowe's. Hang with me here I'm tellin' ya this for a good reason. You'll be an informed consumer if you ever have to take your saw in for warranty or tune-up etc.
The local shop that takes in the warranty work for your Tractor Supply, and
the Lowe's store whether the Lowe's guy you spoke to knows it or not, is mandated by Husky to take in all the warranty work from the retailers in his region such as TS and Lowe's and anyone else that retails Husky products. And that includes every type of power equipment bearing the Husky sticker.
In general they make zero money when all is said and done on this kind of homeowner grade power equipment warranty work. In some situations they can lose money. They don't like to work on the stuff, but of course the service will be as good or bad as the commitment of the shop owner. So if you ever take your saw in for work, tell the guy straight up you realize Husky (Stihl too; they are all close to the same thing regarding warranty allowances from retails store warranty) that he won't make much on what Husky allows for his warranty labor and I doubt they make a thin dime on parts when you account for everything. Their marginal markup might cover the overhead associated with the warranty work but I doubt it.
This is purely your own decision of course, not trying to tell you how to do business. I mean, warranty work should be free. I agree. But when a local mom and pop shop is forc4ed to take in work which pays little to nothing, I take that into account and I tell my guy I'll kick in a little extra for his trouble.
I bought a 2 cycle Dolmar weedeater from my local guy a couple summers ago because it was so lightweight and poweful for it's weight. The head went nuts and flew apart and had broken - not repairable - so I took it to him for warranty work. He is not even a Dolmar dealer, but the Dolmar man has been leaving new equipment in his shop for several years just trying to get him to become a dealer. Raymond says "I tell him everytime he leaves chainsaws and stuff here I am not going to get into another warranty trap like I had with Stihl and Husky (he dropped them both over the years) but he leaves all this equipment here everytime he comes by." So when I took my weedeater in I told him I'd make him whole on the labor and he said "Don't worry this Dolmar guy treats me better than Husky and Stihl did combined and I am not even a Dolmar dealer".
Bottom line, when you go in, don't be the average homeowner who brings in a $200 homeowner saw and thinks the guy is going to make anything on the warranty work. What you do is your business, but you'll at least have a clearer picture of what he is up against trying to eek out a living by offering a valuable local service to your community.
Enjoy your saw. Even most of todays homeowner grade saws are more reliable, powerful, and certainly lighter, than what was available in the pro lines a short decade ago.