I have to admit I needed a blower near the end of last year. My local dealer matched Home Depots price on the Smaller Echo (forget the model). It is really a nice blower for $150. I use it on about 30 residentials and 1-2 commercial properties each week. I think if I had employees I would get something tougher. My philosophy is to make sure I run it full throttle most of the time and don't leave gas in it more than a few weeks. I want to do more reading on here but I think the dang gubmints ethanol really has poor effects on 2 cycle equipment.