My post was a little harsh. Handhelds have their place, dont get me wrong. They are great for getting in those tight spots when cleaning out mulch beds and what not. Me personally, I dont like using them, I would rather have the big backpack. If the OP is planning on doing any leave removal, I would definatley get the BP for the ability to move more leaves faster.
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