Hello all, I posted a topic before about blowers, but I think I narrowed down my choices. I was recommended Echo blowers by people here on the forum and they fit in my budget of $200-300. I stopped in the local Echo dealer yesterday. I looked at the PB-260L ($269, maybe a little better price at another dealer) and PB-403 ($299), which are both backpack blowers. Not sure if I am allowed to post links, but here are the specs (page 6)... http://www.echo-usa.com/documents/powerblower.pdf They sales person was not the biggest help, but he leaned towards recommending the 403 since it was not much more $ than the 206L and it has a bigger motor and more blowing "juice." I strapped both of them on and the 403 felt very bulky and heavy. The 260L felt very comfortable. It seems like a no brainer to pay $30 more and get the 403, but as a homeowner, do I really need that big of a blower to blow leaves? I have almost a 1/2 acre lot and a good bit of beds, but the property does not get hammered thick with leaves. I am leaning towards the 260L because it is very light and has as much more juice then my electric blower and probably more juice tehn many handheld gas blowers. Help, any feedback or suggestions? What about the Echo Shred N Vacs?