OK, I got a nice backpack blower (Echo 260i), a rake, a snow-shovel, a garden cart, lawn and leaf bags, a garbage can, a mower that converts between mulching and bagging, and I have a customer that wants me to do a fall leaf cleanup. So... what's the fastest way to do the leaf cleanup? I've been practicing with the blower in my backyard and even tho they call it a "leaf" blower, it doesn't save as much time, for me, gathering up leaves, over a rake, as it saves for cleaning up the sidwalk after edging it, over using a broom. It is really a terrific time saver for cleaning up after edging, but not so great for cleaning up yards of leaves. It is hard to blow the leaves into a pile. Once i've managed to get some scattered leaves together, I can get them into a sort-of pile, but then if I try to blow some more leaves toward the initial pile, as i approach the pile -- then the initial pile blows away! Blowing the leaves into a fence-corner -- as the leaves reach the corner, then the leaves already in the corner, scatter. Seems to be more trouble than its worth, and only slightly faster than using a rake. Certainly, much noisier, and the vibrations and smell of exhaust furmes, gets unpleasant after not too long a time. A rake remains a pleasant tool to use, except for the tired muscles you get, and fatigue you get, after using it for a real long time. But exhaust fumes, noise, vibrations, seem more debilitating and unpleasant than a few tired muscles. Wearing ear, eye, and respiratory protection, gets unpleasant too, after a while. Maybe it is easier to just use a rake for fal leaf cleanup? Rake the leaves into a big pile, then go over them with the bagging mower, to shred the leaves. Then empty the mower bag into a lawn and leaf bag. This seems easir than picking up unshreeded leaves wtih a snow shovel, and then trying to shovel them to a lawn and leaf bag. Or using a pitch fork hay fork thing, or garden fork, to transfer leaves from pile to bag. Any opinions, suggestions? I would prefer to compst the leaves by the way, thus having nice compost for use in the spring to add to tilled soil before seeding grass, to spread around bushes, to use in vegetable gardens. Mixing grass clippings with the leaves makes higher-nitrogen compost.