So I have had the opportunity to demo a hurricane blo-vac this weekend. So far I am very impressed and it definately saves time over using backpack leaf blowers. Since not too many people have had an opportunity to experience this piece of equipment, I want to a least give you guys an idea of how well it works. If you haven't used a stand-on lawn mower before, this machine is going to feel very weird to you. The unit is pretty light, so manuvering it through lawns is easy and doesn't do any damage to the turf. Plus the machine is extremely narrow, it shouldn't have a problem fitting through 36" gates. The machine is a little light in the front end, but you are able to get off the standing platform and walk behind the unit for hilly areas or hopping curbs. Its fairly comfortable to ride on, the leaning pad is pretty thick and soft, and the platform does have springs in it to help with the bumps. The controls on the machine are exactly like the controls on a ztr or stander. The one thing you need to get used to with the controls are the switches that open and close the discharge deflectors. Other than that, if you can drive a ztr, you can drive this machine. The power of this machine is amazing. I own a BR600, which I always thought was very powerful and would go through heavy amounts of leaves with ease...little did I know that compared to this hurricane the BR600 looks like a battery powered leaf blower. If anyone thinks that their push blowers could even compete with this unit, I have to inform you that you would surely be wrong. The blower's discharge has two separate deflectors that can aim the air up or down. If you aim one deflector down and leave the other one fully opened, you can get the leaves close to the machine (including the one stuck to the ground) and you can blow the leaves quite far distances. Over concrete you can easily blow leaves 30+ feet. In a lawn with moderate leaves, you can easily blow your row of leaves 15 feet in one pass. Overall I have been very impressed with this machine. Right now, it is a little expensive for me to justify. But I'd say that in a year or two when the price may go down just a little more, I could definately see myself buying one. Here's two videos for you guys off my phone.... http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5MsQWzw8Yec http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oH3HMwmMBgo If you have any questions about the unit, let me know.