The 8000 is sweet, you might not want it for you everyday blower but its great for major cleanups and leaves. You hafta save up 5-6 hundred bucks. This thing isn't a toy it still weighs several lbs. and can do some damage if you arn't carefull. Hope you enjoy writing the way you are with all the large text, colors, smilies and stuff. You're the only one that does it.