I have almost a 1/2 acre property and I am looking to buy a gas blower. I currently use a Toro electric blower which is pretty powerful, but a pain to use with the power cord. My property does not get hammered with leaves, but a good amount drops. Plus I have a lot of hedges/bushed/shrubs around the house that the leaves get caught in. My township requires the leaves to be put in leaf bags for pick up, so you could imagine how much of pain that is. I was thinking of buying a gas blower/vac combo. I thought the vac part would be good to pick up leaves in the bushes and corners, etc, but I heard the vacs don't work well and if they do, not consistently. I was also looking at a backpack blower. I would like to keep it in the $100-$200 range max. What about the Homelite Backpacker blower or the Echo brands Home Depot carries? Any suggestions?