Thought you leaf junkies might enjoy this. Research & Editorial Title: Leaf Vac Earns Keep Issue: LOL - December 05, 2006 Leaf Vac Earns Keep DRs walk-behind leaf and debris vac is worth its approximately $1,200 price tag, a Newsday reviewer concluded in November. New York Newsday writer Gary Dymski recently spent time with a DR leaf vacuum in search of relief from suburban heavy-autumn leaf fall. This past season, he wrote in November, he tested the suction of a walk-behind from Vermont- based DR Power Equipment. This DR self-propelled unit runs about $1,200, but he says its worth it. Armed with a 6-horsepower engine and a steel impeller blade that spins at 3,250 rpm, the DR walk-behind has a suction force of 123 mph. Leaves, acorns, nuts, pine cones and pine needles, twigs and virtually anything on the lawn is whooshed into a dust-reducing nylon bag. The debris is mulched at a 4-to-1 ratio, so the bag holds about 30 gallons or 80 pounds before requiring emptying. The mulch was fine enough to use for weed cover behind our 125-foot-long retaining wall on the back of our half-acre lot. The only real drawback and this Im told goes for all types of smaller yard vacs is emptying. Its difficult to empty the units large collector bag into the paper bags most towns and villages distribute for curbside pickup. But DR power equipment has a solution a disposable nylon liner bag that substitutes for paper and plastic. A 12-pack of disposable bags is $19.95. Looks like a lawnmower.