First post I just found this forum the other day and have been reading alot - tons of great info. We are in need of a new GAS blower and I'd really like to go to a backpack. My wife likes to help out and she will be using it too. Her arms tires quickly with a heavy blower, hence the reason for a backpack. From reading on here, I know what *I* would want, but I strapped a Husky 145BT on her at Lowe's and it was too heavy for her. That's 21 pounds, so I think I am going to have to look at the "smaller" models. The 125BT was a no problem weight for her at 13 pounds. Questions are: 1) Will the smaller units work good for light debris like leaves, grass, etc. (Again, just household use - not commercial) 2) Any recommendations on models? Most of the reviews on this site are for the larger heavier ones. The three I have found llocally ay Lowe's/Hoeme Depot and at dealers are Ryobi RY08570 - $199, 420-620 cfm, 180 mph Husquvarna 125 BT - $200, 310-385 or 490 cfm, 116-150mph Echo PB260L - $230, 375-427 cfm, 155 mph cfm ranges are housing vs. pipe ratings (I've found different ones on the Husky though). Obviously different test methods make a difference, but at least it's something. From the specs, the Ryobi looks quite good. It also had a nice pull start - even easier than the Huskys - and was more comfortable. Unfortunately, I have found NOTHING on the web as to ratings on this unit. Seems like quite a good deal and even meets the phase 1 CA air standards. I'm leaning that way, but have no info to go on about them. I also thought Ryobi was marginal tools especially compared to husky and Echo, but maybe not in this market??? Any input? Unfortunately, Lowes adn HD don't accept returns after they've been run (to my understanding) and my local dealers only have echo for the smaller units. Any input is appreciated.