I use to use a 8hp push blower and my helper used a backback and blew the leaves to the curb for the town to pick-up. Now I have been using my super z and he has still used the backpack. I mow so that everything gets blown to the road with the mower and what I can't get he gets with the backpack. The piles r about 1/3 as big as they use to be, and the lawns are spotless when I am down. If the leaves get too tall I stop the blades, lower the deck low, about 2" and with the blades off and the sideshoot down I use the mower as a plow and push them to the road. I know many of you probley have better methods that you like, but I just thought I would share what I found that works well. Oh yea the reason I like the super z for this is that it goes 7.5mph in reverse.