I've been going back and forth between getting a great handheld or a entry level commercial backpack($300). I don't know if my situation is a want or need. I have a pretty small yard (2500 sq ft) but LOTS of leaves and acorns. I know the blowers won't do much with the acorns in the lawn but if it could help with the driveway and sidewalk I would be happy. I can avg 5-8 32 gallon trashbags of acorns a year. Once I blow the yard of acorns or leaves the next day it looks like I didn't even touch it. My craftsman died and thought about getting the Echo 403from HD for $299. After a lot of reading I'm finding that many handhelds are almost as powerful but a lot cheaper. Also many have said that backpacks can't really get into tight spots. Since I'm buying a commerical product I want to buy something that will suit my needs now and the future. I thought I was going to get the Redmax HBZ2600 until I saw a lawn crew blow my neighbors lawn effortlessly and in under 10 minutes (all I saw was a red backpack). Will a handheld be close to a entry level backpack? Thanks!!!