I was doing a clean-up job today and first started by hand with a rake and it was taking a long time. I thought there was no way my blower could handle it. Well after getting tired of raking I got out the 8000 and fired it up and it was moving leaves and sticks awesome. I just got the blower this spring. I also have a shindaiwa eb630 that I used all of last year. The 8000 is a big blower in size. The weight isn't too bad but the power is awesome.