I currently have a homelite 25cc backpack blower and spend pretty much a half day blowing leaves into piles for leaf removals this past fall/winter. Even if there's a tiny twig or two in the leaves it won't blow it. Even to blow grass clippings its usually wide open. I also have ran into the issue when I park my vehicle on the curb to cut a clients lawn when I edge grass clippings sometimes go under my car some or even from the mower and my blower isn't quite powerful enough to move them onto the lawn from under my car. The same time I was blowing everything off I saw the neighbors lawn guy blowing under his vehicle and he had the EBZ8500 and you could see the grass clippings flying into the lawn. I believe its time I upgraded and since I have the money to invest in the best. I really like Redmax and from what I've been told the EBZ8500 is very powerful and will easily handle leaf removals and of course for moving grass clippings around. I'd just like some input before I put out that kind of money on a blower.