The Echo PB-403 would be ideal, if it didn't weigh 20.7 pounds, compared to the PB-260L being 14.5 pounds. (http://www.echo-usa.com/prods_list.asp?Category=POWERBLOWER) I am 140 pounds and 5 feet 11 inches tall and wondering if I might have trouble with carrying a 20.7 pound backpack for awhile. I have heard that the 403 provides plenty of power but am not sure about the 260L. The 403 is only about $30 more than the 260L, and I think it is a better value (44 cc's as compared to 25.4) -- but the extra power won't do me much good if I get worn out from carrying it. Does anyone use a 260L? Does it provide enough power to lift some dirt and sand, as well as leaves? Can anyone compare it with a 403, which I've heard from several sources has "power to spare." What I want to know, is does the 260L have "sufficient power." I need to clean up after edging sidewalks that haven't been edged for a month or more, as well as to do fall leaf cleanups. Or do you think I will have no problem carrying around the 403? If so -- it is a better value. Thanks in advance.