I'm considering getting a leaf vacuum and it seems that the little wonder has the best reviews I've seen so far. I would only use this at my home, and the neighbors yard. I have a 1/2 acre lot with a lot of tree's, some pine trees and my neighbors have gigantic cottonwoods. I have a lot of terraces and flower beds with 3/4" rock in them. I'm considering investing in one of these to make fall clean up quicker but I don't want to have $1,400 worth of buyers remorse and just trip over it the rest of the year in the garage. Would you recommend the purchase or just stick with the back pack blower, tarps and rake?