I purchased this for my son's school (we get a lot of leaves year-round here in Florida), it seems to be doing the job just fine, they haven't complained to me about any problems with it.
My wife does the yard work so she needed something easier to use. She told me it works great and it even blows the small stones off the grass at the edge of the road.
I'm torn on this...It does seem to blow leaves, however, we were hoping it would take care of pine needles and it definitely doesn't. We are not sure if we are going to take it back or not...
Used it to blow 1/3 of an acre of leaves. Took some time getting used to it but once I got rolling it worked perfectly.
Easy starting, good power, and comfortable. 4 cycle engine much easier to deal with. Nozzle orientation to handle is a bit off, or would give full 5 stars.
So far it works great.
This Craftsman 4-cycle Backpack Leaf Blower is a great purchase if you value your time and energy, I have a lot of trees in my yard and this time in the fall, it usually takes many hours a day for several weeks to collect the leaves by the old method of raking or using an electric leaf blower. It is easy to start, lightweight, uses regular gas that doesn't have to be mixed, and is easy to maneuver. Plus, you don't have to be hassled with dragging an electric cord behind you that keeps getting caught up on things. I would highly recommend this leaf blower if you value your time and energy.
I agree with JfromManalapan. I purchased in Jan 2012, only use to blow leave in the fall so this is my 3rd year to use it and the piston has broken and will cost more to fix than to buy a new one. I have done nothing but blow leaves and have kept it maintained. Seems to know when to break, when the 2 year warranty has run out. So much for Craftsman being guaranteed for life!!!
I bought a Craftsman backpack blower for my husband & he loves it. I love it too! Easy to carry & yard looks great.
I purchased this blower and am very satisfied with its performance.