We have had this thing for many years, and I rarely use it because if the snow isn't fresh and the weather is really cold, it won't through it - it just clogs up. Even in perfect conditions, it only throws the snow a few feet out of the way. It's engine does start easily and runs just fine, but the impeller is just a really poor design. Pass on this one and find something else that works in all kinds of snow and weather. Handling Transmission work fine, steers ok. Durability Runs good - we've had it for years and the only thing I have done to it is a new carb, and the carbs are dirt cheap. It was my fault for leaving stale gas in it. Never needed the electric start, but nice to know it's there, I guess. Ease of Use Poor design makes it impossible to use most of the time. Engine Power Never bogs down, but then again it's never had to work hard because the impeller is crap.