This is a typical snowblower but the great option of being able to shoot the snow where you need it to go. It is good for driveways and side walks. The cord has broken on ours and we had to fix it...the fix wasn't too hard. Got the parts and took 10 min. to fix it our selves. Performance We have had ours for a couple years and really don't have a desire to get another one. Handling Male and female can both push this with ease. Durability We had a problem with the pull cord but it was easy to fix ourselves. Ease of Use Pretty easy to push and the snow shooter is easy to move also to direct the snow where you need to shoot it. Wether it be off to the side or infront of you to get it out of your way.