No one likes to shovel - it is a full day activity and hard work! Having our own snow blower is extremely useful and helpful. It is easy to push along the driveway and sidewalks to get rid of the snow. It easily blows it to the grass and clears the driveway. It is easy to start and use - easy for a woman or man. It does not utilize a lot of gas if you are quick and get your work done and don't keep it running when not being used.It is hefty to store in the garage but easy to pick up with two people to bring it in the basement during the summer. As much as I hate having snow (I am a summer person), it is useful and does not strain my back like shoveling!