For Mothers Day, yes I am a mother who wanted a leaf blower and I really asked for a electric blower but on Mothers Day, I found that my leaf blower was gas operated. I thought about returning it for a electric one but decided to give this one a try and by doing so not hurt feelings. Guess what, I love the power of this blower and not have to try to stretch a cord or use two cords is great. To my surprise it is not as heavy as I thought it would be, but It is still a little heavier than I would have liked. I have trusted Craftsman tool for years, just like my dad did and this blower is a good example of the quality of Craftsman. I would recommend this product to others who needs a powerful blower to clean around shrubs where leaves want to hide.