I have two words for you: "Polar Vortex." Man oh man, did we get so much snow this winter. Last year we were able to get by with just shoveling, because hey, we were childless at the time, and you just seem to have so much more free time before the babies arrive. This year we tried shoveling while taking turns listening for the baby monitor or feeding, bathing, or changing. It just wasn't working. We were both exhausted and sodden and TERRIFIED of getting a cold while living with our newborn. So we purchased the Craftsman 26" Dual-Stage Snow Blower. Literally a lifesaver. If the snow was lighter, one pass would have our entire driveway and walkway cleared. If it was heavier two passes would do the trick. But even with two passes, we were saving hours of time. The handling is great, it's easy to maneuver, and easy to use. The Craftsman 26" Dual-Stage Snow Blower has to be one of the top ten purchases I have made in my lifetime... I love it more than new shoes!