I use to have a handheld leafblower - it worked on the small stuff, but my my home is at the edge of the forest and I am surrounded by trees. The leaves pile up and the hand held was never powerful enough to move much more than a layer or two. I decided to invest in a backpack blower, and it has made all the difference! I can move piles of leaves with little effort. The blower starts with just a couple of pulls. It fits easily on my back and the weight distribution makes it feel as though it is hardly there. I can use it for hours without getting an arm cramp; like when using a handheld. I researched lots of brands and decided to go with the brand the pros do. You should too!