After moving into our own house, we bought this leaf blower for clearing leaves out of some rock flower beds and a garden that has above-ground sprinkler lines running through it. It works well for blowing leaves out, and the vacuum also does a good job of getting leaves out of hard to reach areas where the blower can't get them out into the yard. The one thing to be careful of is vacuuming around smaller rocks or gravel, as small pieces can go up and damage the impeller. But overall, it has worked well. It was very easy to assemble, and it is easy to switch between blowing and vacuuming. The vacuum is designed to reduce eight bags of leaves down to one bag of shredded leaves, so it saves a lot of trash bags and space when taking trash to the dump. The electric motor is much quieter than a gas blower, and it doesn't give the problems starting that a gas blower sometimes has. I would highly recommend this leaf blower, especially when working in smaller areas where it is not too big of a pain to move a cord around.