For a small yard, an electric will no doubt be perfect. I hated the idea of another gas appliance. BUT, with around 1/2 acre of grass under many trees, electric was not going to cut it (blow it). I first tried Hitachi which was priced reasonably but seemed underpowered. Despite being well reviewed, that unit lost the nut that holds the turbine in place after only 2 tanks of gas. I also felt that it was sending quite a lot of vibration through the hands- carpel tunnel is NOT something you want to mess with. I decided to go ahead and get the tool that would have me looking forward to blowing the leaves. So far, this unit is significantly more comforatble and powerful (also costs twice as much..)
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