I bought this thing factory reconditioned from newegg of all places. It was rated highly by consumers, and my electric one that's older than me is on the fritz so I figured what the heck, 159.99 and free shipping, can't beat it.
I was right. This thing started on the 3rd crank out of the box and idles smoother than my truck. Its way different than a handheld blower.....and oddly enough, quieter too! It's so comfy it's just amazing to me.
I can blow leaves easily at idle, I only give it any gas if the leaves are wet or I can't get near the leaves and need to blow them from a distance (say, under a vehicle for instance). It burns so little fuel that I went to add the tiny amount of sta-bil to the tank of gas after I used it for the first time to blow off my back patio, my carport and my very long driveway that I barely had enough room in the tank to add the sta-bil! It literally burned about 1/2oz of fuel for 15 min of running!!
Here is the pic of it.