Dan, before I got the JD my Snapper did all my storm damage. Also pine branches/twigs, pine cones, cedar cones, pine needles, maple junk and all my leaves. They can out suck a Hoover and stand up to "solids" going around and up in the bag.
I really have to admit it seemed like I was beating on it but through the years and owning 2 of them, I've found they'll stand up to just about anything "clean-up". BTW, tha "remote air intake" accessory tube mounted on my handlebar really makes a difference in how often the air cleaner must be changed. It really wasn't expensive at the time, $16 if I remember, but worth every penny in multiple air element changes. It gets VERY dusty under my maples as they keep most of the grass from gowing and lighter rain from hitting the ground.