Here's my workhorse for the winter. Bought it new in 1994 for a decent price. It's been all I needed since then and overkill most times until I moved to the frozen north. But, last year it plugged away at the 3" to 8" snowfalls we seemed to have every other day or so, and I never got tired. I started it today and it took 2 pulls, so I guess it's getting tired in it's old age. When and if I need to replace it, I might just go with a newer version of the same-it's been a great machine.