I spent 7 1/2 hours clearing snow today thanks to the 8" we recieved. Worst part was that it has been unseasonaly warm the last few days and started as rain and sleet. I live on a major, much traveled route and the road has better than an inch of packed snow and slush at 6:20 when I started my workout. I had to run the blower, after the 30 minutes or so that it took me to find my starting fluid, and then shovel off the packed slush under the snow. Love my older Toro that now sports a Honda motor. One squirt of starter and pops right off...and I don't think I used it last year at all.