For storm cleanup and fall leaf pickup, this is pretty good all in all. You'll want to wait for things to dry out a bit before trying to do too much, however. It won't pick up wet leaves stuck to the pavement, and if the leaves are too thick it'll jam. Also, the irritating part- the bag is held together with two very cheap snaps that break easily. (Second year, I'm on my second bag) The hose will also jam if you try to do too much at once, and you have to be careful using the hose in cool weather as it could split on you. Replacement parts are expensive. Bag and hose each are over $100 to replace. It picks up small twigs and sticks adequately, and for bigger sticks the chipper works well. All in all, it performs adequately, but don't overload the bag. The 25 cent snaps on that bag are definitely the weakness of the whole thing.
I'm about to be on my third bag in less than a year and I don't use it very often. The first bag came with the unit torn. It was replaced a month later with a new one and now bag will not stay tucked and the chippings blow out the back of it. So far the performance of the chipper has been great but Sears really needs to do something about the bag...
My neighborhood has lots of trees. Normally it take me about 4 hours to gather up all the leave in my front yard, now it takes about 1 hour when using the leaf vac.
The suction is surprisingly good without being too strong - it picks up what you want but won't grab a dog toy. The hose is not very flexable and only lasted a few years, but the rest of the machine is going strong. Hard to pull start as other have stated, yes, but you're also trying to move a lot of mass, otherwise it'd never work as a shredder. While I haven't had any issues with bag tearing, it is difficult to empty and I often have to pull out the leaves (still far better than raking). You also have to be careful to fold the bag empty chute correctly or it'll spit stuff all over the lawn on your next use.
Suggestions for improvement - hose flexibility & maybe add an electric starter.
Today, 11/18/18 I used the lawn vac for the 3rd time and the top handle on the bag came off. It is made of thin flimsy plastic that you can see will rip after it is bent several times. It is sown into the bag so it can't be replaced. a new bag is $303 on Sears site.I order it on line and have been billed for it already, but Sears can't seem to find any proof of it or me when I call after being switched between 3 departments. My order shows on line and I gave them my order number and store receipt number but they say they can't look it up by that or my email either. All of these lawn vacs by all the manufacturers have the same bag issues. I guess I will have to take the bag to the store with my receipt and fight it out there. Even if they give me a new bag, it will happen again based om the poor design and thin plastic attached to the bag. Also, the suction hose is worthless as it is too stiff to use and straighten out and it partially blocks the chipper shoot. It should be on the other side or just not have the hose at all since it can't be used.
Bought it to use to pick up leaves acorns from a live oak tree. Didn’t work good at all, kept spitting most everything back out.