i use it as a vac . i am glad you changed to a metal grinding blade instead of plastic . the vac does a great job it grinds the leaves to almost nothing . i really liked the variable speed so you don't vac up small rocks or big pieces of mulch . it's a very good blower vac that's why i gave it five stars .
The Bag zipper seam has all ready come apart. I am not getting satisfaction from Sears . Just getting run around
I am a longtime Craftsman purchaser, so I was happy to find I could replace my existing Craftsman blower/vac with another one. I especially like that the impeller is metal and that the bag blocks a lot more dust.