This is my second season with this attachment, and I couldn't be happier. Each hour replaces a day
I bought this vac in the fall of 2012 as my large yard with a lot of leaves was getting a bit much. I thought it was great. That was the only use it had. Now, it is Saturday evening, and I have spent the day trying to start the vac. I tried fresh gas, and tried to get a new plug. This new Briggs takes a new plug that you can only get from them. Sears does not carry it. It can be ordered from Sears on line, but not in the store. It does not cross to other plug types. I think that for a thousand dollars, one use and one year, I should be able to pull this vac out of my lawn shed and use it. Thus the rating!
First, let's start with assembly. This thing couldn't have been further taken apart unless they made you build the engine from scratch. THe instructions are the worst I have ever seen and I have an engineering degree. It took about 4 hours to build since there were a million pieces and the instructions were basically useless.
Once together though, the vacuum worked great, even in tall wet grass. It did clog up once, but it wasn't its fault as a stick hit the hose just right and jammed it up. It's a bit wide on the side with the hose which means you have to be careful how you approach a turn. Plus the unit is long. It did amazing picking up acorns, leaves, rocks, a dead bird, mulch, anything you drive over really, which is the the intent.
Front support tube for leaf catcher is made incorrectly. Holes to mount it to support bracket are drilled incorrectly. Multiple calls to part line keeps getting same incorrectly built part sent. Its useless to try to work with parts dept. Just return unit and save yourself time and money. Part is clearly manufactured incorrectly and fixing it would weaken part so severely it would rust and collapse in one or two seasons.
I purchased this vac in July 2012 from the Sears store in town. Two weeks later it was delivered and when we started to put it together some of the parts were missing. I called the phone number on the front of the parts manuel and really got a run around. The person I talked to was very rude telling me they didn't even make that machine anymore and wanted my whole life history, when I ordered it, how I ordered it , send them my original order and a bunch of other information. The first part finally arrived and we had to purchase the rest of the stuff locally. The soft will not stay shut. We had to jerry rig some straps to the top and the bed to get it to stay down enough to keep the debris from blowing out. It does run good, easy start. It is difficult to empty. My suggestion would to only let it get a little over half full before emptying, otherwise it is very difficult. It does a good job, but if I had to do it over I would save my money and get a hard top.
I purchased this item because I have several rental properties that I have to rake every fall. Raking by hand is alot of work and takes alot of time. I thought by purchasing this it could save some work and time. I am definitely excited about the purchase, it works awesome!