Sometimes its just easier (and quieter) to use an electric vs a gas outdoor tool -- and that means getting a cord that can be dragged around behind you that can take the outdoors. This one cuts the mustard. Heavy duty and the price was right. Drag it behind me for the leaf blower/vacuum and for the electric trimmers for the hedges right in front of the house -- but the plug is up on the deck. Life sometimes works out in your favor.