A little difficult to put the tubes together, but overall easy to assemble. Fueled it up and followed the start instructions and it started on the second or third pull. Ran it two to three hours cleaning up backyard leaves from two very large water oak trees. Ran flawless and restarts after fill-up were first pull. Great product. Have used various other handheld gas and electric blowers for this job, as well as just a rake, and this blower is by far the best option.
I recently purchased this blower expecting it to be better than the 150 series which I already own although it is quieter I was disappointed to not receive the flat wand that was supposed to be in the Box I also noticed there were some stickers missing off of the air intake which is just directions on starting. All in all it does start most every time pulled which is necessary I don't believe it to be as strong as the 150 series but sold for the same price which I bought a replacement coil for at $77 the parts are expensive to fix my next purchase will definitely be a sthil.
Of course this blower is not for wimps as the more air forced through the more power is required to do it and with more power comes more weight. I would say that this blower achieves the right balance of power to weight. I would not recommend this product to those who are not physically capable such as a sore back or legs, but, that said there just are physical limits as to power versus weight. It seems a bit heavy in the hands but once on your back for me at least it is no big deal and I am 83 years old. As usual for Husqvarna equipment, quality is evident but still prices are below the premium brand levels. I have Husqvarna in chain saws and also in zero turn mower with 54 inch deck that I have had for four years with absolutely no problems at all.
I did my research which led me to purchasing this brand and model. It did not disappoint! Love the power and ease of starting. I use this at my lake cabin that has 2-3 inch river rock over the entire yard. The lot is nearly all treed and the leaves get stuck down in the rocks but with this blower I had no problem dislodging them and moving a large volume of leaves off my property.
Several good reviews of this blower convinced me to by. I've used it once a week for light blowing after cutting the lawn and it's fired up on the second pull every time. I've used it 5 times now without issue. It has a decent blow rate and is comfortable to wear and easy use. I hope it holds up a good long time as others who have owned this unit claim it has for them. I filled the tank once and it still is half full. The only drawback is the weight. It is a bit heavy and there are much lighter options on the market. If I had to use this for extended periods, it might wear me down in short order, especially on these 90+ degree days. That said, I only use it for maybe 20 minutes at a time, so it's not really an issue for me. But I did deduct a star for the weight. If you're not a big guy (or gal), and need to use this a lot, you might want to look at the lighter-weight competitors models. Overall, I'm very happy with this blower.