Well finally got to use the blower twice in one week. Second year ownership. Worked like a charm. After ,I sat down to lunch and I was proud that my choice worked so well. Until my wonderful wife pointed out, the cost of the blower, plus the quick hitch, plus the spout actuator divided by 2 = the cost per use. Ah, this new math! I asked her what a clean drive is worth? Then told her it would pay for it self in the long run. She mumbled something about, yes, if I live for the next 400 years.