I'm very glad I went with this model. My space to clear is tight, and there really aren't many 2 stage ultra compact blowers out there. I chose Ariens over the cheaper no-name options. 208cc LCT engine is US made I believe, and the blower wears a proud
Made in USA badge. Solid through-out. Very happy with my purchase, and Jack's service. No snow yet, so I can't fairly comment, but I'm expecting to be happy with it's clearing ability.