I was looking to get a new rechargeable string trimmer, so when Home Depot had one with a free blower, I jumped at the chance to get it. I always thought a blower was a bit of an extravagance, as I could simply use a rake, but I definitely wanted the extra battery. I have found, though, that the blower works well for seeing what I've missed in trimming. A rake doesn't do as good a job. More surprising, I discovered a blower works great on a gravel driveway (as long as the wind isn't too strong) for separating the organic matter from the gravel.