With several mature trees and a garden, it just makes perfect sense to shred the leaves for mulch and compost. When it arrived I assembled it with minimal difficulty (and I'm bad at that!). Instead of raking up tarps of leaves and hauling them off the front lawn, it's much easier to place the shredder over a large barrel and shred the raked piles directly into it. Then I dumped the barrel into a wheelbarrow and rolled the shredded leaves to a pile. The only drawback is that it's not larger and it takes a little practice to get the timing of waiting for the leaves to get chewed up before tossing in the next batch. Avoiding sticks is also helpful for smooth shredding. Changing the string is simple, though I did it often due to large volume and sticks. I love that it's electric so I don't have to deal with exhaust fumes or maintaining yet another small engine. I used it last fall and it really helps! The top even flips over to minimize storage room.