I bought one of these at least 20 years ago after a big NY Eve snowstorm. I’ve never had a single problem with it and it gets hard use on our beat up old driveway. I cannot say this enough: buy the Honda! They make great small engines. This little sucker can handle a foot + of dry snow and will throw wet snow though not as easily. I even use it to clear the city snowplow pile in my driveway if it’s not just slush, and also blow snow outta the street to reduce that snowplow pile, plus neighbor sidewalks, driveways etc as needed. The only key maintenance is this unless they’ve changed things a lot: when done with snow in the spring either run it dry or drain all gas, then remove spark plug, add a teaspoon of motor oil in there and pull cord a couple times to get oil in the cylinder. Put spark plug back in & you’re good. This eliminates “varnish” in the carb and helps protect bore etc from rust. I do use Stabil in plain old regular unleaded gas. It starts 2nd or 3rd very easy pull every winter. Trust me in this: buy the Honda!