I tend to buy sears cause you can use the sears card, they have good quality equipment, and you can always get parts for them at a sears parts store or by calling their 800 number. The big box stores tend to change brands at the drop of a hat and don't carry parts or really have a good way to order them. They have catchy names but good luck finding out the manufacturer for parts. Look at the parts list cause some of them do charge an arm and a leg to factory order parts. Also see if you and your wife and can manhandle a big one for an hour or two cause you always have to push and pick up the thrower while making corners and turnarounds which can make a slight or older person very arm weary and work you to death. Try, along with your wife, rolling one around the showroom floor or parking lot for a while when deciding how big of one you want. A big one takes up a lot of garage space also. Again good luck.