The old man had a legendary machine -
not much by today's standards but back in the day it was truly badass.
8 HP electric start/plug in 110vac Yardman.
It was the biggest most powerful the store had that day.
He got it not for him to run but for me.
He didn't understand why I wasn't as happy as him until he expalined that it would be easier for me to clear the driveway but IF I didn't want it - it could go back and I could go back to my snow shovel.
At that point I was happier than him.
AND after I got the hang of it, I got to use it for my brand new sidewalk snow removal service for the next door neighbors