I'm sorry to hear that your blower is skipping. It might be bad gas. I only use non ethanol fuel in all my equipment. If it is new I would take a back to home depot and see if they could figure it out. If it is still under warranty I'm sure home depot will make it right for you. Home depot has been very helpful to me over the years. I have had mine for over a year and haven't had any problems with it.