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post #1 of 48 Old 07-21-2011, 10:20 PM Thread Starter
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Leaf blowers

How many others use leaf blowers?

I've wanted to get one for light dustings for the past few years, and finally have one. For the past several years I've kept talking myself out of getting one. Tell my self I don't need to spend a lot of money on a quality brand one, but at the same time not wanting to spend any money on a lower quality one either. My Dad bought himself a new blower last fall and gave me his old Echo that has been sitting in the garage for years. A good carb cleaning, fresh gas, a new spark plug, and a little time messing with the mixture screws and she is runnin like a champ.

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I hadn't had a leaf blower for years, but about two years ago I finally bought a new Tanaka.

Although the price nearly blew me over, I've really gotten to like it. It really comes in handy to clear dirt, leaves, etc off of our large paved driveway.

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I use a leaf blower if the snow is "right". The blower works well on anything less that 6" if the snow is "dry". Like most things a blower with more power is better.
It really does a better job that my 2-stage walk behind as it leave the pavement spotless.
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Sounds like they're pretty handy. I'll have to give one a try when the snow comes back around.
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I use a leaf blower if the snow is "right". The blower works well on anything less that 6" if the snow is "dry".
WOW, up to that deep! My plan was for just real light dustings. You know the stuff that turns to ice overnight, then your wife slips and falls in the driveway the next morning and points the finger at you for her falling.

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I have one of the Stihl 550 back pack blowers. It has no problem with 6 inches of "light" snow. One thing to watch... don't walk or drive over the surface to be cleaned as it will pack the snow and prevent the blower form doing its' job.
Of interest are all of the animal prints on the cleaned pavement, white foot prints going in all directions. Very cool.
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I don't think my old Echo would hang with a big dog like yours. If it works well on light fluff under 1" I'll be happy. But than again any blower should be able to handle that.

I'll have to watch for the prints, I bet that would be pretty cool to see.

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get a sheet of 5/8'' chipboard,cut a piece 12" x 4'wide attach an old ''lawnmower style'' (junker)handle to the board and you then have the best tool to ''push'' the light dry snow with ease....little to no cost,no gas,no oil,no noise,very quick,lightweight,easy to store,no mess. i been doing this for 4 years now with great success.Better than any blower that i have used to do the same task. i dont paint it or stain it...nothing. and as the board wears away it actually scrapes the cement pavement better,even better than standard boards.paint it if you like, and it will look store bought.I actually have 3 pushers,all of different widths.


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Had a little dusting tonight, had to try the blower worked like charm clean as a whistle was done in minutes.

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I have "2" commercial grade gasoline hand blowers. One is a Redmax......the other is a Stihl. They work excellent for blowing snow off cars and driveways if it is light and fluffy and 1 inch or less. If you are in the cleanup business and have back packs........that would be much better. A Stihl 600 or top of the line Redmax would do just fine in 3-4 inches or less....I am quite sure.... PS......I am not sure why we brought up this old topic as it seem irreverent today.

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