I'm considering purchasing a leaf vac/blower to shred up the maple leaves
that are beginning to fall around my house. I'd like to get some feedback
from anyone who uses one regarding which brands, models, features are
desirable. I have looked at what Home Depot has to offer and the two main
contenders are the Echo Shred-n-Vac or the Homelite "Vac Attack". I read
some online reviews and the Echo got better marks.
Are you looking at a blower/vac that is essentially a leaf blower that can
run in reverse to shred the leaves? If so, I hope you don't have a lot of
leaves. The small blower/vac's just don't have the capacity to deal with a
large volume of leaves.
I've seen what is called a "Billy goat" that is a genuine leaf sucker. It
is essentially an outdoor vacuum cleaner. I may rent one a couple of times
this fall to deal with all the leaves my trees create.
Good luck on whatever you choose.
Capacity in the sense of motor power, or bag volume? I'm basically looking
for a way to get the leaves out of every nook and bush that they fall into
around the house without having to pick them out by hand. The ones on the
lawn can just be raked. Do you have a brand on that "Billy Goat"?
Sorry, no brand name on the billy goat. Check with your local rental store.
I have the impression that they are moderately expensive items (maybe
$500-$800), but that's just based on seeing one, not on any pricing I've
On the blower/vac, if you're just using it for nooks and crannies, you
should be fine. I had the impression that you were going to use it for
picking up big 'ol piles of leaves.
I have 3 Echo products. Leaf blower, straight shaft weed wacker and
their electric hedge trimmer. They've all given me faultless service
for 4 years now. Having taken care of them properly by keeping them
clean and inside a shed has no doubt helped.
After "saving" money and buying a Homelite, then a WeedEater, having
them break after one season of light use, I finally got an Echo ES2400
(I think that's the model). Cost me around $300 IIRC, plus the $200 I
coulda saved by not buying the others first. They have lesser models
(of Echo) (like the ones at HD) and you may not need the features that
come with the more expensive model. But, you should also consider the
backpack style models if you can afford them and justify the expense
(i.e. if you're only vacuuming a couple cubic yards of leaves, it's
not worth it) cause it's easier to haul it around on your back than by
Works great, good size bag, no complaints.
For yard leaves, if I wanna shred 'em, I rake 'em into piles then run
the Echo on the pile. But, if you're gonna do this a lot, you should
look into alternatives (like this garbage can mounted shredder my
Also, do not use gas/oil mixtures more than a month (or so) old. You
can ruin the engine.
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