My 18 year old Sears leaf blower gave up its ghost. I tried to resuscitate
it by rebuilding the carb, but no joy.
I am looking for an inexpensive gas leaf blower for light duty around my
I was looking at the reviews of some blowers at Walmart, the HD and Amazon,
but they all had rather poor reviews, except the $ 500 Echos. I don't want
to spend more than @ 100.
Any recommendations based on experience? Is it worth looking at any of the
many re-furbished blowers on E-bay?
Consumer Reports has a Weed Eater VS2000BV as a Best Buy.
100 bucks on the nose. Poulan Pro BVM200VS is $110.
Craftsman 79470 is $125. All 3 score 70 points on the CR scale.
Top rated is the Echo PB-250. It scores 80 points and the price listed
I use my 5hp craftsman shop vac as a vac to get the leafs out from under my
bushes and from around the flowers in my wife's gardens. I removed the Y
fitting inside the inlet to eliminate the clogging that used to occur at
I miss my Craftsman, it gave up the ghost a couple years ago. Although it
was undersized for my yard, it did the job eventually. Was great for
blowing out the garage too.
Ended up getting a Stihl backpack, does the job as fast as I can move. But,
it only serves the one purpose, unlike the Craftsman shop vac.
I got two stihl blowers. Very good. Don't buy horizontal flywheels. You
can't move side to Side. My one is also a sucker. My smaller unit, I
drilled out the exhaust for more hp. That one is 7 years old. Don't go for
wind speed. You need speed and volume.
How about you don't bother the leaves?
And give nearby folks a break on noise & air pollution?
Two stroke engines dump about 30% of their fuel unburned.
Blowers stir up lots of particulates, the good news, operator suffers
Or heaven forbid...use a rake?
Tend to agree that every time you use a 2 cycle small engine you need to
put your smelly clothes in the hamper and take a shower.
I prefer my corded unit. I can do things like dust out the car and
sweep out the garage without all the noise and smell.
I don't know where you live, but we often get snow before all the
leaves are down.
In addition, you can't make the neighbors rake their's and there is
often "blow over" that occurs mid-winter that doesn't get cleaned up
At least that's what happens in my neck of the woods.
On Wed, 5 Sep 2012 10:36:35 -0700 (PDT), DerbyDad03
You sound like a person who knows what they are talking about because
when I was young, that's exactly what happened. Of course you could
rake thru out the fall and winter (if no snow) but depending on how
large an area, it might be futile unless you just love to rake. People
there didn't rake till Spring. He's got a point about gloves but I
was young then so I wasn't too worried about my hands.
Doug used improper AND LAZY usenet message composition style by
I use my lawn mower to mulch and bag the leaves, and dump them into
several large garbage cans (compacted by stomping on them) which are
then loaded into my pickup truck for transport to the local municipal
yard-waste drop-off center.
There are many leaf-borne tree diseases that are spread and amplify
through leaf litter that remains over the winter under vulnerable
trees. Leaf removal is therefore a desirable if not necessary thing to
do to promote tree health.
Leaf cover over turf grass can promote fungus and various turf diseases
and therefore should be removed for that reason as well. Naturally this
deleterious effect on grass is proportional to the size of the tree
(larger tree = more leaves) as well as tree density, confined or open
yard configuration, etc.
What you say seems to make sense but honestly, we never had any fungi
on the lawn after raking up leaves in Spring. In fact, I don't recall
ever seeing fungus on that lawn. I can't say the same for my current
lawn which does seem to have a fungus problem every August. That
said, the 2 lawns are about 2500 miles apart, different types of grass
Rake in the fall where I lived is a joke. No one did it.
If you are really that worried about pollution, why not check out the
oil refineries. They pollute a lot more than a measly leaf blower. I
know because I've been inside many.
ps-- FWIW, landscapers use leaf blowers everyday where I live now.
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