Well the old leaf blower has just about had it. So, we are going to
treat ourselves to a new one. The present is hand held, 2 cycle gas
and we will probably go that way for the new one. Any
recommendations or units to avoid? I probably don't want to spend
$300 on a Stihl or one of those "fancy" names as the unit we have
has lasted many years and was only about $100 back then.
Leaf blowing and vacuuming with a blower/vac is like pissing into the
wind in my mind. I used to do it that way. Now I use a mulch blade on my
lawn mower bagger and suck up the leaves with much less screwing around.
Simple job, assist the assistant of the physicist.
Not to mention that the leaf dust gets everywhere. The cars need washing
after my neighbor has a leaf-blowing blowout and the windows of the house
get coated, too. Mulching and bagging is the way to go!
You can only mulch up to a point, if you have big trees. I chop them up
till I have trouble seeing grass under there, and then start raking and
blowing. I don't have a tractor, so collecting them with the mower bag
is out of the question- I'd get maybe one row per bagful. Quicker to
rake at that point. Thankfully, I have a nice rubbermaid cart and a tree
line to dump the leaves in, and don't have to bag or haul like my
neighbors do. (Many of them dump leaves and grass and such in the
drainage lot out by the front of the subdivision.) A matched pair of
rakes, used like giant salad tongs, is a back-friendly way to fill the
cart- no stooping involved. Start at one edge of yard, and blow till the
pile is a foot or so thick. Then fill and dump the cart enough times
till the mound is gone, and start blowing again. Goes pretty quick.
After 5 years of trial and error (like blowing onto tarps and dragging
them), I have come up with a routine that works, and doesn't leave me
bedridden for a week. I do covet a tractor, but with less than half an
acre once house, shed, and driveway are subtracted, I just can't justify
it. Heaven knows my fat gut needs the exercise.
And I actually got the gutters blown before they got full of ice this year!
It does not vacuum but I have been very pleased with the feather-weight
Poulan or Weedeater that I bought. I would have to go to the garage to be
My back enjoys the lighter weight and it starts real nicely.
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i bought an echo blower/sucker about 6 weeks ago from HD for about 200
dollars out the door and it works well, fires right up and is lightweight.
another week or so i'll put it away till next fall. see if it works well
I use a Homelite hand held to blow the leaves out of the many gardens and
out away from the stone wall , house , garage , ect then I just mulch them
into the lawn with my mulcing mower..Can't let them get to deep though...
My Echo died today after 25 years or so. So ive been looking and
decided on a 160$ Echo PB250 at HD, the motor is better than my old
unit and reviews put it on the rop. I think it cost me more 25 years
ago. For 160 it will last you longer than your old one, maybe it will
be the last one you buy.
On Sat, 13 Nov 2010 11:58:17 -0800, ransley wrote:
I bought a PB model, maybe even a 250 if they've been making that model
that long, in 2000. I've done nothing to it except use synthetic oil at
about 100:1 ratio and clean the air filter and it starts first or second
pull all year long. I have 2 angle shaft Echo trimmers and one straight
shaft. And an Echo backpack blower. That one I did have to run wire
through the high speed jet to clean it out a year ago. But it was
probably a fault of the fuel having dirt in it. If the same company makes
their motors (starts with a K) they make a great motor and i would
recommend them on my experience with my 5 Echo tools.
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