I wore out a gasoline blower/vac. Now I have an electric and it does the
job just fine but it's not a vac, only a blower. I just use it to blow
my driveway off. I have a tractor with a bagger for leaves. This is way
better for leaves.
my craftsman 5HP shop vac doubles as a leaf blower. works great.
install some outdoor outlets to make dragging cord easier.
on back of home, on or in shed, back corner of yard.
useful for other projects, convenmience is nice.
I put mine on a master switch in my basement after finding my
neighbors liked the conveience of my electric outlets for projects in
it wasnt the electric they were using, it was the principle of the
thing and not asking first. plus onew harrased my grandma to turn trhe
outlets on..... bad approach
Electric is lighter, cheaper, more powerfull, quieter, no fumes, easy
to start, but the cord stinks. Gas is portable, I have an Echo. If you
go electric you will need very large gauge wire, that is heavy, to no
have voltage drop that ruins motors on long runs. Get both.
12 is heavy I use it, the statement of 14 is good means absolutely
nothing, its feet run, power consumed-needed, and Voltage at the unit.
So post power needed, voltage at unit and ft run, or do you always
guess and have no true idea of what your blower actualy gets.
A 14ga extension cord 100ft, using 15a, will have 9.1v drop. A Toro
that needs 120v wont get it on 125 from the house. I will bet 99% of
all motor failures on home stuff like blowers is from low voltage. And
folks think because its an orange cord its fine, but alot are 16ga, I
have 12 and they are heavy, so I use gas.
Don't forget to figure in the voltage drop between the service
entrance panel and the outlet.
I have tried a 100 foot 14 gauge side by side with a 12 gauge 100
footer with my leaf blower last year. There is quite a noticible
difference in RPM's.
On Tue, 18 Nov 2008 09:06:30 -0800 (PST), " firstname.lastname@example.org"
It really depends on how many leaves you have. I mow and mulch when
they first start falling. After that I blow&vac the rest and put them
in a pile to compost. If I mowed and mulched the entire output from my
trees, and left it in place, it would kill the lawn
Still need a blower anyway, for the spots the mower won't fit, and for
the gutters and snow. My 6-horse honda-pwered mulching mower was not
happy with me after I did the way-back with it. Of course, this year I
happened to be out of town when the major drop happened, so they were
pretty deep by the time I got back. Now we are into sleet and snow, so I
may not get a chance to do cleanup till spring....
Kind of off this topic, but today while
driving around town, southwest suburb
of Chicago, I saw a lady in a wheel
chair raking leaves with a leaf rake! She
doesn't need no stinkin leaf blower!
The Reverend Natural Light wrote:
Also off topic --
I once planned a lawn party, and on the day of the event my wife called me
to say that a friend of hers had come into town to visit, was going to be at
the party and wanted to know if there was anything she could do to help.
Since it was the fall season, I told my wife that her friend could help by
keeping the lawn clear of leaves. What I didn't know was that her friend
was a high-fashion model from Hong Kong who had never lived outside of a big
When I got home I discovered this beautiful model in a Dior gown standing in
my yard next to a trashbag. Every time a leaf fell off the tree she would
walk over, daintily pick it up by the stem and put it into the bag, then
wait for the next one.
I have tried several types and now satisfied with a gas-powered
back-pack type. I have about 200 trees and it does a fast job of
moving an 8-foot mound of leaves. I use it in the summer to sweep
sidewalks and driveways. An electric model simply doesn't have the
power and is a joke. Pine needles nor pine cones don't blow so
easily, at least the ones in my yard.
I have a lot of leaves too and agree with your solution. I bought
the second-largest Echo and it does a great job. A couple of winters
ago, we had about a foot of very dry snow overnight and my blower did
a great job of cleaning the driveway. Fun stuff! Not possible with
the typical heavy snow though.
You want the gas one. Get it.
Electric ones are not that expensive. $50 for a Toro blower/vac, $25 for
a Weed Eater blower(only). B&D probably has some models too. Get the
blower for her. Maybe she'll return the favor:-)
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