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 Do I want a backpack leaf blower? Got one, I can fly!
RarestRX  [Team Member]
3/19/2012 2:48:17 PM
Okay,

So my Echo hand held seized up on the last leaf-blow of the fall. It's done.

Time to get a new one.

I've got an acre, this will be relatively light duty.

Which one should I get, or are they too much of a PITA vs. a regular hand held?

This:



Or this:



I'm leaning towards the backpack one because it has MORE POWAH and I'd feel like a rocket man, but I think it might be more trouble that it's worth.

What's the word you heard?
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96Ag  [Team Member]
3/19/2012 2:51:49 PM
Back Pack is the way to go if you have an acre. My company uses Stihl BR600s. More power and expense than you need though. I have not tested the Husqy back pack blowers yet, but we do use their string trimmers and edgers.
WS6LT4  [Member]
3/19/2012 2:55:52 PM
I picked up a Echo 770T backpack blower and its the best damn choice I've made in a long time. Cleaning the yard up takes about 1/10th the time.

Go with a backpack style and get the most powerful unit you can afford.
RarestRX  [Team Member]
3/19/2012 2:56:29 PM
Originally Posted By WS6LT4:
I picked up a Echo 770T backpack blower and its the best damn choice I've made in a long time. Cleaning the yard up takes about 1/10th the time.

Go with a backpack style and get the most powerful unit you can afford.


You're living up to your username.
WS6LT4  [Member]
3/19/2012 3:14:16 PM
Haha, in this case you're on the money.

I spent a month or so lurking on arboristsite for info on leaf blowers and I learned that the smaller gas units are a waste of money. And its mostly a toss up between Redmax, Echo, Stihl.

My Echo will rip the grass out if you get too close, blows branches across the yard with ease and we're talking about 1" thick stuff. Wet leaf piles are no issue what so ever. Even used it for snow removal this year, 8" of powder moved faster with it than my 11hp Husk snowblower.... Didnt use the snowblower at all this year.h it than my
Daytona955i  [Team Member]
3/19/2012 3:16:08 PM
If you're doing more than a small driveway, the backpack type really makes a difference.
phatmax  [Team Member]
3/19/2012 3:17:28 PM
Shindaiwa.

I have a tiny lot, but the back yard get shit on by the trees. The Shin will blast leaves and pine needles out of the grass.
GANDYDANCER  [Member]
3/19/2012 3:21:07 PM
For the love of God, save yourself and get a back-pack type blower. Of any brand, but the stilh seems to be the lightest and the most powerful. IME



GD
talontsi_95  [Team Member]
3/19/2012 3:24:00 PM
Originally Posted By phatmax:
Shindaiwa.

I have a tiny lot, but the back yard get shit on by the trees. The Shin will blast leaves and pine needles out of the grass.


I use a Shindaiwa as well. Excellent blower. Cannot go wrong with Stihl or Echo either.
hooligan223  [Member]
3/19/2012 3:24:14 PM
Pops has a Husqvarna back pack blower and he seems to like it. He has a paved driveway/parking area plus tons of trees so he uses it alot. He says its the best thing he's ever bought. I don't have many trees so I use a small electric handheld. I don't recommend them if you have more than two trees or more than 1/4 acre.
WinstonSmith  [Team Member]
3/19/2012 3:30:33 PM
I'm real happy with my Echo PB-500, I'd buy it again.

What killed the handheld?
Ranger689  [Member]
3/19/2012 3:35:10 PM
I have a Stihl BR 600 and love it!
WS6LT4  [Member]
3/19/2012 3:39:33 PM
Originally Posted By WinstonSmith:
I'm real happy with my Echo PB-500, I'd buy it again.

What killed the handheld?


Everybody wants to feel like a ghostbuster.

Just more comfortable and allows for a bigger engine.
RarestRX  [Team Member]
3/19/2012 3:52:15 PM
Originally Posted By WinstonSmith:
I'm real happy with my Echo PB-500, I'd buy it again.

What killed the handheld?


Probably my math.

The mix was supposed to be 1:50, but I was using 1:40.

1:40 is more oil in the mix, yeah?
polarbare  [Life Member]
3/19/2012 3:56:20 PM
I just mow over the leaves and use a handheld for around the perimeter of the house/driveway (I have 2 acres). Besides, the prevailing winds usually move all the leaves to my neighbors yard
WinstonSmith  [Team Member]
3/19/2012 3:56:51 PM
Originally Posted By WS6LT4:
Originally Posted By WinstonSmith:
I'm real happy with my Echo PB-500, I'd buy it again.

What killed the handheld?


Everybody wants to feel like a ghostbuster.

Just more comfortable and allows for a bigger engine.


I always pretend I'm this guy:




RarestRX  [Team Member]
3/19/2012 3:58:28 PM
Originally Posted By WinstonSmith:
Originally Posted By WS6LT4:
Originally Posted By WinstonSmith:
I'm real happy with my Echo PB-500, I'd buy it again.

What killed the handheld?


Everybody wants to feel like a ghostbuster.

Just more comfortable and allows for a bigger engine.


I always pretend I'm this guy:

http://www.landoflegends.com/catalog/jesseventura3-predatorfirebackground.jpg






WinstonSmith  [Team Member]
3/19/2012 3:59:42 PM
Originally Posted By RarestRX:
Originally Posted By WinstonSmith:
I'm real happy with my Echo PB-500, I'd buy it again.

What killed the handheld?


Probably my math.

The mix was supposed to be 1:50, but I was using 1:40.

1:40 is more oil in the mix, yeah?


It might be fixable, but I hate handheld blowers. HATE THEM. My dad used one to enforce the evils of liquor once. Came home drunk as a skunk, late-ass o'clock. He kicked me out of bed at 7am and handed me the worst balanced piece of shit Craftsman handheld torture device and air pusher-arouder. No ear protection. Fuck handheld blowers.

With a backpack, I can move the flippin leaves around as need be, and not relive childhood traumas.
Thayes66  [Member]
3/19/2012 4:08:51 PM
STIHL
ColonelPanic  [Member]
3/19/2012 4:25:16 PM

  1. Toss a couple handful of pennies across the front yard

  2. Drive down to the local Home Depot in a pick up truck

  3. Pull up out front and yell "Yo Quiero Taco Bell" or some shit out the window while pointing to the truck bed

  4. Drive home.

  5. Pick up a leaf to demonstrate that there are pennies underneath

  6. Profit.



Costs you like $6 in gas and $2 in pennies a couple times each fall... Like a Boss.
RarestRX  [Team Member]
3/19/2012 4:30:29 PM
Originally Posted By ColonelPanic:

  1. Toss a couple handful of pennies across the front yard

  2. Drive down to the local Home Depot in a pick up truck

  3. Pull up out front and yell "Yo Quiero Taco Bell" or some shit out the window while pointing to the truck bed

  4. Drive home.

  5. Pick up a leaf to demonstrate that there are pennies underneath

  6. Profit.



Costs you like $6 in gas and $2 in pennies a couple times each fall... Like a Boss.




ColonelPanic  [Member]
3/19/2012 4:37:52 PM


Hey, that pink slice has to get money for empanadas somewhere

Yeah, things are a tad different here in North Salvador... God I miss small town PA...
RarestRX  [Team Member]
3/19/2012 4:42:09 PM
Originally Posted By ColonelPanic:


Hey, that pink slice has to get money for empanadas somewhere

Yeah, things are a tad different here in North Salvador... God I miss small town PA...


I'm from CA so you don't have to tell me how bad it sucks. It sucks.

When I went back to CA I was amazed at the amount of dudes hanging out on street corners, and not in SF either.

Spanish totally jars my ears now after being here for 5 years.
armoredsaint  [Team Member]
3/19/2012 5:05:10 PM
great for drying off your cars too
cuttingedge  [Member]
3/19/2012 6:49:02 PM
One word REDMAX
I have 6 of them and would not get any other brand.
RarestRX  [Team Member]
3/20/2012 7:26:57 PM

Well, I pulled the trigger on a Husqvarna 560BTS:



65.6 cc, 632.13 cfm, 23.37 lbs



I followed the adage, Buy Once, Cry Once.

I can't wait to strip the asphalt off my driveway with this thing.
Bushylover  [Team Member]
3/20/2012 7:28:42 PM
My mom has a Stihl something something magnum (it's a huge one), and I love it. Works awesome. Huge pile of soaked leaves? No problem!

I don't have a "yard", so I don't use it, but I always take care of her leaves. It's almost fun. Almost.
RarestRX  [Team Member]
3/20/2012 7:31:05 PM
Originally Posted By Bushylover:
My mom has a Stihl something something magnum (it's a huge one), and I love it. Works awesome. Huge pile of soaked leaves? No problem!

I don't have a "yard", so I don't use it, but I always take care of her leaves. It's almost fun. Almost.


Yeah, it was kind of like that when I got my snow blower. "This'll be fun!"

3 years later..


FFFUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUUU...........
RabidMonkeyPox  [Team Member]
3/20/2012 7:31:52 PM
I have that backpack Husqavarna, the greatest thing I own for lawn care. It rocks soo much shit I just move lawn chairs with it.
capnrob97  [Life Member]
3/20/2012 7:34:30 PM
I have 3 blowers, a Echo handheld, and Echo backpack and a Husqvarna I got as a reconditioned unit at Northern Tool for cheap.

I like them all, but I use the backpack the least. It has the most power though.
RarestRX  [Team Member]
3/20/2012 7:37:04 PM
Originally Posted By capnrob97:
I have 3 blowers, a Echo handheld, and Echo backpack and a Husqvarna I got as a reconditioned unit at Northern Tool for cheap.

I like them all, but I use the backpack the least. It has the most power though.


Yeah, that was kind of my worry. The hand held you can just pull off a shelf, start it and go, not getting into like Ripley and the Power Loader.

We'll see how it goes.
RabidMonkeyPox  [Team Member]
3/20/2012 7:47:13 PM
Originally Posted By RarestRX:
Originally Posted By capnrob97:
I have 3 blowers, a Echo handheld, and Echo backpack and a Husqvarna I got as a reconditioned unit at Northern Tool for cheap.

I like them all, but I use the backpack the least. It has the most power though.


Yeah, that was kind of my worry. The hand held you can just pull off a shelf, start it and go, not getting into like Ripley and the Power Loader.

We'll see how it goes.


The backpack unit starts up easy, is pretty light. I doubt you will find excuses to not use it.
RarestRX  [Team Member]
3/25/2012 10:01:56 PM

Got it yesterday, assembled and used it today.

Geebus, it's like I've been trying to break up concrete with a spoon and someone hands me a jackhammer.

THE POWAH!

What took 15 minutes of careful planning and leaf corralling with my old anemic handheld takes about 60 seconds of 250mph get-the-fuck-over-there you stupid leaves.

Zero hand fatigue or arm fatigue and it gives my back a nice vibrating Shiatsu massage.

Win win win.

Oh, and when I keep it at full throttle, walk and point it straight ahead, I feel like an A-10 firing it's Avenger cannon. I totally can feel the resistance and I slooow down.

Heh.

Money well spent, glad I got the 65cc one and not the 40cc. Mo' powah is Mo' bettah.
BigDozer66  [Life Member]
3/25/2012 10:07:20 PM
I have a Stihl BR600 Magnum and I would not think of ever having a handheld again.

BigDozer66
RarestRX  [Team Member]
3/25/2012 10:09:38 PM
Originally Posted By BigDozer66:
I have a Stihl BR600 Magnum and I would not think of ever having a handheld again.

BigDozer66


Show off!
Waldo0506  [Team Member]
3/25/2012 10:27:45 PM
Get both, backpack in one hand, hand held in the other.

For added speed tape laser sights at the end of the tube on the back pack and half way up the tube on the hand held. Warn the neighbors and the local airport before you begin, your neighborhood will look like an Iraqi sandstorm.

RarestRX  [Team Member]
3/26/2012 10:15:09 AM

Woke up this morning to the sound of gusting wind.

God is mad that I tried to equal His power with my mighty Husky backpack.

Winds NNW at 25 to 35 mph. Winds could occasionally gust over 40 mph.




My work yesterday is undone.

Hamel  [Team Member]
3/26/2012 10:18:16 AM
OP, you know what you need to do now:


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