View Full Version : Blower ban? You've got to be kidding!

10-04-2011, 06:36 AM
Found in this morning PB Post. If they seriously consider it, I'd go raise hell at a councel meeting; you should too even if you don't work in PBC. If they can do it here, they'll do it everywhere.

http://www.palmbeachpost.com/news/group-of-college-students-wants-to-ban-leaf-1892431.html :hammerhead:

Fight teenage stupidity, can't hear their music... GET A JOB and listen to your music after work!

10-04-2011, 04:41 PM
unbelievable..just nothing better for them to do

Florida Gardener
10-04-2011, 05:01 PM
They effectively banned blowers in Newport beach, Cal this year. I hope this doesn't follow suit.
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10-04-2011, 06:29 PM
They want to represent the "social conscience" those buttheads :hammerhead: They claim the emissions are too high, they don't know that new generation blowers have cataclysmic (:laugh:) converters. They are also claiming that the blowers cause particulate matter to become airborne, like pollen & dust... much unlike the wind.

We, as a industry, need to be proactive in this. If were not, one day we'll wake up and won't be able to use blowers. I don't know about you guys, but using brooms is unappealing.

Eric E
10-04-2011, 10:46 PM
jeez...college students these days. I only cared about 2 things when I was in college and neither was related to noise pollution.

Landscape Poet
10-04-2011, 11:13 PM
If these guys get out of college I wish the following for them.

The stay in the community........get a job that does not pay them much but does require them to work long hours for their salary.......such long hours that they can not possible care for their own property.

Then I hope the person that cuts their lawn charges them $120 a cut for their 3k lot because they have to sit out in the heat and sweep up there lawn clippings.

Seriously - I am with Eric E on this....I had much more important things on my mind when I was in college and the lawn guy and his tools were not anywhere in that equation!

10-04-2011, 11:46 PM
Well I propose a ban on college students.... they are always partying, drinking, laughing, I can't hear the crickets at night!..... I say ban college students!!

10-05-2011, 06:19 AM
Wait here's more;

Exerts from the Sun Sentinel:

While commissioners complimented the students on their research and marveled at the story getting on CNN, they politely blew off any possibility of a ban.
"I don't think we need to interfere in the business of landscapers," Commissioner Priscilla Taylor said.

While Bachelder said she heard a "no" from the commission Tuesday, she expects change to come eventually. Key West and other cities already are considering bans or other limits on leaf blowers, she said.

As more people learn about the health and environmental concerns, Bachelder expects governments to reconsider allowing them.
"I think it's just a matter of time," Bachelder said.

For the full story follow the link;


10-07-2011, 09:33 AM
if people would use the blowers responsibly we wouldnt be having this thread...unless its wet you dont need to run them at w.o.t. also there seems to always be an inconsiderate lco that insists on doing residentials at 7am...i find it very inconsiderate....and keeping the blowers maintained (mainly new mufflers once in a while will help keep them more quiet) we are in our 25th yr. with three crews...and we have never started a blower in a residential area before 830 am.....commercial areas are a different story....

10-07-2011, 10:10 AM

Many yeas ago when Big Speakers in Cars was the Fad and all the Wannabe popular kids has them, Our county passed a noise ordinance. It was done quick and without any due diligence. At the same time is was directed at one problem or issue with Kids driving all over town with screaming car speakers. The ordinance is still on the books and could be used as a Blowers Ban. But that law is pretty much been forgotten now because it cured the problem at the time.

The problem with all laws and a point made by Ken Burns documentary about Prohibition. Laws are only as good as they are accepted and enforced. The Tree Hugger have passed a ton of Laws about fertilizer application that Home owner and Pro alike ignore. It is hard to enforce laws that no one respects.


South Florida Lawns
10-07-2011, 08:04 PM
we gave up brooms loong ago when we went "GREEN" we got some really sweet carbon fiber brooms and titanium hand snips. Guess it makes up for all the black smoke my diesel puts down.

10-09-2011, 08:47 PM
we gave up brooms loong ago when we went "GREEN" we got some really sweet carbon fiber brooms and titanium hand snips. Guess it makes up for all the black smoke my diesel puts down.

You mean you guys are sweeping crap? REALLY? :dizzy:

These dorks don't understand that the new generation hand helds have catalyst converters and in time all hand helds will produce lower emissions, much the same as automobiles.

All this crap is a college social experiment that will have a significant and negative impact on a huge industry in which they have invested no skin in the game. Wait until the tons of clippings begin to blow around their precious little MP3 players and up their a$$es, they'll be singing a different tune.

Landscape Poet
10-10-2011, 11:35 PM
Pretty sure I sat through a BMP class in the last year where I was lectured on the importance of removing clippings from walkways and roadways properly because they could potentially contaminate the aquifers.........so I guess the question to ask when this hearings come up is would you rather us pollute the environment?

10-11-2011, 05:26 PM
I remember reading an article about the blower bans.. either on this site or through the magazine, and the anti blower guy quoted "we were lied to when they said they would save time"... That floored me, Who in their right mind doesn't think blowers are worth their weight in gold when it comes to time saving. I think youd have to hire an entire new crew just for "sweeping up" if blowers were banned.

Eric E
10-11-2011, 10:18 PM
Yup...I imagine a conversation something like this...

Client: What do you mean my price went from $100 per month to $250 per month?

Me: Well...the blower ban goes into effect next month and it used to take 20 minutes to mow, edge, and trim plus 5 minutes to blow. Now it will take 30 minutes to sweep instead of blowing. I promise we will be quiet and won't kick up too much dust though, isn't that worth the extra $1800 a year?