Register free!
Search
 
     

The Green Industry's Resource Center


Click for Weather
Reply
 
Thread Tools Display Modes
  #1  
Old 11-20-2001, 07:46 PM
groundsguy1970 groundsguy1970 is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Wa. State
Posts: 166
Who Prefers Walk-Behind Blowers To Backpacks?

Now that I have my w/b blower I'll NEVER use a backpack again! What a waste of time and noisy too! I just love my Billygoat!
Attached Images
 
Reply With Quote
  #2  
Old 11-20-2001, 08:25 PM
Cutter1 Cutter1 is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Pittsburgh, Pa
Posts: 1,239
Really??? I only use my WB blowers if absolutely necessary. I prefer to use a good back pack blower than those anyday. Too big and hard to maneuver in tight places. I have three shindaiwa backpacks. Two 630's and one 480. They get used all day long in leaves. The walkbehind blowers hardly get used.
__________________
Leisure Time Lawn Care
"Live to cut, cut to live"
DON"T BLAME ME I DIDN"T VOTE FOR HIM!
Reply With Quote
  #3  
Old 11-20-2001, 08:33 PM
MATTHEW MATTHEW is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: May 2001
Location: NE OHIO
Posts: 665
You need BOTH. My little wonder can clear light leaves and those pesky little twigs in nothing flat. But if I get near the beds with it the mulch will end up in the neighbors lawn. (how can you get into beds with a WB?)
Reply With Quote
  #4  
Old 11-20-2001, 08:54 PM
gogetter gogetter is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: Yardley, PA.
Posts: 3,256
groundsguy, are we just talking leaf season, right?
Surely you can't use the w/b all season.

This is my first year and I only have 1 h/h and 1 b/p, but with leaf season I see now that I need a w/b too! Will have to wait 'til next fall though.
Reply With Quote
  #5  
Old 11-20-2001, 08:54 PM
mdb landscaping's Avatar
mdb landscaping mdb landscaping is offline
LawnSite Silver Member
 
Join Date: Sep 2000
Location: Glastonbury, CT
Posts: 2,205
i use both. the walk behind little wonder for the major amount of leaves, and the backpack to clean out the beds and crevices.
Reply With Quote
  #6  
Old 11-20-2001, 09:02 PM
gene gls's Avatar
gene gls gene gls is online now
LawnSite Gold Member
 
Join Date: Dec 1999
Location: Granville, Ma. 01034
Posts: 3,051
I have been burned by gas so I'm not keen on strapping an engin to my back, but. There is a time and place for each type of blower thats on the market. I tried out my buddy's new Shindowa b/p and will have to brake down and get one next year. It will be a lot more productive in certin areas than hand helds and a lot easier to manuver on slopes than the big push blower.

Gene
Reply With Quote
  #7  
Old 11-20-2001, 11:32 PM
dlandscaping dlandscaping is offline
LawnSite Senior Member
 
Join Date: Aug 2001
Location: mass
Posts: 836
depends on yard

small tiny yards a walk behind blower is useless and i perfer the backpacks, however the back packs get heavy after a few hours and make your back hott. i like to use my billygoat the most but only on flat yards. the perfect combination is backpacks and a walkbehind because the backpacks get small areas, beds, in between cars etc and when the pile gets so many ft high then use the back packs to push the pile over and continue with the walkbehind.

ps i was using the new billygoat with 10hsp briggs at dusk the other nite and it had been on for almost and hr non stop and the muffler was bright red but only down near the fan housing, the top half of the muffler was fine. has anyone else noticed this or should i bring it back to my dealer? and no there were no leaves on the muffler.
Reply With Quote
  #8  
Old 11-21-2001, 12:20 AM
TLS's Avatar
TLS TLS is offline
LawnSite Fanatic
 
Join Date: Jan 2000
Location: N&W Philadelphia Suburbs
Posts: 7,938
Yep, they do get RED HOT. Your mowers will do the same if they're working hard. Just so happens that WB blowers are always under a pretty good size load. My old '68 Cub cadet with a one holer Kohler used to glow cherry red when at night blowing snow!
__________________
TLS
2004 GMC 2500HD Reg Cab BOSS 9.2 V-Plow
2013 eXmark LazerZ X-Series 60" 34hp EFI (RED) Kohler
2006 Hustler SuperZ 28EFI 60" Power Chute Design OCDC SOLD!
Perma-green Magnum
1996 48" SCAG Belt WB 14hp Kawasaki Classic Deck
Echo 2 strokes PB-755 & SRM 280
Eastman WM20H 20" Commercial Push mower (NEW for 2013)
Commercial Lawnboy trim mower 3-FOR SALE!http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=424203
Solo since 1980
Reply With Quote
  #9  
Old 11-21-2001, 09:12 AM
Cutter1 Cutter1 is offline
LawnSite Bronze Member
 
Join Date: Jul 2000
Location: Pittsburgh, Pa
Posts: 1,239
I did change my wheels on the front of my wb blowers. I put the bigger tire with the castor on it. Makes it easier to manuever. Its an extra $100 for it, but I think its worth it. I still prefer backpacks.
__________________
Leisure Time Lawn Care
"Live to cut, cut to live"
DON"T BLAME ME I DIDN"T VOTE FOR HIM!
Reply With Quote
  #10  
Old 11-21-2001, 12:55 PM
groundsguy1970 groundsguy1970 is offline
Banned
 
Join Date: Nov 2001
Location: Wa. State
Posts: 166
I have to agree that you can't get into everywhere,but for open areas or parking lots? Forget it! I don't even carry my backpack anymore.

The only bad thing is that sometimes I'll nail someone with a wind blast in high traffic areas!
Reply With Quote
Reply

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off

Forum Jump





Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.6
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ©1998 - 2012, LawnSite.comô - Moose River Media
All times are GMT -4. The time now is 08:44 PM.

Page generated in 0.09882 seconds with 8 queries