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Old 08-10-2011, 01:30 PM
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Little Wonder Push Blowers

I'm gonna pick one of these up in the next few weeks. Fall cleanup use and for use at my home.

How much difference in power between the 9hp and the 14hp?

I can count (5hp!). But, I have no idea if the bigger engine is worth the extra $$. Everything I did last year.....I did with a BP blower. I'm guessing the 9hp would blow away most BP's (no pun intended)?

Almost $100/1HP diff..
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Old 08-10-2011, 02:45 PM
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If you are using this on properties of 5-10000 sq ft or less I would stick with the 9hp due to the weight. Blow into piles and tarp if you have to. The 13 hp will only get you so far until you have to tarp anyhow. If you have hilly properties I would definitely stick with the 9hp.
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Old 08-10-2011, 03:22 PM
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I currently don't have a single property that I couldn't blow leaves into the woods (properties I'll be performing clean-ups on). Same hold true for my property.

But, the properties (that I'll be doing clean-ups on) are all an acre or larger. 3 are in a row and relatively flat. My property has a few hills (I live on top of one).

On the three in a row, I'm assuming I'd make a pass.....then go back to the beginning (rinse - repeat) until I have the leaves in the woods (200+'?). I'm not necessarily worried about time. I'm more worried about: 1) maneuver-ability and 2) is the 9hp. going to annoy me as far as having to make a ton more passes.

The 3 lawns in a row, luckily, have all the large, leaf-producers at the rear of the properties (the woods). None of the trees in the front (where I'd start) are over 20' tall. So, I don't foresee the 1st several passes having a lot of debris in them.

$500 is $500!
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Old 08-10-2011, 03:42 PM
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Well like I said weather you have a 9hp or 13hp you can only blow so many leaves until they are too heavy to blow and then you will need to tarp and drag so just keep that in the back of your mind along with the weight about 30-40 pounds difference between the two.
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Old 08-10-2011, 05:37 PM
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the rpm is the same . stick with the 9 hp, you will not see any better results with the 14
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Old 08-10-2011, 06:44 PM
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If weight is a factor then stick with the 9. If the blower has a pneumatic tire option. Get it. You are really going to like what those machines can do for you.
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Old 08-10-2011, 09:50 PM
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Any preference on engine (subaru or honda)?
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Old 08-11-2011, 08:13 AM
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Honda for sure never let me down.
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Old 08-11-2011, 09:05 AM
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I think Little Wonder has a self-propelled version out this year too. I'd stick with the 9HP Honda too.
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Old 08-12-2011, 03:32 PM
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Picked up the 9hp Honda powered unit, this AM.

Thanks for all your info.. It has PLENTY power for my needs.
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