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Old 04-25-2014, 10:23 PM
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Handheld blower for mow and go?

Hey guys,
I have backpack blowers, but considering getting a smaller, lighter handheld blower for the days we only cut grass. Doesn't need to be powerful, just blow the grass off street and sidewalk. What do you think?
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Old 04-25-2014, 10:24 PM
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you can but it will be slower and less productive.
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Old 04-25-2014, 10:50 PM
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If you do, check out the stihl BG 86. Its got lots of power.
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Old 04-25-2014, 11:33 PM
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If you do, check out the stihl BG 86. Its got lots of power.
Stihl BG series is a great option. Powerful handheld blowers!
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Old 04-25-2014, 11:39 PM
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Doesn't make any sense to me. I would just wear my backpack blower on one arm for 20 seconds. I only purchase things that will make me more money.
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Old 04-26-2014, 12:20 AM
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I just bought the stihl 86 blower and vac the other day. There aint no way Id use that as my blower instead of my BR600, not even for just mow and blows. The BR600 is way faster, and time is money.

That's my 2 cents.
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Just use the backpack blower, it's not that hard or inconvenient compared to handhelds. Handhelds are harder to use.
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I carry both a handheld and backpack blower. I use the handheld about 90% of the time. That's probably why my backpack blower is 16 years old and still running strong. I can grab the handheld and have it running twice as fast as the backpack.
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Old 04-26-2014, 10:52 AM
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I carry both a handheld and backpack blower. I use the handheld about 90% of the time. That's probably why my backpack blower is 16 years old and still running strong. I can grab the handheld and have it running twice as fast as the backpack.
This is the whole V8 grocery getter mentality.

"Can't have any less than 370 hp to grab a pack of gum! what if it's really heavy gum??"

a hand held like a BG86 has the same "blow capacity" as back packs when they first came out, essentially it's yesterdays backpack with no straps and just a handle.
A Br600 for blowing off sidewalks and driveways is like having a V8 silverado, because, well my ego says I need one.


"My BR600 blows this sidewalk off so much faster than a handheld" says no one who's ever used both for the same thing.
Complete BS.

Are you mowing down 8 inch tall grass with your chute pointed toward the driveway and flower beds like a moron? Then yes, you'll need a lot more blower to solve that problem.

But when you mow a property properly, even while side discharging, how much grass are you getting on hard surfaces, actually?
Not that much.

I used handhelds so much over a back pack.
I stopped buying backpacks!
Completely!

For bigger blowing, like spring clean up, fall clean up etc.
I use little wonder/Giant vac blowers.
8hp is pretty sufficient in most parts of the country that aren't LeafTownUSA.
In the north east I had Huge Fradans and even a self propelled lesco blower.

But people have focused so much on "powerful" backpacks, that they don't even buy or use the wheeled blowers at all anymore. Then you run into these guys all wearing backpacks standing butt cheek to butt cheek doing spring cleanups on a lawn because they forgot how to use rakes, tarps and/or a wheel blower…all because of how "powerful" the backpack is.

The backpack is an intermediate blower.
They are the WB of the blower world.
They will never replace the productivity of a wheeled blower.
They are way over engineered and over powered to blow grass clippings off a sidewalk.
But…But… I must have more MORE MoRe! Power!!!

In my experience a BR600 is the most stolen piece of a equipment in our industry.

You could leave a BG86 in the back of your pick up truck in Harlem and no one will take it.
A wheeled blower? Too heavy. Not worth it.
a BR600 is like a honda prelude… with a handle…. might a well scotch tape $500 to your windshield and hope it's never targeted.
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