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Old 09-26-2012, 02:23 PM
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straw blowers

We are looking in to buying a straw blower whats the pros and cons and the best ones out there?
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Old 09-26-2012, 02:35 PM
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seriously, look at a Finn, worth the money.

http://www.finncorp.com/
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Old 09-26-2012, 03:37 PM
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waiting to here from them
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8X10 trailer
5x8 trailer
craftsman 22 in with bagger
craftsman 42 in rider
BG55 Stihl Leaf Blower
Toro 21 Inch with Bagger
John Deere Z425 with mulch kit
john deer z425 54 in deck
BR600 Stihl Backpack
Stihl FS90 Trimmer With Brush cutter attatchment
Stihl FS-90Trimmer W/Edger attatchment
Stihl fs-90 Trimmer
crap load of hand tools
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Old 09-27-2012, 10:22 AM
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Finn makes a nice strawblower. You won't go wrong with it but most all the strawblowers out there are pretty good.

There are basically two types of strawblowers, at least in the smaller units that would be used for residential work. One style is based on bedding choppers that they use in freestyle barns for bedding. They have a tub that rotates where you put the bale and rows of sicle bar knives that rotate and chop the bales. Probably the most popular of these is Goosen. There is also a Canadian unit that is pretty popular. The chief advantage of this style of unit is price. They cost less than the other style. I would say a couple of thousand less. They do require more maintenance and are not quite as rugged. You do load the full bale which is nice but they are a bit slower then the other type.

The other style uses uses chains to cut the bales. Instead of loading full bales you cut the twine and feed wafers of the straw. It might sound slow but it's not. You can do about 2-3 bales a minute which is about 50% faster than the other style. The originator of this style was TGMI formerly of Ohio. Normally I would recommend this machine highly but Bob sold his company a little over a year ago and from what I have heard jacked prices way up to where I think it is overpriced. There are two other machines almost idential which is Kincaid and Turbo Turf. I would say 95 percent of the parts are likely interchangeable. Finns unit is a similar disign (As far as the small B-40 goes) but the layout is a bit different and the price a bit higher. There are some other small straw blowers that are also on the same principal. Bowie for one which is also a nice unit. If you don't hear back from Finn the Finn dealer is only about an hour away from you. It's Highway Equipment on Route 19 Just south of Zelienople and north of Cranberry on the right side of the road.
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