advice on a new blower/vac

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by dustinnice, Jul 23, 2010.

  1. dustinnice

    dustinnice LawnSite Member
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    so when i started landscaping i used my old poulan blower/vac combo to pick up hedge clippings in beds and also use it as a blower which was convenient. now finally its given up. So im in the market for a new one. Anyone got any recommendations or ones to stay away from? thanks
     
  2. White Gardens

    White Gardens LawnSite Fanatic
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    Using a hand-held vac is just way too slow. I'd use a billy goat, or even a small mower with a bagger.
     
  3. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,899

    As always try the search function. I have posed a pretty thorough review of both the Echo and Stihl brands but I'm not up to doing it all over again.
     
  4. Stillwater

    Stillwater LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Their is only 1 worth buying

    http://www.stihlusa.com/blowers/shredder.html
     
  5. dustinnice

    dustinnice LawnSite Member
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    i actually did a search but i didnt see anything..i will try again later.
    i do hedge trimming since a lot of guys who cut grass wont do it. so i have to pick up clippings in flower beds with rocks and mulch and cant really use a billy goat vac..
     
  6. Davido

    Davido LawnSite Member
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    I have both the Stihl vac and the echo vac. I prefer the echo. Just use the Stihl as a dedicated handheld and the Echo as a dedicated vac. Actually, when I started out I had an old Snapper homeowners vac - I LOVED it! Fuel line got eaten away and bought the Stihl. If I found one on Craigslist I would pick it up. Think it was a Poulan make...
     
  7. Davido

    Davido LawnSite Member
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    As far as it beint too slow... I agree. But I'm in Vegas. Not a lot of leaves anyway. Blow all debris against a garage door or block wall, bag the majority if necessary, vacuum the remainder for a "finished" touch. You would not believe the kinds of PITA customers that think the tree quits shedding once you leave.
     
  8. troyota71

    troyota71 LawnSite Member
    from ontario
    Posts: 56

    I have the 5 Echo shred/vacs and a Stihl. I like the Echo for sucking power,it sucks better the the Stihl.Be careful of the larger Echo as there is a design flaw with the heat shield next to the motor as debris collects there and cause the motor to over heat and blow up.
     
  9. dustinnice

    dustinnice LawnSite Member
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    Thanks.. picked up a bg85 for the time being. Looks like it will do the job. Thanks again for all the input
     

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