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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by cochino12, Mar 15, 2005.

  1. cochino12

    cochino12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 319

    ok all i want to know is most guys use a backpack or a handheld for blowing off sidwalks driveways at their residential accounts after mowing. I need a blower and dont know much about them and all the search turns up are pissing matches about how much better redmax is than echo etc..

    So, is it better to use a handheld or backpack for light use? Seems like not having to deal with the noise of a backpack and taking it off and on would make a handheld a better option. Either way I will be buying a redmax 7001(not 100% sure on that model#) for leaf cleanups etc. this fall.

  2. Eho

    Eho LawnSite Member
    Posts: 205

    I just got a Stihl backpack blower yesterday and I LOVE it. Apparently it isnt as powerful and certain other brands BUT its perfect for my needs( resedential) plus its lightweight. I d suggest you look into that.
  3. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Posts: 2,207

    We have a new Echo PB 230 handheld blower that works good for small jobs and it has plenty of power.
  4. DennisF

    DennisF LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,381

    Redmax, Echo and Stihl all make good backpack blowers. Pay no attention to the pissing contests, and buy the one that you think is the best value. Don't bother with a handheld...they just don't have enough power for all around use.
  5. bettergrass

    bettergrass LawnSite Member
    Posts: 242

    i do mostly residentials and i use a stihl 420 and a to say i like them both...ive never really questioned if i needed more power. and from what i hear wearing a redmax will eventually break your back lol

    to answer your question i dont think a backpack is to much for a residential...they have so much more power than a hand held that you can practically stand in one spot and blow the whole drive way...its also great for those corner lots.
  6. Eddie B

    Eddie B LawnSite Senior Member
    from gone
    Posts: 859

    I've got a handheld Homelite I use for small resi's, its actually mfgd by John Deere. Got it at a yard sale new for 60 bucks, and its great for residential lawns, simply because I don't have to strap a heavy blower backpack on my back. Plenty of power, gets the job done. I feel so scrubby, too! I use a backpack when doing several lawns in a row, or for comm accounts.
  7. coonman

    coonman LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 682

    We use both. Use the Redmax for the bigger accounts and the hand held for tiny props.
  8. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,345

    The backpacks are easy to put on and take off plus they are not that loud at 1/2 throttle where as with a hand held will more then likely be running at full throttle and will tire your arm out.
  9. cochino12

    cochino12 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 319

    I guess I didnt think about the handheld running higher rpms, good point. I guess I would save money having to buy only one blower too. Guess I save my pennies until I can afford a good redmax, looks like I'll be using my home depot crap for a little while longer :cry:
  10. Southern Elegance

    Southern Elegance LawnSite Member
    Posts: 241

    we use redmax 8001,s and little wonder push blowers for larger accounts but as far as hand held units it is hard to beat a stihl bg85, plenty of power and well balanced and affordable.

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