backpack blower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by turftammer, Jun 12, 2004.

  1. turftammer

    turftammer LawnSite Member
    Posts: 99

    I currently use shindaiwa blowers but I try to have a backup for all my equipment and have seen a homelite backpack blower at homedepot for about $170 and thought it would probably work to get me out of a bind and I know not to expect alot out of a $170 blower but would like to know anybodys experience with them or just your opinion
  2. liltex

    liltex LawnSite Member
    Posts: 31

    i've got one and what a waste of money. my little hand held weedeater blower has more power than this. i wouldn't ake one if they were free.
  3. No Lawncares

    No Lawncares LawnSite Member
    Posts: 78

    I run a stihl for my business, but I bought one of the homelite's for my personal yard (got tired of taking a backpack home every friday night). Well on the first use of the Homelite it broke. Took it back and I will never buy another thing at home depot.
  4. locutus

    locutus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from NC
    Posts: 1,266

    If you are only going to use it for a backup, I dont see a problem with it. You might be able to luck up on a used commercial b/p blower on Ebay for not much more money. Just a thought.
  5. minerapex

    minerapex LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    I would just buy a red max 7001. Once you get that you won't need to think of having a back up. they work wonders.
  6. EagleLandscape

    EagleLandscape LawnSite Platinum Member
    Male, from Garland, Texas
    Posts: 4,347

    Those homelites are 170 at home depot, or 99 at Harbor Freight and tools.

    I used those for the first 3 years of being in business, they were alright, but invest in a good blower, you wont be dissapointed.

  7. precisioncut

    precisioncut LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 654

    Just get a little hand-held if your only going to use i to get you out of trouble. It work for you for the little time you will need it.
  8. bayfish

    bayfish LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 641

    Backups always seem to find their way to being frontline equipment. If you like Shindawa, stick with it.
  9. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,177

    That is so true. I have done that myself. I have seen alot of people do that. I know one guy who bought a mower to do his own lawn so he wouldn't feel like he was at work, while cutting his grass. Now its bouncing around on a trailer with 3 other mowers 5 days a week.
  10. vipermanz

    vipermanz LawnSite Bronze Member
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