1. Missed the live Ask the Expert event?
    Not to worry. Check out the archived thread of the Q&A with Ken Hutcheson, President of U.S. Lawns, and the LawnSite community on the Franchising Forum.

    Dismiss Notice

Best least expensive hand held blower

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by wave~life, Apr 13, 2003.

  1. wave~life

    wave~life LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    Thanks for the info Chris.I had to go with a weed eater brand because of cost factors.I have looked at the Echo and have heard good things about it but I it just was'nt in the budget.I will use this for a few months then get a back pack blower and use this as my backup. : )

    wave~life

    "I must confess, I was born at a very early age."
    Groucho Marx
     
  2. Gr grass n Hi tides

    Gr grass n Hi tides LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020

    Wave -

    When you do upgrade you might not have to spend a ton of money. I paid about $200 for my Stihl BG85 hand held, which has plenty, and I mean plenty of power. I don't have any big parking lots to blow right now, just a couple of small ones and residentials so the BG85 is very adequate.

    I had a big spring clean up recently on which the property was neglected for 14 years. On the back porch was an indoor/outdoor rug covered with a four inch layer of leaves, pine needles, etc. It was was so heavy and thick you could have planted flowers in it. The BG85 blew that thing off in no time flat.
     
  3. wave~life

    wave~life LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

     
  4. Gr grass n Hi tides

    Gr grass n Hi tides LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,020

    Wave -

    Sorry to hear of the hard luck. Can you get any credit for the weedeater? Better luck on try #2 !
     
  5. wave~life

    wave~life LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    It was kind of funny,I was finished with a 2 hour job and thought well just a quick blow and am off,machine brakes then am 20 minutes with the broom, my back would love to see the blower again.lol.Hopefully I can get credit on the blower,will see tomorrow when I take it back.

    wave~life
     
  6. Primecut

    Primecut LawnSite Member
    Posts: 61

    My 2 cents is that a back pack blower is well worth having over hand helds. It will cost you more up front, but it will save you much more in the long run. I know that may not be feasible at this point, but whenever you get the chance, i recommend you make the upgrade. You'll be amazed the time they save. Stihl 400 or 420- by the way- is my choice. Best of luck.
     
  7. wave~life

    wave~life LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21

    Hey Primecut,

    Thanks for the input.I have decided to save my money for a month and buy a Shindawa back back blower since it has a 2 year commercial warranty and the service center is just one mile away.In the mean time am going to get a Stihl hand held.Had to much trouble with the Weedeater brand so am going to spend a little more for the $140.00 Stihl model.

    Wave~life
     
  8. ed's lawn service

    ed's lawn service LawnSite Member
    Posts: 46

    I've got the Stihl BG55 hand held blower and I think that it is a pretty good buy for the money. I paid $150 at our local Stihl dealer and have done several leaf cleanups with it. It doesn't like wet leaves at all. Especially when they are about a foot thick. Using it all day will wear your shoulder out pretty fast.
     
  9. wave~life

    wave~life LawnSite Member
    Posts: 21


    Thanks for the suggestion Ed.
    The Stihl hand held seems by far the choice of the lawnsite forum.

    wave~life
     

Share This Page