BP blowers VS the wind...

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by MikeKle, May 10, 2010.

  1. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I was out mowing in very windy conditions the other day, and it sucked! it is pointless to try blowing off a property, when the wind comes along and blows it all back anyway! and why does the wind always seem to be coming in the opposite direction than you want it to come from? The worst is when you are mowing, and on one pass, it blows all the discharge all over you!! One customer laughed at me due to grass being everywhere, head to toe!! One thing I was thinking about and still cant quite understand, so please tell me if I am missing something...I bought the BR550 so I could have the second biggest stihl and so blowing would be quick and easy, well, the BR550 has a wind speed of around 198 or 200 I think, which is pretty fast for wind, but when you get a gust of wind, even if its low, like 15 or 20 mph gust, and you are blowing at the same time, how is it possible for the wind gust to "over power" the 198mph BP blower, and blow the grass clippings right back on the spot you are trying to clear?!!! I wouldve thought the big BP blower would push it thru that tiny gust of wind? Im really tired and not thinking too clear tonight, so maybe that is it? Doesnt it sound odd though? a light 20mph wind gust can out do a 198mph gust of wind????
  2. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    Your 198mph wind is very small concentrated stream of say 10" diameter when hitting the leaves. Once you throw the leaves up and away from your narrow stream, you don't have your blower keep blowing it, all the leaves "see" is the guss of 15mph wind and blow right back to your face. The nature has infinite of cfm ( 15mph over many square feet area !!! is a lot of cfm!!!.)

    That is exactly why I question why different people have such a big difference of opinions of which blower is the strongest. Nobody talk about the wind condition. The blower feels a lot stronger if you have tail wind than if you have head wind even it is only about 2 to 3 mph. It is the volume away from the stream.

    That is the reason people keep saying cfm is more important than mph. You can blow a lot better with 150mph and a 20" diameter stream than a 200mph 10" diameter. The bigger diameter blow the leaves longer before it move off the stream.
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
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    I love windy days when it falls on mowing,
    whole lot less to clean up after wards.

    And yes it truly is about the cfm's, I found out the other day that holds true for air compressors and their tools as well,
    although another way to say it is the width of the path.
  4. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    They're right Mike. It's all about CFM. And a 15 to 20 MPH wind is pretty strong.
  5. obxseaside

    obxseaside LawnSite Member
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    15 to 20 mph winds are the average here. I guess that is why so many people travel here to go kite boarding and wind surfing.
  6. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    Yeah but you guys don't have a whole lot in the way of leaves out there. I just looked Frisco up on the map. You are as out there as you can get. I've been through there many times. It's a nice place to visit but I wouldn't want to live there. Is that space ship still out there?
  7. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I absolutely hate mowing on windy days, because I know the wind will not be blowing in the direction I need it to be, and I will likely get grass all over me!! Sure its great when you get that blast of air that helps you out and clears the whole driveway, but usually it is blowing it all back on the driveway! Id like to see a BP blower with a 12" dia tube, that would be a whole lot stronger than the ones we have now, but what kind of power would be needed to back this super tube up is another thing! Maybe it would be a 160cc with 5000cfm?!!
  8. Cummins343

    Cummins343 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Kansas
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    I go with the wind.
  9. MikeKle

    MikeKle LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I am nothing but dust in the wind! lol. Everytime I try to blow thje clippings in the direction of the wind is blowing, it changes direction suddenly and I end up with grass all over the place! If it is too windy, it is almost as bad as trying to mow in the rain, but Im not about to tell any customers I can be there due to it being windy!!
  10. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,207

    I also learned quickly that two big Stihl backpacks were not very good in the wind especially around big building. So......got the 13HP Billygoat and it puts it where it needs to go. Don't use that thing all the time outside during leave season but nice when you need it.

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