Grandmother Proves Rake and Broom as Fast as Leaf Blowers

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  1. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    Grandmother Proves Rake and Broom as Fast as Leaf Blowers
    (January 8, 1998 press release from Zero Air Pollution, Los Angeles)

    In fighting the ban on gas powered leaf blowers gardeners have argued that it would take them twice as long to do jobs if they had to use rakes and brooms. But Diane Wolfberg, a Palisadian grandmother in her late 50s, proved them wrong in tests conducted by the Department of Water & Power Leafblower Task Force last Thursday.

    In three tests involving gas powered leaf blowers and battery powered leaf blowers, Diane cleaned the areas using rakes or brooms faster than any of the battery powered blowers and almost as fast as the gas powered leaf blowers and she did a better job in cleaning up the areas.

    The Task Force, formed at the direction of the Los Angeles City Council, is composed of two representatives from the gardeners' associations and one representative each from the landscape contractors association, the dealers, DWP, the Department of Parks and Recreation, General Services, the City Council, and the homeowners. It is evaluating electrical alternatives to the gas powered leaf blowers. When it was proposed that the electrical equipment be tested against gas powered leaf blowers which would be the baseline for comparison, the homeowner representative, Jack Allen, also of the Palisades, suggested that rakes and brooms be included in the comparison.

    Wolfberg, who like Allen, is a member of Zero Air Pollution (ZAP), volunteered. In the first test, which required each participant to clean a pebbled cement patio area approximately 100 square feet in size with eight chairs placed on the patio, diminutive Wolfberg cleaned the area in two minutes and 30 seconds. The gas powered leaf blower operated by a large, well muscled gardener cleaned the area in two minutes but like all the leaf blowers, did not clean the area of small nuts or leaf stems, something Wolfberg was able to do.

    In a second test involving the moving of paper cups and wadded paper down a 50 foot slope and back up again, she was as fast as the gas powered leaf blower and faster than the electric blowers. In the third test, requiring the cleaning of a heavy bed of pine needles and dirt down a thirty foot concrete ramp, she was the fastest and the cleanest. The leaf blowers all sent columns of damp dirt flying into the air as much as five or six feet.

    Wolfberg's performance did not impress the gardeners but did impress others who had been convinced that using rakes and brooms was not feasible. The representative from DWP told Wolfberg that she had won him over.
     
  2. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
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    Hummm, if everyones landscaping was constructed of smooth concrete with no obstructions and leaves were dry paper products then I could see the light here. But where's the reality here? I can sling a bushel load of pine needles 50 feet with a rake too on concrete. But put a few dozen shrubs and some rock edging in there and see how well the lady fares then against the "awful" blowers.

    These tests are a joke... The gardner couldn't compete with the lady with a rake, couldn't remove small nuts and leaf stems??? HUH? what was he using anyways? Cause I want one of those powerful badboys! Must be the redmax 8000 or whatever, you know, the one that can move a brick on pavement. Any blower I have owned does a better and cleaner and more efficient job than any broom or rake.
     
  3. Aleman

    Aleman LawnSite Member
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    I guess they need to take those blowers back to Wal-Mart and get their money back!
     
  4. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
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    A More Fair Test...

    I Would have Put Granny w/her Stupid Broom on One of My Mow&Blow Crews that Service 25-30 Props per Day and Told Her that after She Trims She has to have The Debris Blown off the Drive before Mowing is Done or She Gets a the Back End of a Broom on her Azz.

    After the Second Lawn Granny Would be Either in the Hospital suffering a Heart Attack or if She's a Tough Granny She'd Be Strapped into a Redmax 8000.
     
  5. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
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    No No No, it's not "mow and Blow" Call it , Mow and "gently caress that clippings off the paved surfaces with a gentle spring-like breeze" See, that sounds so sweet and nice now. I'm not offended at all now. LOL
     
  6. Scapegoat

    Scapegoat LawnSite Member
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    Obviously a gas powerd leaf blower in most situations will be quicker, but really the point of this "test" had nothing to do with speed or efficiency. It was really a way to promote more environmentally friendly ideas and practices. Cutting down on pollution caused by gas powered blowers. Probably was intended more for the homeowner. I'm sure they don't assume time crunching LCO's would care.
     
  7. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
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    2 minutes to clean off a 100sqft patio??? Give me a break.. Maybe 10 seconds maximum if you are using a pro. grade blower..

    I wouldn't know what to do if a ban like that went into effect here.. :dizzy:
     
  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have a customer with 20,000 feet (20 X 1,000) of asphalt driveway plus 200 feet of 4 foot sidewalk. Get busy Granny. I'll drop you off on Monday and pick you up on Friday.
     
  9. Lnd Svyr

    Lnd Svyr LawnSite Member
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    Remember, Californians are just plain different. Look at any product you buy these days. "This product is known to the State of California to be...." I'm in Virginia, why should I care? Heinlein was right. California will eventually just split off from the rest of the good ole USA and, thankfully, they'll be doing us all a favor.
     
  10. DLCS

    DLCS LawnSite Platinum Member
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    The granola state, cause your either a fruit, nut, or a flake. :p J/K all you memebers from California.
     

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