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Gutter blower (handheld)

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Envy Lawn Service, Nov 23, 2006.

  1. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    Well, yet another dead Echo.

    The dang thing has just gone haywire. Impossible to crank... then cranks fine. Cranks fine... then won't rev up without dieing. Then revs up... but will not idle. Then everything is perfect... then it returns.


    Anyways, if I can't get this straightened out, I'm going to have to buy something which I hate to do this late in the year.

    This unit is an ES-230 and it's GREAT for blowing out most gutters from up on the roof. In blower mode it looks much like a PB-200 and it shares the same tube style pictured here.


    Then the extra part about it that makes it great for gutters is that it has an additional handle over the starter recoil like pictured here.


    So I can turn it on it's side and hold it by that handle while blowing, and with that curved duckbill end tube, I can put a shingle friendly airstream into the gutter and also not be down on the very edge of the roof. That end tip also can be reversed if I need to be blowing in the other direction.

    Great little setup. And overall, for what it is, this blower has been pretty darn good, but just like the other Echo's with these little nagging troubles. So I'm thinking if I replace it, I'd rather go with another brand that makes something similar.

    Any ideas on my troubles or ideas on a replacement would be appreciated.
  2. Just Mow

    Just Mow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 367

    I have a Stihl SH85 and you can add a gutter attachment to it as well.:drinkup:
  3. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,944

    Not bad if the gutters are bone dry, but if any customers are above middle-class and hire window cleaners, the splattered mist of blown gutter debris can ruin clean windows and spot siding.

    There are benefits to scooping leaves with the extending tools that reach 8 feet each direction from a ladder.
  4. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    OK... what does that look like?

    Is it something to be used from the ground?

    Any idea if Stihl makes a curved duckbill nozzle accessory for the 85?
    I know they make several curved styles for the 420's.
  5. MJB

    MJB LawnSite Silver Member
    from Wa
    Posts: 2,869

    I have the same blower and so far it working ok only 2 yrs old. But I keep having to clean the carbon out of the exhaust port, it will build up and make the hole a little smaller and then it starts acting underpowered and start harder etc. I have to chip it out with a screwdriver. Have you run into this yet? I've always been an Echo fan, but every time I get a new one it seems to be less dependable. But I hate to change too. My Trimmers are all Echos because the Edgit works great on them and lasts longer. But I'm getting real tired of buying a new one every 2 yrs if lucky. Always have coil problems seem like.
  6. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 14,700

    I used to have it happen a lot to every 2 stroke piece of equipment I own. The I switched to synthetic (Amsoil) 2 stroke oil and I haven't cleaned an exhaust port since. You also have the advantage of using one mix can for all of your equipment regardless of recommended ratio. Synthetic is so good you can mix it at 80 or 100 to 1 if you like. Try it, you'll like it.
  7. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,503

    Envy....If you consider a bg85...try to find a model 85c and not the 85d. I think the ''d'' model is the catalytic model and they seem to be down on power some and have some issues.I found this out from another guy in my area that has the newer model. I checked 2 of my dealers wed eve and they have the ''c'' models in stock.
    The gutter clean kits are made so you can stand on the ground and blow them out. That is what Im in search of now.........2 months ago they were every where and now 2 of my best local dealers are sold out........I knew I would wait too long lol.

  8. Just Mow

    Just Mow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 367

    Envy, I don't own the attachment but have seen it at my dealer. It can be used from the ground and looks like a periscope that has a curved end to go over lip of gutter to blow out the debris.
  9. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,503

  10. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    Well, I typically do the gutters from the roof.

    I use the blower set up just like this...


    The ES versions with the handle over the recoil allow me to hold it on it's side.

    This allows for a narrow vertical airstream from the duck bill nozzle.
    And the curve in the pipe allows me to walk along farther away from the edge.
    That make sense?

    With that said... I guess the Stihl SH85 might work to where I could hold it on it's side.
    The question is, does Stihl sell a curved duck bill nozzle accessory for the 85?

    They have all kinds for the BR420.


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