Hurricane stand-on leaf blower/vac 425 vs X3

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by dan082, Nov 14, 2013.

  1. dan082

    dan082 LawnSite Member
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    X3 vs 425

    So I need a new blower and leaf vac and I'm thinking about buying the Hurricane Leaf Blower/ Vacuum. I would like the X3 since it is more powerful and more importantly has 3 places where air can come out- BUT it doesn't Vacuum from what I have heard....

    So my other option is the 425 which I haven't heard much about, everyone who has the X3 says its an awesome machine and cuts 4 men crew to 2 men crews and still can do cleanups faster...

    MY QUESTION: Any of you guys familiar with these machines? how is the 425 with vacuuming up leaves? is it powerful?

    Is the x3 a better version of the 425? Did they stop trying to vacuum leaves with the X3 because the 425 was having issues or breaking from clogs etc...
     
  2. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I only have the 314 the smallest one they make and I can say it cut clean ups from a 2 man crew to me being solo and still doing things in similar times and having no labor costs for fall clean ups. so its already paid for its self.
     
  3. andersman02

    andersman02 LawnSite Senior Member
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    How do you guys use these blowers?

    Usually we blow out the landscape and bag, sometimes if the dump needs to be dumped the guys will blow the front to the curb.

    Is that were this thing really shines? Getting the leaves to the curb? I cant see it saving time in the backyards we have here (all fenced in, minimal wooded areas) as they need to be bagged as its quite a distance to the front.
     
  4. RSK Property Maintenance

    RSK Property Maintenance LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I do the same for some lawns, but quite a few have lots of mature oaks and maple trees where the leaves will get thick, and within 50-70ft the pile will be 2-3' high most of my yards aren't fenced in so if they want the leaves to curb then that's where i blow them, if they want them in the woods that's where they go. and using a hurricane saves time like crazy.
     
  5. Gold Leaf Lawnscapes

    Gold Leaf Lawnscapes LawnSite Member
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    I just got my 314 home last night. I can't wait to put it to use. I hear lots of good things about these machines and hopefully it will help me gain some large cleanups.
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  6. Kelly's Landscaping

    Kelly's Landscaping LawnSite Platinum Member
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    You don't want to use your blower as a vac the impeller will be subject to all kinds of abuse and wear. I use a pair of Giant Vac truck loaders and I must say the $500 it cost for a new impeller and the additional $500 they charge to mount it gets old fast. No way would I want my blower to have sticks and rocks and what ever else it could suck up hitting the impeller and that is what happens with a vac the stuff is shredded going through the machine.
     
  7. Gold Leaf Lawnscapes

    Gold Leaf Lawnscapes LawnSite Member
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    I have a giant vac loader as well. That impeller isn't built to do work like the vac for sure! It does push leaves like nothing else though!
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