Minimax's photo thread

Discussion in 'Heavy Equipment & Pavement' started by minimax, May 19, 2009.

  1. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,454

    Mini........is that a shindawa 2 cycle broom ya got there? I love setting block walls like that........pure heaven!!!
     
  2. minimax

    minimax LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 734

    Rockset,no it is a stihl power broom,Can be a saving grace at the end of the day.

    minimax
     
  3. J. Peterson Grading

    J. Peterson Grading LawnSite Senior Member
    from IA
    Posts: 989

    I have 2 of those stihl power prooms.

    They have to be the best tool investment I have ever made. It has made a end of day clean up go from 2 guys with brooms @ 45 minutes each down to 1 guy @ 20 minutes.

    J.
     
  4. RockSet N' Grade

    RockSet N' Grade LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,454

    I looked up those power brooms on stihl and the ones they have are set up on wheels.....what am i missing here? can you guys give me a link.......i am wanting one pretty bad.........
     
  5. J. Peterson Grading

    J. Peterson Grading LawnSite Senior Member
    from IA
    Posts: 989

    The wheels suck. They just make it so the unit blows everything foward. My guys hate that. They like the straight shaft unit quite a bit. It will allow you to angle the head so it will sweep away from curbs and such.

    My guys also like the Stihl with the rubber paddles instead of the brush. The brushes seem to bend and cause the tool to bite down and bog the unit down. The paddles don't do that. They will also loosen and sweep up caked mud and deep sand.

    One of my units is the Stihl Combi system. Its a power unit with interchangeable shafts. Its got the rubber head on it. I also have a Yard boss, Its got the brush head that the guys don't like.

    We also take the big ass gaurd off. Its heavy and ackward, and the guys realy hate it. The units don't throw stuff to much, they keep it close to the ground making the gaurds kinda usless anyway.

    With the paddle head you can sweep gravel out of grass after the snow melts. my father in-law bought one for this purpose and was not dissappointed.

    I have said it a thousand times. This unit is my best tool purchase ever. The first time you use one you will understand why.

    http://www.stihlusa.com/accessories/multi.html

    J.
     
  6. minimax

    minimax LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 734

    Rock,I have the stihl Combi power head,broom,weed eater,hedge trimmer,pole saw and it has been great.The stihl broom head will run the brushes or the rubber paddles so you can change between then real easy.That broom has got me some jobs because someone saw me cleaning up at the end of the day with it and said my guy does not do that!! I don't think I could get along without it anymore.

    minimax
     
  7. GWhunter

    GWhunter LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 380

    If you guys don't mind me asking what did the brooms cost you? I price out the smallest kombi system and the head and broom was like $600. Can that be right? I thought husky made one also but I don't see it on their site.

    Matt
     
  8. minimax

    minimax LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 734

    Matt,I can't rember how much I have spend on the whole system.I have bought stuff for it over 4 years.I think the power head was about $350-$400 and the broom was about $200.

    minimax
     
  9. J. Peterson Grading

    J. Peterson Grading LawnSite Senior Member
    from IA
    Posts: 989

    I think mine was something like $600 for the power unit and sweeper head. For some reason I think the Yardboss set up was just quite a bit cheeper @ around $400 to $450.00.

    I know it seems like alot of money for what you are getting. but like I said the first time you use it it will save you so much time, you will make that cost back in the first week of use.

    J.
     
  10. J. Peterson Grading

    J. Peterson Grading LawnSite Senior Member
    from IA
    Posts: 989

    Heres a pick of ours being used.

    We loaded trucks and dumped a tandem load of 1"road stone here and we are cleaning up the leftover mess.

    With one guy it took 15 to 20 minutes with the Stihl. It would have taken 2 guys with brooms and shovels at least an hour to do the same thing.

    Huge time saver.

    J.

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