New Blower Advice

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Bryan Wilson, Jan 22, 2003.

  1. Bryan Wilson

    Bryan Wilson LawnSite Member
    Posts: 47

    Vancouver Canada has passed a bylaw requiring all leaf blowers used in the city must be rated at 65db by Jan. 01, 2003. So now I MUST buy a new blower.
    Have been using Stihl BR400. Any recommendations for a replacement unit?
  2. Turfdude

    Turfdude LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,900

    I'd say if they're not giving you a credit for trade in (the city officials), then use your existing equioment as long as you can until the cops come out w/ a dB meter. And then if you see them w/it, throttle down a little. Max dB's are registered at full throttle:D
    Damn politicians. BTW, a lot of homeowner electric blowers are a lot louder. You shouldn't have anything to worry about.

  3. Barkleymut

    Barkleymut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,117

    Make a point- use a push mower to mulch up all the leaves. But before you do take off the muffler. Now when someone complains say you used to use the backpack blower but they outlawed it. You can't afford a new one so your using your old push mower to do a much less efficient and louder job.
  4. lawncare3

    lawncare3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,981

    I agree if they are not going to give u a new one then they can't complain.
  5. SLS

    SLS LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mars
    Posts: 1,540

    Remember who passes these kinds of laws the next time you vote. ;)

    Don't feel like your 'The Lone Ranger'...California and the New England states are full of them too. :D
  6. GarPA

    GarPA LawnSite Silver Member
    from PA
    Posts: 2,585

    As in all issues you must weigh the risks/ what is the worst thing they can do if they stop you? A warning? and then what? Personally, I would use your existing least until such time as these live-off-your-dime bureaucrats start enforcing the ban on god awful loud music coming out of cars with modified mufflers that make the exhaust about 5 times louder than normal.....another thought...most of the time a blower is not wide open to blow off some trimmed when do they measure the db's??? I'd watch and see if they really enforce it b4 dropping $400 because of some weenie tree hugging socialist.....( gee can you tell this kind of stuff really pisses me off?)

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