Question for you Leaf Clean up Guys

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by rbljack, Nov 13, 2012.

  1. rbljack

    rbljack LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 702

    ok, here in west texas we dont have the volume of leaves that most of you are dealing with in the fall. I do have one customer though, that has many mature trees in her yard that are Pecans, and Oaks. Because she is a weekly customer, im still mowing her yard, and mulching the leaves so they arent building up too bad.

    My question is this: she has some flowerbeds that are full of viney ground cover like english ivy, and vinca. She wants all the leaves blown out or removed from those beds when I mow also. No big deal, because she is my best paying customer, and I dont mind providing that extra service for her.

    My question is this: Will I backpack blower do the job? Ive been contemplating getting a BR600 for a while now. Or am i better off getting one of those cheap poulan pro blowers that can also be a lawn vac? Ive used those as a leaf vac before, and the bag over the shoulder is always a PITA.

    Any recommendations? My thought was to blow the leaves into the yard with a back pack blower first, then mower as normal. Id like to hear what yall have to say. Keep this in mind though....the leaves are a thorn in her side. She enjoys her manicured yard all season, but really hates leaves left behind..LOL.
     
  2. Sprinkler Buddy

    Sprinkler Buddy LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Florida
    Posts: 1,187

    The back pack will get the job done no problem. I have a few yards that I blow them out of the ground covered beds before I mow so I can mulch them up with the mower.
     
  3. rbljack

    rbljack LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 702

    yeah, im comparing the br600 to the stihl 86 blower shredder and cant make up my mind.

    Any other inputs? I want to get this done as quickly and efficiently as possible becausse im not charging anthing extra for the service, but she pays well all year long, so its a fair trade off.
     
  4. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 8,033

    A backpack blower is a more useful tool overall. I have a shredder vac, and it's nice for window wells and corners and getting every last leaf out of ground cover...basically detail work. It doesn't get used much though and I could do without it, whereas I could not say the same about backpack blowers. For the man who has everything, a shredder vac is nice, but a backpack blower is almost mandatory in my opinion.
     
  5. knox gsl

    knox gsl LawnSite Platinum Member
    Posts: 4,736

    Get a backpack, and I will trade wet red oak leaves for pecan any day.
     
  6. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,142

    I used to have the stihl shredder vac. It got stolen. I wasn't that upset. I never replaced it. We do a LOT of leaves. I didn't find it that helpful.
     
  7. agent walker

    agent walker LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 450

    Never used a shredder but ive put a ton of hours on backpack blower, including stihl br600. And id charge extra to blow out the leaves. I dont run a $550 piece of equipment for free
     
  8. andyslawncare

    andyslawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 812

    take the mower across the english ivy, it will come back in the spring.
     
  9. rbljack

    rbljack LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 702

    LOL...thats not an option. But even if it was, i aint going through that with my Honda HRC...no way no how.

    There are also bushes, and flowers along with the ivy. I have an old blower vac that im going to try when I go back over there on Tuesday, but from everything im reading, im leaning towards the back pack blower for my next purchase. The only problem is that I dont have 600 bucks to throw at another piece of equipemtn at the moment, so I may have to do it with tools on hand for the moment.
     
  10. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
    Posts: 3,231

    the backpack blower is a good one and it will have more uses than the shredder vac.
     

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