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shred n' vac blowers - are they worth anything?

Discussion in 'Turf Renovation' started by joea27, Dec 1, 2006.

  1. joea27

    joea27 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12

    i was looking at the echo es 230. i wanted to know if it was worth buying. i thought it might not be such a bad investment because i could use it to help with leaf removal in the fall and during the summer i could also use it as a blower but i didnt know how dependable or durable it was. anyone know?
  2. Ron's Lawncare

    Ron's Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 266

    save your money...
  3. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 9,501

    I have that one...IMO go buy some lottery tickets instead. You'll get better odds.
  4. joea27

    joea27 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 12

    alright ill but something else. thanks alot.
  5. seacoastlandscape

    seacoastlandscape LawnSite Member
    Posts: 103

    biggest waist of money ive ever spent, what a pice of crap it sits in my shop collecting dust
  6. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,468

    I through one away last week that had about an hour on it.I needed the carb for my pole saw.
  7. GreenN'Clean

    GreenN'Clean LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,512

    I have a Ryobi blower/vacuum and its total waste of money. It takes longer to use the ryobi on the leafs then using a rake and tarp.
  8. john_incircuit

    john_incircuit LawnSite Senior Member
    from NC
    Posts: 309

    I have the Stihl 85 SH. What a disappointment. Each gum ball brings it to a stop, where in the world did the designers test this model?

  9. fiveoboy01

    fiveoboy01 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,988

    I also have the SH85.

    Aside from using it to suck up dirt after a sidewalk edge, I only use it as a blower.

    Worthless for picking up leaves.
  10. Az Gardener

    Az Gardener LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,899

    They must have tested it in AZ it is great for the right applications. We have Bougainvillea petals here which are like crepe paper. When you blow them they float up into the air and it is any bodys guess where they come down at. They usually collect in a corner or under a shrub, the vac's make them easy to pick up. There are also Dwarf Ruellea that after the bloom fades to a brown they stay on the plant for a long time and are unsightly. If you run the vacuum over them it sucks off the dead blooms and leaves the live ones. There are other uses but it is definitely detail oriented work. We have the Stihl and used to use the electric Brush Hog from H/D but they ony lasted about a month, but they have just the right amount of suction. Too much and it picks up the rocks.

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