Backpack or Handheld Blower?

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by Peter120, Mar 3, 2014.

  1. Peter120

    Peter120 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Do I want a backpack or handheld blower? What do you guys use and why?
  2. walkerway

    walkerway LawnSite Member
    Messages: 208

    After we went to backpacks , stihl br600, nobody even wanted to touch the handhelds anymore. You can be so much more efficient with a backpack.
  3. show-n-go

    show-n-go LawnSite Member
    Messages: 232

    I have used both and currently own a Kombi blower(handheld) and a br600. I always go for the backpack. I can blow as fast as i can walk, not the case with a handheld. although the handheld will get the job done just not as fast.
  4. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,760

    To save time (for more work or play) buy an upper tier commercial BP blower. Otherwise, you'll save some money buying a HH, but be spending more time getting the work done. Plus, the BP will do a better job when it comes to sweeping under cars, scouring concrete and blowing out beds.

    Better to throttle down...than wish you could throttle up.

    In time saved, a BP will pay for itself at least twice/season over a HH. Once during the regular season and once again during leaf season.
  5. JeffH1

    JeffH1 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 85

    You have to go backpack. If you do any fall cleanup(leaves) it is a necessity unless you want to take 2-3 times as long to get it done. The difference in power between the two is night and day.
  6. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,508

    Now open a real can of worms and ask which backpack would we recommend.
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  7. rbljack

    rbljack LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 731

    x2! Once you go backpack you never go back...LOL. I too like the BR600 to meet all the requirements im looking for. Decent on gas, not too heavy, and it does the job from simply blowing grass to working leaves, etc.

    You wont regret spending the extra cash up front for the back pack.
  8. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,566

    Backpack all the way! :clapping:
  9. cotyledon

    cotyledon LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 619

    back pack . red max . buy used if you gotta
  10. M&L

    M&L LawnSite Member
    Messages: 245

    The biggest one you can afford.

    Hand held blowers are cute. They're even cuter when they plug in the wall.
    They will get dry grass clippings of of sidewalks, but are underpowered for any thing wet or with any breeze. They are also awkward to use because the entire weight of the tool is on one side flopping around, where with a BP, the weight is on your shoulders and you just have the air and weight of the tube on your arm.
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