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Backpack or Handheld Blower?

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

  1. NoFearSpear

    NoFearSpear LawnSite Member
    Messages: 21

    We have a winner ;)
  2. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,566

    Except, when one finds themselves involved in something they didn't plan and, then, finds they should've gotten the bigger one.
  3. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,353

    How do you just find yourself in a blower situation? Don't you guys do hands on estimates and pay attention to what your bidding on? As stated big leaf moving is done with walk behinds, plows, vacuums and power brooms.
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  4. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,566

    If I based blower choice on my current client list, I COULD get by with a HH. However, I've decided to move out of this overworked town and focus on another community I was already servicing (definitely overlooked). Outside that community, about five miles into the sticks, is a 400 acre, wooded development of extremely nice homes (many are weekend, vacation homes). There are strict covenants and the area is full of cleanup potential, regular maintenance, applications, etc. Last year, when I bought BP, I had no idea this would be somewhere I'd end up. Likewise, I made one contact and had a bunch of lakeside properties dropped into my lap, this year. Again, unexpected. My urban work doesn't require a BP, but, this stuff does. I'm glad I bought what I did or I'd be facing the inevitable of having to buy a bigger blower.
  5. jackal

    jackal LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 488

    Both. Just not worth strapping on a back pack for a few grass clippings. Behind bushes and mulch beds hand held rules. Big drive ways and streets I run the mower in reverse with the blades turning. 10 times faster than a back pack.
  6. Four_Seasons

    Four_Seasons LawnSite Member
    Messages: 184

    Stihl! Stihl! Stihl! I have a 2004 BR600 that I have used every year and continue to use with my 2013 BR600. Only difference between the two is the tubes and paint. Other than that I would get them mixed up lol.
  7. MultiPros

    MultiPros LawnSite Member
    from Oviedo
    Messages: 7

    Dealing with string trimmers and edgers is enough work. When i put on the backpack blower it is refreshingly light ;)
  8. AMW Landscaping

    AMW Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 630

    I think that having both can be the best idea. You will always need a backpack, but for blowing off side walks you are faster with the handheld. Get the stihl Br600 first and see if you would benefit from a handheld.
  9. CreativeLawncareSolutions

    CreativeLawncareSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,017

    Handheld for blowing grass. Backpack for leaves.
  10. Porcupine Lawn and Snow

    Porcupine Lawn and Snow LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 334

    BR600.... Never look back.

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