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Backpack or Handheld Blower?

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

  1. pazzaneselawncare

    pazzaneselawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    I would go with a backpack because they have much more power and make things much easier. Only con is they are a little more expensive.
  2. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,566

    Having spent the last week, or so, doing clean-ups, I'd buy a BP long before a HH. I don't care if I had to finance the thing. The only place I found a HH useful was in getting leaves out from under low-lying flora. Otherwise, it was useless.
  3. TPendagast

    TPendagast LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 10,682

    Id by walk behind blowers and HHs ; back packs are too expensive for what they are… too desirous and easy for thieves to swipe and a HH and a walk behind blower are a better cleanup combo than two BPs and you don't need two guys to stand there and stare at a pile of leaves willing it with the power of the force to move because they have gotten so used to BP blowers that they forgot how to work.

    during the cutting season all that is needed is the HH… walk behind will barely get used except with the worst mow muffins, and by then the BP can't compete anyway.

    way less maintenance, way less fuel consumption. way more performance from HH /WB combo than solo BP usage
  4. ROS_Grounds

    ROS_Grounds LawnSite Member
    Messages: 152

    I started out with a Poulan Pro HH and after my first season moved upto a BP...
    We will most likely never go back!
    Our first unit was a Echo PB500 and absolutely love it... We are adding another BP this season... It is going to be a PB755 (substantially more power for lifting walked-on snow). I personally prefer tube mounted throttles versus hip mounted... I've used both and that's what I prefer.
    We use them primarily for touchup/cleanup(driveways, etc), leaf cleanup, minor sand/gravel cleanup (sidewalks, etc) and snow removal particularly on narrow sidewalks at the start and end of season (need snowblowers or better in the thick of winter.)
    PS: the Poulan Pro runs $180 (mine was a $88 refurb)... the PB500 I paid $349 and the PB755 is going to cost me $500
    A big price diffrerence between a HH and a BP, however the difference in productivity costs makes it a no brainer for us!
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2014
  5. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,566

    Your combo is useless, for the clean-ups I do.
  6. redmax fan

    redmax fan LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,505

    if you can have all the equipment you want there might be a place for a handheld (for blowing out cab of truck and bellowing back yard fire pits :laugh:, or for seniors / women that cant hoist a backie , or to make for lighter day of work when youve no serious blowing) , but if your talking one or the other there is ZERO debate = a backie is mandatory ! end of debate /

    the only debate is brand n size . such as do you need the power of a redmax 8000 or is the awesome 7000 enough while at same time it being lighter and less bulky

    my opinion without ever having ran another brand = the redmax 7000 is awesome , near the power of a 8000 but lighter n less bulky . a great peice of equipment durable / long lasting / maintenance free / powerful , ive run em 15 years and theyre my favorite peice of lawncare equipment ive ever known . im talking near perfect !

    also , backies dont have much stress on the engine because they arent pushing anything but a propeller which never makes contact with grass etc like a whip / edger / mower does . this means they llast way longer . so it might cost initially but you'll get a decade out of one . and at the end of that time anyone thats done it would look back and realize how much time they saved and how much better of a job they were able to do with the backie as compared to if they had a handheld and realize it was a great $450 spent
  7. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
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  8. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,738

    BP blowers are so very versatile...especially when a wheeled blower is not needed AND a HH would be a joke. I'm talking about blowing out grass clippings/debris from under cars, clearing a 2-lane driveway lickety-split, clearing the back patio/deck all in one trip. IMO, wheeled blowers are useful for certain BIG jobs...making a BP the King of versatility.

    IFF I'm behind some tight shrubbery or on someone's roof, then a HH might be more useful. MIGHT.
  9. ducnut

    ducnut LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,566

    Absolutely agree! :clapping:
  10. Patriot Services

    Patriot Services LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,353

    You guys forget what its like to start with nothing. I started with a broom. If the best you can afford right now is a reman Homelite then it is what it is and you make it work.
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