Backpack vs handheld

Discussion in 'General Industry Discussions' started by OrangeToys, Dec 8, 2008.

  1. OrangeToys

    OrangeToys LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW MO
    Messages: 1,035

    I read and look at a lot of pics on here and one thing that I don't get is "why do so many people have or push to tell people to get a Backpack blower"?

    I have 2 stihl handhelds BG 55 and 85 (85 was free but needed $70 repair) and they work fine. But if a backpack blower is going to be a huge difference then i'll do that. I just don't know if they are worth twice the money of a handheld.
  2. All_Toro_4ME

    All_Toro_4ME LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,578

    People choose a backpack over handheld for the same reasons they choose a walkbehind over a 21" mower. Production. And time is money. Both have their place.
  3. OrangeToys

    OrangeToys LawnSite Bronze Member
    from SW MO
    Messages: 1,035

    what about the time and wieght difference? In the time you take starting and swinging a backpack on you can pick up a handheld and just go. Will a backpack increase productivity so much that I should consider going out and buying one?
  4. Optimum Lawn

    Optimum Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 234

    I got a bg85
    never use it other than for some quick little squirts of air.
    Back pack is just SOOOOOOO much more productive.

    You can not beat power/CFM when it comes to moving things outta your way
  5. z71tiger

    z71tiger LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 280

    that depends on what type of operation you are running. if your just a solo guy working part time doing a couple yards a day then a handheld would be just fine. if your full time and you are doing 12 yards a day and it saves you 5min a yard thats an hour a day you saved. its all about what your time means to you.
  6. razor1

    razor1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,985

    We only use b/p blowers for leaves and h/h's the rest of the time. The Triton's blow pretty good too.
  7. DiyDave

    DiyDave LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,695

    Since I got the Kombi blower for the stihl weed eater, I haven't used my backpack blower.:waving::waving:
  8. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Depends on the amount and weight of the debris you plan on moving.

    It's in the volume (cfm) and speed (mph) of the air velocity at the nozzle.
    The more air that comes out at higher speeds, the more crap it moves.

    For the light stuff a hand held is fine, these are rated what, 300 cfm's 170 mph?
    It won't hardly budge an empty plastic trashcan thou, sucks on wet leaves, forget moving big piles, as some examples.

    For light-to-midsize piles my br-600 puts out 700 cfm's at 200mph.
    Might want to take care around yard ornaments, cleans up acorns,
    can move leaf piles but the tarp and rake method is faster.

    But I've had piles of crap that my 2,400 cfm 200mph push blower wouldn't budge.
    On the other hand if it ain't secured it's gone, chairs, trashcans, gravel, you name it...
    Moves a 5 cubic yard pile of relatively dry leaves a distance of 50 feet in about 3-4 minutes.
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2008
  9. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

  10. DLAWNS

    DLAWNS LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,780

    I don't use anything other than a backpack blower. I couldn't imagine using anything else.

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