Backpack vs handheld

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

  1. PHS

    PHS LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 724

    Last year I had to start my business with a BG85 because of a tight budget. Bought a Tanaka bp earlier this year and in one neighborhood where I have 3 large properties that take a full day I save close to an hour with the bigger blower.

    I still use the hh with a vacuum attachment for a couple properties or I take the whole nozzle off and it works great in some tight places and doesn't blow all the mulch away.
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,596

    If you have run your business without a backpack so far then don't get one. Yes they are difficult to unlock/unload/relock into the trailers. It is much more convient for the handheld. What I found is the bigger and bigger the blower the more gas we use and we use just about the same amount of time but yes we do a better job. But I doubt the customer cares.
  3. Scagguy

    Scagguy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,522

    I have a handheld stays in my garage to blow out the occasional leaves that get blown in. That's about all it's good for.
  4. Tadams

    Tadams LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 787

    No one can tell you whether you need a BP blower or not but I would recommend that you demo a BP blower on a couple of yards and see what you think. You might be surprised at how easy they are to throw on your back and how easy they are to use when you are walking up a long driveway.
  5. brucec32

    brucec32 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,403

    There are people who think they are productive and working fast and then there are those who really are. My wife thinks she is getting the groceries up in a hurry but meanwhile I've made 2 trips out to the car and back. Same goes with LCO's and lawns. People just work at different paces. One man's fast is another's glacial. One guy is knocking them out on a ZTR while another thinks he's flying through lawns with his 36" gear drive machine.

    I can tell a distinct difference in some situations between a 460 model and a 755 model backpack blower in how fast a job gets done. If you can't see how a backpack would be faster then you're probably not into the whole speed thing or you have unusually light clippings and debris to handle. They move more air and move it faster. It's not that complicated. Can you jog with a handheld and still keep the debris ahead of you? If not it's slower.

    As for starting up an experienced user hits choke, one pull, then dechokes it and and cranks it and in one motion is slinging on and blowing. What are you saving, 1.5 seconds? You could make an argument for the added weight of a backpack blower that one has to lift over a trailer rail, but then that's way offset by having to lug a blower around in a single hand.

    And seeing as one can blow about 5,000 residential lawns with a backpack blower before it even starts wearing out, I'm thinking the $150-$250 price differential is pretty insignificant.
  6. RLC12065

    RLC12065 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 179

    when we drive by a guy using a hand held blower we all laugh, do you blow leaves with your hand held blower too? seriously people use hand held blowers? too funny
  7. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    I use both. They both have their place.

    Only fools laugh about hand held blower's.

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