Blower Dilemma

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by jmurphy, Nov 5, 2005.

  1. jmurphy

    jmurphy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    Hi. My walk behind blower just quit working on a job today. I have $500 to spend on a new blower. I was wondering...what would be the best to get for that price. Thanks.:waving:
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Is it a billygoat?

    If so, I have a 10hp did this to me and I replaced the spark plug SEVERAL times which got me a few hours of blow per plug... Ultimately the problem was a partially leaking head gasket.
  3. jmurphy

    jmurphy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    no its like a 1987 Might Mac
  4. Jay Ray

    Jay Ray LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,510

    Murphy, might it be possible to take an engine off something else just to get you through leaf season, and then look for a deal on an engine when things get really slow?

    I'm assuming its the engine and the wb isn't completely shot.
  5. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
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    that cheapest blower that I know of is 5hp little wonder, that is usually between $500 to $600
  6. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    If you only have an extra $500 I would say go with a nice backpack blower. Live a Redmax EBZ8000:waving:
  7. jmurphy

    jmurphy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 273

    How powerful will the back pack blower be.........also the wb isnt worth putting a new engine on it...its pretty messed up
  8. adam5557

    adam5557 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 96

    Get a new redmaxx, i use it for fall clean ups and i can use it in the summer for lawn service.You get the most bang for your buck when buying a redmax backpack blower.
  9. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    The small Little Wonders as well as the small Billy Goats are useless for cleanups. A good backpack wil move as many leaves as these do, sometimes more. If you're only going to spend $500, I'd spend it on a backpack. My first choice would just be get a new engine for your existing blower of if the blower itself is in good shape.

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