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BLOWERS - hand held, backpack, vs walk behinds

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by meets1, Sep 6, 2006.

  1. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,855

    I have red max 8000 (2) kawa (2) each are backpacks. I have one little wonder 11 hp blower that is awesome. Still didn;t have the blowing machines to cover last years fall season and looking at something this season. Spend $600 for another Red max or get another walk behind blower? Then if I get a walk behind - should I get something different than our little wonder? Any other brands that you guys think is better or less problems?
  2. rodfather

    rodfather LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 9,501

    Without knowing/seeing your props, it is hard to give ya advice.
  3. mdvaden

    mdvaden LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,946

    I can't see a professional mowing person without a backpack blower. I spent my time in that field too, and there's no substiture.

    But I think it's very wise to keep a hand-held. There are too many uses for them, and they don't make a bad spare.
  4. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,455

    We use the Billygoat WB with 13hp engine and like the lever controlled chute. But it probably isn't a lot bigger than your 11hp. When you get into the 13hp it is pretty heavy to do much in lawns, mainly parking lots. The sales pitch says the 13hp will outdo two big packbacks, and I think that is probably true.
  5. meets1

    meets1 LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,855

    My walk behind blower will smoke the RED MAX in leaves, wet or dry. I also stripe parking lots and I use that all the time - it will blow the parking cleaner, faster and move debris further than our Red Max. If 2 people are running the RD - they keep up if not a little ahead of me. I think I may lean towards another WB blower. Just don't know if Little Wonder is the one to get? Already using 4 backpacks and we have 8 handhelds. They all serve there purpose and I wouldn't be without one of each in our trucks.
  6. Ron's Lawncare

    Ron's Lawncare LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 266

    the new billy goat force blowers look nice. they seem to be lighter than the metal cased blowers. do they stand up as well? we'll see
  7. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    Which model kawasaki blowers do you have? I had a thread last week asking who used them and I didnt get much info from it.How do they perform?


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