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There has got to be a better way... Any ideas or tips on blowing off small st aug lawns being mowed a 4.5"? We are always fighting it to keep the edges clean. You blow the grass out of the edge and of course it blows back in the drive then you blow the drive and it packs all the clippings back into the edge. It drives me nuts. On the larger properties you have the space to blow the clippings and it isn't a problem but on the small ones it is just a pain.


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He is on the right track. We us the Echo handheld blower/vac with very good success. We prefer it over the Stihl and have used both extensively.
 

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If you are talking about using a backpack blower to do your blowing then I will share something with you. Every yard I blow off I use a BR 600 and a BG 85 handheld in my left hand. When you blow the cracks or edges out, the clippings that are making there way back toward you are what the hanheld is for. If you will keep the blower tubes in sync with each other you will be able to get all clippings cleared away with minimal effort. If you are blowing with just a backpack and you catch yourself backstepping alot, to get those clippings near your feet, this is another reason I tote a hand held. Once you get used to having one in your hand it is hard to leave the trailer without it. Jus wondering how many of you already do this?
 

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If you are talking about using a backpack blower to do your blowing then I will share something with you. Every yard I blow off I use a BR 600 and a BG 85 handheld in my left hand. When you blow the cracks or edges out, the clippings that are making there way back toward you are what the hanheld is for. If you will keep the blower tubes in sync with each other you will be able to get all clippings cleared away with minimal effort. If you are blowing with just a backpack and you catch yourself backstepping alot, to get those clippings near your feet, this is another reason I tote a hand held. Once you get used to having one in your hand it is hard to leave the trailer without it. Jus wondering how many of you already do this?
Yeah I have done it that way before and it works well but I have carpal tunnel pretty bad so holding the handheld with my left hand puts a lot of strain on it.
 

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Sorry, I just HAD to see what this thread was about...
 

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I just use my shindaiwa 8510 with the turbo tip you have to back up a little further as it will start to make the grass pull up.
 

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What I do.... on say a concrete driveway that I edged and now I am blowing off, I start at the road and start blowing towards the house in a zigzag pattern. As I blow along the edges, I am not blowing directly into the grass but instead blowing at a shallow angle so that most of the debris goes into the grass or on the driveway further up from where I am standing. I might blow 3-5 feet worth at a time, then I step backwards a few feet then continue to blow up the driveway as I walk across to the otherside of the driveway. On that side I do the same thing as far as blow a few feet up along the side of the grass/driveway edge, then step backwards a few feet then re cross the drive. I go zigzag all the way up the end of the drive and that is it.

Sidewalks are harder since both edges are so close to each other, I end up blowing one side a few feet, then the other, then stepping back a few steps and blowing straight down the middle. Takes a while, but when I am done the edges are clean and the sidewalk or driveway is clean too, and I don't need to walk back down the same sidewalk or driveway to reblow it on my way back to the truck.

I have found that the more power your blower makes, the faster you will be done. I simply laugh at the guys I read about that prefer to only use a hand held blower, that would cost me major time compaired to my BR600. I also notice that instead of holding the blower tube steady as you blow, that if you move it side to sid somewhat rapidly it seems to do a better job.
 

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Every yard I blow off I use a BR 600 and a BG 85 handheld in my left hand. When you blow the cracks or edges out, the clippings that are making there way back toward you are what the hanheld is for. If you will keep the blower tubes in sync with each other you will be able to get all clippings cleared away with minimal effort. If you are blowing with just a backpack and you catch yourself backstepping alot, to get those clippings near your feet, this is another reason I tote a hand held. Once you get used to having one in your hand it is hard to leave the trailer without it. Jus wondering how many of you already do this?
Well, I do, but with just 2 handhelds. I found that I can clear more distance faster and better with the 2 handhelds, one in each hand, than my BR600! I have not tried with the BR600 and a handheld, though I will this fall... It takes a while for the left hand and arm to get used to running a blower, lol. I know I get some funny looks from people when they hear the ROAR of the blowers and see me running 2 at a time. If there's not a lot to blow off I can do the sidewalk and the gutter at the same time. Then, by "crossing the streams" at the nozzles I can do a single wide drive just by walking fast down the center. It's kinda fun actually.

*steps back as this thread is google searchable, laughs at the dissapointed guys that find this*
 

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I get way creative keeping the clippings off the pavement in the first place,
how the mower is turned makes a difference, turning the rpm's down helps, too.

I hate it, too, nicely mulched beds are the worst. :cry:

If you are talking about using a backpack blower to do your blowing then I will share something with you. Every yard I blow off I use a BR 600 and a BG 85 handheld in my left hand. When you blow the cracks or edges out, the clippings that are making there way back toward you are what the hanheld is for.
LOL that's me, br-600 + bg-55 (or 85, I have both).
Thou I only use it that way for leaves, but you are right the method rules.
I've discussed it on here many times, always wondered, like yourself,
why more folks don't do this (thou it is hard at first but once you get used to it).

it is just a pain.
Yes, some days that's all it is :p
 

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you're probably already doing this but try to blow at a 45 degree angle to the edge so that you're not creating blowback from the blower air hitting the 4.5" tall grass.

Also look for "low spots" that are sometimes created in the lawn where the sod dips lower than the driveway at the bottom of a hill, etc, or a sparse spot of lawn, and get rid of the clippings there.

Always work with the breeze as much as possible.

Sometimes a LOWER throttle setting will keep it from billowing up as much and do better than blasting away. Using the 45 degree angle technique it will often lift the clippings over the tall grass edge yet not have enough force left to blow it back at you.

It'll probably just require extra passes to clear out the edge line "trench", where a lot of the grass winds up The same thing happens on Tall Fescue here in the summer when mowed at 3.5" or so. Except that stuff is denser and nothing gets by it.
 

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most of the time when blowing out the cracks or grooves, if you swipe the tube rapidly parallel to the groove it will suck the clippings out without messing up your nice edge. If you blow too slow you will leave the edge ragged looking.
 
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