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Leaf Blower - - - Backpack vs push

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by bmorgan917, Aug 23, 2004.

  1. bmorgan917

    bmorgan917 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    Hello - I am Looking for some advice on Leaf blowers. I am looking to buy something to clear my yard (1.5 acres) which is surrounded by trees on all sides. I have used a sweeper on a tractor but it takes way too long and isn't the best on wet leaves.

    I got the thumbs up from the Mrs. and would like some recommendations or pro/con on backpack vs push blower. I would like to move a large volume of leaves quickly. I plan to blow leaves onto a tarp and haul it into the woods/to street with my tractor. I bought a electric and it is good for cleaning the driveway, no help on the lawn. I like the Little Wonder push with the honda, but I would like to hear some opinions from the pro's as I want to get this choice right the first time!

    Thanks for your help.
  2. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    Your need one of each. The back pack for getting leaves out of the beds and the little wonder to moving them off the lawn. Any of the echos back packs are a good choice.
  3. tiedeman

    tiedeman LawnSite Fanatic
    from earth
    Messages: 8,745

    I have to agree, that you really need both. Backpack to get out the beds, and push for the everything else
  4. KathysLGC

    KathysLGC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,345

    If you can only get one and dont have either i would say go with the back pack.
  5. CJ GreenScapes

    CJ GreenScapes LawnSite Member
    from AL
    Messages: 249

    I agree, but either one is going to be better than the lawn sweeper you were using.

    Good luck...
  6. dlandscaping

    dlandscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    from mass
    Messages: 835

    If you could only get 1 I would get the push. Its 1.5 acres, it takes a long time to do 1/4 acre with a bp. If its surrounded by woods then you can just rake out the bushes if you even have any and then blow them all into the woods. A bp will not move nearly as much as a push blower. If you like manual labor, rest up, buy the bp, and then get a tarp out.
  7. FrankenScagMachines

    FrankenScagMachines LawnSite Platinum Member
    from IN
    Messages: 4,739

    If you could just get one, get a push! Any backpack blower will start to drag your height down a few inches in just a half hour, and it's gonna take a while to clear 1.5 acres with a backpack. If you get a push blower, say 8 or 10hp, I'd bet you could just about push it all into the woods without touching a rake or tarp.

    if you get a backpack blower, don't get anything less than 60 cc. The Echo PB650 that I bought I consider a very good purchase. Haven't tried it in leaves yet, but it is flat-out awesome in comparison to my old 46 cc Kawasaki. The model numbers usually have nothing or little to do with the actual engine size. If you are comparing blowers and looking at the CFM's and MPH numbers, make sure that you're comparing them at the same spot. For instance, these numbers are usually measured at the blower housing and at the end of the tube. This number changes somewhere in between. Make sure you compare identical measuring locations. Anyway, I would go for the push blower. For what you do, you could consider a Cyclone Rake to go behind your lawn tractor. They have a vac hose attachment for it to clear out flower beds and they hold alot, you can dump at either the curb or in the woods, and you can use it to bag grass in summer. They also have an attachment to put the grass/leaves into trash sacks. For what a real nice push blower would cost you could get the Cyclone Rake. They also have good reviews from what I've seen, even by commercial users. Just something to think about, and it all depends on your needs. The website is www.cyclonerake.com
    Research lots before you buy so you'll get the right thing. I love when i get something and did my research and was confident it was the right option, then when i use it i know it was right :)
    Happy hunting,
  8. Four C. Landscaping

    Four C. Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Messages: 76

    I have a Red max 7001 back pack blower and It works great on wet and dry leaves.I have used but do not own a push type blower and have found that if the ground is not level it was a pain to push.They do have nice self propelled ones that are good for uneven terrain.I do agree that if you can only buy one then the back pack blower is the best choice because it is much more versatile.And on the years when you do not need the push blower and the leaves are fewer you still have a power tool that you can use all season.Hope this helps.
  9. kemmer

    kemmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 608

    you gotta have both, it would seem impossible for me if i didnt have my backpack and push blower. if your short on money i'd say get a decent push blower and go to like sears or home depot and get a handheld or a cheap backpack just to hold you over until you get the money. just some advice.
  10. mkwl

    mkwl LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,700

    I have a 10 Hp Little Wonder blower and it is a fantastic machine!!!! I would also reccomend you get a back pack, I have a Stihl BR320 and it is also a great machine!!!

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