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Need advice on parking lot cleanup

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Cut 2 Please, Aug 7, 2002.

  1. Cut 2 Please

    Cut 2 Please LawnSite Member
    Messages: 221

    I got a commercial property yesterday that has a large parking lot that I have to blow off every week. I used my PB260L to do it last night but quickly realized that my blower is a wimp. I went through 2 tanks of gas on that thing before I was finished. Way to long to complete the job. I am picking up a new PB650 this evening.
    Now for my questions:
    1) Will the PB 650 be enough?
    2) Do I need to invest in a push blower ie. Little Wonder?
    3) Would a Billy Goat walk behind vacume do better?
    4) Is there a better way that I havn't thought of?
    I really need some insight on this. I know there has to be a better way.
    My Ferris dealer said there is an attachment that I can install on the front of my 3000 to make it push the Little Wonder or any other wb blower. That sounded neet to me. Is anyone using something similar.
    I also saw the new sweeper unit for a Walker. It is sharp and does a good job but I believe they said the price was $2800. I'd have to do alot of parking lots to justify that. Especially since I would have to by the Walker also.
  2. MPhillips

    MPhillips LawnSite Member
    from zone 7
    Messages: 94

    two tanks of gas! holy cow. On a windy day this sounds so large it'll be like herding cats. I'd think about dragging a rolling blower behind my skag...or depending on how large this is , I'd think about subbing out a sweeper to come by once a month, and put trash cans in the lot to keep trash levels down.
  3. KLMlawn

    KLMlawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 443

    I think you would be much better off with either the Echo PB650 or even a Shindiawa BP630, but if the lot is as big as it seems, you probably would be best off with a Ground blower, which you could also use for cleanups ... I personally have A Billy Goat QuietBlow with the 10 hp Intek, does well for me for what I need and I think it ran me about $750-$800 last fall.
  4. turfquip

    turfquip LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 860

    I'd say get the Ferris attachment and a suitable wheeled blower.
  5. dfor

    dfor LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 829

    I agree with getting a push blower. 8 hp minimum. It will make a huge difference.
  6. RMDoyon

    RMDoyon LawnSite Member
    Messages: 230

    Where did you see this unit?
    Can you share some of the details?

  7. Cut 2 Please

    Cut 2 Please LawnSite Member
    Messages: 221

    I saw it at the local dealer. It is available through Walker. It is made in Hungary. It has a side brush on the right side for curbs. The rest of it looks a little bit like the deck. The deck has to be removed for this attachment to work. Looks neet. Check with your local dealer.
  8. joed

    joed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,198


    From what you are describing, the parking lot seems rather big. The Echo PB650 would definitely be an improvement. I have one and it is quite a powerful unit. However, from what you are describing, it sounds like you need a ground blower. You can pick up either a Little Wonder or Billy Goat. Both are excellent with the Billy Goat being a little lighter and having a neat hand controlled air flow spout. It can also use these blowers during fall and spring clean ups. When your dealer talks about getting your Scag to push the blower, he may be refering to a blower buggy which I believe is made by JRCO. Check it out at their website

    Good luck
  9. ipm

    ipm LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 264

    You need to invest in a push blower.
    I recomend"Little Wonder" i have used Billy Goat, and Giant Vac blowers. Nothing compares to the Little Wonder blowers. We use the 9hp Honda
  10. ProMo

    ProMo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,468

    how much do these parking lots pay I have 2 office bldgs i mow and they have a sweeper guy that comes out once a week and the same piles of leaves have been in the parking lot from last year I was thinking about trying to get this service

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