Need input on these rental leaf blowers....

Discussion in 'Rental Equipment' started by Icepuck72, Dec 7, 2008.

  1. Icepuck72

    Icepuck72 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    I have one really big leaf job this week. It just requires me to blow the leaves into the woods. Woods are on both sides.

    I believe the job will be too big for just my BR600. I was looking into renting this from Sunbelt.

    I have done no research on these types....Just want some input from you guys.

    Billy Goat

    Billy Goat
  2. qualitylandscaping

    qualitylandscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,581

    That is a newer model with the highest HP rating. You should be all set to move some serious leaves!
  3. LedgedaleLawn

    LedgedaleLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 377

    We have a 9hp Little Wonder, and if you are on anything but level ground the BR600 will work much better. Out of 42 leaf clean-ups this season, we pulled the Little Wonder off the trailer twice. The Billy Goat is rated at 200mph, the Stihl is rated at 201mph, but the Billy Goat moves a larger volume of air Just my 2 cents.
    Last edited: Dec 7, 2008
  4. Grits

    Grits LawnSite Silver Member
    from Florida
    Messages: 2,994

    Great blower! Light and powerful. "On-the-fly" directional air flow. 2 thumbs up.
  5. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Think about that for a bit of a while thou...

    The money spent in 20-25 One-day rentals buys you a new one...
    That's just raw cost, doesn't include the time spent picking it up.

    The weekly rate at 135 (vs. 50 a day) is rather attractive, think about that as well before jumping on a 1-day rental.
    Even if you only need it for 2 days I would get it for the week as that puny 35 in the difference is worth it.

    So I would rent it, for either one day or a whole week, depends on need, but to check it out.
    Then I would have a better idea if this is the kind of machine I would want to spend $1,300 on.
    Last edited: Dec 8, 2008
  6. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    If you're only using it for a day then I'd go for it. You will be impressed by the power!
  7. jeffex

    jeffex LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,933

    calculate the time you will spend getting,returning , and paying for the rental . If its just you working the productivity has to beat you and the BR 600 to be worth the rental IMO. If the Br600 and this wheeled blower will both have an opperator then go for it. I have a wheeled blower that someone gave me because it wouldn't start. New gas and a new spark plug later and its a great piece of equipment. However, it is best for flat ground as stated above . A better method of moving leaves IMO is mowing with the chute open in the direction of the woods. If you can put leaves in the woods on both sides just mow up the middle of the lawn and back down the other side aiming for the woods. If the leaves are very heavy make several lines of cleared leaves from the edge of the woods. they act like fire lines of cleared area so the buildup of leaves is managable for the mower. then start from the middle and work out to the woods.
  8. Icepuck72

    Icepuck72 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 321

    Thanks everybody....This is my only really big leaf job, and I don't do many of them...So I think it will be worth it too.

    I'm going to go for it, pending rainy weather. I'll have my BR600 just in case.
  9. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,621

    Yes, go for it. If nothing else, it will give you an idea of how well a WB works...for future bids. I have a Little Wonder 9 HP, and think it is about as productive as 2 BR600s.

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