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No purpose for leaf blowers?

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Blueangelfightr, Sep 28, 2004.

  1. Blueangelfightr

    Blueangelfightr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 45

    I'm sorry but I thought that this was funny. Some people are so narrow minded i don't understand it. There is a purpose for these machines as you all know. I think that these same people should have to rake out an acre property everyday pushing 1000's of leaves and then say that there is no use for leaf blowers. :angry:
    Stike a Blow

    By Ted Rueter

    December 27, 2001

    Sacramento News and Review

    Sacramento has been dubbed the "City of Trees" by the National Arbor Foundation. After living here a few months, I think a more appropriate name would be the City of Leaf Blowers.

    Leaf blowers are everywhere in Sacramento! It seems like you can't walk past a yard, park, sidewalk, flowerbed, parking lot, plaza, golf course, street, alley or tennis court without hearing one of these snout-nosed noisemakers. After rainfalls, some people even use them to dry their lawns. The goal? To track down and destroy Public Enemy #1: the leaf.

    In Sacramento, I've seen gas station employees use leaf blowers to chase down a single cigarette butt. In Sacramento, I've seen leaf blowers employed to clean windshields in a used car lot.

    The irritating, high-pitched whine of these turbo gadgets sounds like dental drills gone berserk. Most gardeners blast their blowers at 110 decibels all day long--far exceeding OSHA safety regulations.

    They are the most detestable power tools ever invented. They blare and screech and kick up dust. They accomplish nothing.

    But leaf blowers do plenty of damage. They spread animal droppings, herbicides, and pesticides into the air. They create as much tailpipe emissions in one hour as a car does over 350 miles. They pump 1800 tons of carcinogenic compounds in Los Angeles every year.

    And leaf blowers are mighty unneighborly. Their grating roar can be heard from half a mile away. They stir up a fine dust that can coat porches and windowsills up to a block away. They blow leaves onto neighbors' lawns--only to have them blow back 30 seconds later.

    Journalist Art Carey suggests that "all leaf blowers should come with a free sweatshirt and bumper sticker proclaiming: 'I have the IQ of a cinderblock. I own a leaf blower.'"

    And had anyone noticed that virtually all leaf blower users are men? I have never seen a woman use one of these things. Maybe it's because leaf blowers exhibit the worst stereotypical male characteristics: they're loud, they're rude, they're aggresive and they're inconsiderate.

    It's time for people to put away their noise machines, get out their rakes and brooms, and stop disturbing their neighbors. It's time for leaf blowers to be silenced--in Sacramento, and everywhere else.

    Noise Free America
    PO Box 15620
    New Orleans, Louisiana 70175
  2. Smalltimer1

    Smalltimer1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,223

    I want to see how long they would last with a rake and broom if they relied on this line of work for their living.
  3. shortgut

    shortgut LawnSite Member
    Messages: 185

    gee guess if you get your way to a quiet America after you get the blowers banned what will you set your virgin ears on next to try to silent lawn mowers, vacunm cleaners ,airplanes I know the solution it would be fopr every one with senstive ears to either turn your hearing aid off or get a set of ear muffs so maybe it will not hurt your virgin ears do not like the noise go to Iraq and complain to them people I sure that they will help you out so that you will not have to ever hear the loud noise of a blower or weedeater again
  4. mtdman

    mtdman LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,143

    There's an email address there btw, to direct responses to this nutball. I betcha this guy is 70 years old and complains about everything.

    I thought Ann Arbor was the city of trees?


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