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Push blower question.

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Vikings, Apr 14, 2007.

  1. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Messages: 1,657

    A nice push blower could be used for piling up thatch after a power raking eh?

    I know it can be used for leaves.

    Last year we hand raked it into piles then bagged it but I bought a honda lawn vacuum last fall (haven't used it yet), it's self propelled but a got a feeling it will fill up too fast and maybe a push blower and two power rakes would be a more efficient combo. Once its in piles it's very easy and quick to bag.
  2. dcondon

    dcondon LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,246

    You will have no problem at all using a good push blower for getting the thatch in a pile. I think it will save you some time if your bagging it up. JMO
  3. Uranus

    Uranus LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Mass
    Messages: 1,624

    I'd be blowing it into a pile too if you have to stuff it in a bag for disposal.

    Personaly I would run a bagging mower over it if it was me.

    but yes a push blower will pile up your thatch for you while saving your arms from raking it up.
  4. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Messages: 1,657

    Uhg! I tried my 21" mowers to bag it last year but they fill up so fast it was EXTREMELY slow. We started doing o quick rake and then a fast mow, that was a little better. But Ya for the first two weeks it we strictly hand raked into piles with super big rakes, lol. omg it was hard work:weightlifter:

    I got 30'000 flyers going out next sunday and money money money:canadaflag: (Canadian money though)
  5. Shawns Lawns

    Shawns Lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from Maine
    Messages: 638

    The last time i dethatched i then use the collection system on my G Hopper to pick it all up. It was alot faster than raking and alot easier on the pythons.:waving:
  6. Vikings

    Vikings LawnSite Bronze Member
    from canada
    Messages: 1,657

    I seen those cyclone rake attachments but that's not in the cards, I got no trailers. I got two trucks and everything has to go in the back. I take that back, one of my truck is a Ford Ranger. I'm not sure if that counts as a truck.

    NIXRAY LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 520

    Lil Wonder has many models that do a great job and very low overhead some cons are with the swivel front caster it can get a lil annoying and it only has a discharge chute on the left side, BillyGoat has a few models that have options that can move the chute from right side to left. I've used both and work nice
  8. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,269

    And I will add that push mowers can be heavy when you get into the 13hp range and hard to push across the lawn.
  9. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Yep. In doing a true thatch job, a push blower is actually about the ULTIMATE way to go. Unless yu have a LARGE sweeper unit - like a pull behind, such as those used on golf courses, a push blower to gather - then tarp is THEE way to go.

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