Who uses cheap blowers just for grass?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by K.Carothers, Aug 3, 2006.

  1. K.Carothers

    K.Carothers LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,124

    Just wondering if you use hand held blowers(around $200) for your grass crews?

    I find the handhelds work good just for a mowing crew instead of pulling out the bp's.

    Who else???

  2. JJLandscapes

    JJLandscapes LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 682

    used a dirty old one i think husq made it for my first year and just using the redmax 7000 it makes it a little easier obviously not necessary but why buy a new blower just for grass crews if you already have the bps

    every house i cut has sidewalks, walkways, and streets are blown spotless i know some people cut in the country areas where theres no sidewalks or a curbs even
  3. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    Nothing but stihl BG55 handhelds for $150.
    The BG85 isn't worth the extra $80 because it doesn't perform any better in the real world with its extra 2/10's horsepower.

    Backpacks are a waste of time for blowing off sidewalks and drives, they just aren't necessary and require more time to saddle up and start.
    Less fatigue with a handheld versus a 20 pound backpack as well.
  4. ChadsLawn

    ChadsLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,110

    I have a Polan Pro that I have to use, since someone stole my BackPack
  5. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    i am using a sthil bg85 -this thing blows like a backpac ! also have a couple of old echo pb210e ,s that just wont die. they are very quiet but still blow strong
  6. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,526

    I use a bg55 also, 150 bux and alot quicker than getting the back pack put on to blow off a side walk. Most of the time I can be 1/2 done by the time I could get the back pack out of the rack , cranked and ready to go.

  7. tacoma200

    tacoma200 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,426

    Stihl $150 90% of the time. Redmax 7001 the rest.
  8. 6'7 330

    6'7 330 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,821

    Held held's go out on all the routes but several in the suburbs.On these routes,commercial accounts, and drives that are on average long, trees drops twigs, acorns etc. A hand held takes longer then does a backpack in this scenario, and is just are not as a productive option as the back pack on these accounts.On the average city accounts we do, for just grass a hand held does ok.
  9. Splicer

    Splicer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 992

    So then why the back packs???

    DUSTYCEDAR LawnSite Fanatic
    from PA
    Messages: 5,132

    back pacs all the way
    we do a lot of big lawns with big driveways and the back pac will get the wet grass off fast where the hand held takes forever so handhelds dont get much use

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