Types of Leaf Blowers

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Types of Leaf Blowers

Post by lawn mower fanatic on Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:39 pm

You have many choices when it comes to which kind of leaf blower you can to buy. Some things to consider include how long you will be using it (will you want to hold a handheld blower for a few hours straight?), how much debris you will be trying to move, and also what you want it to be powered by.

(http://www.rcpw.com/rip/repair/leaf-blowers/the-four-types-of-leaf-blowers-which-is-right-for-you.html)

Arrow Electric Handheld Blower: This is good for light use, where you don't need to move a lot of debris, or you don't like dealing with gas or mixing gas/oil. There are many brands to choose from for electric handheld blowers, including Black and Decker and Toro. A lot of the time these come with a bag to vacuum up the leaves, or you can just blow them. But you need to be near a power source.
B&D: http://www.blackanddecker.com/outdoor/BV3800.aspx
Toro: http://www.toro.com/en-us/Homeowner/Yard-Tools/Blowers-Vacs/Pages/Model.aspx?pid=Ultra-Blower-Vac-51599

Arrow Gas Handheld Blower: These are good for anywhere from light use to moderate/heavy use. They can move more debris than electric blowers (in general), and are more portable since you don't need to be near an outlet. But you need to deal with gas. Most are 2-cycle (mix of oil/gas), but some are 4-cycle. There are many brands that sell these (ranging in price). You can go for durability and get an Echo or a Stihl.
Echo: http://www.echo-usa.com/Products/Blowers/PB-255
Stihl: http://www.stihlusa.com/products/blowers-and-shredder-vacs/homeowner-blowers/bg56ce/

Arrow Gas Backpack Blower: Backpack blowers are better for lots of debris or when you will be operating it for longer periods of time. Again, there are many brands for these, but Stihl and Echo are some good ones.
Stihl: http://www.stihlusa.com/products/blowers-and-shredder-vacs/professional-blowers/br550/
Echo: http://www.echo-usa.com/Products/Blowers/PB-500T

Arrow Walk-Behind/Wheeled Blowers: These are a step up from a backpack blower. They are made for the property owner or lawn care worker who needs to clear a lot of area or thick leaves fast. They come in self-propell or push options. On most you can adjust the up/down direction of the nozzle. A brand that makes these is Billy Goat.
Billy Goat: http://www.billygoat.com/Product-Categories/Detail/f13-contractor-municipal

Arrow Others: The above list is what most of the blowers available are. But there are also some others. They include large tow-behind blowers and also blowers to mount to the front of your ZTR.
Toro Tow-Behind Blower: http://www.toro.com/en-us/sports-fields-grounds/specialty-equipment-debris/debris-equipment/Pages/Series.aspx?sid=Debris-Blowers
Billy Goat blower for ZTR: http://www.billygoat.com/Product-Categories/Detail/fz-for-your-ztr

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Re: Types of Leaf Blowers

Post by lawn mower fanatic on Fri Jan 11, 2013 7:50 pm

There are also shred 'n vacs which vacuum up and shred the debris, minimizing the amount. Echo makes these. But if you are considering buying one or converting an Echo PB-255LN into on read post #7 in this thread: http://www.lawnmowerforum.com/echo-forum/12808-converting-blower-shred-n-vac.html

Echo Shred 'N Vac: http://www.echo-usa.com/Products/Shred-N-Vacs/ES-255


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Re: Types of Leaf Blowers

Post by lorencarls on Tue Aug 20, 2013 3:07 am

The following tips can help you handle leaf blower safely:
- Use safety goggles to protect your eyes when operating a leaf blower, which blows stuff around at high velocity.
- Never point the working end of a leaf blower toward people or pets.

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