Leaf blowers or similar.

  • 11 Replies
  • 2055 Views
*

rainie

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Location: Northants/Rutland
  • 1248
Leaf blowers or similar.
« on: August 14, 2011, 12:17 »
Am thinking of getting a leaf blower this autumn. Any ideas on make, petrol or electric, size, anything else. It will be used for around the garden, the paths which are concrete or gravel. There will be the usual garden stuff and bits of hay to blow into a pile and picked up. Not bothered about one which has a bag ot collect as I think it will just get blocked with hay. Would like a quiet runner, economical and reliable.
Be a first rate version of yourself, not a second rate version of someone else.

*

arugula

  • Winner - prettiest sunflower 2011
  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Location: Coastal Argyll
  • 24904
  • hic svnt leones
Re: Leaf blowers or similar.
« Reply #1 on: August 14, 2011, 12:57 »
I always feel with these things, that if you don't have a bag to collect the clippings - for want of a better collective word - as you go along, they're all going to be blown all over the place again by the wind before you can pick them up. Just my thoughts....  ::) ;)
"They say a snow year's a good year" -- Rutherford.

*

Swed

  • Full Member
  • **
  • Location: Stockholm Sweden
  • 64
  • Nice cup (pint) of Tea
Re: Leaf blowers or similar.
« Reply #2 on: August 14, 2011, 15:24 »
Depending on budjet, there are quite a lot to choose between.

I would recommend, based on your description, something like these:
Husqvarna 125BT
http://www.blocket.se/varmland/Lovblas_35438163.htm?ca=11&w=3
http://www.blocket.se/gavleborg/Lovblas_35248316.htm?ca=11&w=3

But... -all- leaf-blowers are -noicy- to say the least...
« Last Edit: August 14, 2011, 18:57 by Swed »
Albert

*

Gwiz

  • Guest
Re: Leaf blowers or similar.
« Reply #3 on: August 14, 2011, 17:25 »
Stihl SH56 or the SH86 if you want to collect, BG56 or BG86 if you don't,
Or the Mitox range do two budget petrol two stroke models, 1 hand-held and 1 backpack (based on the echo model) Niether have a collect option.

There is more of an art to using one effectively than you'd think. I'd certainly not be without one! I use the Stihl SH86 It came with a small bag attachment which I've never needed to use.
As for the electric models, I have used them in the past, but would never use them again in the future!


*

Swed

  • Full Member
  • **
  • Location: Stockholm Sweden
  • 64
  • Nice cup (pint) of Tea
Re: Leaf blowers or similar.
« Reply #4 on: August 14, 2011, 19:05 »
http://www.stihlusa.com/blowers/features.html

http://www.stihlusa.com/blowers/backpack.html

I have booth handheld and backpack versions (other manufacturers; not Stihl). They do supplement eachother. My electric handheld is far better than my 2-stroke handheld... and my 2-stroke backpack is xY better than those two handheld combined.

Sample pdf manuals:
http://www.stihlusa.com/stihl_ownersmanuals/BG_56_66_86_SH_56_86_Manual.pdf

http://www.stihlusa.com/stihl_ownersmanuals/BR350_430.pdf

*

Flatcat

  • Full Member
  • **
  • Location: Hertfordshire
  • 75
Re: Leaf blowers or similar.
« Reply #5 on: August 14, 2011, 19:28 »
I use the Stihl BG ones at work and they are great - very quiet and always reliable,
although these style are only good if there is somewhere to blow the stuff if it does not  have to be collected (I.e under a hedge or into a river)

We have an electric sucker/blower at home, and that is next to useless. I reckon a good 2 stroke blower/sucker would be a good buy.

Damon

« Last Edit: August 14, 2011, 19:31 by Flatcat »

*

Rangerkris

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Location: medway kent
  • 3242
    • My pic's
Re: Leaf blowers or similar.
« Reply #6 on: August 15, 2011, 07:20 »
We use the br600's sthil at work and they are a mighty bit of kit, shoot a tennis ball a fair distance  :lol: Out of your budget and too big for what you want.  Lot of the smaller sthil ones around also.
Thanks
Kris

*

Gwiz

  • Guest
Re: Leaf blowers or similar.
« Reply #7 on: August 15, 2011, 07:28 »
That Stihl BR600 Magnum is a fantastic backpack blower.
At full throttle it can really make your arm ache keeping the nozzle forward. :)

*

Rangerkris

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Location: medway kent
  • 3242
    • My pic's
Re: Leaf blowers or similar.
« Reply #8 on: August 15, 2011, 07:43 »
We got bike handle attachment for it to Gwiz as it was a mean bit of kit with out it.

*

rainie

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Location: Northants/Rutland
  • 1248
Re: Leaf blowers or similar.
« Reply #9 on: August 15, 2011, 11:47 »
Thanks all, some good advice there. The BG56 looks like top of the list so far. Will have a look at links and try to hold some in shops.
Maybe with the BR600 UI would be doing the whole street  :lol: but then again, it could be a new chuck the tennis ball for the dog :unsure:   (pictures the dog blowing down the field after the tennis ball.


Thanks again all.  :)

*

dorimower

  • Experienced Member
  • ***
  • Location: E.Lincs
  • 200
Re: Leaf blowers or similar.
« Reply #10 on: August 15, 2011, 18:07 »
kO-CBLbNwQA
Dori. ;)

*

Rangerkris

  • Hero Member
  • *****
  • Location: medway kent
  • 3242
    • My pic's
Re: Leaf blowers or similar.
« Reply #11 on: August 15, 2011, 19:46 »
hahahahhaDori i love it.



xx
Garden blowers/vacuums

Started by Casey76 on Equipment Shed

5 Replies
1427 Views
Last post October 02, 2009, 23:08
by johnfh
xx
Leaf Blower Vac

Started by CJ on Equipment Shed

15 Replies
4473 Views
Last post October 20, 2008, 22:27
by ANDY OF ILFORD
xx
Leaf rake

Started by Yorkie on Equipment Shed

9 Replies
2598 Views
Last post November 08, 2010, 21:50
by Yorkie
xx
Cordless (Li ion) leaf vacuum

Started by AlaninCarlisle on Equipment Shed

9 Replies
1558 Views
Last post November 15, 2018, 19:44
by snowdrops
 

Page created in 0.078 seconds with 36 queries.

Powered by SMFPacks SEO Pro Mod |