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    If you're into leaf blowers

    I have had four leaf blowers in the last 33 years or so & my last one died on me suddenly.

    The first brand was a little yellow McCullough 25cc's (sp?) right out of the box 5 hours of use & the piston seized up. I call for service & they send me to a local dealer & he tells me he can't get the parts to repair it. Lucky me, he gives me a new one. 5 hours of use & it seizes up the piston also & yes I used the oil they supplied to mix with the gas. So I took it back & got my money returned to me, note to self this little toy isn't meant to be run for long periods of time.

    So I go out and buy a $99.00 special at Sears with a little more heft & engine power 32 cc's and I was really happy with it until the the crankshaft seals started leaking after about 5-6 years. I ended up buying another one & got about 10 years out of this one.

    So Sears doesn't sell that same model anymore & I needed something to contend with the massive amounts of leaves on my lawn. The lawn tractor won't blow them into the woods anymore way too many leaves for it to handle. I finally broke down & figured I would get a back-pack leaf blower.

    I did a little bit of research & came up with this bad mother.

    http://www.epinions.com/reviews/Echo...er_PB_500H_epi

    It has a 50.8 cc engine in it no clue as to the H.P. rating it wasn't in the manual. I bet it is in the 8 H.P. range though.

    450 CFM @ 163 M.P.H. at the nozzle

    I assembled it in less than 10 minutes filled it with 2 stroke mix pulled the starter cord 3 times & it fired right up.

    So of course I wanted to see how well it performed its duties. WOW! Now this is what I call a leaf blower! That tool blew leaves that I would normally had to use a rake to move, I was impressed!

    So, it has a 5 year consumer use warranty on it which is a good deal/ 2 years in commercial use.

    The price was $299.99 which I felt was excellent most real high quality backpacks are in the $600-$900 range.

    My only complaint is you can't pull start it while it is on your back, or at least I couldn't with my bad rotator cuffs.

    They say it is noisy & hearing protection should be worn while it's running, I didn't find it noisy at all & I think my Sears handheld was noisier.

    This is not a review or advertisement for Echo or Home Depot where I bought it. I just thought that if anyone of you has a yard that gets the best of you in the Fall that you might be interested in this first hand info.

    Now back to your regular scheduled channel.

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    used one similar when I landscaped. they are the balls! the thing blows like not other I've used.

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    I keep thinking about pulling the trigger on one and just haven't done it yet.

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Quote Originally Posted by scubasteveRR View Post
    used one similar when I landscaped. they are the balls! the thing blows like not other I've used.
    That's the way I felt too, this thing will blow squirrels & cats right off of their feet.

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Quote Originally Posted by kb1 View Post
    I keep thinking about pulling the trigger on one and just haven't done it yet.

    One disadvantage to a backpack style is you can't use it to blow pollen or dust off of a car or SUV the air tube at the flex joint is a little bit short so you can't get the nozzle at the roof line. I used the hand held blower to do my rain gutters, but I don't think I want to use this blower while walking the roof or even climb the ladder. Just my luck I would loose my balance or something & fall off the roof with over twenty Lbs. strapped to my back. :-)

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Quote Originally Posted by scubasteveRR View Post
    used one similar when I landscaped. they are the balls! the thing blows like not other I've used.
    The armpit and now a leaf blower...

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    My neighbor lent me his Stihl backpack model with a 4 stroke that takes pre-mix. I usually just mow them under a few times a year, but they got away from me and were about 6 inches thick on my side yard.

    So I put in my ear buds and Ipod inside the gun muffs and start on the small side yard (150' x 20'). I'm blowing back a 3 foot berm of them in no time. I'm done in about 10 minutes. He lent me the thing all day... 2 hours and 3 tanks of gas later - the entire property (shy of 3 acres) is spotless, and I'm thinking how impressive this damn thing is.

    Then it hits me - What the hell... It seems like a few weeks ago I was impressed by the performance of cars, motorcycles, skis, mtn bikes. Now it's leaf blowers... This getting older sucks... :-)

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Yeah, me too... we raked one year, paid a couple high-school kids the next and finally bought this.



    It'll lift pavement.

    My favorite leaf blower is still this, though:


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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Quote Originally Posted by Tricky Mike View Post
    My favorite leaf blower is still this, though:


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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Similar story. Electric, then cheap gas, and a couple years ago this...



    Was like going from staring at the underwear section of the Sears catalog to making love with (insert name of hot chick/guy or your choice here)!

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Quote Originally Posted by Tricky Mike View Post


    It'll lift pavement.
    If that's the 180, I bought the same thing except with the trigger throttle on the tubing instead of the frame throttle. Knowing what I know now, I should have bought this years ago.



    My favorite leaf blower is still this, though:
    I was torn between the Husky 357XP and the Stihl MS361 since they are almost identical in every way. My Stihl dealer came in about $100 cheaper so now I own the MS361. The safety chain has been replaced with a proper one and the 20" bar has the nice wide nose tip on it.


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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    No leafblower forum?

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    I use one of these, no bagging required


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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Quote Originally Posted by SSearchVT View Post


    Then it hits me - What the hell... It seems like a few weeks ago I was impressed by the performance of cars, motorcycles, skis, mtn bikes. Now it's leaf blowers... This getting older sucks... :-)
    yeah I know, but any tool that will save you labor & back pain is worth it. I once raked my yard by hand so the Wife & I would spend the whole week-end raking. Multiply that by 8-10 times during the Fall & you finally wise up.

    Quote Originally Posted by Tricky Mike View Post
    Yeah, me too... we raked one year, paid a couple high-school kids the next and finally bought this.



    It'll lift pavement.

    My favorite leaf blower is still this, though:

    I can't read the brand name on the leaf blower? Is it a Husqvarna also? It must be, same color as the chain saw. They say that that is a excellent brand to buy...

    Quote Originally Posted by DucDave View Post
    Similar story. Electric, then cheap gas, and a couple years ago this...



    Was like going from staring at the underwear section of the Sears catalog to making love with (insert name of hot chick/guy or your choice here)!
    I saw the Stihl, but couldn't afford its price tag, but you old guys got all the dough to spend on the good stuff. ;-)


    Quote Originally Posted by Rambunctous View Post
    No leafblower forum?
    Yeah I searched the whole forum database & I couldn't find a leafblower forum. Oh! You meant on the internet now didn't you... LOL

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    yeah, the leaf blower is the Husqvarna 180. We get a LOT of leaves. I shouldn't have waited so long to buy one. Now I just need an easier way to haul the leaves into the woods. a utility quad would be nice to pull the tarp.

    http://www.husqvarna.com/us/homeowne...blowers/180bf/

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Quote Originally Posted by FriskyDingo View Post
    I use one of these, no bagging required

    Nice flame thrower you got there, so how far will it shoot the flames?

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Quote Originally Posted by Tricky Mike View Post
    yeah, the leaf blower is the Husqvarna 180. We get a LOT of leaves. I shouldn't have waited so long to buy one. Now I just need an easier way to haul the leaves into the woods. a utility quad would be nice to pull the tarp.

    http://www.husqvarna.com/us/homeowne...blowers/180bf/
    Or a riding lawn tractor would do the same task & be about 5-6 thousand cheaper. But you can always use a utility quad you know, just add a snow plow/winch & now you get to do the driveway when it snows too.


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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Quote Originally Posted by FriskyDingo View Post
    I use one of these, no bagging required


    Did you make this? I think you should post some pictures of it in action!

    fire, fire FIRE!

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers





    That's all you need to know...

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    I used to use an echo everyday at work.

    I was prepping a parking lot with a 6 month old blower and the thing literally exploded.

    the fan assembly shattered and pieces of plastic went flying everywhere a few pieces shot through the tube and embedded in the asphalt.

    the RPM's went up and the kill switch wouldnt work and next thing you know the engine sploded too

    FYI

    these things are awesome!

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Thanks for the drastic info Keith. You know that just gives me a warm feeling all over my body. I also don't like the idea of having almost a half of a gallon of gasoline strapped to my back either....


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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Quote Originally Posted by scubasteveRR View Post
    Did you make this? I think you should post some pictures of it in action!

    fire, fire FIRE!

    I think it is really a homemade potatoe spud spitter?

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    I just bought a Stihl 380 backpack blower this weekend. I have close to 4 acres and I took care of most of it in an afternoon. Serious arm pump from the nozzle, but beats the blisters you get from raking.

    I'll be tuning up my mtn bike trails now that the yards done!

    Off topic, but:
    Also in the market for a 4 wheeler to take care of any towing / hauling I need to do on the property. I had a 4yr old Craftsman riding mower and blew the hydrostatic tranny this summer. Turned it into a big red piece of scrap metal - not worth the $400 to replace it. My next ride will be a 4wd 4 wheeler to haul firewood, stone, leaves, rocks, snow, build trails, pit bike, you name it.

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Quote Originally Posted by SSearchVT View Post
    a 4 stroke that takes pre-mix.

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