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COMING SOON: Leaf Blowers/ Vacuums
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TOH Editorial Assistant Sal Vaglica wants to know:

Is your yard a total mess? If you have leaves and debris to clean up, consider testing an electric leaf blower/vacuum for TOH.

Want to be a TOH Tool Tester for leaf blowers? Send an email to [email protected] and include:

-Your name
-Your city & state
-What kind of debris or yard work you'd like to tackle with a test blower

A. Spruce
Re: COMING SOON: Leaf Blowers/ Vacuums
A. Spruce

We've got several oak trees in our yard that drop leaves and debris year round. In the spring it's leaf buds and pollen pods. In the summer it's galls and little sharp teepee shaped cone thingies (supposedly caused by wasps ), in the fall it's leaves, in the winter it's leaves. They drop sticks and twigs year round. It takes me over two hours to blow out the roofs, gutters, patio, porch and 100' driveway. There are several other trees that contribute too, the oaks are just the worst culprits. By late fall we've got a leaf pile that is 10' in diameter and over 3' deep that get run through the chipper so that they will compost more quickly, the worm bins like them better that way too.

We've got two crepe myrtles that that drop tiny leaves, flowers, and seed pods into the grass that the lawnmower won't suck up. The blower comes in handy to dislodge all those nasty little buggers and keeps them from smothering out the grass. When we're not blowing leaves, we're blowing dust and debris from the patio, porch, and walkways. The chickens are constantly scuffing the gravel perimeters of the driveway onto the asphalt and the blower is handy to return the rocks back to where they belong. There are quite a few other things we use the blower for as well.

Our 10 year old Toro is on it's last legs from all this use, we're due for a new one and would love to test out any bad boy you guys can throw at us. Oh, we could use Roger or one of the boys to show us how the professionals do it. ;):p

NEC
Re: COMING SOON: Leaf Blowers/ Vacuums
NEC

Spruce is suck'n it up big time!......... lol

In reality I vote Spruce #1 on receiving one for a test.

The guy has supported this site for longer than it has been "this site" with great advice on the forums and a great additude..

Who else among us vote for Spruce? SPEAK UP!

I would vote me #1 but do not do yard work.... lol.

TRLambert
Re: COMING SOON: Leaf Blowers/ Vacuums
TRLambert

I'll put in my vote for Spruce also.

Sounds like he has his hands full with all the yardwork. . . plus, if he's anything like me, he's too cheap to go buy a new blower for himself and will make due with something on it's last legs! And God forbid it should break down and he'd have to go back to manually raking!!!! ;)

Tim

A. Spruce
Re: COMING SOON: Leaf Blowers/ Vacuums
A. Spruce
TRLambert wrote:

I'll put in my vote for Spruce also.

Sounds like he has his hands full with all the yardwork. . . plus, if he's anything like me, he's too cheap to go buy a new blower for himself and will make due with something on it's last legs! And God forbid it should break down and he'd have to go back to manually raking!!!! ;)

Tim

LOL Thanks for the votes guys! :D

Yes, I've got lots of yard work, though you can rest assured I wouldn't be without a blower to keep on top of this mess. If I'm lucky enough to be a contender to test one for TOH that would be wonderful, if not I can see a new purchase in my future. :cool:

Moon Over My Hammy
Re: COMING SOON: Leaf Blowers/ Vacuums
Moon Over My Hammy

I've already tested a lot of these before I bought a Craftsman 71-74827 225 mph blower/vac on clearance along with a super heavy duty extension cord (yellow). Got it for half-price as the manager at Sears Hardware had accidentially sold a different model one I had ordered in and was very lucky. Turns out it was made by a name brand company different then who they use for most all the rest.

Light weight, super powerful, and not too loud. Munches like a dream in vac mode. Most all I tested were either too difficult to control, too heavy, or power was too wimpy. I've gone up against landscapers with gas driven backpacks blowing huge piles/mounds of wet leaves, sticks and acorns and I've held my ground at the property line with my blower in high mode.

Word to wise: always wear safety goggles when blowing at high speeds. Also avoid high speed blowing down at acorns near a sliding door track (silver streaks on black aluminum screen now) :o.

djohns
Re: COMING SOON: Leaf Blowers/ Vacuums
djohns

Eh , my yard is too large for an electric model . I would need over 300 feet of cord in some places . I'll stick with my STIHL gas model . :)

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