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leaf blower...worth it?

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leaf blower...worth it?

I'm a fan of doing things the old fashion way (mostly because I don't like unnecessary crap when I'm perfectly capable of doing it, and also for the exercise) but I'm just wondering if it's worth getting a leaf blower vs. raking. I have a huge lawn and LOTS of trees. I would still have to contend with picking up the leaves but at least piling them together might be a bit easier. Last year, I couldn't keep up with all the leaves on the driveway and backyard. I cleaned up the remaining leaves in the spring. For those of you who have one, do you actually use it? Is it worth? Maybe I can pick one up of Kiiji
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What do you mean by "huge". I live on a 2 1/2 acre lot with several hundred deciduous trees and I have this unit:

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Stihl BR600

This has absolutely transformed my fall leaf removal ritual.
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I use both my blower and rake. I find the blower works much better on the driveway and walkway / garden than the rake. One advantage my leaf blower has is the ability to also suck and grind leaves. Once the leaves ground up i only use about 1/4 the amount of bags i would have otherwise used.
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You can also use the leaf blower to clear light snow
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lawn mower with cutting catcher, catches leaves well to. cut whenever a good accumulation of leaves falls, but not too much.
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A leaf blow is worth its weight in gold. I have big a big locust tree to contend with. Those tiny leaves cannot be raked, only the blower works.
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Get a good one that you can use in the winter for snow and dry your car after a wash in the summer.
The Devil made me buy it - RFD. :twisted:
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Drthorne wrote: You can also use the leaf blower to clear light snow
And dry motorcycles/cars/strollers that got wet when washing cars and you are in big trouble...

I have a 40v leaf blower, trimmer add on leaf blower/vac. And stand alone gas power blower vac (we used to live country and used the gas one to pick up pine cones). I would 100% NOT get a gas or electric one. Even a lower end battery one is 1000% more useable on a smaller lot than an electric. I use mine mostly to get leaves from around the deck, up against the fence etc and use the vac to get some of that stuff too (powered by a 40v trimmer head). I still rake too.
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Thanks everyone - sold me.

I found a Toro Super Blower Vac (51618) on Kijiji that I'm planning on getting - it is electric but so are almost all my other outdoor gadgets (except lawn). Got a LONG extension cord
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I have a large backyard with 7 large oak trees and numerous other small trees so lots of leaves to contend with.. I go over them with the lawnmower in mulch mode, then I go over it again with the bag on the mower. That way they basically get a double chopping and you don't have to empty the lawnmower bag near as often as just going over them once with the bag on. You can get roughly 3, maybe 4 times the amount of leaves into one clear plastic leaf bag that way and it's a lot less painful than raking or using a leaf blower.. However I do have a leaf blower for getting the leaves out from under bushes and corners etc. .. I've had a few over the years and by far the best one of the gas type are the Stihl models. With the others they were always hard to start, finicky etc.. I noticed over a couple of years all my neighbors had Stihl leaf blowers and never had problems so that's why I bought it.. no regrets.. worth every penny. That being said, if you have a smaller urban/suburban yard without many trees and obstacles to snag the cord an electric is probably the way to go.
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Apr 8, 2010
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if you don't have a shopvac might be worth while to take a look at a shopvac that can convert to a leaf blower
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discoblues wrote: I use both my blower and rake. I find the blower works much better on the driveway and walkway / garden than the rake. One advantage my leaf blower has is the ability to also suck and grind leaves. Once the leaves ground up i only use about 1/4 the amount of bags i would have otherwise used.
This is what I do, I vacuum the leaves instead of blowing, once ground up I compost them. Works great for small properties. So another vote for leaf blower, but with vacuum capabilities.
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denti72 wrote: if you don't have a shopvac might be worth while to take a look at a shopvac that can convert to a leaf blower
Thanks for the tip - I see a couple on Kijiji for sale.

Edit: it seems the vacuum ones that are big and heavy, don't think that will really work moving/rolling on the lawn. Need something I can easily carry, no?
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Jazmina wrote: Thanks for the tip - I see a couple on Kijiji for sale.

Edit: it seems the vacuum ones that are big and heavy, don't think that will really work moving/rolling on the lawn. Need something I can easily carry, no?
No, they are light as well depending on the model.
I have one like this or similar
https://www.homedepot.ca/en/home/p.ultr ... 33576.html
The only issue is the bag fills up quickly, but for small properties is not that big of a deal.
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I tried the toro plug in last year and had to return it, not much power for that one.
The Devil made me buy it - RFD. :twisted:
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hdom wrote: I tried the toro plug in last year and had to return it, not much power for that one.
the one I have will blow small pebbles if I set on full power, not just leaves, not sure the exact model but looks similar, plenty enough for me.

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