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11-04-2004 06:47 PM  13 years agoPost 1
FlyTime

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Webster, NY

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My backyard is covered in leaves. A woods boarders the back of my property. What is the easiest method of clearing my yard?

I'm considering a lawn vac. The type that is 4 wheeled push type w/ 5.5hp and 8:1 reduction to bagger cost $400-600

or
a 5.0 hp wheeled blower? Cost $385

Which one should I get?

how do I make this post a poll?


Have a great day

j

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11-04-2004 06:49 PM  13 years agoPost 2
Drunk Monk

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Well if you have a heli then you already have a leaf blower. Much more fun to use than a black n decker too


Stephen

I only open my mouth to change feet.....

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11-04-2004 07:34 PM  13 years agoPost 3
MSP765

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Well if you have a heli then you already have a leaf blower
hahaha....that's what I use! More for fun than actually blowing the leaves off my yard. I was doing it last year here at work and actually turned my helicopter into a mulcher on accident Ripped the plastic covering right off the tips of the main blades.

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11-04-2004 08:35 PM  13 years agoPost 4
Doug

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Get the VAC, The leaves do not "blow" if they have been down for long or are "glued" in place by moisture

First member of Member of Bearings Anonymous

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11-04-2004 11:48 PM  13 years agoPost 5
Zach Sparks

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Leaves are a pain---but---I have this
http://www.sears.com/sr/javasr/prod...pid=07177055000

I love it. I typically fill a 6 x 10 flat bed trailer with 3.5 foot side walls four times before the leaves are gone. I can haul the leaves to a disposal site so I don't have to chop em up but this sure blows em into a pile where I can pick em up and trailer away very easily. It used to take me almost 2 hours just to do my front yard. Now only 30 minutes from engine start to hauling away. Wet leaves don't blow and the trick is to not let the leaves get too deep before you blow em up.

Quite frankly the best $500 I have spent for stress relief. Leaves and the fall always used to stress me out. Now I don't even think about it.

Good Luck

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11-05-2004 12:51 AM  13 years agoPost 6
docloc

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Hire a kid to rake for cash. If your yard is large and you have a rider, then get a bagger for it. I work at a golf course and we use a front mount John Deere 1145 with a mulching deck to take care of leaves. We blow them off of the greens and into the rough, drop the blockoff plate down and mulch them into the grass. You think you got leaves? I spend hours each day blowing and mulching leaves. The trees are almost bare, but the wind switches direction and blows them out of the woods. Soon it will snow and I won't have to worry about leaves.

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11-05-2004 03:27 AM  13 years agoPost 7
cannonfoo

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how about a match and some gas? just rake a couple firebreak lines to keep it away from the forest and house.

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11-05-2004 03:37 AM  13 years agoPost 8
GMcNair

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Ironic that I am reading this post, as I was just at my lawn equip dealer this afternoon in search of a wheeled "squirrel cage" blower. As a kid I used to push around the Billy Goat leaf vac, and it was a pain in the arse. Today, I just blow them into a corner and rake them into bags. Which brings me to the blower topic. Thought I wanted a wheeled blower, but I was convinced otherwise. Shindaiwa makes what is considered the "mac daddy" of backpack units.

Go here to read more about it: Shindaiwa Blower

Comes with a 2yr warranty for homeowners, 1yr for commercial users. Dealers have a corporate sponsored 7 day buyback policy. No questions asked, if you don't want it after running it for 7 days, they give you 100% of your money back. They have two versions...one with the trigger control on the right nozzle handle, or a separate bar for your left hand with a throttle lever. Set it, push the bar back towards the pack, and your left hand is free to pick up big items, etc, and your right hand won't get tired of squeezing a trigger.

And what sold me on it? The dealer "levitated" a basketball at the end of the nozzle. Many blowers can do this, but the Shindaiwa held the ball 2 feet away, and the dealer leaned it at a 45 degree angle, and the ball spun in place like it was on a string. I don't care who you are....THATS power. He sold out, so I am waiting for the shipment to come in next week to pick up mine. $429.

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11-05-2004 06:07 AM  13 years agoPost 9
Gearhead

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in a word,,,, "mulch"


Jim

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11-05-2004 06:12 AM  13 years agoPost 10
Fullagas

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Michigan

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I'm with Wasp - 'Mulch!'.

I used to bag, rake, etc., for years. Had a push-type leaf broom, then a lawn vac. Now I mow with my Toro mulcher, it's great. If the leaves get wet, just wait for a couple hard frosts and they'll crisp right up, ready to mow. Plus the lawn has a little food in the spring.

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Flying helis since gyros had springs.

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11-05-2004 06:28 AM  13 years agoPost 11
Inspector Fuzz

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Yep, MULCH!!
I spent many years running a successful lawn maintenance company and bought a house with the money that I made selling the contracts I had obtained through the years..
Your best bet for leaf management is to mow with a mulching mower REGULARLY.. I.e. every 2 weeks.. This keeps the leaves "ground up" and they rapidly break down into nice dirt for your lawn..
However, if you have not done this and there are TONS of leaves, then here is the easiest thing you can do, if you have woods to dump them in, as you say..
First, DO NOT repeat DO NOT buy one of those worthless lawn vacs.. They SUCK and I don't mean the way you want them too... Forget the goofy wheeled blower to.. I went that route once and while powerful, they are too cumbersume to be used on anything other than pavement..
Get your self a NICE backpack blower.. Please don't buy the cheap junk that home depot sells... You need to go to a commercial lawn shop.. The best one on the market is the Stihl BP400 or its' current variant.. I tried them all, Shindawia (they make the best weed trimmer), Echo, Muryama, Kawasake, etc.. The Stihl is the best.. It will last a LIFETIME in non-commercial use.. They last about 5 years in the day-in day-out commercial lawn business.. It will set you back about $400 but will last you a lifetime..
Once you have your Stihl blower, blow the leaves into large piles.. The blower has plenty of power for even wet or compacted leaves.. If you can get your truck, or maybe lawn tractor wagon into the back yard, then you can shovel the leaves into the vehicle and take them to the woods.. If you have no means of leaf conveyance, the easiest way to pick up the leaves and transport them is to get a large plastic tarp... Blow or shovel the piles of leaves onto the tarp, then pull the corners to the middle of the tarp.. Now, drag your "sack" of leaves to the woods.. MUCH easeir than trying to shovel leaves into a bag and more importantly, much faster.. Whew!!! That was a lot of typing..
JEFF

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11-05-2004 01:53 PM  13 years agoPost 12
1badmanx

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Milford, CT.

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I own a power equipment shop. Be prepared to spend bucks getting that shindaiwa "mac daddy" blower repaired. They use the worst carbs known to man. Do youself a favor and listen to fuzz...get the stihl
Bruce

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11-05-2004 04:36 PM  13 years agoPost 13
FlyTime

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Webster, NY

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WOW I'm sooooo confused
Thanks all for your input.

If I take Drunk Monks advice I could justify a new
JR Vib 90 ( a 90 is required for max air flow)
Cost $2000 ready to go
Fuel cost cp 30% $29
Highest cost, least work option. highest grin factor!!!!!

Vacs: some lov'm some hate them
Blowers: Backpacks get the nod over wheeled types

Of the Blowers Stihl gets the nod . Cost $399, fuel $2.13/gal

hum....... I think I'll tell the wife, I'll get the JR Vib 90 radio controled leaf blower.

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11-05-2004 05:35 PM  13 years agoPost 14
Drunk Monk

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It has to be done, multi funcional as well


Stephen

I only open my mouth to change feet.....

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11-05-2004 05:44 PM  13 years agoPost 15
BladeRunner

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I use a lawn"sweeper", I used to have a push type but now I have one that you tow behind a lawn tractor....Works great; You can dump it from the seat...... fast too. I can scoop up 10~20 loads in about 45 min. I have a compost pile at the rear of my property....great for the garden......

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