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Leaf blower for sidewalks?

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by sameakman, Oct 26, 2008.

  1. sameakman

    sameakman Junior Member
    Messages: 18

    Has anyone used leaf blowers to blow snow off of sidewalks?

    How effective has this been for you?

    I have 22 sidewalks 3'x40' to remove snow from at a condo complex and usually shovel them but thought I might try blowing them clean this year.

    Thanks for you responses.
  2. fordsrule

    fordsrule Member
    Messages: 68

    well at the local auxilary fire department in town weve used a leaf blower. it works pretty good in light snow but anything heavy and doesnt work so good.
  3. hydro_37

    hydro_37 PlowSite Veteran
    from iowa
    Messages: 3,790

    It will work only on the fluffy snow. Wet snow will be a problem. Stick with the shovel. JMO
  4. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,192

    We tried one twice in very light snow. Bottom line, they are crap, don't even consider it.
  5. Clapper&Company

    Clapper&Company PlowSite Veteran
    from NE OHIO
    Messages: 4,413

    yea they suck

    Try a Power Broom, by Sthil there alsome
  6. mcwlandscaping

    mcwlandscaping 2000 Club Member
    Messages: 2,557

    Yea, i think others have covered it....they kinda work in light snow but you get a lot of blowback and it's really not worth it...and the throttle cables on those things freeze up real easy in the snow! Powerbroom works awesome though!
  7. cet

    cet PlowSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,192

    Single stage Toro will work as fast as you can walk in light snow. Best bet for the easy snowfalls.
  8. dunlaps lawncare

    dunlaps lawncare Senior Member
    Messages: 111

    i also thought of useing mine
  9. plowindiesel

    plowindiesel Senior Member
    Messages: 192

    we used an echo backpack blower last year and it worked well on the light stuff but once it gets a tad wet the blower is useless