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Leaf Blowers

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by Weenuk, Dec 3, 2011.

  1. Weenuk

    Weenuk Senior Member
    Messages: 207

    Wondering who used leaf blower to aid in clearing snow from walkways, steps or even driveways? If so, which makes do you use?
     
  2. dglandscaping

    dglandscaping Junior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 1

    I use the redmax 8000s.. most powerful. Also, using them for snow removal is great as long as the snow is light and fluffy... saves on a lot of ice melt/ salt too because you can get it bare... I end up pulling them out 3-4x per season and using them for snow
     
  3. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,953

    We've used the redmaxs before but they come back very corroded. I suppose with immediate.cleaning it would be fine I personally don't think it saves much time, if its that light shoveling should be extremely fast.
     
  4. Weenuk

    Weenuk Senior Member
    Messages: 207

    Shovelling tires workers compared to blowing. Same principle over blowing leafs compared to raking. Your correct with the extra cleaning required over lawncare usage. Something has to be done during down time....
     
  5. blazer2plower

    blazer2plower Senior Member
    Messages: 544

    I got an echo 770 this year for the light stuff. I did have a hand hald echo it was good but not fast. And it save's on ice melt.

    I love my Z just not now
     
  6. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,953

    I have to disagree, its not comparable to leaves. If the snow is light enough to blow it is light enough to walk down the sidewalk with a pusher type shovel and clear the area much faster and with less effort as opposed to slowly walking making the back and forth sweeps with a blower.
     
  7. Weenuk

    Weenuk Senior Member
    Messages: 207

    Try shovelling 30+ walkways compared to blowing. Less strain on the back. You have every right to disagree...
     
  8. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 480

    The blowers work great on 1.5" of fluffy or less. Get down to bare pavement, so no icemelt needed. Loud. May piss people off overnight. We now use the wide 30-36" snow plow shovels. Just as fast with no noise. Sometimes does require light icemelt. This is now our preferred way.
     
  9. Longae29

    Longae29 PlowSite.com Addict
    Messages: 1,953

    I just know how lazy some of our sidewalk guys are, and given the choice to blow or shovel they choose to shovel, I (and they) thought it was a good idea, but they prefer the wide pusher shovels for light snows....
     
  10. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    We have joked about trying this for the really light snowfalls over the years, but never actually done it.

    Biggest reason we have probably never done it is IMO I think it would just look silly. :)
     
  11. Weenuk

    Weenuk Senior Member
    Messages: 207

    Looking silly? No one cares about how they look if the job is done just as quick with less effort. Most of the crews up here use the leaf blowers for light snowfall. This looks less silly then crews driving around in rusty POS trucks with rusty POS plows...
     
  12. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    I care. My company image is very important to me.

    Our reputation is to be the best option... everyone knows we are not the cheapest.

    Every week I say to potential customers at least 2 or 3 times, "If your looking for the cheapest price, you wont find it here. We will be in the ball park, but what we offer is a better value."


    Also... Nothing we have is rusty.

    I like how your following me post to post... :laughing:
     
    Last edited: Dec 4, 2011
  13. Weenuk

    Weenuk Senior Member
    Messages: 207

    Bud, never wrote that you have rusty trucks or equipment. Wrote that this in general looks awful or silly. I dont care how a job is done just as long as its done correctly and well. How does blowing snow look silly??
     
  14. lawnlandscape

    lawnlandscape Senior Member
    Messages: 374

    I don't know... it just does. In my area we probably would only have one snow each season that is able to be blown anyway.. so the point is moot.
     
  15. CGM Inc.

    CGM Inc. PlowSite Veteran
    from Ontario
    Messages: 3,590

    Seen some Guys around here blowing snow. Most likely will try it as well this winter.
     
  16. Weenuk

    Weenuk Senior Member
    Messages: 207

    Different areas call for different equipment and probably different methods of clearing...
     
  17. snocrete

    snocrete Banned
    Messages: 2,862

    I agree, plus your not burning fuel.
     
  18. Nickymaggs

    Nickymaggs Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 12

    Light snow Stihl Br 600 back pack works well.
     
  19. Weenuk

    Weenuk Senior Member
    Messages: 207

    Does your Stihl have a winter option switch behind the air filter????
     
  20. Nickymaggs

    Nickymaggs Junior Member
    from PA
    Messages: 12

    It sure does.