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back mounted blowers

Discussion in 'Commercial Snow Removal' started by sno-problem!, Dec 13, 2009.

  1. sno-problem!

    sno-problem! Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    Hey guys... im new to the site, although I have been creeping around here anonymously for some time now.

    Anyways, I have recently started my own business (part time while in university) and I focus mainly on residential lots for now. I am considering buying one of the backpack mounted gas blowers to use for light-moderate snowfalls.

    Do any of you guys use these? Is it worth it or should I just go all out and get a sweeper?

    Thanks for any advice!
  2. kpmsnow

    kpmsnow Senior Member
    from Elkhart
    Messages: 156

    My sidewalk crews are equipped with pack blowers and shovels for light to moderate snows. We leave the pack blowers at the shop during heavy snow accumulations in favor of the snow blowers. We like the pack blowers.
  3. sven1277

    sven1277 Senior Member
    Messages: 498

    If it is a light fluffy snow of an inch they work great. You don't even need icemelt. 2" takes too long.
  4. sno-problem!

    sno-problem! Junior Member
    Messages: 12

    longer than a shovel?!

    Like I said, im a student and im just starting out so unfortunately I can't buy myself a stage I, stage II, a blower and the whole shabang.

    Im trying to figure out if I should use a blower for light snow and a stage II for heavier snowfalls, or if I should go with a stage one, or a sweeper or what.
  5. kpmsnow

    kpmsnow Senior Member
    from Elkhart
    Messages: 156

    My shivel crews love their pack blowers. But they do have some limitations, heavy wet snow doesn't blow very well if it is deep and windy snow events usually leave the crew looking like snow men.
  6. Premier

    Premier Senior Member
    Messages: 274

    We have 1 back pack blower and 2 hand helds, they work good as long as it is a light snow, we do a condo ass. used to take 2 hours just to do the stairs, now 30 min. During the right conditions they are worth there weight in gold, also make sure you get a good blower not a cheep one, you will want all the blowing power you can get