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Old Yesterday, 10:08 AM
 
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First off all I apologize if this is not the correct forum for this.

I am trying to decide between an ECHO 215 MPH 510 CFM 58.2cc Gas 2-Stroke Cycle Backpack Leaf Blower and a Ryobi 175 MPH 760 CFM 38cc Gas Backpack Leaf Blower.

I have an acre yard with LOTS of trees. At first glance the Ryobi seems like a lot of bang for the buck but I am worried about the difference in MPH.

Would it make that much of a difference? Which situations would one be more advantageous over the other?

This is my first leaf blower purchase (others have been hand me downs or gifted to me) so I'm not really sure what I am looking for.

Thanks !
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Old Yesterday, 10:21 AM
 
Location: Bel Air, California
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go with the higher mph blower

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Old Yesterday, 01:23 PM
 
Location: East of Seattle since 1992, originally from SF Bay Area
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For a fairly consistent leaf size and using only when dry, it won't make much difference. My leaf blower is about 250 MPH, 350 CFM corded electric, and I need that speed to handle the fir tree needles, often wet, on the driveway and roof. I rarely use it for leaves, and neither of those would be ideal for me. For you, 175-215 mph is not much difference, and the Ryobi blows more air, so I would go for it, and with 1/2 acre you do want gas backpack.
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Old Yesterday, 01:43 PM
 
Location: Madison, Alabama
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First off all I apologize if this is not the correct forum for this.

I am trying to decide between an ECHO 215 MPH 510 CFM 58.2cc Gas 2-Stroke Cycle Backpack Leaf Blower and a Ryobi 175 MPH 760 CFM 38cc Gas Backpack Leaf Blower.

I have an acre yard with LOTS of trees. At first glance the Ryobi seems like a lot of bang for the buck but I am worried about the difference in MPH.

Would it make that much of a difference? Which situations would one be more advantageous over the other?

This is my first leaf blower purchase (others have been hand me downs or gifted to me) so I'm not really sure what I am looking for.

Thanks !
I have an Echo (I think it's the one you mentioned - it was the most powerful Home Depot had when I bought it, and I think was about $290) and it is quite adequate for my yard. It's not as powerful as the big Stiel backpack blowers you see the "pros" use though, but you probably don't need one like that.
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Old Yesterday, 08:04 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Here is the question: How do you plan to use this blower? I have five acres and I use my mowers for most of my leaves. I use a blower to move the leaves out from under shrubs and away from the house - then I use my mowers on them. I have an Echo backpack, a Poulan hand held gas, and I have a Toro 'corded' electric blower. I have not used my backpack in about two years. I need to start it just to make sure the gas is not going stale. It is just so much easier to grab the hand held blowers and I only use them for short periods of time. The Poulan and a rake I will toss in my garden cart, pulled by my riding tractors, and clean up around my trees in the back of my property. The backpack is fine if your planning on using it for long periods of time - I don't see that happening with only one acre.

The cheap electric blower I like for where I do not want 2-cycle fumes - like blowing out the garage, shed or even my vehicles (it really beats a vacuum cleaner). I even use it to blow out my PC's since they work better than a can of compressed air. You can get one of these very cheap.

There are some people that like to blow every leaf into a pile and then bag them. If that is what you like to do go for the backpack. Seriously for about $150 to $175 you could have both an electric blower and a hand held gas blower and I feel you would get more use out of them than the backpack - but that is my opinion.
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Old Today, 07:36 AM
 
Location: The Triad (NC)
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This is my first leaf blower purchase so I'm not really sure what I am looking for.
I have an acre yard with LOTS of trees.
What do you do between the trees?
That large of a lot warrants a collector of some sort on the lawn tractor.
(start your own compost or set them out by the street for pick up)

With those leaves (90%?) collected easily enough that leaves the balance caught up
in the brush, and along fences and everywhere else that need to be swept out to the
open lawn area to ALSO be collected by the vacuum..

With this sort of approach to the fall leaf collection...
the blower (and rake!) work isn't so onerous as to really need much power.

A quality cordless blower could even be enough. (quieter too)
And it's one less engine to have to take care of.

Here's a link to some videos: https://tinyurl.com/y6wteuby
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Old Today, 07:45 AM
 
Location: Floribama
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Stay away from anything gas powered made by Ryobi, its usually junk.
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