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Old 05-27-2015, 09:14 PM
 
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I am new house owner and struggling with lawn cleaning/maintenance.

My lot is 0.3 acres but the house itself occupies about 3200 Sq. Ft and do not have lots of plants. I am wondering if I can clean/mow/maintain the lawn by myself.

I see there are different types of blowers such as Gas, Battery, Corded Electric...

*The Home Depot matchpartialmax&NCNI-5

Which type would be easy to operate and at the same time robust and economical.

Please suggest a good, economical and efficient blower or other tool brand that could clean the yard good with respect to leaves, pine straws etc.,
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Old 05-27-2015, 09:31 PM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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You have a small lot. If I were you I would start out with the Toro electric, corded, blower for about $56. You can get a lot accomplished with the blower and it produces no fumes; like the gas powered blowers. So you can blow out your garage or deck without getting fumes in your house. The corded blowers never run out of power like the battery powered blowers.

Later, if you feel you would like to get a blower without the cord, get a cheap gas 2-cycle blower like the $100 Poulan. You don't need the expensive backpack blowers for the size lot you have.

I have all three blowers, including the backpack; but I have five acres. I love the blowers; I use them to blow out my pickup truck, clean my appliances, and even clean my computer. They get jobs done quickly and efficiently.

Good luck!
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Old 05-28-2015, 08:40 AM
 
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Sounds like Electric Corded Blower is a way to go, to start with

Hope the cord is long enough to cover all areas of the yard...

Would it clean/blow the pine straws too?

Please advise on the Leaf Blower with Vacuum Shredder vs. Blower with Vaccuum and Mulcher options?

Please advise on the following options..

1. Toro 225 mph 390 CFM Electric Super Leaf Blower with Vacuum Shredder $56 with
4.5 star ratings from 323 reviews
Toro 225 mph 390 CFM Electric Super Leaf Blower with Vacuum Shredder-51618 - The Home Depot

2. Toro Ultra 250 mph 350 CFM Electric 12-Amp Blower/Vacuum/Mulcher $75 with
4.5 star ratings from 1763 reviews
Toro Ultra 250 mph 350 CFM Electric 12-Amp Blower/Vacuum/Mulcher-51619 - The Home Depot

3. Toro 230 mph 390 CFM Electric Super Leaf Blower with Vacuum Shredder $56 with
4.5 star ratings from 315 reviews
Toro 230 mph 390 CFM Electric Super Leaf Blower Vacuum Shredder-51602 - The Home Depot

4. BLACK & DECKER 12-Amp 250-MPH Medium-Duty Corded Electric Leaf Blower $70 with
4.5 star ratings from 135 reviews
Shop BLACK & DECKER 12-Amp 250-MPH Medium-Duty Corded Electric Leaf Blower at Lowes.com

5. BLACK & DECKER 12-Amp 300-CFM 210-MPH Sweeper Corded Electric Leaf Blower $47 with 4.5 star ratings from 118 reviews
Shop BLACK & DECKER 12-Amp 300-CFM 210-MPH Sweeper Corded Electric Leaf Blower at Lowes.com
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Old 05-28-2015, 08:58 AM
 
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You need to buy an Outdoor extension cord.
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Old 05-28-2015, 09:02 AM
 
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Stihl BG55

You'll have it for many many years if you take care of it. Also many accessories for the homeowner.

I'm a Landscape contractor and it's what I use for my own home which sits on .25ac

Oh get the extension tubes for cleaning your gutters if they are not covered.
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Old 05-28-2015, 09:58 AM
 
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Are there any of these blowers that work well and at the same time don't blow your eardrums out?
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Old 05-28-2015, 10:39 AM
 
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A good article on leaf blower vs. leaf rake

Leaf Blowers vs Leaf Rakes - Which Is Best & Why? | Fun Times Guide to Household Tips
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Old 05-28-2015, 11:13 AM
 
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Are there any of these blowers that work well and at the same time don't blow your eardrums out?
Earplugs. Been around for quite sometime.
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Old 05-28-2015, 11:17 AM
 
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not that again.
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Old 05-28-2015, 11:22 AM
 
Location: Swiftwater, PA
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Stihl BG55

You'll have it for many many years if you take care of it. Also many accessories for the homeowner.

I'm a Landscape contractor and it's what I use for my own home which sits on .25ac

Oh get the extension tubes for cleaning your gutters if they are not covered.

That is a great leaf blower. But he/she doesn't have a very big lot and the cheap electric will do most of their choirs + they don't have to worry about storage or gas and oil.

As far as accessories; that Stihl doesn't take the leaf vacuum accessory - but I honestly don't think those vacuums are worth the effort. If the OP has just one small push rotary mower they can mulch most of their leaves and use that to 'rake' up the piles or use a bagger attachment on the lawnmower. I do consider gas walk behind mowers and riding tractors better leaf removal tools than leaf blower vacuum attachments and they also do a better job than most homeowner mulchers/shedders.

We do not know if the OP has problems with leaves in their gutters. It does look like they are worried about the leaves. Extensions, for the leaf blowers, could be a consideration if that is the case.
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