I hate leafblowers

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  1. Gary->dee

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    I'm not sure I can even explain why but something pisses me off about seeing a gardener with a leafblower. Maybe it's because they symbolize the literal pushing of nature by technological means. The noise, the pollution they emit as well as the clouds of dust they kick up.

    Anyone else bothered by them?
     
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    I agree that they seem to be one of the most pointless machines ever manufactured. The same job can be accomplished by a rake with a lot less pollution, consumption of natural resources, noise, and clouds of dust.
     
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    ...and a lot more time, effort and cost. If I was a professional landscaper, I'd use a leafblower, not a rake. That's like complaining that office workers use computers instead of typewriters when they want to write a letter.

    Leafblowers of the world unite!
     
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    Boo! Hiss! :p)

    I understand how they can save time, doesn't mean I like them any better though.
     
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    Oh I hate them as well. There's nothing like waking up at 6am on a Saturday to some guy blowing leaves outside your apartment window. Ugh.

    Plus, I've never understood why leaves were so bad. If they're that important use a rake and if they aren't, just leave them be. We all know the next gust of wind will just blow the leaves back.

    Now if the leave blowers actually picked UP the leaves and bagged them, that might be a different story.
     
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    I love em. I can't wait for my giant oak to start shedding this fall so I can try out my new toy:

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    Craftsman 4-in-1 Yard Vac
     
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    Matt that's quite a monster! I also recently bought a blower/vac and it saves lots of time blowing to one spot and vaccuming it rather than raking and using my hands/dustpan. It is pretty loud though for an electrical device.
     
  9. MarkHastings

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    I can't say I mind Leaf Blowers, but I do get aggravated when I see someone blowing their crap into the streets or someone elses lawn [​IMG]

    and there's an obvious joke in here as well...

    (Adapted from the Snow Blower joke)
    Q: Why was the tree smiling?
    A: He saw the leaf blower coming.
     
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    My blower sucks and bags, it's great.


    Peace Out~[​IMG]
     
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    If they'd make a leaf-blower silencer and federally mandate a 65db maximum noise limit, then I'd be a happy camper.

    And if your leaf-blower was making more than 65db's worth of noise, the attending officer could use lethal force against the contraption. Then I'd be really happy.

    And I'd be really really happiy if lawnmowers, gas-powered power brooms and snowblowers also had strictly enforced noise levels.
     
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    Guess, you obviously have never done any kind of heavy duty landscaping or lawn maintenance. Those things can save TONS of time, money and effort. We usually use them for blowing dirt/dust/leaves/grass off of sidewalks, driveways, etc etc. They are a godsend and a must have on all golf courses and lawn maintenance crews.
     
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    I have an electric leaf blower. I only use it to dry my car after washing.
     
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    Hey Andrew,

    I'm surprised. I would have thought you dried your car with one of your silica gel packet bill dividers.
     
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    I hate them, too. Not because of the heavy-duty landscapers, but because of the schmucks in my neighborhood that have them for our postage stamp sized yards.[​IMG]

    If they'd bring the noise AND emissions in line with what's required of autos, I'd have no problem with them. Running a two-cycle leaf blower for 20 mins is equivalent to driving a car a few hundred miles. This is progress??

    I'm moving my lawn gear toward all-electric (cordless, actually). I'd recommend it for anyone with a 1/4 acre or less of yard (even 1/2 acre or less really).

    Todd

    P.S. I find pressure washers a big waste of time, too, for the average owner.
     

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