The best time to use a handheld blower
Backpack blowers rule in daily landscape maintenance operations mainly because they are packed away on your back and they have lots of power. I normally associate handheld blowers with small landscape operations or home owners. But as I found out last week, handheld blowers can also be used by professional landscapers on smaller jobs.
I spent a few days at a site recently preparing beds for plant and rock installation. I had to rip-up small lawn patches the old-fashioned way with my shovel and part-time chess coach muscles.
Then I used the same shovel to move plants and to remove some that, sadly, wouldn’t be reused anywhere. Unwanted rejects, they would be hauled off to the green waste dump.
I also had other tasks. I had to remove any remaining annuals, finesse beds and do some minor pruning of Hydrangeas.
Since I didn’t make a lot of mess my handheld blower was totally fine for my clean-up. The ECHO PB 250 LN unit started well and it felt light in my hand. It was also quiet but I expected that because my ECHO backpack blower has the same 65 decibel rating for noise-sensitive environments.
It’s not that I work in many noise-sensitive environments; I simply couldn’t justify paying $700 for a blower that would only be used on the occasional side-job.
I definitely prefer backpack blowers because I find the side to side hand motion, combined with the weight of the unit, tiresome. Luckily, my clean-up was quick so this didn’t become an issue.
The PB 250 LN specifications are available online. If you need help deciding which blower to purchase, I suggest visiting one of the Foreshore Equipment locations.
The PB 250 LN blower is light, it features an ergonomic 3-position top handle and grouped controls, 25.4 cc professional grade 2-stroke engine and front exhaust (so you don’t suck up all of the exhaust).
I find handheld blowers too tiring for my hands but for small clean-up jobs this unit is a nice economical blower.