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Old 09-28-2017, 09:23 PM   #1
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I want to get a leaf blower for around the house.

What is more important MPH or CFM?
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Old 09-28-2017, 09:50 PM   #2
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What you need depends on your acreage and your leaf size. If you are a typical residential, I would just go with a battery powered unit in the battery platform you use. Makita's leaf blower uses two batteries, and I believe Dewalt has the 60 volt. Milwaukee uses a single battery, but it works pretty good. I have not used anything but the Milwaukee. For larger leaf cleanups and wet leaves I have a gas powered Stihl backpack blower. Try a battery powered unit first and if you don't like it return it! Gas is stinky, LOUD (IE pisses neighbors off if you have them), and isn't instant, plus requires 2 stroke mix.

The electric leaf blowers kick butt on a jobsite!

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Actually that was I was thinking of, Makita 36v.
I had a gas backpack but didn't use it often enough and had to deal with gas/oil mess and smell.

90% pin oak and maple leaves.
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CFM is going to mean more than MPH. A 1/8 inch orifice blowing at 75MPH will mean nothing trying to move a pile of leaves. Then again a 3000 CFM blower going at 2 MPH won't either. Better understand both I reckon.

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After checking dozens of reviews, I bought an Hitachi Leaf blower (gas) and I'm very pleased with it so far. I was going to buy a Stihl but for $30 less, the Hitachi had just as good of reviews as the Stihl.
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The 36v Makita should be good for what I need, but I wasn't sure which one.
They have one that has high MPH and lower CFM and one that has higher CFM and lower MPH.
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After checking dozens of reviews, I bought an Hitachi Leaf blower (gas) and I'm very pleased with it so far. I was going to buy a Stihl but for $30 less, the Hitachi had just as good of reviews as the Stihl.
I'm a stihl man and keep a Hitachi in my personal tool trailer for framing
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The 36v Makita should be good for what I need, but I wasn't sure which one.
They have one that has high MPH and lower CFM and one that has higher CFM and lower MPH.
I just got the newer brushless model XBU02. It's pretty impressive for battery powered and is comparable to my 2 stroke Echo.

At full speed it eats up batteries very fast though so it may not work out if you have a large yard.

There's a YouTube video where a guy compares all 3 LXT blowers on a gravel driveway and the brushless wins hands down.
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I think that's the one I am going to get.
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Makita 36v brushless blower does as good or even better at times than any gas blower I've had. I think the best I've got with 2 5amp batteries was around 20 minutes of almost constant use, it's a beast.


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Bought it ^^^^^^ off ebay.
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My Stihl is going on 7yrs old. Never serviced always fires up with ease. Im sold moving forward
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Looks like the decision has been made. I can also recommend the EGO line, I have the mower, blower, trimmer and hedger. The hedger is a real beast. The blower has a turbo mode that's impressive but will really shorten the run time if used steadily. I bought it to clean my gutters and it does that just fine.
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My Stihl is going on 7yrs old. Never serviced always fires up with ease. Im sold moving forward
My Stihl is the same. Nothing beats a backpack blower for pure power.

The battery powered Milwaukee also starts every time I hit the button, is quit, unlike my Stihl, no nasty smells, very quick for minor cleanups, and is now my goto over the Stihl, which has never visited a job site.

I wish I had the Makita brushless dual battery unit though...
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Last year I picked up Makita's 36v 12" chainsaw.

That thing is amazing.

Right after I bought it I had a big cherry tree come down across my driveway. We had just come back from picking blackberries with the grandkids. They were all excited because this huge tree was across the driveway that wasn't there an hour ago. I didn't want to freak out my granddaughter (4)with all noise from my Stihl so I pulled out the Makita and started limbing the thing.
The more I cut the more I kept wanting to see what it's limit was.
That thing did not disappoint.

The kids had a blast dragging the branches away and making a big pile with them.
If I had used the Stihl they would have got scared and stayed in the house.
I cleared enough to drive through and then once they went home got out the real deal finished up.
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I have been watching Ebay for about 6 months waiting for the right price on one of the Makita 36 volt top handle chain saws. I would like to use it while climbing trees. I have a nice 12-14" gasser, but the electric chainsaws do have an advantage in some ways. Especially when it comes to being stealth and cutting. I could also see it being used for trail clearing as a volunteer.

Does the chainsaw have some form of safety, other than the chain brake?
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You would definitely like the saw for that work.
Perfect, quiet, no smell.

It has a chain brake handle, but it also stops fast when you take your finger off the switch. If you are climbing you would like it.
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Makita 36v brushless blower does as good or even better at times than any gas blower I've had. I think the best I've got with 2 5amp batteries was around 20 minutes of almost constant use, it's a beast.


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Tim, or anyone, does the top handle chainsaw have a balance point to keep it pointed down, when on a lanyard? A lanyard is a requirement when climbing for obvious reasons.
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