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    Battery operated leaf blowers

    Well, I made the mistake of having my leaf blower repaired two years ago and it will not start this season, OH well. Note to self don't repair these things. Anybody use battery operated leaf blowers and how do you like them?

    Thanks.

    Brian
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    I have a Milwaukee M18 blower that works well. Quite powerful for a cordless electric.

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    3different brands of cordless, 2 corded, and one 13hp gasoline on wheels.

    Get the biggest Echo you want to spend the money on.

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    Sorry. EGO not echo. On phone

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom M King View Post
    Sorry. EGO not echo. On phone
    ego it is. Thanks brian
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    Have a Kobalt from Lowes.
    Works great
    Do not miss the gas and oil mix.

    Howard Garner

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    I have the Dewalt 40V leaf blower, which works great - really powerful. Dewalt discontinued the 40V equipment, though, so if the batteries go (I have the string trimmer as well) then they are done. I am thinking of going to the Stihl Kombi system with the high-powered battery head. There are about 15 attachments for that unit, ranging from string trimmers to cultivators to sweepers. Expensive, but built to last.

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    Just came in from using my Ryobi 40v leaf blower. Very good, IMO. It's been a long time since I've used gas so I can't compare but this one does a good job and we have a very demanding yard. There are probably other good brands also. Consider other tools you want and then stick with one brand so you can share batteries. I'm happy with the 40v Ryobi string trimmer and hedge clippers, less happy with the chain saw but it''s OK.

    Can't say anything about the Ego leaf blower but I have one of their chain saws because it was given to me. It's good but I'm not sure it lives up to the hype and the price.

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    Mine is a Ryobi 40V blower. The Ryobi yard tools strike me as a lot better than their reputation in the world of woodworking tools would lead one to expect - well-designed and reasonably sturdy. The blower gives me all the performance I need. As a bonus it provides an effective way to clean the refrigerator coils.

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    I have the DeWalt 60 volt blower. It's as good as the corded one I used to use. The batteries are a bit expensive - I have three - but they've lasted quite well. I've been using them for a number of years now.

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    20v DeWalt, use 5amp batteries with it. If you want to go at it for hours then 8,9,12,amp batteries
    I prefer 5 amp and change as needed as I only run that hard once a year. Use the batteries with regular tools rest of the year
    Have the string trimmer and hedge trimmer also. Hedge trimmer cut time down to 1/3 or less with no cord and longer bar.
    Ron

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    If not a mechanical person and don’t know about keeping good gas your equipment by all means get a good battery operated one. I find its a challenge keeping up with the charging and then of course batteries do not last forever! My DeWalt tools I need to replace at least one a year and they ain’t cheap.
    Retired Guy- Central Iowa.HVAC/R , Cloudray Galvo Fiber , -Windows 10

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    If you need serious "leaf blowing", go with one of the new green brands like EGO. There are other excellent outdoor tools that use the same batteries. If your needs are more incidental, go with whatever brand of battery system you're already using if you have one. My leaf and debris blowing is absolutely incidental so my personal solution was pretty inexpensive.
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    Very happy in the EGO ecosystem (using snow blower, lawnmower, edger) - but, batteries on hand would determine my choice I think

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    Quote Originally Posted by Tom M King View Post
    Get the biggest Echo you want to spend the money on.
    Quote Originally Posted by Tom M King View Post
    Sorry. EGO not echo. On phone
    OP should have no problem finding big EGO's around here... but the biggest EGO they can afford, hmmm????

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