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    Dec 07, 2010 7:55 PM GMT
    I want to buy a leaf blow / vacuum but it is turning out to be complicated. Do I have time to go Lowes / Home Depot, I guess but I really don't want to. I just want to click click on the internet and have it delivered for free.

    Does anyone have one they recommend?

    Channeling my hetero-self I have found these two to be reliable and a quality buy...I hope:

    http://www.amazon.com/Toro-51599-Variable-Speed-Electric-Impeller/dp/B000H1Y4EK/ref=sr_1_1?ie=UTF8&qid=1291751051&sr=8-1

    and

    http://www.amazon.com/Black-Decker-LH4500-2-Speed-Electric/dp/B001ECQ49Y/ref=sr_1_3?ie=UTF8&qid=1291751051&sr=8-3

    OMG HAAAALP
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    Dec 07, 2010 8:30 PM GMT
    Both. Either. icon_lol.gif

    Both are good, either will do the job. Personally, I'd go with the Toro, having had good luck with many of their other lawn equipment.
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    Dec 08, 2010 3:58 AM GMT
    Get the Toro. B&D products are pretty meh these days.
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    Dec 08, 2010 4:17 AM GMT
    When I lived in Ohio and my parents made me do their leaves, I would have killed myself if they had an electric leaf blower. They seem like large hair dryers that never really move the leaves around. We had a gas powered back-pack leaf blower.

    Then we got a lawn vacuum that you walk behind (like a lawn mower) which was totally awesome. It was just like mowing the lawn, but all the leaves went away too and got chopped up.

    Thankfully, I don't have to do leaves anymore as I HATED doing them.
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    Dec 08, 2010 4:22 AM GMT
    The Toro has a slightly higher than 4 star average of reviews on Amazon, which is pretty impressive number to maintain when there are 770 reviews.
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    Dec 08, 2010 9:00 PM GMT
    HeartRobb saidThe Toro has a slightly higher than 4 star average of reviews on Amazon, which is pretty impressive number to maintain when there are 770 reviews.


    Good point.
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    Dec 08, 2010 9:01 PM GMT
    halltd saidWhen I lived in Ohio and my parents made me do their leaves, I would have killed myself if they had an electric leaf blower. They seem like large hair dryers that never really move the leaves around. We had a gas powered back-pack leaf blower.

    Then we got a lawn vacuum that you walk behind (like a lawn mower) which was totally awesome. It was just like mowing the lawn, but all the leaves went away too and got chopped up.

    Thankfully, I don't have to do leaves anymore as I HATED doing them.


    Ya I keep hearing things about electric vs. gas. Sadly my entire house is under tree branches, I raked 48 bags leaves this Fall.
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    Dec 08, 2010 10:51 PM GMT
    Dude. If you have that many trees, why punish yourself with a puny electric leaf blower? My parent's lawn had something like 20 trees, so an electric leaf blower was out of the question.

    A nice quality big plastic rake is also good investment. If you're bagging leaves alone, I also had a plastic piece that went into the opening of the bag to hold it open. So, I could rake right into the bag, pull out the plastic sleeve and tie up the bag. So much simpler and quicker if you're stuck doing it yourself. Or, if you have the old-fashioned tv trays around, you can use the metal fold-up legs and use them as a stand for the garbage bag. Then you can just dump them in the top until it's full.
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    Dec 09, 2010 1:32 PM GMT
    I no longer blow or rake leaves except to get them out from under bushes, etc...then I use the "mulch" feature of my self-propelled Toro mower, then add the bagger and suck up whats left. icon_wink.gif
    I had one of those Snapper mulch/vacuum and it did ok, but gave it to my Dad to use since it can take care of tree branches.
    If you have a good mower with a good up-lift, then just use it to suck up the leaves and empty into your composter.
    The Toro
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    The Snapper:

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    Dec 09, 2010 2:00 PM GMT
    Life's too short. Make a pile and jump in it!
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    Dec 10, 2010 2:01 PM GMT
    @Halltd, I see your point and it is completely valid, I figure I should give this a try to see what I can accomplish before getting a mega-deluxe ultra leaf-destroyer.

    Bigeasy is, however right, let's all just jump in the pile. I can provide nice whole-wheat sandwiches with some Crystal Light, delicious hors d'oeuvre and a guilt-free dessert. You provide your body for leaf-jumping.