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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Nov 23, 2018 2:49 PM CST
Any one have recomendations for one with good (low) speed control ?
Name: Amanda
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pepper23
Nov 23, 2018 3:08 PM CST
Ryobi makes several good options. It really helps to go into the stores to check them out because you also need to consider weight. Some of the cordless ones can get pretty heavy for some people.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Nov 23, 2018 3:15 PM CST
The weight issue isn't real important to me as I have a small yard. The B&D combo I have only goes from high to hurricane and has a 100' cord though.
A backpack gas blower has better speed control, but not worth the maintenance for me.
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Nov 23, 2018 3:28 PM CST
I've been happy with my small lightweight WORX blower. It is gentle enough that I can blow off my patio without losing all the sand between the stones, but strong enough to blow the leaves off. The battery doesn't last real long, but I just change chores while recharging. Mine is older and didn't come with all the attachments shown here (which look handy).

https://www.worx.com/20v-air-c...
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Nov 23, 2018 5:08 PM CST
I can't imagine why you would need all those accessories! About how long between charges?
Name: Michael
Coastal SE GA (Zone 9a)
emddvm
Nov 23, 2018 5:53 PM CST
I have a Dewalt cordless with a 5 ma battery. It is has totally adjustable speed with the finger control and good battery life. I can get at least 15-20 minutes depending on the speed you are using. Dewalt is an expensive brand but worth it in my opinion.
Michael
Minnesota (Zone 3b)
RpR
Nov 23, 2018 6:29 PM CST
You get what you pay for.
There are exceptions but unless you have been dealing with hand tools for a long time the chance of getting the exception is very low.

At that, the new lithium battery powered one last longer, not run longer but last longer before you need a new battery pack.
They DO run longer but lithium does not give you the -- I am running out of juice-- warning you get with Ni-Cads. They will just suddenly stop.

The money, for longevity, you pay for a gas powered one is a far, far, far better expense.
I just replaced the Ni-Cad batteries, the individual little AAs, for my two drills, five packs.
Total cost was $340.
They are both over ten years old but the battery packs were from useless to very short life for several years already.

Odd note:
I also put new rechargeable AAs in my 3 Leica battery packs for 25 dollars each. Confused
The reason I took my drill packs to Batteries Plus without first asking price. D'Oh!
Replacement battery packs, on line, are 100 dollars, from Canada and not much more from Germany, with shipping, for some reason that just does not make sense.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Nov 23, 2018 7:02 PM CST
I do agree that you do get what you pay for. I worked in landscape for 20 years and we used Stihl for good reason. but now I'm retired and don't need anything that needs oil/ gas etc. that needs to be drained and replaced. But I do miss those back pack blowers. The trigger control was sweet. The electrics just don't have the control.
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Nov 24, 2018 4:44 AM CST
ctcarol said:I can't imagine why you would need all those accessories! About how long between charges?


I think I saw info that my little blower will go about half an hour on a charge, then takes 2-3 hours to recharge. I've never checked that for accuracy. When it's dead, I just change chores and plug it back in. I also have both a battery powered weedwacker and hedger that use the same battery, which is handy. None of these were expensive, are very lightweight, and quiet. They suit my needs well.

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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Nov 24, 2018 10:37 AM CST
Deb, I was comparing on Amazon, this morning, and reading the reviews, most liked the blower , but several had issues with the battery and charger catching fire , and poor customer service. Thumbs down
Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Nov 24, 2018 12:01 PM CST
Well that doesn't sound good. I've never had occasion to use customer service and no fires for me (knock on wood). I often leave the battery plugged in for much longer than it actually needs to be, might be better for me to plug it in where it is more front-and-center so I remember to unplug it when charged. At about a hundred dollars a pop, none of these baby power tools are major investments, and so far have worked well for me.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Nov 24, 2018 2:11 PM CST
The company suggests that you don't leave it over charge time.

I just got a cheapy Black & Decker cordless. When it's charged, I'll give it a try. If I don't like it, I'll return it. I have a Queen palm that hangs over my mobile home and sheds **** all year round. I just can't sweep the porch and driveway every day.
Name: Betty
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daylilydreams
Nov 24, 2018 2:34 PM CST
I have the Worx lightweight blower and a trimmer/edger so ended up with two chargers and batteries, have had no problems with them. Have had them at least five years have ordered replacement batteries. I like the blower for blowing light snowfalls off the sidewalk and steps, even the car if it happens to be outsuide when it snows. We also have the Trivac which is electric and more powerful can blow leaves and also vacuum them up. All of the Worx products we have are very durable which I like if I bump into something or drop them they don't break.
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Name: Deb
Planet Earth (Zone 8b)
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Bonehead
Nov 24, 2018 2:43 PM CST
And they are all orange which makes them easy to spot.
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Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
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ctcarol
Nov 24, 2018 4:30 PM CST
LOL! Black & Decker is orange too. My corded blower/vac. turns out to be Toro...also orange, which is why I said earlier that it was B&D.
Name: Carol
Santa Ana, ca
Sunset zone 22, USDA zone 10 A.
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ctcarol
Nov 24, 2018 6:07 PM CST
All right! It does exactly what I need it to do. If it lasts awhile, all's well.
canada 4b (Zone 8a)
Dirtmechanic
Nov 25, 2018 9:15 AM CST
I bought the echo 58v battery system blower (chainsaw, trimmer) and tried to get my wife on board. The turbines have a whistle and it was different so I had buy another stihl gasser. We use the battery blower at one if my garages. It is as strong as a residential gas blower, but I do not have to mess with yet another engine nor buy fuel. I think they are sweet and she is fussy. And they are lithium batteries. Somebody was talking Ni-Cad in an earlier post but alcohol may have been involved.
canada 4b (Zone 8a)
Dirtmechanic
Nov 25, 2018 9:17 AM CST
I bought the echo 58v battery system blower (chainsaw, trimmer) and tried to get my wife on board. The turbines have a whistle and it was a different sound and a straight handle instead of a more ergonomic curve so I had buy another stihl gasser (1 backpack, 2 handheld now-ugh). We use the battery blower at one of my garages. It is as strong as a residential gas blower, but I do not have to mess with yet another engine nor buy fuel. I think they are sweet and she is fussy. And they are lithium batteries. Somebody was talking Ni-Cad in an earlier post but alcohol may have been involved.
Name: Becky Panetta
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beclu727
Dec 1, 2018 3:26 PM CST
DH got me a 40v Ryobi blower for my birthday (July). We already had the chainsaw and trimmer, so an added battery and charger. My 6 year old grandson loves to use it to clean our deck and driveway. It does blow fast and has a turbo button. Smiling

Hossainahmad
Nov 24, 2020 9:35 AM CST
wow its amazing i'm finding these types of new

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