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Dale Hodgins
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I'm really happy with the power and battery life of this machine. The nozzle is narrower than the one on the E-go machine,  so it fits inside most roof gutters.

 It has three speed settings,  plus and on and off switch. Along with the three speed settings, the throttle can be gripped harder or softer to change speed.

 When I use the machine for cleanup of hard surfaces on the ground, it's usually in the first or second setting. When I'm trying to blast wet crap out of roof gutters, . I use it on the third,  maximum setting.

 Today I put a handy extension on the nozzle,  so that I could reach nine feet from the hand position. This allowed me to clean a very difficult area between a deck and a lower roof. It removed enough material to fill a wheelbarrow. The extension was also used to clean a very steep roof. I sat on the peak of the roof and reached down to both sides. Most of the material blew over the roof and beyond the gutters.

 When using the machine on gutters that are not on walkable sections of roof, I am able to blow the material an average of eight feet from the edge of the ladder. This reduces the number of times that the ladder must be moved and climbed. I have done this same job with a gas powered machine. What a pain. Starting, stopping, stalling, noxious fumes, potential burns, using both hands to start it while balancing on a ladder. Everything is much easier with the battery powered machine,  and the noise is greatly reduced.

 Heavy, gucky material is still removed from gutters by hand but I don't try to make it a really clean job. I just grab the easy clumps and then allow the blower to blast everything along.

 When I bought the chainsaw and blower,  I assumed that the chainsaw would see much more use. So far,  that hasn't happened.  The blower has been used a lot. It's really handy having an extra battery and charger that match. On three occasions,  I have completely killed a battery. A minute later, the battery was on the charger and I was back at work.

 For use inside a building or for work that requires finesse,  I still prefer the smaller and very controllable E-go machine.
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 This Greenworks machine is by far the best cordless blower for heavy wet material. For my purposes,  using the machine commercially,  I would say this was a good investment. For your average homeowner who only needs a blower occasionally,  I would go with the E-go equipment that is available from Home Depot. Less expensive, high quality with a 5 year warranty and more user friendly.
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Dale, does that up-to-9ft extension come with the machine? Or is it extra? (We're getting pretty old, and my husband think's he's Spiderman when it comes to getting the leaves off the roof.) OK... I looked closer.. you apparently used green tape to attach the right-dia. (? ") black pvc to outlet, then used the tape to attach the nozzle to the other end of the pipe. Thanks for posting this.... it may save someone's life ;)
 
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It's a length of PVC followed by the nozzle of a broken Stihl blower that I got for free. I plan to make something that will allow me to blow some gutters while standing on the ground.
 
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With this model, shirts must be tucked in. The air intake is at the rear. Several times, my shirt has been sucked against the screen. No harm done.

Blowers are a super efficient way to sort some loose materials. I have used it along several crushed rock pathways and under decks that employ rocks for drainage. One pond had a patio area of smooth river rocks that was completely covered in fine, half rotted needles. After the first pass, it helps to rake the material, to loosen stuck organic bits from the rock. Another blowing leaves a surface that is pure rock. In dry weather, even fine silt and clay can be removed. Far less labor than shovelling and sifting tons of rock.
 
Dale Hodgins
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The blower has seen a lot of use lately. Dry moss and needles were blown from a roof on Saturday.

Yesterday, a large parking area and alley were cleaned up. About 300 lb of pebbles, stucco and paint chips were gathered.

Sometimes I use both blowers at once. This helps prevent material from being spilled to the side of the air stream. It can be rather awkward. Only for those with above average dexterity.
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We got my dad this blower for christmas; it's great. Lots of power, and has enough juice in a single 2AH battery to clear the whole driveway and parking area, which was a real pain to do with many extension cords strung together for the previous corded blower.

One thing it lacks is a good shoulder strap, or any damn strap at all, or any obvious way to add one in a well-balanced way. Despite the marketing material showing a slender woman one-handing it, this does get old, if you're using it for an extended period. A stupid oversight.


Sometimes I use both blowers at once. This helps prevent material from being spilled to the side of the air stream. It can be rather awkward. Only for those with above average dexterity.


This sounds pretty awesome, I'd imagine it's actually more than twice as effective in the right circumstances.
 
Dale Hodgins
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Yes, very effective at moving light material forward, without side spillage. When blowing leaves from an inside corner or a stair well, one points at the material, while the other points to where we want it to go. On outside corners, one stream moves it along the wall, and the other sends it in the desired direction after it clears the corner.

For parking areas, one machine moves in broad sweeping strokes, while the other is oscillated. The E-go machine has a turbo button and works great for tough spots.

Wrist fatigue hasn't been an issue. I went through 6 batteries yesterday, 3 on each machine. The Greenworks blower is often held with both hands. This helps with fatigue and allows easier oscillation. I wouldn't use the strap if it existed.

Always work with the wind and never try to fight it. Clean up piles regularly. Don't blow large expanses without regularly sweeping or raking and filling garbage cans. This is where people go wrong. Blowers are awesome, but they don't eliminate the need for a good push broom and rake. If you develop a ridge of sandy or pebbly debris, stop and gather it with broom and snow shovel. It's hard to move this stuff very far.

This super light plastic snow shovel is used in conjunction with the blowers.
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