Landscape Contractor / Design Build Maintain

SEP 2018

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September 2018 25 I n f o r m a t i o n R e q u e s t # 4 4 7 Debris Blowers verses Leaf Blowers One of the pieces of debris manage- ment equipment that may seem a little redundant at first is the push blower, tow- behind blower, or debris blower. At first glance, it could appear that one of these industrial strength blowers is nothing more than a glorified leaf blower. Howev - er, debris blowers can actually host a few advantages over a regular leaf blower. For starters, they are considerably more powerful, with noticeably higher wind output levels. This can assist in clearing away debris, whether it is wet or dry. They also have the obvious advantage of being quicker and less exhausting then standard backpack blowers. Of course, leaf blowers have pros of their own, including being easier to store and maintain, costing considerably less to purchase, being more user friendly and possibly being easier to fix. In most cases, it could make more sense to use a leaf blower for a small residential lawn instead of powering up an industrial-sized blower. Right This is the Multi- Loader, manufactured by Harper Turf Equipment of Harper, Kan. It has a 32.5 horsepower Kohler carbureted engine and is designed to suck up and shred leaves, sticks, grass clippings and other small debris. The shredded debris is then blown into the back of a loading truck for easy removal. The hose is 12" wide and 10' long. www.harperturfequip-

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