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Blower Strap Possible?
« on: November 13, 2016, 03:51:14 PM »


I purchased this blower for my 76 year old neighbor, a lady.

I do her leaf blowing when I am able to but there are times that I am away and can't get to it.

I helped her to learn to use it today but the problem is it gets too heavy for her after a little while.
(Almost an acre of land with a ton of oak trees)

What I would like to do is to attach a shoulder strap to the blower to take the strain off?

If possible, looking at the pictures .. do you think that doing the strap is possible?
(That tiny hole at the front is where you insert a small screw-driver to release the blower tube)


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Re: Blower Strap Possible?
« Reply #1 on: November 13, 2016, 04:16:16 PM »

I purchased this blower for my 76 year old neighbor, a lady.

I do her leaf blowing when I am able to but there are times that I am away and can't get to it.

I helped her to learn to use it today but the problem is it gets too heavy for her after a little while.
(Almost an acre of land with a ton of oak trees)

What I would like to do is to attach a shoulder strap to the blower to take the strain off?

If possible, looking at the pictures .. do you think that doing the strap is possible?
(That tiny hole at the front is where you insert a small screw-driver to release the blower tube)


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Trust me the shoulder strap will also kill her shoulder.  Been there done that. 

This year I got a walk behind push blower.  What took me 3 day of blowing I did in 3hrs and my grass was 6" long as it rained off and on for 2 week.  I got the leaves off then cut the grass.   :lol: 

 
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Re: Blower Strap Possible?
« Reply #2 on: November 13, 2016, 04:48:37 PM »
Trust me the shoulder strap will also kill her shoulder.  Been there done that. 

This year I got a walk behind push blower.  What took me 3 day of blowing I did in 3hrs and my grass was 6" long as it rained off and on for 2 week.  I got the leaves off then cut the grass.   :lol: 

It's only eight pounds but her arm strength is that of a 76 year old woman.

I think that her shoulder will hold up for longer than 5 minutes every other month or so.

a cross-shoulder sling so all the weight isn't pulling down on one shoulder but spread across her body should work?
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Re: Blower Strap Possible?
« Reply #3 on: November 13, 2016, 05:23:33 PM »
It's only eight pounds but her arm strength is that of a 76 year old woman.

I think that her shoulder will hold up for longer than 5 minutes every other month or so.

a cross-shoulder sling so all the weight isn't pulling down on one shoulder but spread across her body should work?
Walk's is right, it's why landscapers buy backpack blowers.
She's just going to have to either fork out for a walk behind, or a rider type, or forget it. Getting old really sucks in some aspects of life, but then, I'd leave the damn things on the lawn and let nature do my gardening.
That's the beauty of getting older, you simply don't give a damn at some point. :biggrin:
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Re: Blower Strap Possible?
« Reply #4 on: November 13, 2016, 06:48:54 PM »
It's only eight pounds but her arm strength is that of a 76 year old woman.

I think that her shoulder will hold up for longer than 5 minutes every other month or so.

a cross-shoulder sling so all the weight isn't pulling down on one shoulder but spread across her body should work?

Hmm... you said (Almost an acre of land with a ton of oak trees)
So how much of a yard is she blowing?

I just blow my yard for something to do.  That and get out of the house this time a year.  I blow out my yard water system last week for the Winter.
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Re: Blower Strap Possible?
« Reply #5 on: November 13, 2016, 10:10:17 PM »
Hmm... you said (Almost an acre of land with a ton of oak trees)
So how much of a yard is she blowing?

I just blow my yard for something to do.  That and get out of the house this time a year.  I blow out my yard water system last week for the Winter.

I don't have a picture of her place but it's similar to mine.
(below)

There are 6 oaks in the front and the whole rear is forest.

I'd say that the leaves cover at least 3/4 of an acre and they can get awfully deep if you don't keep up.


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Re: Blower Strap Possible?
« Reply #6 on: November 14, 2016, 06:39:56 AM »
I don't have a picture of her place but it's similar to mine.
(below)

There are 6 oaks in the front and the whole rear is forest.

I'd say that the leaves cover at least 3/4 of an acre and they can get awfully deep if you don't keep up.


I used to do lawn care decades ago and used a blower with a shoulder strap, and even in my early 20s, it caused me to have back pain on one side from being off balance everyday for 4 hours at a time, which is why the owner bought us a backpack blower and made us all take turns blowing leaves.
Just imagine at her age and not being used to carrying that much weight and being distributed unevenly.
Have her hire a neighborhood kid that needs the money and let him deal with the blower and pickup, that would be my advice.
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Re: Blower Strap Possible?
« Reply #7 on: November 14, 2016, 02:42:11 PM »
I used to do lawn care decades ago and used a blower with a shoulder strap, and even in my early 20s, it caused me to have back pain on one side from being off balance everyday for 4 hours at a time, which is why the owner bought us a backpack blower and made us all take turns blowing leaves.
Just imagine at her age and not being used to carrying that much weight and being distributed unevenly.
Have her hire a neighborhood kid that needs the money and let him deal with the blower and pickup, that would be my advice.

I could see her doing a driveway, but that's about it.  IF she has not been blowing the yard on her own for the last 5 years.  I would say she not in conditions to do the job.  Yes she could do the job but she would pay for it at her age.  For a week or longer. 
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Re: Blower Strap Possible?
« Reply #8 on: November 14, 2016, 02:58:24 PM »
I could see her doing a driveway, but that's about it.  IF she has not been blowing the yard on her own for the last 5 years.  I would say she not in conditions to do the job.  Yes she could do the job but she would pay for it at her age.  For a week or longer.
Yeah, maybe even resulting in her demise. It doesn't take much to exacerbate other issues when you get old.
Sure, she pulls a muscle in her back because of over doing the blower, gets laid up, creates blood clots in her legs from inactivity, feel better, gets up, gets active and the clots move to the brain, and bang, it's all over.

My neighbor, a nice elderly guy, fell and twisted his knee, they put it in traction, he developed a clot that led to a seizure that ended in his death.

My 93 year old dad died from a fall in the yard, bruised his arm real bad, twisted his back, doctor gave him pain pills and recommended bed rest.
In hindsight, he should have toughed it out, because at his age, being sedentary was the last thing he should have been doing, because he lost his appetite also due to pain pills, and within a week he was in the hospital on a feeding tube, by the end of another week, he was unable to digest real food, three weeks later he died, and it was all because he rested instead of toughing it out.
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Re: Blower Strap Possible?
« Reply #9 on: November 19, 2016, 06:51:11 AM »
I see all those leaves.... wonder if there's an easy way to compress & feed them into a furnace for heat.
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Re: Blower Strap Possible?
« Reply #10 on: November 19, 2016, 07:34:21 AM »
I see all those leaves.... wonder if there's an easy way to compress & feed them into a furnace for heat.
Sure there is, it's called firewood. Cut the damn things down and end the leaf issue. :biggrin:
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Re: Blower Strap Possible?
« Reply #11 on: November 19, 2016, 08:27:23 AM »
Sure there is, it's called firewood. Cut the damn things down and end the leaf issue. :biggrin:

I have had 47 trees cut down in my yard not counting the ones I did myself. I still have too many leaves and plenty of shade. Trees close to a home are bad for the roof, not to mention houses are not built to withstand falling trees.
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Re: Blower Strap Possible?
« Reply #12 on: November 19, 2016, 09:00:35 AM »
I have had 47 trees cut down in my yard not counting the ones I did myself. I still have too many leaves and plenty of shade. Trees close to a home are bad for the roof, not to mention houses are not built to withstand falling trees.
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Yeah I cut down over 100 trees to clear a third of an acre just to build my house, and I still have trees that could fall and hit the house 100' away.
Here the biggest issue is fire, because even 300' isn't enough during a firestorm, where the fire ignites the forest 600' in advance of the flames through convection.
But you're right about leaves and the roof damage.
I was at my friends home and he was saying how the needles and black oak leaves were not sliding off his metal roof, so I flew my drone over to see if there was an issue, and low and behold the drone blew the leaves off the roof. :biggrin:
I swear, this thing works better than a blower assuming the leaves are dry, because I cleared an area 40 x 60' in less than a minute of oak leaves just circling off the ground looking for a landing spot because the leaves obscured the ground and I needed to clear a flat spot.

Yeah, if I was a kid and had one of these, I could make a bundle clearing lawns while playing. :biggrin:
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Re: Blower Strap Possible?
« Reply #13 on: November 19, 2016, 09:20:54 AM »
I have had 47 trees cut down in my yard not counting the ones I did myself. I still have too many leaves and plenty of shade. Trees close to a home are bad for the roof, not to mention houses are not built to withstand falling trees.

All our trees are back, 85% of the leaves just fall into the yard.  The leaves that land on the roof get blown off by the wind in a day onto the back deck.  So this year I just blow the back deck as needed into the yard.  When the trees were clean I then cleaned my yard  with my new walk behind blower.  Before it would take me 3 days.  A walk behind blower is not for a place with a lot of trees in the yard, as you need some work space in-between them. 
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Re: Blower Strap Possible?
« Reply #14 on: November 19, 2016, 03:12:07 PM »
I have around an acre of Forest land.
Mostly Oaks.

Over the years, I've blown the leaves to the very back and sides and now the leaves are over five feet deep in most places! :lol:

 

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