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)Thanks
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.