Just got my backpack blower

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Well ordered my backpack blower at HD on the 6th and it just came in finally. Got it home and threw a 5.0ah battery in that came with my snowblower.

I have a 60ft tall tree that drops leavs in may and covers my yard. It's been raining off and on for a couple days and it did pretty good on high speed. Even better with turbo boosts. Anything a couple notches under high speed around the driveway/lawn/back lawn just didn't seem that impressive to me.

Second I found the safety switch kind of annoying, if the trigger locked on I probably wouldn't care. Everytime i let off to grab a rock or something then go back to blowing I kept finding myself getting annoyed I didn't fully depress the safety switch before trying to hit the trigger.

Second this thing is ai light weight I think I'll be removing the straps if it doesn't void my warranty. They just get in my way.

Maybe I watched too many hyped up reviews on this or something, I'm not saying it's bad but my first use wasn't a WOW. Maybe that will change with using it more. I sold my Stihl to get this so I hope I'm not sorry haha.
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For me, after playing with the handheld 530 cfm blower the backpack didn't exactly blow me away (hehe), but I think that had more to do with how powerful the handheld was. The backpack does move more air, but it's not a huge difference.

I see the backpack blower becoming more useful on those larger jobs (multiple battery jobs) where the thrust would cause arm/wrist fatigue after a while.
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My front yard has 3 50ft+ trees and about 6 blvd trees that drop leaves. Swinging a handheld gets old for me even though my whole property is only about 8,000sqft. First year there I had about 28 bags of leaves.
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I tried the backpack and the hand held 575 CFM blower. The 575 is definitely more powerful. It pushes my arm back. Happy with it.
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I wasn't very impressed with the backpack blower either. I bought it with my mower thinking I may need the battery as a backup for the mower. For what I use it for it took too long to put on, wasn't that comfortable, you need to keep turning your body to swing the nozzle around, like Erik the controls are a little weird, and the power wasn't as much as I expected. I returned it for the 530 cfm and love this blower. Closer in operation to my gas blower and I'd swear it's more powerful on boost than the BP blower.

Mike
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I also find the design of the backpack itself "wanting".  The excessive straps, odd shoulder configuration and the trigger.  I get hand pain using it.

But for large jobs, it's really nice to have ready.  Fall is a real pain here.
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I think the safety switch is a over kill on this thing too. It's not a lawn mower/snow blower/line trimmer with exposed sharp moving parts.
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Agreed. The 530 and 575 handhelds do away with the safety:

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I guess plastic weld always works too haha