I have a walk behind blower it's an old 8hp little wonder. The thing starts up first pull every year and is a beast at blowing big piles. Although I rarely use it now. Most of my yards go a lot quicker if we just tarp the leaves once we have a big pile and get it out and near the truck for vacuuming.
I can see the walk behind being useful if your doing big properties and maybe moving the leaves into the woods or something. Although I still think the tarp and move method goes the quickest. For me at least.
I was going to pick one up but I had my doubts - now I can rest easy at night.
I don't think much can beat a back pack blower in terms of its usefulness, just being able to aim it how you please can be a big advantage! The only thing I hate, is how I get pinned to the house behind bushes sometimes, man that sucks!
Also, a backpack blower can do big tasks, but you really have to be in the mind set, sometimes I'm not and I have to snap into gear... I see some guys expecting the blower to do everything, but they (sometimes me) should get more involved and do some constant thinking. Physics!!!
I wish I had a rolling blower, I could try out all these types of gear and put them against each other.
I think the rolling blower is limited, because it's trying to push a massive pile slowly, and there is a lot of resistance with taller piles. With a backback blower, you can break up the front of the pile and work your way back, pushing the leaves where you want.
This is all theory, I've never used a rolling blower - but my brain tells me that's exactly how it will perform againts a backpack blower.
ALSO I'm assuming the rolling blowers cost. If you're looking for something around the same price range, then a backpack blower is probably best - but there are heavy duty rolling blowers like this that probably cost quite a lot!
Hi all, thank you so much for your ideas and for taking the time to help me. I am so grateful I have found you. You are so generous with information. Thank you!
I decided on a self-propelled Fradan Vortex 14hp and got it at a dealer close to my home for $2199. I was able to clean most of the mess in my yard in 4 hours with it, and it did a pretty good job moving twigs and acorns too.
I am sure that next year, by cleaning weekly and not letting this ginormous pile of leaves sit in the yard for so long, I will clean our property very quickly.
Again, thank you so much, guys!! Best of luck to you all in your projects and have a wonderful Thanksgiving holiday.