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Another arrow in the chapter quiver...

Postby Loren » March 23rd, 2012, 3:12 pm

As requested at our last chapter meeting, MCMBA now owns a backpack leaf blower:

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168 mph. Use it responsibly. Never as a bicycle propulsion device.
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Re: Another arrow in the chapter quiver...

Postby Mack » March 23rd, 2012, 4:50 pm

You are going to love that thing. If I may ask why didn't you go with the BR600 Magnum.
I know there is some cost differance but well worth it. CRAMBA has the magnum and it
is awesome. Im sorry I didn't puchase that one when I bought mine.
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Re: Another arrow in the chapter quiver...

Postby Loren » March 23rd, 2012, 6:01 pm

Cost, mostly. The BR600 Magnum costs about 50% more, and I figured this would meet our needs as an occasional use only tool. Reviews on the internet and talking with the staff at the store supported this. (Cool that the guy behind the counter is a mountain biker, even if he does like Poto more than the Farm...)

On most of our trails, I expect it will only be used to clear leaf litter from trail features (like rock piles). Rouge needs it because the traffic is light enough that the trail becomes hard to distinguish. And they are great for new trail layout - clearing a proposed path to better visualize it without any permanent impact. Still, I'd be surprised if it gets more than 10 hours a year use.
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Re: Another arrow in the chapter quiver...

Postby Mack » March 23rd, 2012, 6:48 pm

50% sounds alittle off, but if you do not want to spend the extra I can understand
that. When you are trying to blow off those damp fall leaves you will wish for
201 mph. That and when it comes to constructing new trail it's a breeze sorry
I couldn't resist. Enjoy your new toy they are great to have.
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Re: Another arrow in the chapter quiver...

Postby utabintarbo » March 30th, 2012, 9:59 am

Loren wrote:168 mph. Use it responsibly. Never as a bicycle propulsion device.


That's what I use ours for. :twisted:

Oops, that was supposed to be a secret. :oops:

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Re: Another arrow in the chapter quiver...

Postby G.Cook » March 30th, 2012, 10:59 am

And they are great for new trail layout - clearing a proposed path to better visualize it without any permanent impact.

Great idea. If I ever do any more new trail work I will keep it in mind. Thanks.
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Re: Another arrow in the chapter quiver...

Postby jwhitey » April 27th, 2012, 7:08 am

Clearing the leaves off the trails in the fall is one of the coolest things I've seen. That, and the added visibility of the foliage down for the winter makes for some of the fastest riding of the year. Thanks!
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Re: Another arrow in the chapter quiver...

Postby Loren » April 27th, 2012, 7:50 am

(I sense another 'leave our leaves alone' thread brewing...)

We're in the process of doing a small re-route at Island Lake and have used a leaf blower to good effect in visualizing and clearing the trail. You still have to move the larger branches by hand, but it's a lot easier than raking. (photo courtesy Mr. Audet)

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