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Monday, November 2, 2015

Courteous and safe fall cleanup

If you are like most folks, you are gearing up for fall.  Cooler temperatures, holidays, and of course, fall cleanup.  There is nothing like a blower to make short work of clearing your property of leaves and debris.  Here's a quick video on how to select the STIHL blower that is right for you.

STIHL Gutter Cleaning Kit
To help you get the most out of your blower, and to operate it in a more safe and courteous manner, we have put  together this blower information guide. 

Here are a few excerpts from the guide:

  • Always refer to your blower's instruction manual and understand all operating and safety instructions before using your blower.
  • Wear all protective clothing recommended by your instruction manual
  • Inspect the blower before and during use to make sure controls, parts and safety devices are not damaged and are working properly.
  • Never modify a blower in a way not authorized by the manufacturer.
  • Children should not use a leaf blower.
  • Pay attention when using a leaf blower. Don’t point an operating blower in the direction of people or pets.
  • Make sure bystanders, including other operators, are at least 50 feet away. Stop blowing if you are approached.

The STIHL BG 66 L. A low emission, low noise handheld blower for cleaning up leaves and debris in noise-sensitive areas
Many of the objections to blower use in communities are a result of improper blower use.  Courteous use of blowers is not only the right thing to do, but can help avoid backlash like bans.  Our guide lists several tips including:

  • Follow local rules and ordinances about when to use leaf blowers.  Do not use very early in the morning or very late in the day.
  • If you live in a noise sensitive area, consider owning a low noise gas powered blower like the STIHL BG 66 L, or BR 500, or a cordless blower like the BGA 85.
  • To reduce dust spreading, check wind direction and intensity and use the lowest possible throttle speed to do the job.
  • Never point the nozzle or blow debris toward people, pets, cars or houses.
  • Always be considerate of people passing by and of property.
By properly operating your blower and accessories you can make safe and short work of your yard care chores, and get on to all the fun activities fall has to offer.

For a complete listing of STIHL blowers visit the STIHL Blower page or use the interactive product selector to find the right blower for your needs and find your local STIHL Dealer on our website.


  1. Good list of how to pick the right leaf blower that is suitable for your own situation. It is not always easy to find the best leaf blower there is. This list will certainly help and I will be looking at a Stihl blower.

    1. Thomas, glad we could help. Of course the best advice always comes from your local STIHL dealer.

  2. Interesting to see the 'gutter cleaning kit' as a commercially available accessory. I've only ever seen crude home made versions before now. Thanks for the helpful advice.

  3. STIHL blower is always my favorite product

  4. I sure wish I'd known that gutter cleaning tool existed sooner! Cleaning out my gutters last year was... well, let's just say it was a big hassle. I'll definitely be getting one of these this year :)

  5. Haha....my blower is always maintained in good condition, now i get more knowledge about using this tool well....That is very nice !!!!

  6. Thanks for the hint regarding low noise blowers. Worth considering as my neighbours are often times complaining about noise...

  7. Hey guys, need advice. Does enybody works with electic lawn GreenWorks 25022 12 Amp? My pa want to buy it for Christmas, but wee need reviews.

  8. Thanks your sharing, now i get more knowledge about using this tool well. This product is useful for me.

  9. I just checked out your blower information guide, it's really useful. Thanks for sharing.

  10. Hello there,

    I totally cherish your style.
    In the event that you resemble most people, you are preparing for fall. Cooler temperatures, occasions, and obviously, fall cleanup.
    Truly this post is
    valuable for us.
    Expressing gratitude toward you,
    Mikel Herred


  11. One thing for sure is that, when you and your neighbors are doing the walkway cleanup - you know it's time for some pumpkin pie and spiced lattes! Yum!

  12. I have to say that leaf blowers are my favorite tool to use! It's the easiest cleanup there is!