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      09-15-2021, 03:49 PM   #1
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I am trying to find the best cordless electric leaf blower for drying my car. The first one I ordered was from EGO which had 650 CFM max, which would have been great, except it arrived from amazon sans battery and charger! Sent that back and ordered another one, also from EGO, but with only 480 CFM. I have used this on both cars and found it to be lacking in power. Although it did blow most of the water away, it seemed to struggle with the smallest droplets, which tended to dry before I could get at them with the towel. I am returning it as well, as soon as the next one arrives.

Also, I had to park in Beverly Hills for about an hour right after I washed it today and of course it was dusty. 45 seconds with the leaf blower and she looked like I had just washed her!

Candidate #3 is a Greenwood brand with a whopping 730 CFM and a 170 MPH wind. I am told that CFM matters much more than MPH - with leaf blowers. Lol!

So that should arrive in a week or so. Do any of yíall have experience with this?
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      09-15-2021, 07:10 PM   #2
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You say cordless "electric". Do you really mean battery operated? Most electric ones have cords
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No experience with that, I use a Stihl petrol blower, fantastic machine, starts first pull every time.

https://shop.stihl.co.uk/collections...ol-leaf-blower
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      09-15-2021, 08:43 PM   #4
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You say cordless "electric". Do you really mean battery operated? Most electric ones have cords
I certainly do mean battery powered!
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      09-15-2021, 09:22 PM   #5
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Then buy the battery and charger for the 650.
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      09-16-2021, 06:29 AM   #6
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I use a Stihl cordless blower, works very well....
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      09-16-2021, 07:39 AM   #7
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Then buy the battery and charger for the 650.
They did not offer it as a package deal. The battery by itself, plus the price of the 650 made it not a good deal. Iíve ordered the 730 CFM blower from Costco. With battery and charger!
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They did not offer it as a package deal. The battery by itself, plus the price of the 650 made it not a good deal. Iíve ordered the 730 CFM blower from Costco. With battery and charger!
My electric corded blower is 725 CFM @ 145 and the thing will throw me back if I'm not ready and put it on full blast, so I'm sure you'll be happy.

I'd be curious how much runtime you get with the battery, but if it's just for the car and not for any serious yardwork, it should be ample.
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My electric corded blower is 725 CFM @ 145 and the thing will throw me back if I'm not ready and put it on full blast, so I'm sure you'll be happy.

I'd be curious how much runtime you get with the battery, but if it's just for the car and not for any serious yardwork, it should be ample.
Goos to know! I read that it will last about 20 minutes on Ďturboí. That should be plenty for car drying! And it comes with 2 batteries.
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You say cordless "electric". Do you really mean battery operated? Most electric ones have cords
Don't most batteries hold electricity?
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Yes - but they are cordless.
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      09-17-2021, 12:54 PM   #12
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Yes - but they are cordless.
I didn't see where he said it had a cord
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Third oneís a charm

Bought and returned 2 leaf blowers. This third one works. It turns out that water is a bit stubborn. It needs plenty of power to be disbursed. This one does the job and it came with 2 80V batteries. Got it at Costco online.
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Bought and returned 2 leaf blowers. This third one works. It turns out that water is a bit stubborn. It needs plenty of power to be disbursed. This one does the job and it came with 2 80V batteries. Got it at Costco online.
How much? Link?
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What else did you return other than the EGO 650? I have an old B&D 1.5A 40V I am looking to improve on. If I recall from my school days it was always Amps X Volts - Watts. So I have 60 Watts and yours is 2 Ams and 80V for 160 Watts!

That would be quite an improvement. However, I am seeing a lot of advertising on MPH and CFM. It appears you did a lot of research on this - what is the critical determining number?
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What else did you return other than the EGO 650? I have an old B&D 1.5A 40V I am looking to improve on. If I recall from my school days it was always Amps X Volts - Watts. So I have 60 Watts and yours is 2 Ams and 80V for 160 Watts!

That would be quite an improvement. However, I am seeing a lot of advertising on MPH and CFM. It appears you did a lot of research on this - what is the critical determining number?
The second one was the Ego with 480 CFM and it worked fairly well until you got to the tiny droplets. They just refused to move. I suspect that the one that produced 650 CFM would have been fine, but I didnít have a chance to test it. The 730 CFM works very well. You still have to go over it with a towel at the end, but drying time is greatly reduced and the water stuck in crevices is virtually eliminated, save for a bit in the door jams. I learned quickly not to open the doors and blast the water in the door jams - the car fills with dust.

In my research I learned that MPH was less important as CFM. One more helpful hint - If you get the Greenworks (730 CFM - $279.00 @ Costco online) beware of holding it close to your body as the intake will suck in the fabric of loose T-shirts, drawstrings, etc.

Iíve only used it once, but am happy so far. Iíll try it again today on my other car.

https://www.costco.com/CatalogSearch...ord=Jet+Blower
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How much? Link?
https://www.costco.com/CatalogSearch...ord=Jet+Blower
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What else did you return other than the EGO 650? I have an old B&D 1.5A 40V I am looking to improve on. If I recall from my school days it was always Amps X Volts - Watts. So I have 60 Watts and yours is 2 Ams and 80V for 160 Watts!

That would be quite an improvement. However, I am seeing a lot of advertising on MPH and CFM. It appears you did a lot of research on this - what is the critical determining number?
THIS JUST IN: Costco is offering the 730 CFM leaf blower for $50.00 off. I just got a price adjustment.
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One more question if I may Frupal. It lists the weight as 10 pounds. My current blower is 4 pounds. Did it feel heavy at all?
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One more question if I may Frupal. It lists the weight as 10 pounds. My current blower is 4 pounds. Did it feel heavy at all?
Yeah. After 5 minutes or so you begin to notice the weight. But thatís about as long as it takes to blow the car dry.
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keeping your coating / wax current makes blow drying easier. I use general corded blower and get rid of all but the very fine droplets. One MF towel is all I need to finish drying. BTW, "waxing" my cars is my therapy.
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My neighbors already thinks i'm crazy for washing my car every weekend at 630am (I have black sapphire and it needs a wash once a week; I live in Arizona, to avoid the 110+ heat i have to wash her that early in the morning).

I cant imagine what they will think if I use a leaf blower on my car. your guys' neighbors probably thinks youre nuts!
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