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When were leaf blowers invented? 5 years 1 week ago #11591

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Inquiring minds want to know.

I'm reading a mystery (fiction) about a kidnapping that happened in 1967. A girl was taken from her back yard while the mother was distracted by a phone call. There wasn't anything happening in the neighborhood, save for the gardener using a leaf blower in the next door neighbors' yard?

I had to mow our yard and keep it up when I was in school and I don't remember there being such a thing as a leaf blower.

Help. :ohmy:
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Re:When were leaf blowers invented? 5 years 1 week ago #11592

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I have no idea when they were invented. We didn't have them when I was mowing our yard as a kid. I'm sure glad to have one now. It cut 3 hard days of raking down to about 5 hour. Best 30 bucks I,ve spent.
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Re:When were leaf blowers invented? 5 years 1 week ago #11593

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Back in the day they did have leaf blowers that looked more like powered push mowers, not the type you are more familiar with seeing today.
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Re:When were leaf blowers invented? 5 years 1 week ago #11594

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I can't find an accurate year of invention but what few articles I've seen by googling "history leaf blowers" say that they weren't introduced into the U.S.A. until the 1970's. I don't trust what Wikipedia says, but it says that it was invented in the late 1950's. So who really knows. I guess it's one of those technological mysteries.
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Re:When were leaf blowers invented? 5 years 1 week ago #11595

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All I remember was it took 2 1/2 hours to mow our yard with a riding lawn mower. And that wasn't every week... it was when Dad said it needed mowing. (usually every 5 days or so.) The good news is.... we just let her lay where she fell. No Raking, Same with leaves. Makes good ground cover for a healthy yard. :cheer:
Why let the truth stand in the way of a good fish story?
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Re:When were leaf blowers invented? 5 years 1 week ago #11596

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A little known fact is that the leaf blower, as it is constructed today, was illegally immigrated to the USA in 1977. It was annoying and loud and woke people up in the morning, but nobody knew it was an illegal immigrant. had they known, they could have sent it back home. Instead, the leaf blower was given amnesty by President Carter and now we are stuck with that loud sucker.
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Re:When were leaf blowers invented? 5 years 1 week ago #11597

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Ya'll are the BEST. Check out today's front page .... left hand rail!

THANKS!
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Re:When were leaf blowers invented? 5 years 1 week ago #11598

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docziggy wrote:
A little known fact is that the leaf blower, as it is constructed today, was illegally immigrated to the USA in 1977. It was annoying and loud and woke people up in the morning, but nobody knew it was an illegal immigrant. had they known, they could have sent it back home. Instead, the leaf blower was given amnesty by President Carter and now we are stuck with that loud sucker.


My daily chuckle B) good for a bump as well!
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Re:When were leaf blowers invented? 5 years 1 week ago #11604

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Here is some history of positive displacement blowers. They derive from the same principles. roystongroup.com/history.htm

The Roots brothers discovered the principle of the positive displacement blower in 1854. This PD blower principle is still the guiding technology behind the rotary blowers manufactured today.
www.rootsblower.com/
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Re:When were leaf blowers invented? 4 years 4 months ago #13801

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I don't know when they were invented,
but they are about to die in Hawaii....

THE COUNTY BILL
Bill 38, to be introduced Wednesday

» Bans all gasoline-powered leaf blowers.
» Electric-powered leaf blowers may be operated in residential areas between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m., but not on Sundays and holidays.
» Noise level shall not exceed 70 decibels beyond boundaries of the property being cleaned.
» Similar provisions as state law regarding fines and control of debris.

Source: Honolulu City Council


THE STATE LAW
Act 206, enacted July 7

» Prohibits the use of leaf blowers in residential areas except between 8 a.m. and 6 p.m. (9-6 on Sundays and holidays).
» Fines of $50 for first violation, up to $500 for repeat violators.
» People may not blow dust or debris into the air or onto property outside the area being cleaned.
» Government agencies and contractors working on behalf of the government are exempt from this law.

Source: Hawaii Legislature
Why let the truth stand in the way of a good fish story?
Last Edit: 4 years 4 months ago by StanWright.
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Re:When were leaf blowers invented? 4 years 4 months ago #13822

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The leaf blower was invented by Dom Quinto in the late 1950s
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Re:When were leaf blowers invented? 4 years 4 months ago #13823

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» Government agencies and contractors working on behalf of the government are exempt from this law.

The typical double standard. :angry:
Last Edit: 4 years 4 months ago by Sammie.
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Re:When were leaf blowers invented? 4 years 4 months ago #13828

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I do not have much use for a leaf blower where I live. But the person that invented the weed eater is tops in my book.
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Re:When were leaf blowers invented? 4 years 4 months ago #13831

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I have no idea who invented the leaf blower, but I would sure hug their neck if we were to meet. I think every leaf must blow into my patio and courtyard, and into the walkway between the house and the garage. The only two places we can't mow. Using a rake, 2 hard days, using a leaf blower, with earplugs, 3 hours. I just have a cheap one, but am convinced it was the best $30. I ever spent.
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