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Old 05-22-2003, 05:54 PM
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Gas powered broom

I've been thinking about buying one. The Echo model will run me $400-450, and there's a Daiwa or Shindaiwa (I don't remember which) that will run me $600.

Lately we've been doing seeding projects, which means lots of sweeping - driveways, sidewalks, patios, streets.

The skid-steer mounted model is too big and too expensive, so I don't think that's an option for us.

Does anyone use one? Is it worth the money?
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I have used the shindaiwa power broom (paddle model not bristle) a few times. It works pretty good but at nearly a thousand canuck bucks I prefer a 48" push broom. I think it is just about as time efficient on pavement. The power broom really shines on the lawn though.

I think If I were to invest in a power broom a 42" or 48" self propelled walk behind would be my first choice.

I know a few guys who have the shindaiwas and swear by them. I was not nearly as thrilled.

Have you ever considered the stationary broom that clips on the skid steer bucket?
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Like this.
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Old 05-22-2003, 07:08 PM
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I've never seen one of those before.

One of my concerns with the drum style broom for a skid steer is that it's so big that there'd be no room for it on our trucks/trailer as we are set up now. I wonder if that broom would also be really bulky. Is that pic from a site? Do you have a link?
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http://www.bobcat.com/products/att/whisker.jhtml
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There is a company in our town that has brooms mounted on the snow plow mounts of their trucks and they look like the one Digin showed us. It seems to do a fair job but not nearly as well as a rotary sweeper. This fellow does a lot of business with it. I have been toying with the idea of the weed-eater style brooms but I just can't really justify the expense, although they might be good for cleaning gravel and other garbage out of lawns.
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Old 05-22-2003, 07:32 PM
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Well, how would you like me to be the guinea pig?

I'll buy the Echo model and take some pics/video and report back...
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Why not rent or demo one for a day first? Dealers are usually happy to demo them no charge for a day. That's how I first got to try one.
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Jeff .... We have a 48" ..Machine is a BCS ...doubles as a rotto-tiller. You can change attachments in less than 5 minutes. We use it for cleanups in spring and then it goes out on street cleanup during the season. Iíll post a pic tonight.
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Used to have an old Gravely with a 4' broom attachment. It did a good job of sweeping but it was an awful machine to operate because of all the dust and the awkwardness of muscling it around.
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I've also seen crews using the BCS with the rotary broom attachment. Of course they were clearing snow off brick walks and drives. Hmmm, Jeff you could be one step closer to being in the snow business with a couple of those!
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Old 05-23-2003, 08:25 PM
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Geez ...im sorry ...forgot to take a pic today of ours. Busy, busy ,busy...

I did find one online BCS America ... after 2 full seasons ours is worn down about half .. they will cost you double of what your thinking of spending on one of those paddle types. I dont really like a few plastic parts on it and we blew up the briggs motor this spring ...I put a 8.5 honda on it. Should have gotten the honda engine to start with.
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Yep, just can't beat a Honda gas engine.
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