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I thought I would clean the gutters out today. I have a cistern that collects water from the roof so I clean the gutters about 5 times a year. It is a job that I hate on my two-story farmhouse.

Well I got out my ladders and my old craftsman blower. But the craftsman would not stay running. With 3 hours till football I had enough!

Bought a BG55 for 159.95 ... it worked well and is easy to handle on a ladder. The only thing I do not like about it is that if you operate it with your left hand you have to hold it away from you to keep the intake clear of your clothing. Being left-handed, this affects me and I will need to get used to it. A couple of weeks ago I tried out a SH55 that a friend has had for a long time he likes it, but I did not think I had much use for the vac/bag. The bg65 was about $199. But I figured the 55 would be fine and I am happy so far.

I was surprised to see that it has a 2-year warranty and they gave me some oil and a pair of Stihl safety glasses.

I think I will pitch the craftsman.... and the other craftsman that I kept for parts.
 

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Ed

Can't you put screens over the gutters to reduce the amount that gets in there?

Any pics of the new toy? I guess I could click on the stihl link above. Thanks for the review!
 

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Stihl makes good stuff, IMO. My old FS 52 still runs great. I have Stihl, Redmax, and Echo in my stable of powered tools. Pleased with all of them. You get what you pay for, IMO.

I'm sure your BG55 will be money well spent.




edited to remove pic. I forgot that Stihl was one of the sponsors. So go the link now!
 

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Yes you can put Screens over gutters, and I have tried it in the past. They only make cleaning gutters a harder job as they "trap in" junk and have to be removed to clean the gutters. When you collect water from your roof your gutters must be kept very clean to prevent staining the water.
 

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The gutter kit is for a one-story house. I have a two-story with 10' ceilings. It is about 23' to my front gutter.
 

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Originally posted by Ed_GT5000
The gutter kit is for a one-story house. I have a two-story with 10' ceilings. It is about 23' to my front gutter.
Ed,
No question about it!! A bigger PITA I have yet to discover, I have a similar high gutter on the back side that is a bear and I have tried everything from blower (made a handy little thingy for my Echo (sorry Stihl) but there both Orange and Good to boot) Even made a water jet on top of an expansion tube like handle, same deal a giant PITA!

Let's face it wet leaves mixed with twigs are not to leave their gutter home with out help from the hand!!

This works for the 10' level but for the upper, you guessed it's me on a 32 foot extension ladder!! When it is full and freezes and overflows the weight of the ice will cause a costly amount of damage to the eves and gutters!

<img src=http://www.greencis.net/~custer/guttercleaner.jpg>
 

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My stihl bg55 only lasted 22 months !

I thought I would clean the gutters out today. I have a cistern that collects water from the roof so I clean the gutters about 5 times a year. It is a job that I hate on my two-story farmhouse.

Well I got out my ladders and my old craftsman blower. But the craftsman would not stay running. With 3 hours till football I had enough!

Bought a BG55 for 159.95 ... it worked well and is easy to handle on a ladder. The only thing I do not like about it is that if you operate it with your left hand you have to hold it away from you to keep the intake clear of your clothing. Being left-handed, this affects me and I will need to get used to it. A couple of weeks ago I tried out a SH55 that a friend has had for a long time he likes it, but I did not think I had much use for the vac/bag. The bg65 was about $199. But I figured the 55 would be fine and I am happy so far.

I was surprised to see that it has a 2-year warranty and they gave me some oil and a pair of Stihl safety glasses.

I think I will pitch the craftsman.... and the other craftsman that I kept for parts.
I don't know why ,but 2 seasons is all i get from a blower !! I use them to blow my drive way a leaves & mostly to dry my Harley Ultra after washing . The3 blower will be fine an the next time it's just dead ??? I give them away on the radio show everytime .They only cost 149.00 & it will cost 90.00 an hour to repair ,so I'm too old to snatch all day on some that can be replaced for 50.00 brand new . My thoughts . Duane
 

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If your blower isn't starting, it may be due to the fuel in your area. Try purchasing the premixed gas and oil sold by Stihl and other brands and using that in your two cycle equipment. Ethanol especially is very hard on two cycle equipment because the alcohol washes the oil off the bearings and cylinder walls. We have been seeing a large number of cylinder failures (especially on the cheap brands) since they started pushing E-10 fuel. I'd also recommend draining all fuel from your two cycle equipment and storing them dry if you don't plan on using them in the next 20-30 days. It will save you a lot of trouble and money down the road. If you do gunk up the carb on a two-cycle blower/trimmer/chainsaw/etc, look into a new carb for it. Many can be had for $20-40 which may be cheaper than a new unit. Putting them on generally isn't that hard of a job. Sometimes as easy as removing two nuts/screws and unhooking the fuel lines and throttle cable.
 
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