#25 Jul 26, 2008
Leaf blowers do not save time, as the landscapers stay the same amout of time no matter. It is not about the time it takes to finish a complex, it is I have to be here 8 hours..so if the other tasks are done, then I will walk around with the leaf blower to look busy, so I can get my hours in. I would not complain if a leaf blower did the job in half the time and then left, but they do not, they stay until it is time to punch the exit clock.
#26 Jul 27, 2008
How can you compare leaf-blowers to cars and rakes to horses? Using a broom and rake is not that labor intensive. As for myself I prefer to ride a bike, wash dishes by hand, compost and hang clothes on a clothesline. As gas prices go up and up we will have to rely on our own physical energy more and more.
#27 Jul 27, 2008
Seems like the young are getting lazier and lazier. Just observe how much obesity rates have climbed as kids spend more and more time at the computers and TV sets instead of playing outdoors and doing yard work.
#28 Jul 27, 2008
A point not made is that the small gas engines powering all those saws, trimmers, blowers, as well as mopeds and scooters, are grossly more polluting than car engines. This is reason enough to ban them. Or will you argue that speed and convenience once again trump breathable air, peaceful surroundings, and a stable ecosystem. Cities can and do ban these things and realize tremendous benefits that eclipse the short term benefits that a few get from using them. And we won't even get into the environmental negatives of lawns and golf courses, etc.
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