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Blower Bands Power blowers have replaced brooms rakes and hoses along with the man-hours that are required to use them They have become useful tools for turf maintenance professionals and others who use them for a variety of tasks from cleaning up twigs and grass clippings to clearing out screens eves and gutters But Excessive noise from power equipment is a concern nationwide In some areas of the country city councils are responding to complaints from residents about excessive blower noise and debris by banning blowers completely Such legislation has existed in Beverly Hills California since 1976 But the representatives of the power equipment industry have been active in municipal committees to lobby for less-restrictive bans Beyond this the industry has sponsored educational programs designed to teach responsible equipment use developed tradein programs to replace older louder blowers and probable most importantly helped to develop new technology with significan tly reduced noise levels The author of a recent article in Golf Course Maintenance Magazine writes of a world without gasoline-powered equipment Robin Pendergrast writes Imagine what it would be like today to maintain a green without a gasoline- powered reel mower to mow a rough without that wide-area diesel mower or to trim and maintain the clubhouse area without a string-line trimmer and gas-powered blower Its nearly unthinkable From New York to California from Texas to Illinois communities are initiating legislation to ban gas-powered blowers and other lawn and garden maintenance equipment Legislation like this can significantly affect golf course maintenance Will landscapers and other ground maintenance people be told that they have to put down their leaf blowers in favor of push brooms Only time will tell Robin Pendergrast The sound of fury Golf Course Maintenance Magazine page 160 February 1999 ------------------------------------------------------------------------ Bibliography
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