I think the problem is you can have powerful, or quiet, or cheap, or two out of three.@Jan1 wrote:
What I would like to know is why are these wind type machines used by so many to clear the leaves so noisy? The afternoons peace and quiet (I was actually sitting reading a book and not a blog or Forum) was disturbed by the noise!!!
Can some makes have a silencer fitted I wonder
I had a McCullough strimmer which was knocked up in a shed by Mexicans, that was pretty loud and disintegrated after a few years.
Then I bought a Stihl which was expensive but much quieter and used nearly half as much fuel, but it lasted about 15 years so much more cost effective.
Some of the Council or contractors' machines are much more refined.