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I'm glad you like your Ego. They make some fine equipment, IMO. Far better than battery-powered equipment of 10-years, or so, ago.I bought an Ego lawn mower as well, and it’s great. The problem is with larger lawn equipment, the battery powered versions are much more expensive or have lower battery capacities. Fortunately the bill says the phaseout will happen based on feasibility so maybe larger lawn equipment will still be legal for some time (all are pretty much under the 2.5HP requirement from what I saw).
It seems like California wants to subsidize a bunch of lawn electric equipment to make this all possible. They might as well subsidize everything and charge you your entire income for taxes each year I’m glad I left Commiefornia, I don’t need the government making themselves the solution to everything.
However, when I see my neighbors using their leaf blowers to blow one leaf out of their driveway and taking 15-minutes or more to do so, I am tempted to go over there with a broom and show them just how easy it is to do so in perhaps 1-minute with a broom instead of the 15+ it takes some of them to do so with their leaf blower. Its the same thing with the grass cuttings mowing their lawn has left on their driveway.
But, then I think, Naaaa, they won't get it anyway, and probably would come over to my house to ask me to do it for them every time they think that a leaf on their driveway is making their driveway unsightly rather than realizing that its the driveway, itself, that is unsightly.
As I see it, leaf-blowers are for lazy-azz people who think that a leaf blower is making things easy for them rather than contributing to their muscles and brains atrophying. IMO, they have succumbed to yet another marketing ploy by a company making some of the worst pollution spewing machinery in the modern-day. IMO, to use that equipment, you not only need a haz-mat suit, but ear protection, also.
Probably CA has banned the lower-power variants because they are the worst polluting pieces of um equipment in the category. If CA wants to ban them, I say more power to them. If people won't wise up to what is healthier for them by themselves, and rebel against efforts to keep them healthier, then someone needs to step in and ban the producers and the equipment being produced, IMO. It would not surprise me in the least if these pollution spewers were found to be as bad as cigarette smoking.