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      04-03-2013, 09:16 AM   #1
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My New Detailing Tool - A Vehicle Dryer

Recently I started to use a foam cannon, and that, alone, blew me away with the results, and the time savings. I couldn't believe just how much cleaner my cars looked. Fast forward to drying, I use microfiber, however, upon viewing a detailing video recently, I decided to search for an electric blower. I have a Stihl backpack blower, but it's noisy, smelly, yet highly effective, but annoys the neighbors. So, I am coming from a position of currently owning the best blower out there (IMHO). Based on the fact that Stihl products are German engineered + bulletproof, I decided to return to that brand to seek out a cordless rechargeable blower. I found the BGA 85 and purchased it on the spot - $535 including tax. Now you may think this is expensive, but then, like our cars, you get what you pay for, and it's a Stihl, it'll last forever. A big plus for me is that this tool saves time, and because I am not towel drying, saves me from irritating my tennis elbow (I don't play tennis, but I have that injury, chronically, and it sucks, drying or washing a car with mitts and towels aggravates the injury and tends to keep me off of my mountain bike, unacceptable in my opinion). The blower runs for 20 minutes at a speed of 103mph, plenty to dry two cars, and blow water out of those annoying places that seem to drip crud and water for hours after a wash - you now what I am talking about, the mirrors on all of our cars and the rear spoiler on an X5! The photographs show the blower alone, and the blower with the battery removed. Something you get used to very quickly is not having to premix gas (2 Stroke Blowers), fill the blower with gas etcetera. You simply pick this blower up and push the button!
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      04-03-2013, 10:20 AM   #2
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That's sweet! Where did you get it from?

Also - can you send me more information on your foam cannon? I am planning on starting to that as well. I just got an alpine white so would love to hear your steps! PM me!

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is this loud? do you have to wear any ear protection?
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that is ALOTTTT of money for an electric blower...
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that is ALOTTTT of money for an electric blower...
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I can get a hand wash at my local detailer every other week for a year at that cost.
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An electric blower at Home Depot will run you $30 and has 2 speeds 120/150 mph. I know mixing gas sucks but I just can't justify spending over $500. Ill just run an extension cord.
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      04-03-2013, 02:58 PM   #8
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The Metro Master Blaster is way better and costs less.
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I use a shapvac that converts to a blower. It does te job just purfect for 60 bucks. I got the foam cannon aswell. It looks pretty but nothing comes close to a brushed wash.
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An electric blower at Home Depot will run you $30 and has 2 speeds 120/150 mph. I know mixing gas sucks but I just can't justify spending over $500. Ill just run an extension cord.
+1, I have been using one for over 15 years. Guaranteed it does the same thing as the $500 blower.

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Which foam cannon do you have? I've always wanted one, but only own an electric pressure washer.
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Yeah that metro master blaster is all the rave on the detailing forums. If you're going to spend the money, I'd get that. Blows something like 600mph with both motors on.
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Yeah that metro master blaster is all the rave on the detailing forums. If you're going to spend the money, I'd get that. Blows something like 600mph with both motors on.
wow, no shit... might have to consider one of those. $300 and change isn't THAT horrible.
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Yeah that metro master blaster is all the rave on the detailing forums. If you're going to spend the money, I'd get that. Blows something like 600mph with both motors on.
I don't get it, personally. I have an Echo 2 stroke that obliterates water and I can use it for more than just drying cars.
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pretty sure these are not $500 but $300 no much better but you might have been ripped off http://www.stihldealer.net/productde...utmk=246389698
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pretty sure these are not $500 but $300 no much better but you might have been ripped off http://www.stihldealer.net/productde...utmk=246389698
That $299 price does not include the $200 battery and the $90 charger. That is only the tool itself.
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Which foam cannon do you have? I've always wanted one, but only own an electric pressure washer.
An electric pressure washer is all you need to use a foam cannon. I have one with a karcher pressure washer and it works perfectly.
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An electric pressure washer is all you need to use a foam cannon. I have one with a karcher pressure washer and it works perfectly.
Which foam cannon do you have?
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that master blaster thing looks awesome. Not only does it blow air, it's 60 degrees warmer air than ambient temp.
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that master blaster thing looks awesome. Not only does it blow air, it's 60 degrees warmer air than ambient temp.
It's fabulous...I have one! Feel free to drive over Chris, I'll let you try it out.
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