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Old 10-31-2019   #11
 
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So no one has mentioned the elephant in the room as far as uncombusted hydrocarbons in the leafblower exhaust (inherent to most H/C-powered blower output) getting shot into raft rubber. It seems like maybe a worthwhile consideration to me (I use only electric blowers to fill mine own raft rubbers, either AC shop vac or DC blowers), but then I am also that guy wearing the high-float vest in the GC.



I'd suppose that a bit of short term unburnt hydrocarbons/exhaust in the tubes is less of a problem than the idjits what shot a full shop vac of shit into their tubes wrought upon themselves, but....

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Old 11-01-2019   #12
 
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I heard once that the hypalon rafts handle petroleum contact better than the plastic rafts
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Old 11-01-2019   #13
 
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So no one has mentioned the elephant in the room as far as uncombusted hydrocarbons in the leafblower exhaust (inherent to most H/C-powered blower output) getting shot into raft rubber. It seems like maybe a worthwhile consideration to me (I use only electric blowers to fill mine own raft rubbers, either AC shop vac or DC blowers), but then I am also that guy wearing the high-float vest in the GC.



I'd suppose that a bit of short term unburnt hydrocarbons/exhaust in the tubes is less of a problem than the idjits what shot a full shop vac of shit into their tubes wrought upon themselves, but....

How much uncombusted petro we talking here? Pretty sure those are using a driveshaft sort of config to drive a blower. Not exactly pumping straight exhaust into your raft. Hypalon and PVC have decent resistance to gasoline as well.
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Old 11-01-2019   #14
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Unless this muffler does nothing, i dont think your pumping HC rich exhaust into your boat.
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Also when you use a shop vac you use it empty, or as i do without a bucket at all tower climber.
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Old 11-02-2019   #16
 
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Some thoughts

Raft tubes run around 4 PSI, so I doubt back pressure is problem, maybe obstructed outflow and corresponding failure to intake fresh air. I guess blow the boat but don't totally hold the blower against the valve the whole time. I like the leaf blower option because it is independent of using the car battery etc.
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I use the Dewalt DCE100B that everyone is talking about, but mine definitely needs top-off. It gets the boat to shape fast, then barrel or k-pump.
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