X3 on the leaf blower---I don't need a ladder with mine. I used a fernco (rubber boot) fitting to connect from said leaf blower to 2 inch PVC about 8 ft. long, slip fit (I did not glue the elbow) a 9o degree elbow then about 24 inches of 2 inch pvc with a reducing elbow pointing downward. walk along on the ground blowing the slide out off. Works great, I climbed the ladder several times when I first started using it just to check and see how good of job it did, I'm convinced, I don't worry about it anymore, blow off all slide's just before bringing them in, never leave the ground. Take it a part put it in the basement--re-charge the batt next time out.
F250-7.3 L, 2012 305SK--Happy Wife, Good Life