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Scott H
03-01-2001, 06:05 PM
I am thinking about getting a new back pack blower this year, and I was wondering what everyones thoughts were about what kind to get. I want something that is reliable and powerful. I heard the new kawasaki's are nice. What does everyone recommend.

Thanks,
Scott

LoneStarLawn
03-01-2001, 06:13 PM
Shindaiwa EB630 or Redmax EB6200 and EB7000

bam
03-01-2001, 06:17 PM
As I've said in other posts, we currently have about 8 EB6200's from Redmax, they are very powerful and I like using them, over our other echo 400's.

At other jobs, I used mostly echo's, so I can't comment on the other brands out there, but I think that Redmax deserves mentioning.

Scott H
03-01-2001, 06:36 PM
Who sells them, do they have a web site. I have never heard of redmax

LoneStarLawn
03-01-2001, 06:38 PM
Here is redmaxs website...check here for local dealer...

http://www.redmax.com

Here is an online dealer that sells them

http://www.alamia.com

I think they are out of EB7000s right now though.

Double D
03-01-2001, 06:54 PM
This is in no way an endorsement(I have not recieved any equipment from this company). Having said that, I was looking on Lawn and Garden Warehouse http://www.lgwhse.com and they are advertising Redmax eb6200 blowers for $425. I did not think that these blowers were available anymore, so I order one to see what would happen. Low and behold the next day I recieved an e-mail saying that they no longer have these blowers available, but that they would send me a eb7000 for the same price. I think that the 7000 is too heavy so I had them cancel my order. I don't know if they have fixed the error on their website, but if anyone wants a eb7000, that seem like a good price.

Eric ELM
03-01-2001, 06:57 PM
We have Shindaiwa and Redmax. I do not think you can go wrong with either. The EB6200 Redmax has 730 cfm and is 18.9 lbs. so for the little weight it is, it is one of the most powerful BP blowers out there. We have had ours 3 full seasons and I changed the spark plug last summer for the first time. I give it 10 thumbs up. ;)

guntruck
03-01-2001, 07:03 PM
Scott like i said my dealer is right there in abingdon, its pioneer maintenance. Go see Jerry tell him what your looking for and tell him we sent you. He wont give you a steal, but i just love the fact that your his main concern when your there and he is the best dealer i have found in our immediate area as far as im concerned. Even the mechanics come out to look over my machines when i go up there, to me thats impressive. Check him out hes rith there on old philly blvd in abingdon, he has shindaiwa which is what we have and echo and sthil.

cclllc
03-01-2001, 07:30 PM
We use echo and snapper blowers with good success

LoneStarLawn
03-01-2001, 07:36 PM
Wow.. I never knew snapper made back-pack blowers..what are the stats on that?

Chopper Lover
03-01-2001, 08:07 PM
No matter what brand you go with I would suggest you use the blowers specification to help you determine what model you want.

The more CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) of air the blower moves the stronger it will be. Also note the air speed the unit is rated at.

A high rate of air speed, with low CFMs will probably leave you unsatisfied with the blower. On the other hand... High CFMs and a moderate to high air speed will probably keep you happy. The more air the blower moves, the better it blows moves debris.

Also check in your area if there are any noise restrictions. Where I live in Maryland we are required to have a blower no louder than 70db at 50 feet. The fine for noise violations can be pretty steep in some areas.

I hope this info was helpful.

Mark

PS. I have an Echo PB46HT and it works wonderfully.

BobR
03-02-2001, 09:53 AM
Had a Toro (fried it when I grabbed the wrong gas can), now using a ECHO 56.2 cc and love it will be moving up to the new ECHO PB-650 as soon as my dealer gets on in..
Compare stats at the end of the pipe housing stats are always higher (air volume makes em rock).

Bob

Groundcover Solutions
03-02-2001, 10:10 AM
Redmax eb4300

Product line: Pro Power Blowers
Product Number: EB4300
Engine Service: Pro Series
Engine Type: Back Pack
Max Air Volume: 568 CFM
Max Air Speed: 160 MPH
Noise Level: 72 dBA
Engine Type: Pro
Ignition System: Solid State
Engine Displacement: 2.53 cu. Inches, 41.5 cc
Fueltank: 67 oz.
Dry Weight: 18.4 Lbs.
Carborator: Diaphragm with Purge Pump
Warranty: 1 Year Commercial (2 PCP), 2 Year Homeowner (3 PCP)

this is what we have they work like champeions!!!

[Edited by Hometown Landscaping on 03-02-2001 at 03:13 PM]

Richard Martin
03-02-2001, 10:17 AM
Gee, no-one mentions the Stihl BR400 anymore. I realize that it does not blow as hard as the Shindaiwa or the Redmax but for the money (you should be able to find it for $379.00) it is still one of the best values out there. It is still the standard in my area.

65hoss
03-02-2001, 10:28 AM
I use and love my stihl br400. I would continue to buy them. As far as power it is very close to the other two brands. I used it for a lot of leaf jobs and it does awesome.

Stihl gets my vote.

Scott H
03-02-2001, 02:37 PM
Thanks for all the replies, I'll look into the redmax's

Scott

Sammy
03-02-2001, 03:00 PM
Stihl ! All the way.

bob
03-02-2001, 03:33 PM
Get the biggest Redmax or Shindaiwa you can find!

MIDSOUTH
03-02-2001, 03:41 PM
Red Max Eb7000, I don't even use my br400 anymore, just don't have the power as the Eb7000.

cutting edge
03-02-2001, 03:59 PM
I just purchased a stihl BR420 for 359.99. Going to pick it up tuesday.

Joe W.
03-02-2001, 04:22 PM
Scott,
A little bit down the road but JP Fuller in Glen Burnie Md. is a Redmax dealer.They also sell Stihl.

SJR Lawncare
03-02-2001, 04:38 PM
JP Fuller also sells the Poulan 442 back pack for $299, This is what I use, (apparently I'm the only one). Anyway 40.2cc, 251 mph velocity, & 581 cuft/min. I think it is a nice blower, especially for the price.

SJR

linky
03-02-2001, 04:48 PM
I had a husky bt-145. It has been through hell and still runs okay. Now i use a Shidaiwa eb 630 it is just what i need-light,powerful and runs like a dream. I am now going to purchase their weed eater and hedge trimmer as well.

Five Star Lawn Care LLC
03-02-2001, 06:22 PM
RedMax EB6200 or EB7000...They are by far the best in the industry, i wont even bother throwing anything else over my shoulder

bam
03-03-2001, 05:13 PM
Scott H.

Redmax is a new product line (last few years) from Kotmatsu.

I think as the name gets passed around more dealers will be found. If you need a dealer, I can recommend one from Mt. Holly, NJ. That mower shop carries many product lines, and will ship it to you. Email me if you want their name and phone number.

Bassman
03-03-2001, 08:28 PM
I agree with LoneStarLawn. Shindaiwa EB630. From what I have seen from previous posts, there is a large consensus for this model and the Redmax line as well. Can't go wrong with either one but I like the Shin.

Island Lawn
03-03-2001, 09:32 PM
I use a Stihl 320.
It works very well for me.
$300

LWNMWRMN
03-03-2001, 11:51 PM
as soon as it's available i would go with an echo pb 650
over 600cfm and 215 mph at the pipe not the housing

LoneStarLawn
03-04-2001, 12:07 AM
that blower has 630 cfm and 205 mph and weighs 21 lbs

LWNMWRMN
03-04-2001, 10:37 PM
just came from an echo school, the numbers have been upped

ron
03-04-2001, 10:54 PM
I hav a Poulan BP Blower works really great for the price heck paid $300.00 for it at Lowes

EarthTech Landscapes
03-05-2001, 01:07 AM
I use stihl, echos and Tanakas. my guys like tanakas the best. i'm thinking of getting a few Redmax's to try out.