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mkwl
09-27-2005, 09:06 PM
Well as we head into fall, I've sort of got a problem. My 1999 Stihl BR320 BP blower is seeming sort of inferior to some of the blowers on the market today. Today, the right hand throttle, and on/off switch broke. The throttle will not stay in the "up" position (yields full throttle without holding up the throttle). I've got it rigged up with some duct tape, so it always runs at full throttle. I've got about 500 hrs on the Stihl with no real complaints, but I'm not going to put anymore real money into it. I'd really like to have a good BP blower for this fall. I'm looking into getting a new blower for all around use. I want a blower that is powerful enough to power through alot of leaves, but not too bulky to use in the Spring and Summer. I'm seriously thinking of getting the Red Max EB7001. My dealer quoted me $469 for a 7001 out the door. Anyone have any real problems with their 7001, or wish they'd have gotten a different blower? Thanks in advance.

mkwl
09-27-2005, 09:25 PM
Anyone???????

Metro Lawn
09-27-2005, 09:31 PM
Never an issue with the EB7001. We have 10 and I can't say enough good things about them. As far as pricing, check eBay. I have seen them go for less than $400 including shipping for brand new units. The last few we bought were $379.00

jameson
09-27-2005, 09:38 PM
We have 3 EB7000's, 2 7000's and one 7001. The 2 7000's were purchased in 2000 (?) I have replaced a couple of throttle cables and a couple of stop switches thats about it, never a major problem. These things are gluttons for punishment and will serve you well in ALL seasons. Good machines.

James

grass_cuttin_fool
09-27-2005, 09:50 PM
Ok, not to Hi jack the thread. I havent used the 7001 but for the price you are getting close to the price of the stihl br600 which is a smaller and stronger unit and your other stihl has lasted 6 years.

butler L&S
09-27-2005, 11:17 PM
I've had the throttle trigger and kill switch on my EB7001 break. They were both relatively cheap and easy to fix. Other then that it has been a great blower.

niederhauser lawn care
09-27-2005, 11:55 PM
I have about 8 stihl blowers sitting in my shop doing nothing. I have never used a redmax 7001 but I do own a little hand held. I use the shindaiwa eb630 backpack blower. Call me crazy but I will never buy another stihl blower or trimmer. Get the redmax or even check out the shindaiwa.

Envy Lawn Service
09-28-2005, 12:39 AM
Red Max EB7001
shindaiwa eb630
Echo PB751
Stihl BR600

All good strong sensible blower choices.
I like the Sthil BR600 best overall.

Some also seem to like those new Maruyama blowers too.
They look good but only come with frame mount throttle...

BryPaulD
09-28-2005, 09:49 AM
I love my 7001. I got it last fall. I broke the cruise control switch, only because I tried to throttle it up with the switch instead of the trigger. It cost me like $3.00 for the part and about an hour to fix because I had to modify it to work right. Other than that, I like it a lot. It has a lot of power, (fun to get a huge pile of leaves rolling and watch them all just fly away.) It starts on the first pull 99% of the time and the 1% is probably me just horsing around seeing how little effort it takes to start it. I want to get a second blower, preferably the 8000 cause I like the 7001 so much.

beaver
09-28-2005, 05:28 PM
I have a 7000 and a br 600. Stihl is stronger and lighter. The 7000/7001 are excellent machines. The 7001 has a little bit more power, but if you can get the 7000 cheaper than get it. They are excellent for leaves and grass clippings as well. You might want to check into the BR 600 before you buy!

ed2hess
09-28-2005, 05:48 PM
Consider the BR420 it is a true 2 stoke and is tried and proven! I'd like to get your throw away stuff if you stop at 500 hrs, that is very low usage.

mkwl
09-28-2005, 07:41 PM
Ok, thanks guys. Now, for those of you who own or owned a BR320 and have a 7001, do you notice significant power increase in the 7001. I just want to be sure a 7001 would be able to handle big cleanups.

NNJLandman
09-28-2005, 08:19 PM
The red max in general are awesome equipment. You should see what happens to em at work, the fall off the back of the truck get dropped etc. They always fire and blow as strong as you could possibly think of. Hands down great blower. I got three of em.

Jeff

mkwl
09-28-2005, 08:22 PM
Consider the BR420 it is a true 2 stoke and is tried and proven! I'd like to get your throw away stuff if you stop at 500 hrs, that is very low usage.

I'm not going to "throw the Stihl away" by any means. It has been very reliable, I just need something that is more powerful, but can also be used all year round.

beaver
09-28-2005, 11:44 PM
I have used the 7001 in heavy and wet leaves. You will not be disapointed. The only complaint is that is sucks the gas, but for it's efficiency its worth it. Couldn't of made it through fall last year with out it.

Nathan 281
09-29-2005, 12:21 AM
Ok, thanks guys. Now, for those of you who own or owned a BR320 and have a 7001, do you notice significant power increase in the 7001. I just want to be sure a 7001 would be able to handle big cleanups.
I was in the same situation as you as of 2 days ago have a br320 vary old 6+ years runs great and vary relay able. Spent a lot of time looking over the stihl vs redmax demoed them both and went with the stihl br600 better design IMO and cheaper price the power difference is night and day the 600 is vary strong compared to the 320 even at half power the 600 beats the 320.