View Full Version : STIHL Hand Blower Which Model?

04-29-2006, 11:26 PM
Well the other day my old BG55 went out and now is leaking gas everywhere and only will run when being choked on and off so now its time for a new one. I loved the BG55 and the cruise control and thought it had a great amount of power and cant wait to try out the bigger models but i was looking at the 65 but was wondering i would like to end this year w/ all commercial equipment and thought to get the 85 but didnt know if i wanted to spend the extra money. What would u do? Also what is the price on the 85 im thinking $250-275. -Mitch-

04-30-2006, 09:20 AM
BG85 excellent

04-30-2006, 09:29 AM
Ok, I have an bg-55 myself and I think the bg-65 is really the same thing as the 55 except the nozzle tip on the 65 is flat but on the 55 it is round. I spent 10 extra bucks and got the flat nozzle of the 65 to put on my 55, maybe there is one or two other minor differences but I honestly believe the motor is the same!

As for why I bought the bg-55 is to get inside bushes and behind a/c units and maybe underneath a porch because the backpack is so bulky it always made the nooks and crannies a real pita. Then I started using the handheld for daily grass-cutting and like yourself, am loving it as I find it to be excellent on fuel as well as the other benefits (smaller, lighter) and still it is like an Altoids: curiously strong!

Anyway, unless you're absolutely wanting to buy the bigger better stuff, why not see if a fuel line needs replacing because today's fuels eat those lines alive and it is a consistent problem with 2-cyclers the world over, the fuel leaks. If, however, you have to try the 85, please let me know how it goes as I may check into it later since the 55 really is a homeowner's model thou boy does it work good!

04-30-2006, 10:26 AM
My 55 i looked it over and it threw a rod and now wont even turn over so its off to the dealer for me. I think looking at all of Ryan's (GLS) posts over the winter he bought the 85 for getting in between bushes and stuff and i would like to later in a couple of years get a back pack blower for larger areas and have a hand blower for tight areas. My goal for this season is to end it with all commerical equipment and trade in all my homeowners (besides craftsman tractor, need it for plowing and a back up) equipment and have commercial equipment. Also whats the price on the BG85 on a site it said like $239.00 is that about right? -Mitch-

04-30-2006, 10:37 AM
I paid $209.00 for mine last fall.

04-30-2006, 10:41 AM
Has a sh-85 w/ vaccum attachment and it is great very useful when doing shrub jobs and cant get the clippings out w/ a regular blower or rake
and can be used as a hand held blower as well cost $245

05-10-2006, 10:26 PM
I went and picked it up today b/c the dealer had to order it. I decided on the 85 and paid $243.00 for it and its all worth it! -Mitch-

05-10-2006, 11:12 PM
Simple. BG85.

05-10-2006, 11:43 PM
I went and picked it up today b/c the dealer had to order it. I decided on the 85 and paid $243.00 for it and its all worth it! -Mitch-
Very good choice we like ours a lot.

K c m
05-10-2006, 11:46 PM
Definatly the BG85. Running it since 01 and the thing hasn't given me one problem and always starts on the 1st pull. Definatly worth the lute.

05-10-2006, 11:49 PM
I recently bought a BG 85 and although I have only had it a short time, I like it a lot. Better than lugging around a BP just to blow clippings and suprisingly powerful for it's size and weight.

05-11-2006, 08:12 AM
The BG-85 is a great hand held blower!

Avoid the new BG-85D as it has new emmissions crap and has a lot less CFM.

05-11-2006, 08:19 AM
Last year I had a BG85 and it was AWESOME for a hand blower definately the best i've ever used. I don't still have it (That i regret!) will definately get another someday.

05-12-2006, 08:01 PM
I love that machine i havent got to used it at a customers yet its been raining and looks like thats what its going to do all weekend but i edged my driveway and then blew it off and man i thought my BG55 had some power man this thing is AWESOME!! Thanks -Mitch-