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Helping Hand
10-30-2006, 10:43 PM
I am trying to decide what blower to get. It will be used for Fall leaf cleanup. I picked up one of the $299 413 Echo that HD sells and it doesn't have enough power. I am looking at the Tanaka 7600. Would I be better off in that class or should I just spend the extra money and get a Tanaka 7800 or Red Max 8001? I haven't tested either one yet but spec wise those are what I am looking at. How big of a power difference would I get for the about $100 difference in price between the two classes?

dmanb2b
10-30-2006, 10:57 PM
just get an echo 755...439shipped w/o tax on ebay....powerwise between a redmax 7001 and the 8001....the 8001 sells for $489 shipped

TNT LawnCare Inc.
10-30-2006, 10:58 PM
Double in power. You could have a redmax 7001 for about 399.00.

Just Mow
10-30-2006, 11:07 PM
Go with the Stihl BR600

LawnBrother
10-30-2006, 11:27 PM
I really like my Stihl BR600. I used it yesterday on a big pile of wet leaves and grass and I was really impressed. Power is very close to a RM8001. According to those who own both the 8000/8001 is slightly more powerful, but what I like about the Stihl is it is much lighter, quieter, has less vibration, and is very comfortable to wear. It also uses less gas, from what I have read here. I would buy another BR600 no question.

kenmac
10-30-2006, 11:59 PM
if you have the chance , Try several brands b-4 you buy. I didn't try any brands I only asked questions here b-4 I bought. That being said, I bought the RedMax 7001 . I can say I have never owned a bp blower b-4 this purchase. I 'am verry happy with the RedMax 7001

garth1967
10-31-2006, 03:37 AM
you cant go wrong with either redmax or echo:waving:

jcb287
10-31-2006, 07:53 AM
Echo 651:)

pugs
10-31-2006, 11:28 AM
I think the Tanaka 7600 would be plenty for you. I dont think the 7800 is a huge step above it.

Helping Hand
10-31-2006, 12:34 PM
Thanks guys, we are going to head over to the dealer around here that sells Tanaka and Redmax and then Lesco is who sells Kaw around here so we are heading there to check all the ones I'm interested in out. Thanks for your help.

J&R Landscaping
10-31-2006, 01:19 PM
Redmax has a special now at certain dealers. They are knocking off $50 off the EBZ8000 blower. That makes it $20 more than the EB 7001. No competition there, go with the 8000! JMO

zeroturner
10-31-2006, 01:47 PM
Don't forget to give the Shindaiwa 8510 a try if you have a dealer nearby.

pvs landscaping
10-31-2006, 04:36 PM
Go with the Stihl BR600 Its a great machine

jmq
10-31-2006, 10:30 PM
I have a Red Max 7001 and an Stilhl Br 340.....the 340 is a back-up only!! As soon as I get a chance, I will get another Red Max.....I AM SOLD:weightlifter:

Envy Lawn Service
11-01-2006, 01:27 AM
I'm gonna say any of the top tier blowers from the major MFG's are going to make good power. WAY MORE than what you have. A Stihl BG85 handheld will out-blow your PB-403.

There are going to be some differences in power among them. But personally I think the greater differences lie in other areas besides power. Like what fits your frame best. What you find most comfortable. What 'style' of air stream power you like or percieve as "powerful". What's available to you. What your local dealers are like...ect.

If you have great Tanaka support and use other suff of their's I say knock yourself out. They are Kawasaki 2 cycle engines, and with as many brand names as they are sold under, who knows who makes them. But I don't hear complaints.

Either of those Tanaka blowers will give you much more power than what you have. When in doubt go bigger. That's about all I can say.

littlenic
11-01-2006, 09:12 AM
I tried the Stihl BR600 next to the redmax 8000 and I'm a Stihl fan, no comparison, while the Stihl was lighter, it lacked the power. I bought a third redmax. I would go with the 8001 myself. Hope this helps.

littlenic

TriplePLandscaping
11-01-2006, 09:20 AM
anyone have the stats on the redmax 8000 w/ tubes? their website only states 9hundred something for cfm, but thats gotta be w/o tubes, whats the real deal here?

the br600 has 1000+ cfm at the housing and 7something w/ tubes?