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teamoneoutdoors
11-27-2006, 03:08 PM
Hi guys! I have enjoyed reading several of the posts about the Stihl BR600. Does anyone have any experience with the BR550? I visited my Stihl dealer and he did not have a BR600 in stock but did have the BR550. I look forward to seeing some good comments.

TWUllc
11-27-2006, 05:13 PM
Bought one this fall. Its my 1st 4-mix product. Nothing but good things to say. I'll be buying 2 more come spring time. Hope I helped. :waving:

raschmid07
11-27-2006, 05:29 PM
I bought a new Stihl blower this Spring and was going to go all out and get the 600, but the 550 was about $50 less and only blew about 5mph less than the 600. Needless to say, I went with the 550.

Just Mow
11-27-2006, 06:56 PM
Spend the extra money and buy the 600. They are both good but the 600 really performs better in large piles.:weightlifter:

ed2hess
11-27-2006, 06:57 PM
Spend the extra money and buy the 600. They are both good but the 600 really performs better in large piles.:weightlifter:
What is the difference in the two? Any weight difference?

Potchkins
11-27-2006, 07:19 PM
i've said it before and i'll say it again.
now listen closely!

when you buy a piece of equipment regardless of how big or small
and you get a good one

You Pay for it ONCE when you buy it.


if you get one too small, under powered, too light, too heavy, under built, too cumbersome, or just a plain piece of junk it don't matter what it is...

You Pay for it ONCE when you buy it, and
You Pay for it EVERY TIME YOU USE IT!

The morel of this story spend the extra $50 bucks and get the better blower.

Stihl BR 550 21.4 lbs, 530 cfm. w/ tubes @ 199 mph
vs. Stihl BR 600 20.9 lbs, 712 cfm. w/ tubes @ 201 mph

p.s. and yes i have used a BR 550

John Gamba
11-27-2006, 07:21 PM
i like the 600. i don't look at anything less like the 550, i have heard that the 550 was for the home owner, i could be wrong.

Potchkins
11-27-2006, 08:21 PM
i like the 600. i don't look at anything less like the 550, i have heard that the 550 was for the home owner, i could be wrong.

from a quality standpoint the 550 is a pro grade blower just as the 420, 340, and 500 but in performance the 600 takes the cake

AndyTblc
11-27-2006, 09:07 PM
The BR 600 is as to Lowes, as the BR 550 is to your local hardware store.

Just Mow
11-27-2006, 09:38 PM
What is the difference in the two? Any weight difference?
BR550
21.4 lbs
Air volume with tubes 530cfm
Air volume without tubes 877cfm
199mph air velocity

BR600
20.9lbs
Air volume with tubes 712cfm
Air volume without tubes 1012cfm
201 mph air velocity

You cannot look at air velocity (mph ) when considering a backpack. The power is a combination of cfm and mph to get the desired power.

Just Mow
11-27-2006, 09:40 PM
The BR 600 is as to Lowes, as the BR 550 is to your local hardware store.
makes no sense. Please explain.:confused:

ed2hess
11-27-2006, 10:25 PM
BR550
21.4 lbs
Air volume with tubes 530cfm
Air volume without tubes 877cfm
199mph air velocity

BR600
20.9lbs
Air volume with tubes 712cfm
Air volume without tubes 1012cfm
201 mph air velocity

You cannot look at air velocity (mph ) when considering a backpack. The power is a combination of cfm and mph to get the desired power.
Thanks....silly me I thought maybe the 550 might be a smaller lighter unit.

Just Mow
11-27-2006, 10:43 PM
Thanks....silly me I thought maybe the 550 might be a smaller lighter unit.
That was my assumption as well. Have you had the chance to try the 600 yet.

Richard Martin
11-28-2006, 05:47 AM
I didn't ask to look at the 550 and my dealer didn't offer. My 600 is doing just fine. For 50 extra bucks I'll take the more powerful blower every time.

John Gamba
11-28-2006, 07:01 AM
makes no sense. Please explain.:confused:


Hes a troll

Just Mow
11-28-2006, 07:57 AM
Hes a troll
Now that makes sense. Thanks.:drinkup:

Total.Lawn.Care
11-28-2006, 09:37 AM
I would go with the BR600. The BR550 is a good blower as well and I have heard many good things about it, but the power of the 600 outweights the small cost difference.

AndyTblc
11-28-2006, 04:27 PM
makes no sense. Please explain.:confused:

Well usually lowes is a better hardware store then your local hardware store. Thats what I'm getting at.

Rhett
11-28-2006, 06:32 PM
Run away from the 550. Lots of carbon problems . Thats why Stihl came out with the new oil. Still does not keep that piece of crap out of the shop. My Local dealer will not even sell you one unless you insist. Last bill I paid was 151 and some chang to have one fixxed. 600 is a whole different blower

MowerMoney
11-30-2006, 11:25 PM
Wish I'd of heard all this before. Last fall I bought the BR550 as it was the last one my dealer had left in stock and I didn't want to wait 3 weeks for the 600. They told me there wasn't much difference between the two. (Just trying to clear stock maybe???) The 550 works pretty good (no carbon problems so far) but we can always use more power, right?

MattsMowing3535
11-30-2006, 11:31 PM
Well usually lowes is a better hardware store then your local hardware store. Thats what I'm getting at.
Well first off I HATE the big box stores like lowes and dont think there is anything better then my local hardware store. Same prices and they know who you are!
Second, I went to my dealer to buy a br-550 and he let me take it out in the parking lot to try I let it idle and didnt see anything moveing so I opened it up and then the rocks started flying. I thought I will try the 600 just to see and when I started it up and got it on the idle could blow the rocks in the parking lot and when it was open everyrock for 20 feet was gone! I went with the Br-600

gilatplc
12-01-2006, 12:30 AM
[QUOTE=Potchkins]i've said it before and i'll say it again.
now listen closely!

when you buy a piece of equipment regardless of how big or small
and you get a good one

You Pay for it ONCE when you buy it.


if you get one too small, under powered, too light, too heavy, under built, too cumbersome, or just a plain piece of junk it don't matter what it is...

You Pay for it ONCE when you buy it, and
You Pay for it EVERY TIME YOU USE IT! QUOTE]

Potchkins, You are SO right I don't know just how to put it in to words!!
Today I decided to find out just WHY my redmax 2400 weed eater was leaking gas all over my new enclosed trailer. Long story short ITS NOT COMMERCIAL!, I WISH I had purchased the 2600 or the 3000, not that much more money and a better built piece of equipment. (p.s. this weed eater is only 2 years old!)

Now I have used the BR550 and was not impressed at all under powered and didn't move much air at all. The only thing I can think that made this one different that the one you will buy is this one was a dealer loaner.
I would think that the BR 600 should be a good blower by what I have been reading, hell I'm a red max man and it has even caught my eye till I read the price $75.00 more then a 8001 form my dealer, but I am in the market for the 7001 and that buts me back with the BR550 so I know where I getting my new blower.

Gil

befnme
12-01-2006, 08:39 AM
i have the br550 because my dealer did not have the 600 at the time and my br400 was in the shop. i love the 550 have not had any probs and is very strong. now you guys will be hard pressed to get me to beleive that you can tell the difference of 3 mph.

MattsMowing3535
12-01-2006, 06:01 PM
i have the br550 because my dealer did not have the 600 at the time and my br400 was in the shop. i love the 550 have not had any probs and is very strong. now you guys will be hard pressed to get me to beleive that you can tell the difference of 3 mph.
you wont notice the diffrence of 3 mph but you will notice the diffrence of almost 200 cfm.

John Gamba
12-01-2006, 06:09 PM
you wont notice the diffrence of 3 mph but you will notice the diffrence of almost 200 cfm.



There is a difference.

Dashunde
12-01-2006, 11:44 PM
I've never really grasped the purpose of the 550?
It appears to be the exact same thing as a 600, engine and all, so I'm at a loss as to why the 600 blows harder.

mtpisgah
12-02-2006, 10:52 PM
I just bought my 550 and used it today for the first time. All went well for the first hour and then it started cutting out. It starts just fine and idles really high in the middle choke position but as soon as I pull the throttle, it dies. Any ideas? I hate to have to take it to the dealer Monday if I can fix it myself.

John Gamba
12-03-2006, 06:27 AM
I just bought my 550 and used it today for the first time. All went well for the first hour and then it started cutting out. It starts just fine and idles really high in the middle choke position but as soon as I pull the throttle, it dies. Any ideas? I hate to have to take it to the dealer Monday if I can fix it myself.


Take it to the dealer.

Richard Martin
12-03-2006, 09:10 AM
I just bought my 550 and used it today for the first time. All went well for the first hour and then it started cutting out. It starts just fine and idles really high in the middle choke position but as soon as I pull the throttle, it dies. Any ideas? I hate to have to take it to the dealer Monday if I can fix it myself.

Sounds like a fuel issue. Like John said, take it to the dealer and let him figure it out.

John Gamba
12-03-2006, 09:15 AM
Sounds like a fuel issue. Like John said, take it to the dealer and let him figure it out.


Good morning Mr Martin:)