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All_Toro_4ME
08-16-2007, 10:40 AM
Who owns or has used a Shindaiwa backpack blower EB8510RT? I'm looking to buy a new backpack blower for fall cleanups and local dealer has them at a pretty good price. Just thought I would get opinions, good or bad on your experiences with them. Pros? Cons? Thanks.

cutedge
08-16-2007, 12:31 PM
I love my Shin eb630, starts on 2nd pull everytime and runs very smooth and strong. It's also 5lbs lighter than the 8510, which makes it easier to handle on small jobs. My 630 has plenty of power for cleanups. If you go with the 8510, you won't be disappointed

All_Toro_4ME
08-16-2007, 01:04 PM
Thanks Cutedge.

fergman
08-16-2007, 02:25 PM
the eb8510 i have seems to be a reliable blower so far. my redmax 8000 is a little stronger and is more reliable. the eb8510 has to have the valves adjusted every so often a number of hours and i cant even find the info on how to do it. i guess im just gonna have to take it to the dealer the first time and watch them do it. if you line the rm8000 up beside the eb8510 there is a wider path blown with the rm than the eb8510. it has a small nozzle on the end that makes the tip small in diameter. you can trim the tip back little by little and the redmax still wins cause you just cant find the perfect balance of speed and a slightly wider path than the redmax. i was really hoping that the eb8510 was gonna be stronger than the 8000 but mine isnt. right now after approximately 50 hours at most, i have to pull it anywhere from 9 to 18 times for it to start. PROBABLY because the valves need adjusting. the difference in weight i cant even feel after carrying them for a long time. it still becomes heavy with either one.

KrayzKajun
08-16-2007, 02:43 PM
I love my EB8510. Great power!

lawnprosteveo
08-16-2007, 10:35 PM
I have two Shin EB630's.. they are going on 5 yrs old. I use them almost yr round...day to day mowing and leaf removal. They have been very reliable and start 1st or 2nd pull every time. They are powerful but not too oversized to be used daily all year.
As for the 8510....just be careful. It seems there are alot of guys complaining about "4-mix" type of engines. The 8510 is Shindaiwa's C4 technology and I am not convinced it has proven itself yet.
When you are talking about blowing $500 plus you want to be pretty sure of what you are getting.

LawnScapers of Dayton
08-17-2007, 05:42 AM
I have the 8510RT, I agree about the starting, it is not as easy as my 630 was...... But plenty of power.....

All_Toro_4ME
08-17-2007, 09:45 AM
I have two Shin EB630's.. they are going on 5 yrs old. I use them almost yr round...day to day mowing and leaf removal. They have been very reliable and start 1st or 2nd pull every time. They are powerful but not too oversized to be used daily all year.
As for the 8510....just be careful. It seems there are alot of guys complaining about "4-mix" type of engines. The 8510 is Shindaiwa's C4 technology and I am not convinced it has proven itself yet.
When you are talking about blowing $500 plus you want to be pretty sure of what you are getting.

Thanks for the advice lawnprosteveo. Im sure it saved me from a lot of frustration with the 8510 due to being difficult to start.

Appreciate the feedback drm ventures.

LawnScapers of Dayton
08-17-2007, 12:47 PM
It's my own fault, I bought the 8510 after I ran over my 630 with my 3000lbs. trailer.......

All_Toro_4ME
08-17-2007, 05:12 PM
It's my own fault, I bought the 8510 after I ran over my 630 with my 3000lbs. trailer.......

What a bad day :cry:

LawnScapers of Dayton
08-17-2007, 07:22 PM
yep, forgetfullness is my least favorite trait I got from my Dad.....

ACutAbovesiny
09-22-2007, 12:49 AM
We have 2 Redmax eb7001s and added the Shindawa this year. My opinion is we should have bought the Redmax ebz8000. I dont like the way you have to start the shindawa and i think it has the same power as the eb7001. At the time of purchase the ebz8000 was only $50 more....should have gotten that instead.

All_Toro_4ME
09-22-2007, 01:04 AM
We have 2 Redmax eb7001s and added the Shindawa this year. My opinion is we should have bought the Redmax ebz8000. I dont like the way you have to start the shindawa and i think it has the same power as the eb7001. At the time of purchase the ebz8000 was only $50 more....should have gotten that instead.

Thanks for the input ACutAbove

lawnprosteveo
09-22-2007, 05:38 PM
This past saturday I had the chance to demo the Redmax EB8000. My buddy brought it into the fire station since we had to do yard day.
Here is my opinon on it...
First off, I thought it was really heavy compared to my Shindy EB630. It did feel better once I cinched up the straps and waist belt....Still, a little big for an every day blower...IMO
Also noticed the blower nozzle was shorter and maybe even bigger in diameter. The EB630 is longer/narrower and seemed to clean up faster even though it might be blowing less powerfully. I can see the Redmax could move big tall piles of leaves better....but just blowing out some grass turds on a wet lawn or some clippings on the drive...not as effective..IMO
Last, I didnt like the throttle. It was locked in a fixed position. The EB630 can move around while you work...the Redmax is locked in.....not a big deal, just didnt like it.
Oh, one last thing. He paid something like $600 plus for the thing. I wanna say my Eb630 was almost $100 cheaper.
Thats just one lawn maggots humble opinion!

All_Toro_4ME
09-22-2007, 11:53 PM
Thanks lawnprosteveo

dwlah
09-23-2007, 12:22 AM
I like mine it is a little hard to crank sometimes but as stated before it may be due for a valve adjustment
It is heavier than a 630
Would I buy another one?
I might go with a 630 for everyday use

fergman
09-23-2007, 01:13 AM
get the 800 or 8001. its a better blower all around. end of story just trust me.