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The Cutting Edge
09-13-2007, 02:02 AM
Hey Has Anyone Had Any Problems Out Of Their Br 550 Or 600, I Recently Took Mine To The Dealer After Purchasing It About A Month Ago And They Sad The Short Block Was Fuct And That Stihl Has Been Having This Problem With All Of Them. Mine Was Making A Horrible Rattling Sound... Just Wondering If Anyone Else Has Ran Into This Problem?

cgaengineer
09-13-2007, 09:09 AM
No problems as of yet.

clallen03
09-13-2007, 03:04 PM
Best blower I have ever had. Always starts on the first or second pull. Power is great and not too heavy. I would recommend these units any day of the week.

cgaengineer
09-13-2007, 03:13 PM
To add to what Corrie mentioned, yes, choke on, first pull and it fires right up, flip choke off and start blowing.

lawnman456
09-13-2007, 07:13 PM
first pull and it starts all the time. no problems and i love it

Scagguy
09-13-2007, 07:24 PM
Mine usally take 3 or 4 puls first thing in the morning then it's good to go all day. Great blower!!!

ed2hess
09-13-2007, 08:31 PM
Best blower I have ever had. Always starts on the first or second pull. Power is great and not too heavy. I would recommend these units any day of the week.
Compared to.....? How much use is on yours?

Leaf Jockey
09-13-2007, 09:34 PM
We have three BR600's on their second season with no problems yet.

Scott

P.Services
09-13-2007, 09:53 PM
yes that problem is common. look it up on here someone posted pics of the engine failure and a bunch of stuff mine had a valve drop and had the topend replaced under warranty

ed2hess
09-13-2007, 10:45 PM
We have three BR600's on their second season with no problems yet.

Scott

I have been waiting to try ....your experience is much better than what I hear from our area. How many hours on these units? What oil do your run?

clallen03
09-13-2007, 10:52 PM
Compared to.....? How much use is on yours?

I've used several echo blowers when I worked with a local company. I have also used smaller stihl blowers....420 old faithful used to be my favorite.

My current blowers, 2 550s and a 600, have about about a season and a half on them. We maintain about 75 accounts a week. So they have been broke in pretty good. I replaced the hose elbow earlier this year on one of my 550s. That has been the only repair I have had on any of my blowers. Not to mention how quit it is compared to the 420.

Jason Rose
09-14-2007, 12:48 AM
I'm planning on buying a 600 here in the next few weeks... Dealer tells me to get the 550 "because there's no difference between the two other than price really" ok... Other than the large difference in CFM output between the two, which is pretty major to me!

I just don't want to buy one and have it die on me... I have an Echo pb603 that's about 6 or so years old and it still starts on 1 pull about 90% of the time for me, even after just riding around on the trailer rack for a week+. I hate to replace something that reliable, and not broken, with a piece 'o crap! I just want MORE POWER! I will be then passing on my Echo, don't want to have to beg for it back, lol

Jay Ray
09-14-2007, 10:56 AM
I'm planning on buying a 600 here in the next few weeks... Dealer tells me to get the 550 "because there's no difference between the two other than price really" ok... Other than the large difference in CFM output between the two, which is pretty major to me!

Bought a 600 in early spring, no problems, easy start so far.

My dealer said the 600 has a better, more efficient fan than the 550 and right away showed me specs of the output CFM volume being considerably more with the same engine. I don't remember the price difference but it didn't strike me as being all that much.

snowin
09-14-2007, 01:00 PM
your dealer must have 550's he can't move!most people go for the 600.run both and you will feel the difference!same speed but much more volume

clallen03
09-14-2007, 01:28 PM
To be honest, the 550s are on the trailer for everyday use. I did have the 600 on the trailer but the guys say they like the 550s better. They say the 600 is a bit heavier but it does have more power, but the 600 power is over kill for just blowing a few clippings off the hard surfaces in routine maint.

We use the 600 and the little wonder during the fall on cleanups. Thats is when they are fighting over the 600.

ed2hess
09-14-2007, 07:26 PM
I've used several echo blowers when I worked with a local company. I have also used smaller stihl blowers....420 old faithful used to be my favorite.

My current blowers, 2 550s and a 600, have about about a season and a half on them. We maintain about 75 accounts a week. So they have been broke in pretty good. I replaced the hose elbow earlier this year on one of my 550s. That has been the only repair I have had on any of my blowers. Not to mention how quit it is compared to the 420.

Thanks.....no problems in very hot temperatures? And have you adjusted the valves yet? What oil are you running? We went down to get a 600 but got another 420 a couple weeks ago.

clallen03
09-14-2007, 09:38 PM
This year has been the hottest year I have ever worked in. It was over 100 deg here in GA for about 2 week straight. I use stihl 2cycle oil and I hven't adjusted any valves. It wasn't broke so I didn't fix it.

The 420 is a great blower but it doesn't even compare to the 600.

ed2hess
09-14-2007, 10:32 PM
This year has been the hottest year I have ever worked in. It was over 100 deg here in GA for about 2 week straight. I use stihl 2cycle oil and I hven't adjusted any valves. It wasn't broke so I didn't fix it.

The 420 is a great blower but it doesn't even compare to the 600.

Outside of the fact it is a tried and proven reliable blower over many years and from all the reports we get the 600 is still having problems. The only reason the 600 is appealing is it has blowing power of our two PB650 echo units and is much lighter. The 600 didn't have adjustable tubes until recently and that was very important in our application. I am still troubled by the fact that they are having engine block failures and the need to run a very expensive oil of theirs when using the unit for very heavy use.

dgfitz
09-16-2007, 12:45 AM
I am still troubled by the fact that they are having engine block failures and the need to run a very expensive oil of theirs when using the unit for very heavy use.

I just used a BR600 this week, the power was huge, and it was quite. The
owner said this was his third BR600, and that he had been reluctant to buy it after the problems mentioned above with his first one, but the dealer and
some friends advised him the problems have been mostly eleminated. He
swears by the new oil, and also now runs high test in all of his handhelds.
The unit I was using was put into service last late summer, used nearly every day with no problems.Hope this helps ya Hess.

Leaf Jockey
09-16-2007, 11:42 AM
I have been waiting to try ....your experience is much better than what I hear from our area. How many hours on these units? What oil do your run?

We ran three br600's for last falls cleanups and this spring. Rough guess thats 8 hours a day for ten weeks plus the daily use they get during mowing season. So maybe 400+ hours each.
No special oil here, just some non-synthetic we buy in bulk. Sometimes we run out and buy the stuff with the Husky label on it from the local dealer.
The units sometimes pull hard when trying to start them. Maybe this is the beginning of some excess carbon issues? Not sure but I think they always pulled hard.

Scott

DSLND
09-16-2007, 12:04 PM
The 550 is a great machine, has made me a lot of $$$$. No problems, except for the tube came loose once, thats it. I paid $389.00 for mine. -Mitch-

Leaf Jockey
09-16-2007, 01:12 PM
To be honest, the 550s are on the trailer for everyday use. I did have the 600 on the trailer but the guys say they like the 550s better. They say the 600 is a bit heavier but it does have more power, but the 600 power is over kill for just blowing a few clippings off the hard surfaces in routine maint.

We use the 600 and the little wonder during the fall on cleanups. Thats is when they are fighting over the 600.


The funny thing is according to the manual the 550 weighs 21.4 lbs and the 600 weighs 20.9 lbs. I have never looked at a 550. Are the straps and backpad the same as a 600?

Scott

pj550v12
09-18-2007, 01:26 AM
Br600 with plenty of use and no problems