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MileHigh
06-16-2008, 08:11 PM
Man does this thing kill my echo pb403..It'll blow at least twice as hard.

I can't wait to put this blower to use. The echo will become a backup.

Any of you guys out there have some hands on with this blower?

greenred
06-16-2008, 08:20 PM
I have two of the older 8000 versions. I absolutely love them. Question though. How come you went with the side throttle and not the pistol grip on the exhaust tube? I have both kinds and I love the pistol grip the most.

MileHigh
06-16-2008, 08:23 PM
I have two of the older 8000 versions. I absolutely love them. Question though. How come you went with the side throttle and not the pistol grip on the exhaust tube? I have both kinds and I love the pistol grip the most.

My dealer said that they stopped making them and they sold all of the ones with the right hand throttle...I was dissapointed, but hopefully the performance of the blower will make me forget about that.

freshprince94
06-16-2008, 08:27 PM
Nice unit. It would be WAY overkill for me but fun to have.

lawnspecialties
06-16-2008, 08:28 PM
I have an 8000 and an 8001. I hate right hand throttle models.

greenred
06-16-2008, 08:30 PM
I have an 8000 and an 8001. I hate right hand throttle models.

do the 8001's get noticeably better fuel economy then the 8000's? For some reason I had seem to remember that as one of the selling points when the 8001 came out.

MileHigh
06-16-2008, 08:31 PM
do the 8001's get noticeably better fuel economy then the 8000's? For some reason I had seem to remember that as one of the selling points when the 8001 came out.

I Hope So...

tallimeca
06-16-2008, 08:34 PM
comparing that echo model to this is like compairing an f650 to a ranger........

If you weren't impressed, something would be wrong. It's twice as much then what you paid for the 403.

Nice blower though. We have them in the Husky 180B's and have been selling a bunch. Guys love em.

MileHigh
06-16-2008, 08:38 PM
^^^Not quite..
I paid $319 For the echo, $479 for the redmax

Charles
06-16-2008, 08:42 PM
^^^Not quite..
I paid $319 For the echo, $479 for the redmax

You got a screamin deal. I paid $530 for mine. Now I feel I got ripped a new one:cry::hammerhead:

ed2hess
06-16-2008, 08:45 PM
Nice unit. It would be WAY overkill for me but fun to have.

Yes, kinda interesting why there would be a need for a big unit like that in lawn mowing business?

MileHigh
06-16-2008, 08:46 PM
You got a screamin deal. I paid $530 for mine. Now I feel I got ripped a new one:cry::hammerhead:

yep..I got quoted @ anywhere from 530-549 all day, untill the last redmax dealer I decided to contact.

MileHigh
06-16-2008, 08:49 PM
Yes, kinda interesting why there would be a need for a big unit like that in lawn mowing business?

I live in Colorado...we don't mow all season. In the fall, It'll be used with leaf cleanups, and in the winter it'll be used as a sidewalk snow remover/blower...I'm sure it'll blow 3 inches of wet snow real easy... and during the mowing season: april-octoberish, It'll blow the hell outta some grass...I don't bag that much.

greenred
06-16-2008, 09:04 PM
Yes, kinda interesting why there would be a need for a big unit like that in lawn mowing business?

I cant speak for leaf cleanups in texas. But here in IL I counted my blessings that I opted for the most power blower I could find every time I was doing clean ups of heavy wet dense leaves which seemed to be the only kind of leaves I ever ran across. Not to mention its ability to move dense deep piles of wet pine needles. It also worked great for making clumps of wet grass separate and disappear when I used it with the bottom part of the exhaust tube removed. Never once have I ever regretted having that big and powerful of a unit and would buy another one in a heart beat.

MileHigh
06-16-2008, 09:16 PM
I cant speak for leaf cleanups in texas. But here in IL I counted my blessings that I opted for the most power blower I could find every time I was doing clean ups of heavy wet dense leaves which seemed to be the only kind of leaves I ever ran across. Not to mention its ability to move dense deep piles of wet pine needles. It also worked great for making clumps of wet grass separate and disappear when I used it with the bottom part of the exhaust tube removed. Never once have I ever regretted having that big and powerful of a unit and would buy another one in a heart beat.
That's what I'm saying..

farmboy52787
06-16-2008, 09:19 PM
Yeah I bought that model, its a heavy one but lots of power, and it sounds mean! The throttle isnt that bad, it stays in position so you dont have to hold it. Easy to start to, 2 pulls with the choke on and then one pull for the rest of the day. Never thought using one to blow snow with, I'll have to try it out this winter.

Pastaboy62
06-16-2008, 10:13 PM
do the 8001's get noticeably better fuel economy then the 8000's? For some reason I had seem to remember that as one of the selling points when the 8001 came out.

I am 75% sure that it does. I have both, and I remember I was on the 8000 and kept running out of gas while my friend was on the 8001 and he didn't have as much refueling. I was also going balls to the wall and I am not sure about him. I have the side throttle like that, and I would much rather have that the throttle on the air tube. They are both great. I went from a stihl 55 to an 8000 and I was like, this is what I have been missing.

Oh yeah, I blow snow with it, if it is flakey it will do it. Its nuts, put it up on full throttle with the tube pointing up and squirt a hose. It will fly....Same with a tennis ball...

Icepuck72
06-16-2008, 10:47 PM
How would this compare to the Stihl BR600?

J&R Landscaping
06-16-2008, 11:09 PM
Nice upgrade! I went from a 403 Echo to the 7001 in the fall. I still use the echo though, for week to week lawn work, its great!

N.TX
06-17-2008, 12:17 AM
sometimes i will find small bottles with some drink left in them i will stick them down the tube and rev it up ... it will launch them two yards over

Tim03
06-17-2008, 12:33 AM
How would this compare to the Stihl BR600?

Stihl has a video demo on You Tube comparing the BR600 to its competitors.
From what I remember, the BR600 was at least as powerful and was 6 pounds lighter.

Feature wise not sure who wins there.

N.TX
06-17-2008, 12:37 AM
Ya i saw that video too... Im sure its nice but i dont like the local stihl dealer. They are both nice machines ... i will stick with the redmax.