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lawnboy dan
08-04-2008, 07:05 PM
it finally gave out today after 15 years daily use . it was used when i bought it for 80$! i replaced it with another used br400 i bought 12 yrs ago for 200$(like new condition) . i used mercury quicksilver oil in it. best dino blower never had a single repair except i replaced the straps

subs1000w
08-04-2008, 07:36 PM
i also have a br400 as my primary blower i got it used for 180 and ive had it for 3 years and have only had broblems with the recoil but aside from being alittle under powered compared to todays blowers its a tank

what happened to yours did it lock up

lawnboy dan
08-04-2008, 07:57 PM
it stated running poorly -checked plug and air filter-looked good -checked compression-down to 90psi. my other one has 120 psi. last year it started loosing power and i ran 32/1 mix in it. the extra oil in the mix helped restore compression ... for a while anyway

STIHL GUY
08-04-2008, 09:08 PM
mine is only 3 years old but it still runs great. i hope to get that long or longer out of mine

Dean of Green
08-04-2008, 11:08 PM
I love those blowers. I have one that has got to be about 9 years old. I use it as a backup nowadays. I crank it up once in awhile to make sure it is still running. 2nd pull everytime.

South Florida Lawns
08-05-2008, 12:09 AM
holy crap and that thing spent all those years out in the Florida elements. I got a old 2000 fs85 that has never let me down. I always run stihl oil.

Just think how much that $80 blower made you over the years.

ed2hess
08-05-2008, 09:46 PM
We got a 400 that is almost 8 years old and still going. These units were bullet proof and the 420 is almost just as good. Wonder if the 600 will go 8 years?

Petr51488
08-05-2008, 10:11 PM
We got a 400 that is almost 8 years old and still going. These units were bullet proof and the 420 is almost just as good. Wonder if the 600 will go 8 years?

It should. I have an hour meter hooked up to both of my blowers. I have 160 hours on one. I bought it this past fall. 160 hours may not be alot, but i was allways curious how many hours i could rack up on these. I should have 300 hours on it by the end of this fall.

Frontier-Lawn
08-06-2008, 09:56 AM
It should. I have an hour meter hooked up to both of my blowers. I have 160 hours on one. I bought it this past fall. 160 hours may not be alot, but i was allways curious how many hours i could rack up on these. I should have 300 hours on it by the end of this fall.

and how did you manage this one?

Charles
08-06-2008, 12:44 PM
it stated running poorly -checked plug and air filter-looked good -checked compression-down to 90psi. my other one has 120 psi. last year it started loosing power and i ran 32/1 mix in it. the extra oil in the mix helped restore compression ... for a while anyway

Might help to clean out the Carbon buildup in the muffler and inlet. Maybe not with it losing compression

jkilov
08-06-2008, 05:47 PM
it finally gave out today after 15 years daily use .
That's impressive :clapping:

I never seem to get much out of blowers. For some unknown reason they wear out sooner than other handhelds.

treeman574
08-06-2008, 06:20 PM
hone it out and rering it and start the count over. I bought mine in the early 90s. and i still have it today. its not used as much but usually starts with in 5 pulls i even think it has only had 2 plugs and an airfilter in that time and we used it daily to clean up for our tree company for about 6 yrs.

lawnboy dan
08-07-2008, 06:10 PM
i did check for carbon and found none. i think i will rebuild this engine this winter as a tribute to its very long service life. might just replace the cylinder and piston assmbly. the sthil br 400 was no doubt a landmark in blower desighn but is a little dated today

sawman65
08-07-2008, 07:58 PM
they still make the 380 same as the old 400. not sure i will have to look but a short block may be avialible for the 400.

lawnboy dan
08-08-2008, 07:36 AM
with a new short block-this thing may out live me!