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Cuttinitclose
03-21-2009, 09:45 PM
I have 6 lawns this year but plan on expanding next year when I get my license. According to my signature I offer these services. I just can't convince myself to spend more than$300 on a backpack. I kinda want a Blower/Vac because thats what I have now a really like the convenience. I want it to be Gutter Attachment usable. So I have narrowed it down to these....

Stihl BG 66 L Blower $230
BG 86 Blower $240
SH 86 C-E Shredder/Vac $280
Backpack USED no more than $300
Can't you buy Vac Kits for most handhelds?
Which would you recommend??

Cuttinitclose
03-21-2009, 10:26 PM
Anybody willing to awnser?

JKOOPERS
03-21-2009, 10:44 PM
better get a back pack if you plan on doing leaf clean ups

scagdude
03-21-2009, 11:00 PM
If you are going to get a handheld get the stihl bg86 but i would definitely go with a backpack, no question. i would spend an extra $100 and get the br 550 for $400 brand new. i personally have one and it is amazing!!! we will be purchasing another one soon.

ProTouch Groundscapes
03-21-2009, 11:04 PM
I along with many others on here, are of the belief that you can never buy a strong enough backpack blower.

honestly, why are the multiple models of blowers? strictly for affordability. if money wasnt an option, youd pick the most powerful blower to get the work done faster. I bought a br600 and never looked back. will be adding another this year as well.

lifetree
03-21-2009, 11:19 PM
I along with many others on here, are of the belief that you can never buy a strong enough backpack blower. ...

Count me in on that comment, as well !! You get what you pay for .

LouisianaLawnboy
03-22-2009, 12:27 AM
Backpack, like me Echo PB620. I just mines in almost new condition for about 250.00 I think.

luis@NJ
03-22-2009, 12:48 AM
The new echo pb 500 is only like $329 i have the older 413 but the new one is a bit more powerful and its probably perfect for what you do. Just my 2 cents

signature lawns
03-22-2009, 12:59 AM
Get the redmax EBZ8001 backpack blower you won't be dissapointed. Brand new they are $585.00 & change, but worth it...you will be very happy.

LouisianaLawnboy
03-22-2009, 01:01 AM
Get the redmax EBZ8001 backpack blower you won't be dissapointed. Brand new they are $585.00 & change, but worth it...you will be very happy.

I would suggest get a really good used one. Let someone else take the deprecration. Just my .02

topsites
03-22-2009, 02:14 AM
I'm not trying to make fun of nobody but what's these 66 - 86 etc models stuff,
is this some new-fangled Stihl model numbering system?

It used to be 55,65,85, etc...

MOturkey
03-22-2009, 10:55 AM
With any equipment, if it is something you need, buy the very best you can AFFORD. It will always last longer, and do a better job than the el cheapo route. Best of luck. Neill

Cuttinitclose
03-22-2009, 11:05 AM
I'm not trying to make fun of nobody but what's these 66 - 86 etc models stuff,
is this some new-fangled Stihl model numbering system?

It used to be 55,65,85, etc...

I was wondering the same, must of changed the #'s.

grass_cuttin_fool
03-22-2009, 11:11 AM
I'm not trying to make fun of nobody but what's these 66 - 86 etc models stuff,
is this some new-fangled Stihl model numbering system?

It used to be 55,65,85, etc...

yep they have changed the numbers and made some changes..........to answer the orignal question....if you plan on doing fall clean ups then a back pack is almost a must....and 300 bux in a back pack isnt going to get you much....those stihl prices seem high to me but I havent priced anything this year

For my 2 cents....the bg55 (56) is a very good blower and usually sell for around 150...I would get that and make due till fall and hopefully you can find a good used backpack or have made enuff to get a good strong back pack for fall

Cuttinitclose
03-22-2009, 11:26 AM
Thanks for every ones help. I would likely buy a new handheld mid summer because I'm buying a new trimmer this spring and, buy a good used one or a BR 500 in the fall. I'm hoping to have three jobs this summer making around 6 grand if I get accepted at the school for a summer job. (Not mowing the school just working there). Parents are the biggest problem because they don't understand why I need all the expensive stuff.(Commercial Grade).

Cuttinitclose
03-22-2009, 05:05 PM
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Kennedy Landscaping
03-22-2009, 05:12 PM
I was hesitant to spend so much on my BR550 but now that I have it I love it. I still use my hand held for small spots and sometimes to suck up debris. I would like to purchase a BG85 sometime down the road but not for a while. I need to get my FC75 first. Good luck and like the others have said buy the best that you can manage.

ed2hess
03-22-2009, 07:13 PM
I ran a rather large lawn business 25 years ago and I did a lot of leaf cleanup and guess what.....backpacks weren't invented yet. Get the handheld do NOT buy any Stihl 550 or 600 used.

RTR Landscaping
03-22-2009, 07:31 PM
Try a Stihl BR380. My dealer sells them for $329 and this would be a major upgrde from any handheld. If you're going to be successful in this business, you've got to use your time wisely. A handheld blower will slow you way down.