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Jeff K
03-22-2009, 10:28 AM
I went and tried the Stihl back pack blower. I can't remember what number it was. It was the biggest one Stihl makes. I was amazed at how powerful it was. I was wondering how many of you use this big one or if a smaller stihl would still be enough. I don't mind buying the big one but if it's over kill I will buy a smaller one. What do you guys think?

kaferhaus
03-22-2009, 10:30 AM
BR600, we have 4, great blowers, very quiet and you never have too much power in a blower.

grass_cuttin_fool
03-22-2009, 10:46 AM
I agree....if it seems too strong then let off the throttle some......rather have too much blower than not enuff

2brothersyardcare
03-22-2009, 10:49 AM
i love my stihl and ours are the little 1

bohiaa
03-22-2009, 10:57 AM
I agree....if it seems too strong then let off the throttle some......rather have too much blower than not enuff

never did understand what people ment by too much power,
I have this issue with line trimmers, the guys say it's heavy, its too powerfull.

Well DUH, my truck will go 125 MPH, but you dont see me driving it that fast do you ?

Just let off a bit.

But you have the power when you need it

EagleGrounds
03-22-2009, 11:41 AM
Yea, ive got a 550 and its a sweeet machine!

WH401
03-22-2009, 11:43 AM
I bought a BR600 back in October of last year and I love it. I agree, you can never have to much power in a blower, that's why they give you a throttle.

meicher806
03-22-2009, 11:48 AM
ive use a br600 and the 550 both geat, but i liked the 600 for the extra power when you need it

Jason Rose
03-22-2009, 11:51 AM
Definately the BR600. I don't understand why they even make all the smaller models??? Why even bother saving $50 for a blower that dosn't have the MOST power availble?

I like my BR600, but I wish it had even more power. If I'm blowing a lot of leaves I run it with my right hand and run a handheld blower with my left hand. Direct both of those nozzles into one place and it's like a hurricane!

jtkplc
03-22-2009, 02:11 PM
I'd like to see Stihl make a BR650 or BR700 with a bigger engine to have comparable air volume to Shindaiwa's EB8520 of 813 CFM compared to the BR600's 712 CFM.

edgewood
03-22-2009, 02:56 PM
I'd like to see Stihl make a BR650 or BR700 with a bigger engine to have comparable air volume to Shindaiwa's EB8520 of 813 CFM compared to the BR600's 712 CFM.

The info Im looking at says the BR600 has 1012 cfm @ 201 mph. Which is the true figure?

Also, is this blower really that much quieter than the other models, in other words, is it noticeably quieter for those that have one?

White Gardens
03-22-2009, 03:05 PM
The info Im looking at says the BR600 has 1012 cfm @ 201 mph. Which is the true figure?

Also, is this blower really that much quieter than the other models, in other words, is it noticeably quieter for those that have one?

Is that the rating with or without the tube.

They usually give two sets of numbers.

jtkplc
03-22-2009, 03:11 PM
The info Im looking at says the BR600 has 1012 cfm @ 201 mph. Which is the true figure?

Also, is this blower really that much quieter than the other models, in other words, is it noticeably quieter for those that have one?

That is the air volume at the housing not at the end of the tubes.

edgewood
03-22-2009, 03:12 PM
Is that the rating with or without the tube.

They usually give two sets of numbers.

The rating I have is at nozzle end. Would it make any difference with or without the tube to CFM? Shouldn't it be lower with the tube on (resistance)?

edgewood
03-22-2009, 03:17 PM
Not sure how this will turn out, its a copy of the Stihl flyer with the info.

jtkplc
03-22-2009, 03:18 PM
Not sure how this will turn out, its a copy of the Stihl flyer with the info.

Here is the info from Stihl's website: http://www.stihlusa.com/blowers/BR600.html

edgewood
03-22-2009, 03:22 PM
Ok, its no big deal. It must have been a typo on Stihl's part as i checked their specs online and found the two numbers which are with and without tube. Without tube is obviously the higher one.

jtkplc
03-22-2009, 03:25 PM
Ok, its no big deal. It must have been a typo on Stihl's part as i checked their specs online and found the two numbers which are with and without tube. Without tube is obviously the higher one.

Why they advertise it that way doesn't make sense to me. You never use a backpack blower without the tube.

Kennedy Landscaping
03-22-2009, 04:57 PM
I have a BR550 and love it. It has plenty of power for what I need it to do. I'm not sure I've got it broken in yet though. I have heard the power sometimes increases dramatically once they get broken in.

polerpoker
03-22-2009, 07:25 PM
I have had a 600 for two seasons, I love it, we ran it over with the trailer one time and replaced the back plate and throttle trigger and it ran great... one of my pros is the fact that everything is stream line, you can throw it around and not worry about pulling out fuel lines, or cables, or breaking the carb off, or spark plug, they are really durable, but the cons are the grandma starter, and the throttle lock does not hold the rpms as high as it should

genesis215
03-22-2009, 08:30 PM
I have a BR 600, and it is absolutely awesome. WAY quieter than the 2-stroke blowers, is much lighter and more comfortable than the competition, and is just as powerful as anything else. It also starts first pull EVERY time, even in 25 degrees. You can never have too much power in a blower. Get the biggest only. I highly recommend the BR 600.

Jason Rose
03-23-2009, 12:32 AM
I have had a 600 for two seasons, I love it, we ran it over with the trailer one time and replaced the back plate and throttle trigger and it ran great... one of my pros is the fact that everything is stream line, you can throw it around and not worry about pulling out fuel lines, or cables, or breaking the carb off, or spark plug, they are really durable, but the cons are the grandma starter, and the throttle lock does not hold the rpms as high as it should

I have to agree with this. The smooth 'turtle shell' design is nice when working around shrubs and low trees, and they don't hand as far off your back as other brands. I also know what you mean about the throttle lock, I never use mine because it won't hold the rev's up 100%, and also, when I have locked it on, if I flick it to take the lock off it usually pops right down into the OFF mode, arrg!

But what the heck is a "grandma starter"???

MnDLawn
03-23-2009, 12:35 AM
One of our BR600's got dropped off a trailer doing 45mph last year (employees :hammerhead:). Still runs like new, just a little scratched up. If it were not for the turtle shell design things would have been a lot worse.

PLS-Tx
03-23-2009, 02:08 AM
[QUOTE=Jason Rose;

But what the heck is a "grandma starter"???[/QUOTE]

That's what I'm wanting to know??



We have 3 BR-600's, and I would get another one in a second if I thought we needed it. They have been great, start on 1st pull, the oldest is about 2 yrs I think, and it still starts and runs as good as the newest one.

We also have a FS-110 edger, and it is great also.

I'm thinking about going with the FS-90 trimmer, what do you guys that run them think about them, are they as good as the blowers and edgers???

bill w
03-23-2009, 07:52 AM
I also know what you mean about the throttle lock, I never use mine because it won't hold the rev's up 100%, and also, when I have locked it on, if I flick it to take the lock off it usually pops right down into the OFF mode, arrg!


Unless I'm mistaken, the throttle lock should be adjustable.

Far as going from throttle lock to off, try holding the trigger in while disengaging the lock and see if it doesn't keep running.

2brothersyardcare
03-23-2009, 08:01 AM
br600 is not a mix because the fs90 you mix but its a 4mix

KGR landscapeing
03-23-2009, 08:34 AM
br600 is not a mix because the fs90 you mix but its a 4mix

huh? Your run higher grade gas and the same stihl mix in all of them

Back to the op the 550 and 600 are awesome but the 550 is normally about 100 bucks cheaper then the 600. They dont even sound like there running the air they blow is actually louder then the motor noise

PLS-Tx
03-23-2009, 10:43 AM
br600 is not a mix because the fs90 you mix but its a 4mix


Huh?? I'm lost.

genesis215
03-23-2009, 10:49 PM
Both the BR 600 and FS 90 are 4-stroke engines that run on 50:1 mixed fuel, with no oil crankcase. The FS 90 is just as good as all the other 4-MIX's. There is no good reason for Stihl to manufacture any backpack blowers except the BR 420 and BR 600. The other models are just extraneous.

TheLawnRangerLLC
03-23-2009, 10:55 PM
The BR 600 is the best blower on the market, imo. I have an old old Stihl hand held, and even that is a beast. With my 600, it is three times the blower that my old bp was, and it is a few pounds liter, and more fuel efficient.

tamadrummer
03-24-2009, 08:29 AM
I have both the BR600 and BR420 Magnum, they are both excellent machines!!

The thing about the 380/420 is that, these are the only blowers you see on the big commercial outfits trucks here. Never ever do you see the little guys wearing Br500/550/600 style blowers only the 2 cycle ones.

I bought my 420 when my 600 was in the shop for its 2nd month for a carb issue that the mechanic could not figure out. It was a welch plug that was missing and they were unaware of the issue with the sealer used for the welch plugs not liking the ethanol in fuel.

As far as the poster talking about the 600 and FS90 not being the same type of engine, yes they are. They are 4-mix engines that run on 2 cycle mix fuel.


And yes the 600 is hands above the 420 but the 420 is an excellent blower I just need to get a BG86 to go with it so that I can be blowing with both hands if I am using the 420 and my employee has the 600.