View Full Version : Solo 471 or 472 Backpack Blower Anyone using?

03-23-2009, 07:21 PM
I've read up online about them and everything looks great. Low noise and very powerful 235mph at the end of pipe,64db, 20.5lbs. I can't seem to find any reviews on lawnsite doing a search so I figured post a new thread. I'm considering a Stihl br600, Shindy 802, Kawasaki krb750, and now a Solo 472. Any thought? Thanks in advance guys!

03-23-2009, 08:08 PM
Don't let the 235 MPH figure decieve you. I have never tried one, but it's not at all in the ranks of the Stihl BR 600 and Shindaiwa EB802 that you mentioned. It's the CFM's at the pipe end that matter.

The Kawasaki is not tried and proven, and it is also not the power at all of the two mentioned above.

Your best bet is with the Shindaiwa EB802, or the Stihl BR 600. These are the two best and most powerful blowers on the market. The Shindaiwa does have more power than the Stihl when used with the high-speed nozzle, and is a straight 2-stroke. I have the BR 600, and have been extremely satisfied. Just some thoughts.

03-23-2009, 09:38 PM
I have been leaning toward the br600. I've tried the redmax 7001 and was pretty impressed but it was very heavy and bulky. I like the fact that the br600 has everything covered by the turtle shroud. It would be great to have a set scale to measure performance on all of these blowers. The makers all take readings from different areas of the blower and it gets a bit confusing. I am basically going to make my decision by what the reviews on here tell me.

03-23-2009, 09:56 PM
I like the BR 600 alot better than the Shindaiwa EB802 because it's much quieter and much better on gas. Huge difference there. It's significantly lighter too, and the slight difference in power isn't very noticable. You will save ALOT on gas with the BR 600 over the EB802.

My BR 600 has been an awesome blower, with hurricane power and great reliability. As long as you run good quality oil like Amsoil or Opti-2 and 89 octane gas then it will be trouble free for many years to come.

Go for it!

03-23-2009, 11:27 PM
I'm going to try the Stihl this weekend. I think that will be my choice. Thanks for the comments!