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DodgeGuy18
03-02-2010, 05:41 PM
I am brand new to this forum and would like some advice on a new backpack blower, even though I am sure this has all ben discussed before. I am considering any of the top-of-the line models of Shindaiwa, Echo, Stihl, or Redmax. I currently own an Echo PB-755 and love it, but haven't used anything other than a Husqvarna 125BT (25 cc)and a Stihl BR340 (44cc) lol. I have also had good luck with all my other Echo equipment. Anybody have experience with the brand new Echo PB770!?

MileHigh
03-02-2010, 05:45 PM
Ok..

You've got the best Echo has to offer which I've heard is a good overall blower. I would assume the new 770 is the same thing with new numbers..

But, the commercial beast and standard blower out here and many other places is the RedMax ebz8001, I think there called 8050's now..

I would try one of those along with the Shindaiwa eb802. The reliability and shear power of the EBZ8001 has got me and many others in the line of work sold big time.

grassman177
03-02-2010, 05:51 PM
the 770 looks totally awesome man, kinda odd with the merger/buyout when they shaare ideas, but that back cooling system def seems a big plus of that business deal

mowerbrad
03-02-2010, 06:00 PM
I highly recommend the Stihl BR600, but I also use stihl equipment exclusively and have been running stihl for many years.

You should really go with whatever brand has the best dealer around you.

AA+ landscaping
03-02-2010, 06:02 PM
I am brand new to this forum and would like some advice on a new backpack blower, even though I am sure this has all ben discussed before. I am considering any of the top-of-the line models of Shindaiwa, Echo, Stihl, or Redmax. I currently own an Echo PB-755 and love it, but haven't used anything other than a Husqvarna 125BT (25 cc)and a Stihl BR340 (44cc) lol. I have also had good luck with all my other Echo equipment. Anybody have experience with the brand new Echo PB770!?

The PB-770 replaced the PB-755.I just got a leftover of PB-755 for 430.00.

nlminc
03-02-2010, 06:04 PM
Local dealer had the BR600 on sale for one day only on Feb 17th at $369.00. Of course I received the post card advertising this on the 23rd! They wouldn't honor the deal....blamed the USPS

Landscraper1
03-02-2010, 07:18 PM
Most Powerful blower in the industry is a Shindaiwa EB8520.
Most reliable is problably the EB802 (it's still a true 2cycle)

S L C
03-02-2010, 07:28 PM
I am brand new to this forum and would like some advice on a new backpack blower, even though I am sure this has all ben discussed before. I am considering any of the top-of-the line models of Shindaiwa, Echo, Stihl, or Redmax. I currently own an Echo PB-755 and love it, but haven't used anything other than a Husqvarna 125BT (25 cc)and a Stihl BR340 (44cc) lol. I have also had good luck with all my other Echo equipment. Anybody have experience with the brand new Echo PB770!?

I had an Echo pb-751, ran great....got rid of it, now have two Stihl BR-600's......won't go back......get all of that weight off your back and save on your body, seriously!! :clapping::drinkup:

mklawnman
03-02-2010, 07:33 PM
I've ran all Echo's except my one Red Max 7000 series model, bad kill switch wire, its not bad but if you run all Echo's might wanna stick with that easy maintenance every year, and you are familar with it. I also tried different trimmers and now am back to Echo.
Just a thought

FryDaddy
03-02-2010, 07:56 PM
try the husqvarna 180bt blower, same price as the echo 770's. currently i use the husky 150bt & like it, but want to upgrade to the 180bt

DodgeGuy18
03-02-2010, 08:23 PM
Am I correct in saying that the Husqvarna 180 BT is the same as the RedMax EBZ8001? RedMax is now a member of the "Husqvarna Group" and both blowers have identical specs....

FryDaddy
03-02-2010, 08:51 PM
yeah, I believe you are right. husky did merge with redmax. should be the same specs
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Green Industry Pro
03-02-2010, 10:11 PM
Am I correct in saying that the Husqvarna 180 BT is the same as the RedMax EBZ8001? RedMax is now a member of the "Husqvarna Group" and both blowers have identical specs....


I believe that they are virtually the same, however I would buy the Redmax. One reason and probably the most significant one is the weight. If you closely pay attention to the specs, you will notice that the Husqvarna is even heavier than the already heavy Redmax(even though they are relatively heavy, the top tier machines are beasts at blowing performance). :usflag::usflag:


GOD BLESS AMERICA

STIHL GUY
03-02-2010, 11:04 PM
I highly recommend the Stihl BR600, but I also use stihl equipment exclusively and have been running stihl for many years.

You should really go with whatever brand has the best dealer around you.

i agree. if you have a stihl dealer nearby check out the BR600

Lawnut101
03-02-2010, 11:13 PM
I've ran all Echo's except my one Red Max 7000 series model, bad kill switch wire, its not bad but if you run all Echo's might wanna stick with that easy maintenance every year, and you are familar with it. I also tried different trimmers and now am back to Echo.
Just a thought

I am having the same problem with mine. I am still gonna buy a new Redmax this year though. They are tough, powerful and priced right.

Just Mow
03-03-2010, 12:27 AM
Stihl br600

jbannick18
03-03-2010, 01:08 AM
I've bought 2 husqvarna 150bt's from lowes and both after 2 weeks of use would not go above 50% throttle. Redmax 7001 currently is doing the same thing so I think this is a trend with these blowers or I just have **** luck with blowers.

I think you should go with whatever brand you have the best dealer support with. I am currently trying to move all to stihl b/c I know the mower shop owners personally down the street.

Other then that I vote Kawasaki

Alan0354
03-03-2010, 02:31 AM
I've bought 2 husqvarna 150bt's from lowes and both after 2 weeks of use would not go above 50% throttle. Redmax 7001 currently is doing the same thing so I think this is a trend with these blowers or I just have **** luck with blowers.

I think you should go with whatever brand you have the best dealer support with. I am currently trying to move all to stihl b/c I know the mower shop owners personally down the street.

Other then that I vote Kawasaki

Holly!!! Your stuff really don't like you!!!!:laugh::laugh:

150Bt is about the most popular bp in my area, you are the first that I read having problem.......on both!!!!

bock
03-03-2010, 02:59 AM
All I can say man is just go with the redmax. I have the 8001 and a 7001 back pack blower. They engineer have the best hand held equipment on the market hands down. I have had echo,stihl,and a few others and redmax is the best my friend, you will not be disappointed!!

jbannick18
03-03-2010, 03:00 AM
No kidding :(. I am wanting to try another 150bt after i sell my redmax to see if I get the same problem. Its hard to beat the $300.00 for the 150bt. I've had a 145 for 3 years and it has had no problems.

T-Made
03-03-2010, 07:19 AM
We run Stihl br550 and br600 and 2 Redmax ebz7150. I would recommend the
Redmax. Myself and the guys go for the redmax everytime.

ALC-GregH
03-03-2010, 07:45 AM
Local dealer had the BR600 on sale for one day only on Feb 17th at $369.00. Of course I received the post card advertising this on the 23rd! They wouldn't honor the deal....blamed the USPS

With the money I've spent at my dealer. If he would have told me that, I would have told him good bye, I'll buy my stuff elsewhere.

scotlykins
03-03-2010, 08:04 AM
We have always run RedMax. Have a 5001, 7001, and 8001. The 8001 blows the best but my crew grabs the 7001 first. The weight is horrid on the 8001.

Then we bought the br600 Stihl. It is now the first choice.

mowerman11
03-03-2010, 08:18 AM
My redmax trimmer also has a kill switch wire problem.

scotlykins
03-03-2010, 08:42 AM
My redmax trimmer also has a kill switch wire problem.

I forgot to mention that in my reply. The 7001 has had kill switch issues but the 8001 has not, at least not yet.

brucec32
03-03-2010, 08:29 PM
I am brand new to this forum and would like some advice on a new backpack blower, even though I am sure this has all ben discussed before. I am considering any of the top-of-the line models of Shindaiwa, Echo, Stihl, or Redmax. I currently own an Echo PB-755 and love it, but haven't used anything other than a Husqvarna 125BT (25 cc)and a Stihl BR340 (44cc) lol. I have also had good luck with all my other Echo equipment. Anybody have experience with the brand new Echo PB770!?

My local dealer has a promotional special for about a week in March on the Echo pb-755h at just $389. You might check locally, it could be a national thing. That's a steal I think.

WREBELMACHINE
03-03-2010, 10:02 PM
I ran almost all redmax until the dumb strato engines came out and gave me trouble. I started using the Dolmar 7601 blower and have been very pleased with it never broke light for it's size. However I think I would give the new Echo 770 a shot. I have run the 755 and it is pretty strong machine. The 770 is suppose to be the strongest on the market today.

morgaj1
03-03-2010, 10:12 PM
I bought a Shindaiwa EB633RT, which is a re-badged Echo 755. It was about $40 cheaper than the Echo. So far, I love it.

joed
03-06-2010, 07:16 AM
I ran almost all redmax until the dumb strato engines came out and gave me trouble. I started using the Dolmar 7601 blower and have been very pleased with it never broke light for it's size. However I think I would give the new Echo 770 a shot. I have run the 755 and it is pretty strong machine. The 770 is suppose to be the strongest on the market today.

Is the Dolmar 7601 the 4 stroke blower?

jmullins6987
03-06-2010, 08:28 AM
you should check out the stihl br600 just bought another one the other day from jeff down a merit hardware in bridgeport . real nice guy had them on sale for $449. he said stihl is the way to go and he also mentioned to me the distrubtor for the northeast of stihl is right in shelton so he could have special order parts in the same day. that's important escipcally since I see your from ct.

Yater
03-06-2010, 09:03 AM
They're all good, but the stihl is so light and snappy. I use a br420 for regular mowing and an 8001 for leaves. The br600 will replace both of those.

hornett22
03-06-2010, 09:05 PM
try the husqvarna 180bt blower, same price as the echo 770's. currently i use the husky 150bt & like it, but want to upgrade to the 180bt

the 170 is great too but got stolen so I replaced it with the 180.awsome blower.

if the 180 is too heavy,stop drinking soy milk.

Tommyboy56
03-06-2010, 10:06 PM
Hi all, newbie here. Been lurking on this site forever until now. I just picked up a Shindaiwa 802. Love it. Seems just as powerful as the RM 8001 but way more comfortable and lighter in my opinion. And now that the 8520 is shini's new star you can get an 802 for between $429-$459. I got mine for $459 and free shipping. Had to buy online. Had no dealers in my area but have an authorized service center close by. Go figure.

mictrik
03-06-2010, 10:29 PM
Hi all, newbie here. Been lurking on this site forever until now. I just picked up a Shindaiwa 802. Love it. Seems just as powerful as the RM 8001 but way more comfortable and lighter in my opinion. And now that the 8520 is shini's new star you can get an 802 for between $429-$459. I got mine for $459 and free shipping. Had to buy online. Had no dealers in my area but have an authorized service center close by. Go figure.

where did you buy it from online?

Tommyboy56
03-06-2010, 11:22 PM
Wisesales.com but I couldn't order it through the site I had to call their 1-800 number. But real easy sale they answered the phone right away and were very nice. Got it in 4 days. Couldn't be happier plus great price for an over $500 normally blower
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Alan0354
03-07-2010, 12:51 AM
the 170 is great too but got stolen so I replaced it with the 180.awsome blower.

if the 180 is too heavy,stop drinking soy milk.

:laugh::laugh::laugh::laugh: