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joed
04-05-2010, 06:47 PM
I need to buy a new blower and can't seem to decided between the Echo PB770 or the Shindaiwa EB8520. I can get the Shindaiwa for $699 (Canadian) and the Echo for $599. Overall I like the Shindaiwa better but the Echo seemed to be a little more powerful during a parking lot test, although it's tough to tell in a parking lot. I've never been an Echo fan but this blower does seem good. Anyhow, I'd appreciate any feedback from people who've used either one of the blowers. Thank you.

joed
04-05-2010, 10:11 PM
Any responses?

Just Mow
04-05-2010, 11:04 PM
BR600 by Stihl

DodgeGuy18
04-06-2010, 12:19 AM
Both the Echo PB 770 and Shindaiwa EB 8520 are significantly more powerful than the Stihl BR 600. Yes, they are heavier, but the Echo PB 770 with a 63.3CC engine is nearly as fuel efficient as the Stihl. I have owned both Stihl and Echo backpack blowers, and the Stihl was nowhere near as reliable as the Echo. The Echo consistantly started on the 2nd pull cold, even without the choke. The Stihl flooded far too easily, and I was lucky if it started on the 6th pull, cold or hot. Keep in mind that the Shindaiwa EB 8520 and Stihl BR 600 are both 4 cycle units while the Echo is a 2 cycle. Personaly, I would go with the Echo....it is the best of both worlds....More powerful than the Stihl BR 600, more fuel efficient than the Shindaiwa EB 8520, and more reliable than both of them. Despite what everybody says about Echo, most of my equipment has been Echo, and have never had a problem with any of it, old or new. My Echo SRM 210 is nearly 10 years old and has never had the plug or air filter changed, but still starts on the second pull every time....

Just Mow
04-06-2010, 09:35 AM
The Br600 starts on the first or second pull everytime. It is a hybrid engine and not a four stroke. The quality of it is so much better than the echo.

Lagniappe
04-06-2010, 10:37 AM
I have had a Echo 770T for about three weeks. Paid for itself already with cleanups. Like all my Echo things its pretty much is running second pull. A friend of mine who is a RedMax fan, say it pushes harder than his 8001. Alot easier of fuel than I thought it would be. I have nothing but good things to say about mine.

joed
04-06-2010, 09:12 PM
Thanks for the feedback guys. Anyone else use the PB770 or EB8520

Alan0354
04-07-2010, 04:08 AM
The Br600 starts on the first or second pull everytime. It is a hybrid engine and not a four stroke. The quality of it is so much better than the echo.

It is a 4 cycle engine.

DodgeGuy18
04-07-2010, 01:29 PM
Thanks Al.

K-OS
04-07-2010, 08:44 PM
I purchased the Echo 770 over the Stihl and absolutely do not regret my decision. I can't say it is much more powerful, but I have never liked 4-mix engines. My brother has the Stihl BR600 Magnum and he says the Echo's power curve is much smoother.

I have the Echo 770, the Shindaiwa EB802 and the Redmax 8001. I can't say much on the reliability of the Echo yet, but the Redmax loses power after 1 year and I already blew 1 engine. The Shindy is amazing, especially if you remove the restrictive exhaust cap with screen, and so far so good runs as good as when I bought it (1 1/2 years ago)

As for the 4 cycle engines, MY opinion is not as good as 2 stroke. 2 strokes run smoother, have less maintenance and are cheaper to fix. I have a lot of experience with STIHL 4-mix weed eaters and absolutely hate them.

SO, I think you should go with either Shindaiwa OR Echo, both are great, maybe Echo has a little more air volume from what I could tell with my own experience, but both machines are GREAT.

Good luck!
Dan

Paradise Landscaping
04-12-2010, 12:06 AM
The Shindaiwa EB8520, hands down, is the better of the 3 mentioned thus far! So much power, you should have no problem with cleanups anymore!

-Tyler

joed
04-12-2010, 09:47 AM
The Shindaiwa EB8520, hands down, is the better of the 3 mentioned thus far! So much power, you should have no problem with cleanups anymore!

-Tyler

Thanks for the response. Have you had the opportunity to try the Echo PB770 and compare it to the EB8520?

Alan0354
04-12-2010, 01:17 PM
Problem I have with the PB770 is the noise, it is 78db or something, that is a loooottttt louder than 75db of the Shindaiwa or Stihl.

I still believe nothing beat the size of the engine. It is a big difference between 79cc to 63cc. No matter how you cut it, it is a big difference. On these primitive engines, there is no magic to make one that much strong that other manufacturer cannot do. This is just my believe but I think this is just common sense. You cannot make a small V6 out run a big V8 on the same car if you are not allow to put anything fancy like DOHC, turbo or super charged, variable valve timing and computer control, only allow to use carburetor and meet CARB. It just not going to happen!!!

Paradise Landscaping
04-12-2010, 01:34 PM
Thanks for the response. Have you had the opportunity to try the Echo PB770 and compare it to the EB8520?

I owned one for a week, but it was stolen out of the back of my trailer. It was the hip-mounted throttle version. I like the Shindaiwa more.

-Tyler

ed2hess
04-12-2010, 10:30 PM
I have had a Echo 770T for about three weeks. Paid for itself already with cleanups. Like all my Echo things its pretty much is running second pull. A friend of mine who is a RedMax fan, say it pushes harder than his 8001. Alot easier of fuel than I thought it would be. I have nothing but good things to say about mine.

Didn't I see something about the Echo 770 blowing air across your back for people cooling?

Lagniappe
04-12-2010, 10:44 PM
It does. Didnt really notice it, while it was somewhat cool, but here in Louisiana, it's already warming up. Was in the mid 80's today. When running wide open, feels like you have your back up to a high powered fan.

Alan0354
04-13-2010, 12:51 AM
It does. Didnt really notice it, while it was somewhat cool, but here in Louisiana, it's already warming up. Was in the mid 80's today. When running wide open, feels like you have your back up to a high powered fan.

That would be a very good thing. My Maru don't have that. Luckily I don't do heavy blowing until leaves season which is quite cold by that time. For regular time, I just pull my Shindy hand held.

gtwa
10-22-2010, 10:12 PM
The new Echo pb-770t or h are only 74db and are the strongest blowers on the market.

oldclawn
10-23-2010, 10:00 PM
ECHO all the way! Starts easy good on fuel,comfy and seriously strong
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cookslandscaping18
10-24-2010, 11:32 AM
i just got another shindy i tried the 770 out i mean it is pretty good but not really in stronger then a shindy. A shindy i now i can depend on and is doesn't wear your back out if you have to blow for 5 or 6 hours one day best blower hands down

demhustler
10-24-2010, 01:54 PM
ECHO PB 770

Engine Displacement (cc) 63.3
Average Air Volume (cfm-pipe) 765
Maximum Air Speed (mph-pipe) 204
dB(A)* 74
Fuel Capacity (fl. oz.) 68.3
Dry Weight (lb)** 23.8

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Shindaiwa EB8520/EB8520RT

Displacement 4.9 cu. in. (79.7cc)
Air speed at nozzle 201 mph (323.5 km/hr)
Air volume at nozzle 760 cfm (21.5 m≥/min)
Fuel tank capacity 67.6 oz (2000 ml)
Dry weight without tubes* 25.6 lbs (11.6kg)

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Redmax EBZ8050RH

Cylinder displacement 71.9 cc
Air flow in pipe 685 cfm / 19.4 m≥/min
Air Speed 201 mph / 89.86 m/s
Fuel tank volume 77.7 fl oz / 2.3 l
Weight 27.3 lbs / 11.52 kg

volvotech
10-24-2010, 01:57 PM
After running a Shindy and Echo, I'd go with an Shindy blower. Those things feel great.