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Exact Rototilling
06-04-2010, 02:59 PM
http://www.echo-usa.com/prods_list.asp?Category=POWERBLOWER

Anybody here use either or both to compare? I have the older PB-200 but it is down until I have more time to fix it along with some other equipment.

The claim is the 255 is quieter which frankly can't hurt for residential use.
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All_Toro_4ME
06-04-2010, 03:38 PM
I have the 255. It is pretty dang quiet. Only 65dB even at full throttle. Has plenty of power for small jobs, 160mph.

Exact Rototilling
06-04-2010, 04:17 PM
I have the 255. It is pretty dang quiet. Only 65dB even at full throttle. Has plenty of power for small jobs, 160mph.


Good to know...I think I'll go that route then. Less racket is always better.

I had been entertaining thought of getting the highest performance handheld blower .... but then again sometime less is more....I have my Echo 755 back pack if I need more performance.

What did you pay for yours?

All_Toro_4ME
06-04-2010, 04:34 PM
Yea, I have the 755 as well, but dont always need all that power. The 255 works great to blow the garage out and other quick misc jobs. Mine was $199 +tax.

Alan0354
06-04-2010, 07:44 PM
I have been seeing 25cc Echo for $149 to $169!!!! Don't know the exact model but all of them are the same power. I would also look at the Husky 125. 28cc, should be more powerful than the Echo and only $149. I have a suspicion this is the same as the new Redmax hand held that is 28cc.

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morgaj1
06-05-2010, 12:26 AM
I have a Echo 251 blower that is great: easy starting, quiet, got it cheap on Ebay.

Exact Rototilling
06-05-2010, 02:25 PM
Considering getting the Stihl BG 86...friend of mine has the BG 85 and I was favorably impressed with it being quiet and seemed to move considerably more air than my Echo PB-200

Rather own a beefy hand held.... over a week sister back pack.

Alan0354
06-06-2010, 05:07 AM
Considering getting the Stihl BG 86...friend of mine has the BG 85 and I was favorably impressed with it being quiet and seemed to move considerably more air than my Echo PB-200

Rather own a beefy hand held.... over a week sister back pack.

If you want to pay over $200, consider Shindaiwa EB3410 34cc 1.4hp C4 blower. Should be the strongest out there. I have one for almost 3 years but I don't have a lot of hours on it. I like it. Easy to start and NO warmup needed. The only other one that is supposed to be very strong is the Maruyama BL3100 or BL3200 30cc 1.7hp engine.

Just Mow
06-06-2010, 01:58 PM
Stihl BG86, talk about power and ease of start. Great buy.

Exact Rototilling
06-06-2010, 05:34 PM
Re: Shindaiwa EB3410 34cc 1.4hp C4 blower.

Wil look into it. I belive wisesales did stock this and had it featured as the biggest badest handheld on the market but that page is gone and their web site no longer shows it...:confused:

wimpy
06-06-2010, 06:06 PM
If you want to pay over $200, consider Shindaiwa EB3410 34cc 1.4hp C4 blower. Should be the strongest out there. I have one for almost 3 years but I don't have a lot of hours on it. I like it. Easy to start and NO warmup needed. The only other one that is supposed to be very strong is the Maruyama BL3100 or BL3200 30cc 1.7hp engine.

EB3410 puts out 197mph and 334cfm with a flat nozzle. BG86 does 190mph and 359cfm with a flat nozzle, and 154mph and 459cfm with a round nozzle. But on that same Shindaiwa spec page, they are quoted as saying "Output is an incredible 180 MPH, 398 CFM with all tubes", as well as "Powered by Shindaiwa’s C4 Technology® engine, the EB3410 provides 199 mile per hour air speed and 398 cubic feet per minute air volume" Then the spec sheet link quotes "197mph, 334cfm" Huh? :dizzy:

I think Shindaiwa just likes to make things up as they go along kind of like their backpack blowers. At least they should be smart enough to remove the rest of the specs on the same page. :hammerhead:

GET A STIHL BG 86. I don't know if it is the most powerful hand blower out there. I have used the Echo PB-251, and Husqvarna 125B. The BG 86 is definitely the most powerful of the 3 and much much smoother.

Alan0354
06-06-2010, 06:34 PM
EB3410 puts out 197mph and 334cfm with a flat nozzle. BG86 does 190mph and 359cfm with a flat nozzle, and 154mph and 459cfm with a round nozzle. But on that same Shindaiwa spec page, they are quoted as saying "Output is an incredible 180 MPH, 398 CFM with all tubes", as well as "Powered by Shindaiwa’s C4 Technology® engine, the EB3410 provides 199 mile per hour air speed and 398 cubic feet per minute air volume" Then the spec sheet link quotes "197mph, 334cfm" Huh? :dizzy:

I think Shindaiwa just likes to make things up as they go along kind of like their backpack blowers. At least they should be smart enough to remove the rest of the specs on the same page. :hammerhead:

GET A STIHL BG 86. I don't know if it is the most powerful hand blower out there. I have used the Echo PB-251, and Husqvarna 125B. The BG 86 is definitely the most powerful of the 3 and much much smoother.

I don't expect EB3410 to be a lot powerful than BG86. But by the fact it is a 34cc 1.4hp, it should be more powerful.

This is all speculation, I just believe the much large engine of the 3410 give it the advantage.

The price is in range also. That's why I put in my 2cents. Both are the top and most expensive hand held around.

fredmullegun
06-06-2010, 06:47 PM
Has anyone heard the larger RedMax hand held blowers and compared them to the 255 echo?

Alan0354
06-06-2010, 09:42 PM
Has anyone heard the larger RedMax hand held blowers and compared them to the 255 echo?

Check, it might be the Husqvarna 125. I can tell you it is a single ring engine like the Husky. Husky bought Redmax and they now put the CHTZ2401 hedge trimmer in their lineup.

Exact Rototilling
06-12-2010, 03:11 AM
No local dealers had the EB3410 In stock. Wise sales didn't even have it in stock... so I took advantage of the 10% off for contractors and walked out with a Echo PB-255 for $189 with tax. It has a noticeable increase in performance over my old Echo PB-200 however I wish it had more grunt. The fuel seems to get used up quickly...maybe the tank is smaller than what is on my PB-200?

joed
06-12-2010, 08:38 AM
No local dealers had the EB3410 In stock. Wise sales didn't even have it in stock... so I took advantage of the 10% off for contractors and walked out with a Echo PB-255 for $189 with tax. It has a noticeable increase in performance over my old Echo PB-200 however I wish it had more grunt. The fuel seems to get used up quickly...maybe the tank is smaller than what is on my PB-200?

I've noticed the same things with the Echo PB770 blower I bought in April. Nowhere near as strong as Echo claims and it sucks up fuel like crazy.

As for the handhelds, the BG86 is a great buy. Easy start, good power, and good fuel use.

Exact Rototilling
06-15-2010, 02:29 AM
FWIW ...One plus on the PB-255 is the ability to swap out tubes with my PB-755 which I used today since my 755 is down with a busted recoil start return spring. Tubes are not compatible with the older PB-200.

The base of the PB-255 stand doubles as a secondary grab handle so using the cruise control at WOT combined with the extra length of the 755 tubes made the blowing off of my commercial account less hassle than I thought it would be without the use of my PB-755 that I normally use.

speedster
06-15-2010, 08:56 AM
I'm also looking at blowers. But I'd like one that can also vac/mulch. Was looking at the Husqvarna 125BVX which is $189. Someone mentioned earlier they thought the Husky and Redmax were the same thing? Is this confirmed. The husky bares an amazing resemblance to the Craftsman professional 28cc model. In fact, in the reviews of the craftsman pro users are reporting that it is indeed a rebadged husky. Part stamping on the engine confirm. They are virtually the same cost and the craftsman comes with a 3 year warranty rather than 2 on the husky.

Just an FYI

Alan0354
06-15-2010, 09:28 AM
They sure look alike. I know for fact Craftsman rebedged Husky 125 trimmer as their Pro-Line trimmer. So I won't be surprised if these are the same. But until you compare the IPL, it won't be 100% sure.

speedster
06-15-2010, 09:52 AM
Could not find a super close up picture of the Redmax HB280 but from the smaller pics and specs it sure does appear to be the same thing as the Husky 125 and Craftsman Pro.