View Full Version : Shindaiwa EB8520RT opinions? anyone try it?

06-17-2010, 05:14 PM
Hey guys,

Time for me to add another blower to my fleet and I came across the EB8250... apparently it is the biggest baddest blower on the market right now. I was going to get either the BR600 or the biggest Red Max. Anyone try the EB8250? What do you think? Is it worth it. I use the BR600 at my other job and it blows like a bastard :weightlifter:, but for some reason I just don't like it, something with the comfort, my shoulders kill me after a few hours.

Anyone who has any comparisons, opinions, or recommendations for backpack blowers please share.

While Im at it, does anyone use handheld blowers with their backpack blowers to control piles better? I'm thinking of getting a couple handhelds as well, any recommendations?


06-17-2010, 08:16 PM
Why not EB802, been out for over 2 years and get good review.

My dealer told me they don't sell a lot of 8520 and that is an under statement. He told me because the bad experience people with the 8510, the new 8520 is not moving. He did not even have feedback to tell whether it fix all the problems of the 8510.

Question is do you feel lucky??:laugh::laugh:

06-19-2010, 04:10 PM
the reason I am considering the eb8250 is because it has the biggest stats out right now... i think??? So no one on here has used one?

06-19-2010, 06:38 PM
the reason I am considering the eb8250 is because it has the biggest stats out right now... i think??? So no one on here has used one?

Actually, the Echo PB-770 has the biggest numbers now. It as 765 cfm at the pipe with a 204 mph speed. The Shindaiwa EB8520 has 760 cfm at the pipe at 201 mph. I tried both of the blowers earlier this year and found the echo to outblow the Shindaiwa even though the Echo has a 63 cc engine while the Shindaiwa has a 79 cc engine. The difference wasn't much but enough to notice. However overall, I liked the Shindaiwa unit the best. I ended up buying the Echo PB770. It's been a good blower but nowhere near as powerful as my old Redmax 8000. That's the blower I'd get if I were you.

06-21-2010, 10:09 PM
thanks joed, maybe I will have to go to some local dealers and try them out myself, any other opinions?

06-22-2010, 07:20 AM
No experience with what you are looking at but I had a Shindy years ago but found that parts took forever to come in and when they did they were very pricey. I now have a redmax and the stihl like yours.

I like the big numbers but reliability is most important to me. My redmax 8001 has been a good machine. My stihl needed a new coil that was covered by warranty but the labor was not. None are bulletproof and everyone has their own likes and dislikes.

06-22-2010, 08:42 AM
The old specs on the EB8520 were 229 MPH and 813 CFM. Now for some reason they lowered it to 201 MPH and 760 CFM. Same thing with the EB802. Used to be 224 MPH and 762 CFM until the EB8520 came out, and then it dropped from 224 MPH to 211 MPH. Now, it's down to 191 MPH and 730 CFM. I have no idea what's going on. All I can say is demo them all, and decide for yourself. I do know that the BR 600 will will be outblown by the Shindaiwa EB802/EB8520, Echo PB-770, and the Redmax EBZ8050. So if you're looking for the most power look at those last four.

06-23-2010, 02:10 AM
The numbers are a joke. I bet Echo's lying latitude was bit narrower than Shindaiwa's. So upon merging the Shindaiwa numbers were brought into the "virtual reality" the other manufacturers use. Still lies but by less of a margin. In addition they needed to differentiate between the models, especially the 8520 since it carries a higher price tag; they needed to indicate higher performance to justify the cost. Does it out perform the eb802 not unless the eb802 is de-tuned. The Eb-802 as shipped does not generate the hp it's engine is capable of. Removing the spark arrestor cover helps but a high speed adjustable version of its carburetor would allow it to develop its full power. Has Shindaiwa "detuned" the eb802 in order to make room for the eb8520? Can the other components work reliably with acceptable longevity if the EB802's engine producing more power? Who knows...