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peahlybros.
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?

Thanks

Alan0354
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:

peahlybros.
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?

joed
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.

peahlybros.
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?

MOW ED
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.

genesis215
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.

mictrik
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...

GUYWITHTHEGOLDENGUN
06-20-2015, 12:39 AM
[QUOTE=peahlybros.;3609127]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.

i wouldnt get the shindy if your worried about weight. compared to the shihls its more heavy and also vibrates much more. the shindy is 80cc and the stihl is 65cc. now if u wanna get down to the nitty gritty when u take off the shrouds on them ( like the safty plastic shield ) itll let more air into both blowers. the shindy needs a BIG TIME muffler modifacation to it because it way to restrictave. i use both every day and i own the br 550 . id go with the STIHL because they are made better all around, everything is more protected on it and its just as powerfull , u can scratch data sheets

herler
06-20-2015, 08:15 AM
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?

I do understand this reasoning and I'll gladly take reviews but somehow I don't think this is going to relieve your shoulder soreness?

I think it's possible you are tense when blowing, some people try and mentally 'push' the leaves with the blower's nozzle arm, getting all tensed up in the process... It is this tension which creates sore spots, the harder you try and 'push' the leaves with the mind the more tense the arm that controls the nozzle gets, do this for an hour or two and you have yourself an awful sore shoulder.

Try and relax, let the blower do the work.

That or you're getting old, I'm finding I have to do frequent stretching exercises throughout the day to relieve cramped up joints, I'm nearing 50.

Ijustwantausername
06-20-2015, 04:49 PM
I vote EB802, come have a look at mine, 3 years old and used everyday in the busy season, it will flat blow you over.

Edit, it has not missed a beat except for just a few weeks ago it got drenched in a downpour. The next day it took about 10 pulls to start it but it just coughed and proceed to blow hurricanes around.

Ridin' Green
06-20-2015, 06:58 PM
I vote EB802, come have a look at mine, 3 years old and used everyday in the busy season, it will flat blow you over.

Edit, it has not missed a beat except for just a few weeks ago it got drenched in a downpour. The next day it took about 10 pulls to start it but it just coughed and proceed to blow hurricanes around.

This is a 5 year old thread, but since someone already revived it anyway....
have you done any of the mods to your 802 yet?

Ijustwantausername
06-22-2015, 04:38 PM
This is a 5 year old thread, but since someone already revived it anyway....
have you done any of the mods to your 802 yet?

Oh yes, absolutely, its probably been 2 years after the mod. Still hasn't missed a beat.

Ridin' Green
06-22-2015, 04:54 PM
Oh yes, absolutely, its probably been 2 years after the mod. Still hasn't missed a beat.

I took my tailpipe out, and I modded the cover so that I still have a screen, but no worries about starting a fire. It works excellently. It isn't quite a strong as my 570, but darn close now (maybe even tied with it now), and a lot more comfortable to run with the Stihl chest strap. Since it is lighter, it is even more comfortable to wear than the 570 now, and the centered tube throttle is a lot nicer to use.

Ijustwantausername
06-22-2015, 09:06 PM
I took my tailpipe out, and I modded the cover so that I still have a screen, but no worries about starting a fire. It works excellently. It isn't quite a strong as my 570, but darn close now (maybe even tied with it now), and a lot more comfortable to run with the Stihl chest strap. Since it is lighter, it is even more comfortable to wear than the 570 now, and the centered tube throttle is a lot nicer to use.

Nice! Yours is much cleaner that mine! How long have you had it? Go ahead and be prepared to replace the bottom strap clips (the ones that clip to the frame) with quicklinks and the straps where they touch your shoulder. Mine started ripping within the first 3 months. Since it wasn't covered under warranty and a new set was like $60 I just put some black duct tape on it, has held fine so far. You have me thinking now though, I may try to replace them with stihl straps if it'll work.

Ridin' Green
06-22-2015, 09:30 PM
Nice! Yours is much cleaner that mine! How long have you had it? Go ahead and be prepared to replace the bottom strap clips (the ones that clip to the frame) with quicklinks and the straps where they touch your shoulder. Mine started ripping within the first 3 months. Since it wasn't covered under warranty and a new set was like $60 I just put some black duct tape on it, has held fine so far. You have me thinking now though, I may try to replace them with stihl straps if it'll work.

I've had the BP for several months, but didn't do the exhaust work until a couple months ago. I run it a LOT, and it has become my favorite BP, though I still love my 570. I don't know if the Stihl straps would work, but their chest strap works excellent on it. So far, my shoulder straps are doing great too. I was worried about that after reading posts here numerous times about them wearing out easily.

I like being able to go from the turbo nozzle to either the straight pipe or the tapered in a matter of seconds. I can reach waaaay out across large parking lots with the turbo tip, which saves me a lot of walking. It sure gets caked dirt and crap loose like no other BP.:)