View Full Version : Stihl Blowers- The BR-340 vs. The BR-420

08-05-2002, 03:22 PM
im looking to buy a new blower and am trying to deside between the two. Talked to my dealer and he gave me these prices.
BR340- $280

I gonna be using these blowers for blowing clippings, leaf clean up, and landscape clean up after instals.

is it worth the extra $85???????


08-05-2002, 03:26 PM
i have the br340 n i love it, no priming or anything...my dealer advised me against the br420, he told me to spend my money on the br340 and i'd get just as much satisfaction from it and i have...the br340 is a great blower, i havent had any troubles with it thus far

Richard Martin
08-05-2002, 04:38 PM
The BR340 just doesn't have the power to move piles of leaves. In fact the BR420C is really underpowered when compared to offerings from Echo, Shindaiwa and RedMax (Shindaiwa). Spend the extra 85 bucks. $365 is a really good price on the BR420C, it lists for $399.

08-05-2002, 04:44 PM
I considered both of these, but my prices were different.

BR340 - Price: $299, CFM (tube): 447, air velocity: 161 MPH
BR420 - Price: $399, CFM (tube): 518, air velocity: 172 MPH

So, my prices differed by $100. My dealer also sells Echo. I wound up with:

PB602 - Price: $369, CFM (tube): 535, air velocity: 190 MPH

scott's turf
08-05-2002, 05:08 PM
I have a BR400 and just this spring purchased a shindaiwa 605 and it blows away the BR400. I love it. Much smoother running, better starting, and much more power for less than $100 more. The most powerful blower is worth the money. It will increase production. It is not like going from a 23hp engine to a 25hp. Yes you get more power but does it really make you more money, probably not. The best blower will though. I personally would not get another stihl.

08-05-2002, 05:33 PM
I have the Pb-603 Echo and I would highly recommend it. It is easy to start and a good all around blower. We don't do a lot of leaf clean ups around here but I do use it every so often to clean up leaves and it works great. It will do you good for what you just mentioned. I paid 399.99 for it.

08-05-2002, 05:49 PM
I use the BR-400 and am very happy although it seems a bit hard on plugs.

forget the 320. power is everything.

truthfully, I probably ought to look at a biger blower but I just don't have the need right now.


08-05-2002, 05:50 PM
ok i knew these were the answers i was going to get, I thank you for trying to steer me in the right direction............BUT....im set on the stihl. Im just look to know if the diffence between the two is enough to step up to the 420. im buying four of the blowers i deside on. The reason im set on stihl is because i have a buch of there stuff(trimmers, saws, edgers, hedge trimmers) and ive had little problems with any of it.

08-05-2002, 08:58 PM
Yes, the difference is enough to spend the extra $$. If your stuck on Stihl then get the 420.

With that said, I keep the Stihl and Redmax both on the trailer. The Stihl only gets off when we need 2 going for the sake of time. The bigger blowers are faster getting the job done. Time is money. I'm a huge Stihl fan, but the blowers just don't compare.

08-05-2002, 09:10 PM
Definitely go with the BR420. The bigger blowers generate more velocity and air flow thereby allowing you to get the job done faster. That is the key is this business. I have the Stihl BR400 and love the machine. It is 4 years old and has never given me a bit of trouble. For everyday clean up, it is great though it is a bit underpowered during the fall. That is why I purchased the Echo PB650 a few weeks ago. That machine is tremendous and blows the BR400 away.

08-05-2002, 10:38 PM
I'm with 65hoss. If you are stuck on Stihl then spend the extra to get the Br420. I have a Stihl Br400 and recently bought the Red Max eb7000. The Stihl hardly ever leaves the trailer because it just doesn't measure up.

edward hedrick
08-05-2002, 11:44 PM
I bought a 420 in march for $320 at Schmidts & Serafines

Waterbury CT. They have a field day Aug 13, 2002

08-06-2002, 01:44 AM
ok say i would get a shin/redmax........how much extra am i looking at spending?????? and wich models should i look at?/????

08-06-2002, 02:08 AM
I had 5 Stihls, I still have one of them. All BR400's except the first, it was a BR320. I bought a Shindaiwa EB630 two years ago and another about three weeks ago. It got to the point no one would use the Stihl :D It just sat in the truck. The first one came from Alamia when they could ship Shindaiwa stuff, $400 shipped. The EB630 I bought recently was $429 locally. Normally they run $500 + around here, but the distributor put them on sale. I asked the dealer about the sale price in the flyer I got and said they would be happy to get me one for that price.

My advice, step up to the Shindaiwa. It may not match your other equipment, but you won't care :D

scott's turf
08-06-2002, 09:20 AM
Keith I agree with the shindy. I thought the stihl 400 was great but when I got the shindy 630 my views changed. I keep the stihl on the truck for blowing off the driveways (mainly because if it ever got stolen I would still have my shindy:D) For spring and fall clean-ups it is like night and day. The shindy is so much less tiring to use too. It is a little lighter than the echo but I got the shindy cause my dealer ran out of echo pb650's and I needed a blower asap. I am not disapointed. I can understand brand loyalty to an extent but if there is better merchandise out there that can make you more money why not buy it? It is just business, your family of stihl products may eccept a adobted member to the family.

08-06-2002, 11:36 AM
Can't comment on the other blowers but have purchased a br420c a couple of weeks back. After getting the starting problem straightened out, will usually start on the first 2 or 3 pulls. Still seems to be lacking in the power department. Not really unhappy with it, sure seems that for $420 that it is lacking.

08-06-2002, 01:29 PM
ive had a few stihl br 420s and they all had flooding probs my echo is refusing to die but if i can kill it im getting the shin while its on sale my echos exhaust port broke off and i have a thick wire going through the holes on top of the cylinder and into 2 holes i drilled into the recoil and back that are holding the exhaust bolts on