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greenkeeper
10-08-2010, 04:13 AM
I have a BR 400 I got 6 or so seasons ago and it is running fine...no problems what so ever. I got the kombi blower as a backup a month ago just in case. My question is a guy I work with is interested in buying my BR 400 and I would love to have the BR 600. Is it worth it to trade up and what is a fair price for my BR 400? I was thinking 250.00 - 275.00 for my BR 400 and then looking for a decent deal on the BR 600. I do like to trade equipment every 5-7 years just for reliability purposes...stinks to have a breakdown while doing a job. Any advice is appreciated.

onlythebest
10-08-2010, 08:39 AM
The br600 is defiantly worth upgrading to. For some reason while blowing leaves that are stuck in the lawn this think does a much better job of getting them out than my echo. Also the thing is so light! Not to sure how the br400 is but I'm sure you Dan get 250 as long as it runs right. Hope it works out just be sure Gordy out the new cap for a while before you fill it up with gas.
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Sammy
10-08-2010, 10:33 AM
I took a look on Craigslist for Stihl BR400:

$160 avg. looking
$200 nice shape
$95 avg.
$200 avg
$220 avg
$185 looked nice
$200 nice
$175 avg
$145 avg
$150 good
$225 nice
$175 avg

Or keep it for your back up machine.

jkilov
10-08-2010, 12:11 PM
BR400 is rock solid, reliable, durable and can be rebuilt, which is why the guy wants it.

BR600 blows harder, better productivity but not as durable and then disposable.

Depends on what you consider more important: durability or productivity? Personally I would keep the BR400 till it runs.

GravyTrain
10-08-2010, 12:43 PM
If you've got the money, sell the 400 and get the 600. I would say just buy the 600 and keep the 400 as a backup, but you seem to already have that covered.

ed2hess
10-08-2010, 07:19 PM
Whatever you do don't buy the 600 it still is NOT a proven blower engine. I would have doubted anybody paying more than $100 for a used blower even a good model like the 400.

topsites
10-08-2010, 07:40 PM
You get what you can for the 400 but as was said, some folks won't give you $100 for it,
at least that was my experience so I kept mine.

And that would be my recommendation, keep the 400 as a backup or get at least $200 for it,
I just wouldn't let mine go for less than 2 and I didn't care that it looks rough.

the 600 it still is NOT a proven blower engine.

Whatever.

FLAhaulboy
10-08-2010, 08:01 PM
GK,

How do you like that Kombi blower? I have a BR 600 but guess which one gets used the most? (Kombi!)

Alan0354
10-08-2010, 08:35 PM
I don't think I would pay anything significant for a 6+ years blower in commercial use. So you might as well not count on the $250. Blowers has advanced quite a bit since 7 years ago, all the Redmax 7001, Echo PB755 and the like has to take a back seat, now even the Stihl BR600 seem to have to step aside when facing Shindaiwa EB802 and the new Echo PB770 and the less reliable EB8510. My dealer is selling Stihl BR380 for $325!!!!

If your BR400 is similiar to BR420, any of the big blower would be a step up for you. So you'd be happy with all the big blowers.

MR-G
10-08-2010, 09:06 PM
We trade in equipment on a regular basis....less than a yr. in most cases...the 400 in good shape is worth 150-225....the 600 you want is awesome...one thing is..use the stihl oil with the detergent...(grey bottles) and you will have less carbon build up in the exhaust and valves....if not the valves will gum up fairly quick....easy to clean though....good luck.:usflag:

greenkeeper
10-08-2010, 10:03 PM
Thanks for all the replies!! The guy that wants to buy the BR400 is an engineer at work so i don't really think he is aware of the reliability of the BR400, he just wants a good comercial blower (a lot of leaves at his place). I just feel everything has its shelf life. I wish all my equipment would last forever, but unfortunatly it doesn't work out that way. My FS110 just broke down last month (coil) and my dealer didn't have one (coil) in stock...that is why I bought the kombi system. I did go back and get the blower attatchment a week later so i would have a backup for my BR400. I just don't want the Br400 breaking down like my FS110 and needing to fix it before I can sell it. The BR400 is running very strong and starts on the second pull off a cold start, and is in really good shape for its age. I am a stihl man so the BR600 is my first choice. My whole decision to upgrade is for reliability sake. I love the kombi blower but for fall cleanup i think it would drive me insane wielding it around.

I really want to thank everyone who had replied and offered their advice! Do stihl dealers usually offer up demos?

Thanks!!!

greenkeeper
10-08-2010, 10:11 PM
GK,

How do you like that Kombi blower? I have a BR 600 but guess which one gets used the most? (Kombi!)


I really like the Kombi blower. but like I said it is the backup and I'm just used to a backpack blower...old habits. My FS110 has the bicycle handles and I never thought I would get used to the Kombi loop handle. I have used the bicycle handle for 20 years now so a loop is very foreign to me.

The kombi blower is good and surprisingly powerful, I just don't want to wave it around during fall cleanups. It's OK for mowing and blowing...but for me I wouldn't want to use it everyday.

watsmi57
10-08-2010, 10:18 PM
get the BR600MAGNUM...I have one and wasn't happy about it costing $500, but all that went away when i cranked it for the first time...man it moves leaves from 20 ft away. the original 600's had some issues but the BR600 Magnum is the newer, better built machine. make sure you get a Magnum.

is it worth it to upgrade. absolutely...especially if you have a buyer. i have used the 420 magnum and 600 magnum. the 600 will eat that 420 for breakfast

onlythebest
10-08-2010, 10:22 PM
get the BR600MAGNUM...I have one and wasn't happy about it costing $500, but all that went away when i cranked it for the first time...man it moves leaves from 20 ft away. the original 600's had some issues but the BR600 Magnum is the newer, better built machine. make sure you get a Magnum

I second that and when I put it with my echo I can move massive amounts of leaves
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