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kps2389
11-11-2010, 08:55 PM
A friend of mine told me Stihl came out with a new BR 700 Backpack blower. I just checked stihls website and didn't see anything on there. Anyone heard anything about this?

PLS-Tx
11-11-2010, 09:35 PM
Not me, maybe he was pulling your leg.

bare spot
11-11-2010, 09:42 PM
br700, like the sounds of that.

NonStop
11-12-2010, 06:52 AM
My local store JD/Stihl store doesn't have it, so I don't know. However, I'm going to buy a br600 today and I am damn sure going to ask about it. I'll wait a couple days for one (if there is such a thing) so it can be shipped.

I6pwr
11-12-2010, 11:39 PM
I highly recommend using either the Stihl white bottles or Amsoil Saber for the BR600. There has been numerous issues with carbon on the valves and these oils keep that from happening or minimize it greatly.

Saber would be a good choice.

NonStop
11-14-2010, 07:00 AM
I asked about the 700 when I bought my 600 on Friday and my sales rep said there wasn't one. I asked about next year and he said there might be a higher number next year but will basically be the same machine.

He also recommeded that I use the Stihl oil, and to not go 100:1 if using amsoil.

STIHL GUY
11-14-2010, 07:49 PM
i use stihl hp ultra oil and 93 octane gas in my br600

South Florida Lawns
11-14-2010, 09:42 PM
wait so your supposed to put oil in a 4mix:dizzy:

DavidNJ
11-16-2010, 11:41 AM
Manufacturer's generally tell the dealers last; if they told them earlier they would be selling futures instead of product.

A BR700 is logical since there are numerous reviews that the BR600 is great just not as powerful as the latest Echo, etc. If it isn't out now I doubt it would show until sometime in 2011; to late for this season.

As to gas I use Shell premium. It is a matter of the additives. There are undoubtedly other brands that do it. The premium at Shell has over twice the amount of their other gasolines.

NonStop
11-16-2010, 01:44 PM
Actually, the dealers are usually the first to know, because who else is there? The consumer isn't going to know about it before the dealers. It usually starts with the 'soon to be out dated' model being hard to find. This is a sign that the dealer knows what is coming and they are trying to dwindle there inventory before the new product arrives.

That being said, I agree that it will probably be out next year in attempts to out do the Echo.

I6pwr
11-16-2010, 02:13 PM
Echo's blower states it has an "average" of 765 CFM. Would this be at the tip or with the tube removed? The BR600 is 712 at the tip, 1012 at tube so which one is actually more powerful?

DavidNJ
11-16-2010, 03:24 PM
As an engineer, 5% laboratory differences are next to impossible to detect unless you have a back to back test, and then may be eclipsed by production variation.

As someone who tried them back to back along with the RedMax 8050, the Echo is more powerful. I bought the Echo and it seems like the store unit. Reports on this site are that it a newer impeller and housing design.

Would you notice the difference? Probably not unless you tried them back to back.

Is a BR700 coming? Sooner or later. Blowing requires power, as evidenced by the push and self-propelled blowers. Everyone wants more power in their backpacks. The battle of the backpack blowers is far from over.

HenryB
12-29-2014, 07:58 PM
My dealer said Stihl's finally making something to compete with Redmax's 8500:clapping:

echo
12-30-2014, 04:45 PM
My dealer said Stihl's finally making something to compete with Redmax's 8500:clapping:

I hope it doesn't just compete. I hope it's better/more powerful.
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kawasaki guy
12-30-2014, 06:52 PM
My dealer said Stihl's finally making something to compete with Redmax's 8500:clapping:

still won't buy one. If I am going to get a BP that big, it is going to be redmax or shindy. They are proven, and I don't think stihl would hold up, if they can't even make an edger attachment well…… Plus, no valves on RM or shindy.

knox gsl
12-30-2014, 10:43 PM
I talked with a factory rep at GIE and that was the word there as well. Mid summer 2015.

Kawizx62003
12-31-2014, 08:22 AM
still won't buy one. If I am going to get a BP that big, it is going to be redmax or shindy. They are proven, and I don't think stihl would hold up, if they can't even make an edger attachment well…… Plus, no valves on RM or shindy.

what do you mean no edger attachment?

kawasaki guy
12-31-2014, 08:27 AM
what do you mean no edger attachment?

reason I now hate stihl is that my $100 stihl edger for the Kombi system I sold do another member on here was and and still is held together with epoxy and duck tape. AND, I had clutch problems. That, and I think those trimmers are heavy, and problematic with those valves.

Kawizx62003
12-31-2014, 08:35 AM
oh ok. thanks. thought you meant they literally dont make one. haha i was pretty sure they did.

rlitman
12-31-2014, 10:31 AM
oh ok. thanks. thought you meant they literally dont make one. haha i was pretty sure they did.

Except that they literally make two, and the $100 one is the homeowner version,

kawasaki guy
12-31-2014, 11:47 AM
Except that they literally make two, and the $100 one is the homeowner version,

but should not have broken the 1st use……. AT MY OWN HOUSE!

recycledsole
12-31-2014, 01:34 PM
I probably wont buy it. I have 2 stihl br600s that basically start running poorly at the end of the season, and are done by the 2nd season. Mind you i am a small company. Very dissapointed. Hopefully the powerful husqvarna 580 will have more longevity.

Ijustwantausername
12-31-2014, 10:46 PM
I talked with a factory rep at GIE and that was the word there as well. Mid summer 2015.

Now I like the sound of that. My dealer made mention of stihl "in the works" with a blower above the BR600 Magnum. Next year will be #4 on my Shindaiwa EB802 and might be time to sell it. And yes the last sentence was a joke, unless the new stihl can actually rival the 8500.

TPendagast
01-01-2015, 02:20 PM
I heard Stihl bought out Twindstorm and now all BRs are going to come with dual pipes and a 10 hp engine and now every one can just ride air streams to work and leave the truck at home:rolleyes:

TPendagast
01-01-2015, 02:23 PM
I probably wont buy it. I have 2 stihl br600s that basically start running poorly at the end of the season, and are done by the 2nd season. Mind you i am a small company. Very dissapointed. Hopefully the powerful husqvarna 580 will have more longevity.

I feel the same way about stihl.

If I wasn't so impatient and hate manipulating small things, I might try my hand at making my own two cycle gear.

If I didn't "manufacture" it for "sale" I wouldn't have to put up with any emissions crap :clapping:…my stuff would be the best! mwahahaha.

Im seriously going to switch away from big back packs entirely in the coming years, making a move back to push blowers. (5-10hp units)

The Gardener's crew
01-01-2015, 02:54 PM
I feel the same way about stihl.

If I wasn't so impatient and hate manipulating small things, I might try my hand at making my own two cycle gear.

If I didn't "manufacture" it for "sale" I wouldn't have to put up with any emissions crap :clapping:…my stuff would be the best! mwahahaha.

Im seriously going to switch away from big back packs entirely in the coming years, making a move back to push blowers. (5-10hp units)

Yeah. The only thing we run is Sthil hand held equipment because of superb dealer support. I agree... sthil blowers will get you about 11 months of good service and after that you'll start having, carburetor, valve adjustments constantly,and the dealer will do anything to keep it going for another six months. After that...... even though you have a two year warranty some how Sthil has it in their clauses it won't cover it. only way warranty will cover if the engine fails. Trust me... we have engine failure all the time. We run about 15 of the Br600s and after about 18 months we start replacing them.
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ed2hess
01-02-2015, 12:32 PM
Yeah. We run about 15 of the Br600s and after about 18 months we start replacing them.
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Why aren't you changing brands?

caseysmowing
01-02-2015, 02:40 PM
I probably wont buy it. I have 2 stihl br600s that basically start running poorly at the end of the season, and are done by the 2nd season. Mind you i am a small company. Very dissapointed. Hopefully the powerful husqvarna 580 will have more longevity.

I've had 3 br600s and they seem to be doing very well. The oldest is about 5 years old newest is a 1 year old. The 580 I just bought was only used this year for leaf season is not looking good for the long haul. It started acting up one day so I checked the air filter and it looked good. Took the whole air intake off and found tons of leaf matter and lots of 2 cycle oil. So who knows if it will do it again or how that happened. The yellow hose also got pulled out of the tank one time. Still a hell of a blower but for 2 months use out of a solo part timer it has had some issues that I haven't had out of a stihl. Hope still makes a bigger and badder one.

The Gardener's crew
01-02-2015, 04:31 PM
Why aren't you changing brands?

Because as I stated in the earlier posts..... Dealer support. In my area there is only Kawasaki and the John Deere dealership sells stihl also. Two stihl dealers within 5 miles of each other. If we drop a blower off or any piece of stihl equipment my dealer usually calls us for pickup the same day....

The Gardener's crew
01-02-2015, 04:40 PM
I've had 3 br600s and they seem to be doing very well. The oldest is about 5 years old newest is a 1 year old. The 580 I just bought was only used this year for leaf season is not looking good for the long haul. It started acting up one day so I checked the air filter and it looked good. Took the whole air intake off and found tons of leaf matter and lots of 2 cycle oil. So who knows if it will do it again or how that happened. The yellow hose also got pulled out of the tank one time. Still a hell of a blower but for 2 months use out of a solo part timer it has had some issues that I haven't had out of a stihl. Hope still makes a bigger and badder one.

What is a Stihl 580? Stihl is just not made to hold up long. We run them all year long about nine hours total a day (11 hour days). We are in the South so downtime is not even an option when it comes to blowers. Maybe stihl has designed their blowers to run the average company about 6 hours a day six months out of the year (May through Oct)

lawnboy dan
01-02-2015, 05:12 PM
it dosnt mean much having great dealer support if the product is crap. i am done with sthil and their no internet sales or parts policy.

Kawizx62003
01-02-2015, 05:17 PM
What is a Stihl 580? Stihl is just not made to hold up long. We run them all year long about nine hours total a day (11 hour days). We are in the South so downtime is not even an option when it comes to blowers. Maybe stihl has designed their blowers to run the average company about 6 hours a day six months out of the year (May through Oct)

He's saying he has a husky 580. WHat on earth do you blow for 9 hours a day all year?

echo
01-02-2015, 05:22 PM
He's saying he has a husky 580. WHat on earth do you blow for 9 hours a day all year?

Funny stuff for sure.
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The Gardener's crew
01-02-2015, 10:48 PM
He's saying he has a husky 580. WHat on earth do you blow for 9 hours a day all year?

March - Dec is straight cutting. Jan - March is fall winter cleanups. That's the way its all way been here in the South.

The Gardener's crew
01-02-2015, 10:50 PM
it dosnt mean much having great dealer support if the product is crap. i am done with sthil and their no internet sales or parts policy.

Yeah, but when that's all you can choose from.... it is what it is...

precision8m
01-04-2015, 10:49 PM
I'm happy with all 30 or so pieces I have from stihl. I'd gladly buy 1 unit if/when a br700 comes out to try it out.