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2ExploreTech
05-06-2011, 04:17 AM
Good Morning all! I am in the market for a mower and a blower, already bought a trimmer yesterday (Stihl 110... have usable parts from some older model).

Has anyone used the newer Husqvarna blowers, made by Redmax? In particular the 370 Bts blower? I have used extensively the Stihl 420 back when I worked for a major landscape firm in NC. Good unit, then as they wore out they replaced with Redmax... big difference. Anyway Stihl kinda screwed local long-time dealer here in small town when they also gave an account to ACE hardware next door, even though Ace doesn't carry the parts and service as well as this guy(... he's slowly phasing out and going to Domar) I bought the trimmer there, as mentioned above.

Another local dealer is allowing me to demo a zt Husq mower for a day, and so was considering the blower from them... either the 370 or the 150t. The other option is Echo-Shindaiwa, however the rep has been slow to stock. So that may be a few days to a few weeks (JD dealer will carry this).

I recognize all are reputable brands and local dealers are great {been there for decades, know their families -- small town :) } , still haven't seen much about the Husq blowers as I have the others.

FryDaddy
05-06-2011, 09:32 AM
I currently have a husqvarna 150bt (350bt now) & it is a good blower for what I do. But it doesn't have that serious power needed to blow some properties, I will upgrade to the 380bt when I get the spare money, it supposed to be a beast.
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Jake4551
05-23-2011, 09:27 AM
See if your dealer has the new Husqvarna 570 bts. Just came out, not sure what dealers have it yet, similar to the Redmax 8500 I think. Lighter, and lots of power.
Barring that, if your dealer is going to Dolmar, I hear nothing but good things about the Dolmar backpack blower.

Husqvarna link
http://www.husqvarna.com/us/landscape-and-groundcare/products/blowers/570bts/

tuffram
05-23-2011, 10:36 AM
I use a husqvarna 356bt and love it starts on first pull every time and lots of power.

FryDaddy
05-23-2011, 11:48 AM
I'm loving the new look of the 580bts (old model 180 & 380). Might have too place an order.
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2ExploreTech
05-27-2011, 12:13 AM
Thanks all. I went with the 370bts, (the throttle on the rt hand control). So far so good, although the emissions are giving off a stronger fuel smell than any of the others I have used. Will check after a few more tank fulls.

Of course there is a newer model, lol. Expect this with computer stuff, not landscape equipment, oh well. From the specs... more wind, 2 lbs lighter, slightly louder and uses a diaphram vs a piston, fuel consumption the same.

Meanwhile, I've put much more time on a trimmer (Stihl 110) with both a blade and string head. Have since added a cultivator/edger gearbox to build a small garden (with a few more in near future). Use mostly to 'tame the Wild'... perhaps I'll post a separate review in near future.

castlerockmo
05-27-2011, 12:18 AM
Now go get ya a Husqvarna Pz and you'll be living high on the hog! Or atlest look like my twin going down the road! Expect I run all husqvarna trimmers, can't beat em!
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FryDaddy
05-27-2011, 10:21 PM
I asked my dealer about the 580 today and he all but jumped on me saying they don't make a 580, only the 380. I told him to look at the website and walked out the door. Any idea when they may be coming out to local dealers?
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2ExploreTech
05-28-2011, 12:14 AM
Castlerockmo -- The zt that I demoed 4 weeks ago was an MZ5225 (52"). Mows great when I can get traction. The near constant rain and soft, hilly yards we have in the Catskill mnts don't make for easy mowing.

Anyway, I still liked it for the price, just wanted a 61". Went back to the dealer the next week - check in hand - found out that due to the factory move (from Neb to SC) they were way behind on zt... maybe June... currently is a maybe Sept. Husqvarna not willing to ship from states that have extra units (like TN).

Currently using a relative's JD 2105 with 54" mid-deck (mid-20's hp diesel and 4wd). So I can do the steep banks and soft areas with ease, but it does leave wheel marks (not ruts). Meanwhile, JD has a May special on 2000 series... $2500 off 2 attatchments ... still in the $15k range.

castlerockmo
05-28-2011, 11:17 AM
Castlerockmo -- The zt that I demoed 4 weeks ago was an MZ5225 (52"). Mows great when I can get traction. The near constant rain and soft, hilly yards we have in the Catskill mnts don't make for easy mowing.

Anyway, I still liked it for the price, just wanted a 61". Went back to the dealer the next week - check in hand - found out that due to the factory move (from Neb to SC) they were way behind on zt... maybe June... currently is a maybe Sept. Husqvarna not willing to ship from states that have extra units (like TN).

Currently using a relative's JD 2105 with 54" mid-deck (mid-20's hp diesel and 4wd). So I can do the steep banks and soft areas with ease, but it does leave wheel marks (not ruts). Meanwhile, JD has a May special on 2000 series... $2500 off 2 attatchments ... still in the $15k range.

The Mz is a pretty good machine. My dealer and the rep said that Husqvarana is 6-8 months behind on their fabricated deck alone. Said their working 3 shifts 7 days a week.

If you have a Dixon or Yazoo/kees dealer around they are the same thing just different paint.
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fobaum
05-28-2011, 09:00 PM
So anybody have one of the new husky blowers yet.. or know when they will be out???

2ExploreTech
05-29-2011, 01:51 AM
According to what I was told, the new blowers are likely months away. In fact, the new hedge trimmers that were at some trade shows and Husq schools last winter are still not in the stores. Other than that, I don't know...

Was also told by regional (?) sales rep that the new factory in SC (for zt mowers) were only at 60-70% production levels.

FryDaddy
05-29-2011, 04:34 PM
where is the factory located that makes the blowers. Is it the one here in SC where the mowers are built.
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castlerockmo
05-30-2011, 12:22 PM
where is the factory located that makes the blowers. Is it the one here in SC where the mowers are built.
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I'm pretty sure husqvarna is moving all their production lines to orangeburg. Which I think even includeds the poullun plant and a few others.

I know on their fabricated decks they are like 4-6 months behind. I'm not even sure if they have gotten their new series mower out (Pz-T). I know my dealer just got his fall order of Pz's in. They are running that plant 6 or 7 days a week, 24 hours to try and catch up.
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Darryl G
10-24-2011, 01:09 PM
I looked at the Husqvarna 580 BFS today. Man that thing is huge. I like that it has a hip strap and the tubes are gigantic and it comes with 2 tips, the rounded one and the fluted one. The straps don't look like they're very well padded compared to most other's I've seen, which is kind of surprising since this thing weighs nearly 30 pounds. So if this one of the Redmax blowers? If so what model? I can't find any reviews of it anywhere. I know it replaced the 380, but what are the differences, if any? I was leaning toward the Shindaiwa EB 802 but this thing got my attention. I have 2 older EB 630s that still run fine but I'm looking for one blower that just has pure brute force for those tough cleanup condtions.

castlerockmo
10-24-2011, 01:16 PM
I looked at the Husqvarna 580 BFS today. Man that thing is huge. I like that it has a hip strap and the tubes are gigantic and it comes with 2 tips, the rounded one and the fluted one. The straps don't look
like they're very well padded compared to most other's I've seen, which is kind of surprising since this thing weighs nearly 30 pounds. So if this one of the Redmax blowers? If so what model? I can't find any reviews of it anywhere. I know it replaced the 380, but what are the differences, if any? I was leaning toward the Shindaiwa EB 802 but this thing got my attention. I have 2 older EB 630s that still run fine but I'm looking for one blower that just has pure brute force for those tough cleanup condtions.
It is a read 8500. I too looked at it, it also has a strap across the chest. It feels light than my 380bts. The 580 puts out over a 1000 cfm, the thing is a monster. I may get one in a week or two.
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Darryl G
10-24-2011, 01:20 PM
I thought it was a hip strap not a chest strap... I didn't take it off the rack though. The reviews I've seen of the 8500 were less than impressive but it probably takes a bit to break them in with that large of an engine.

P.S. - Oh, you saying it has a hip and chest strap? That would be sweet. That's how my backpacks are set up...just backpacks, not backpack blowers. Nice to be able to distribute the weight to your liking.

castlerockmo
10-24-2011, 01:25 PM
I think its an all new design just using the same numbers could be wrong though.
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hi_speedreed
10-24-2011, 01:26 PM
I have the 570BFS. Bought it at my local dealer on Wednesday. He had it on special for $450 instead of $500. 770CFM and a 236MPH tip speed. It freaking moves the air! Peels wet leaves up out of wet grass and off of pavement. Its shoulder straps were padded nicely to me and I really liked the chest strap. It kept the shoulder straps from sliding and kept the blower on me snugly. It did put off more of an emission odor than I was used to but that has since dissipated. I know not much of a review but other than telling you its listed as more powerful than Stihl's 600 Mag and Echo's 770 and that it moved wet leaves, grass and acorns like they had been basking in the sun all day I don't know what to say. Ask me specific questions and I will answer for you.

Ridin' Green
10-24-2011, 02:09 PM
I looked at the Husqvarna 580 BFS today. Man that thing is huge. I like that it has a hip strap and the tubes are gigantic and it comes with 2 tips, the rounded one and the fluted one. The straps don't look like they're very well padded compared to most other's I've seen, which is kind of surprising since this thing weighs nearly 30 pounds. So if this one of the Redmax blowers? If so what model? I can't find any reviews of it anywhere. I know it replaced the 380, but what are the differences, if any? I was leaning toward the Shindaiwa EB 802 but this thing got my attention. I have 2 older EB 630s that still run fine but I'm looking for one blower that just has pure brute force for those tough cleanup condtions.

Husky owns Redmax.

The 580 is the exact same blower as the RM 8500. When I demo'd the big BP's a while back, the 8500 didn't do anything the Echo 770 and Stihl BR600 wouldn't do, and in fact seemed to do slightly less. As I mentioned in that review, all who were watching thought the same thing.

You may be right that the 8500 needs a good breaking in period, but then so do the other two, to reach peak performance. I was really impressed with the 770, as I am with my 600M, but I still would like to try one of the 8500/580's for a season. The weight difference is very noticeable, and the extra bulk even more so when comparing the 8500/580's to the other two as well, but only a full season would tell the full story.

I can get the Husky for a lot less than the 8500, so if I decide to go for it, the Husky is what I'll buy.

Darryl G
10-24-2011, 06:39 PM
Well, I went back to look at the 580 BFS again after checking it out here and elsewhere online. I put it on and walked around a bit with it. The only problem was getting it off! It just wouldn't come off until I got to my truck with it and then it came off easily, lol. I think I'll start a thread on it or maybe tack it onto the existing 8500 one that's already here. I will say that it kicks butt and makes my EB630s seem like toys. I'll put up a someonewhat crappy picture of it here and save the others ones for another thread.

2stroked
10-24-2011, 08:02 PM
I have a 150bt and a 130bt, both are great. I wish I would have gotten a bigger blower than the 150, but it does a good job overall.

Darryl G
10-24-2011, 11:55 PM
Here's the new thread I started on my 580BFS. Gotta check out the video, lol. http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=363899