View Full Version : strongest blower and weed-eater

10-30-2002, 02:41 PM
:confused: Iwould like to know which back pack to get and which weed-eater. This will be my first year in awhile. Need the best advice from everyone that run their own small service.

Thanks bunches

10-30-2002, 04:33 PM
Just got the Redmax 7001 Back Pack Blower. It's awesome and I also have in inventory the Redmax 7000 and Echo 650.

I think the 7001 is the best of the three...and my guys all think the same too.

Lawn Cops
10-30-2002, 06:39 PM
I got the redmax 7001 from Capt. Devo who frequents this site.

It is the most awesome blower I have ever used. Would not buy anything else

Lawn Cops

10-30-2002, 06:44 PM
Redmax 7001 for the blower and Stihl FS85 for the weedeater.

Cant go wrong.


10-30-2002, 06:53 PM
I also have a Redmaxk 7001.

Can't believe the power it has. Absolutly A-1 incredible.

Of course my experience is a craftsman handheld, so imagine my surprise first time I started up the Redmax. I almost wet my pants. <G>


kenneth parsons
10-30-2002, 10:00 PM
The Stihl BR420 Magnum is the blower of choice in my area! This morning, I ran Stihl's new 4-stroke FS110 weedeater...bad to the bone and extremely quiet. If there is a Stihl dealer in your area, check them out and good luck to you!

10-30-2002, 10:45 PM
When it comes to trimmers, it's not just the power to look at, but the power to weight ratio. You can carry a cannon around all day with you, but that doesn't mean you're going to need that power for what you do, and it can also be impracticle. As far as the blowers go. I love my Echo PB601's. Fire up first time - every time, even after a few years. My trimmers are Echo, too, but I don't remember the model #s. (2400 I believe, or 2501's) They are reasonably powerful and light in weight, and extremely reliable. Whatever you do, when you get a trimmer, do NOT get the big handlebar setup, thinking your getting some big "commercial duty" rig. This is NOT the right setup for the application you will be doing. Always go with the simple loop handle.

10-30-2002, 11:30 PM

Blessed 1
10-30-2002, 11:52 PM
Echo PB650 & Stihl FS-85. I have the FS-55 and I am completely happy with it. This is my first year too. I decided to get the best blower that was available because I always wish that I had goten the better one........but not this time.:cool: My PB-650 is awsome. If there is a better one out there you would need weights to hold you down:D :D

10-31-2002, 12:03 AM
Is there a place that sells a Stihl FS-85 online?


10-31-2002, 12:13 AM
Redmax blowers and trimmers. I suggest the eb7000 or 7001 blower and the BCZ2500s trimmer you can't go wrong with these two units.

The Mowerdude
10-31-2002, 12:54 AM
Lets conduct a poll.

I vote for the eb 7000 or 7001 by Redmax. I have 4 Redmaxes and I love every one of them. They ROCK!

Envy Lawn Service
10-31-2002, 01:06 AM
I just bought a Stihl FS 85 trimmer. I love it! I don't think I could have made a better choice. the guys on here helped me make good buying decision.

I ran a poll on trimmers. Do a search under my user name and you'll see it. Between this poll and another, I found the FS 85 was preferred by over 40%. That says something when compaired to Shindawia, Echo and RedMax.

After buying and running it a while, I can see why! Also, there is somewhere to pick up anything I need for it on every other corner in this area. The chainsaws have earned there dues around here, thus all the Stihl dealers. It's nice to know I can grab something when needed quickly for a repair ect. The same cannot be said for other brands here. Heck you might even be down waiting for a simple part to be ordered for another name brand.

LUV my Stihl !!!!

10-31-2002, 03:57 PM
Stihl WILL NOT allow new equipment to be sold online. Only through local dealers. ANY dealer cought selling stihl over the net will loose there contract with Stihl.


10-31-2002, 04:55 PM
Unless you get lucky on Ebay. Every now and then you'll find good, unused Stihl equip. Personally I have been impressed with the power to weight ratio of Kawasaki's trimmers. I've run John Deere, Stihl, Echo, and Kawasaki. Kawasaki wins in my book.

Although I've never used the Shindaiwa, it seems very similar to the Kaw.

10-31-2002, 05:31 PM
Thanks for the reply Scott. Didn't know that Stihl banned internet sales.. Wonder why.... oh well, I'll have to stop by my dealer to check them out. Thanks.


Premo Services
10-31-2002, 09:16 PM
Which backback blower---- Redmax 7001
It will huff and puff and blow yo little house down:D :D
Loving the power this thing has... it really does rock.
absitively-- posalutely

For the trimmer, I have the schindawa t260 and that baby has some power also. At first I hated it, I had been using the echo trimmers, but when I started using it all the time I liked it better. The 1 1/4 hp motor has never bogged on me, and I have cut some pretty thick, and high weeds with it.

Envy Lawn Service
10-31-2002, 09:59 PM
For the trimmer, I have the schindawa t260 and that baby has some power also. At first I hated it, I had been using the echo trimmers, but when I started using it all the time I liked it better. The 1 1/4 hp motor has never bogged on me, and I have cut some pretty thick, and high weeds with it. [/B]

I can also say I know for a fact that Shindawia trimmers are rock solid. Atleast they used to be. Dad has one he's worked the living crap out of for over 10 years. No service problems-still runs as good as it did the day it was bought.

But there is only one dealer in my county and I would have wanted the T270. I liked the feel and handles on it. Even though it was a good bit heavier than say a T230. The balance fit me well. I just thought $437 was way too much. I got the FS85 for over $100 less.

10-31-2002, 11:13 PM
I don't here of too many on this forum using the brands I have but I use a Husqvarna blower and Tanaka TB250 trimmers and love them both.

The Husqvarna blower is lightweight, comfortable to wear and has all the power I need.

As for the Tanaka trimmers, they have the right amount of power, are well balanced and lightweight. The head design, called the "brain" lets out the right amount of line with a squeeze of the throttle.

I've hear a lot of great things about Red Max and may pick one up in the Spring to try it.

If you're looking to buy equipment online,regardless of the brand, it could be worthwhile to check out Canadian dealers who sell online. Take the Canadian price and multiply by approximately 0.6 and that should give you an idea in U.S. dollars. My $400 Tanaka trimmers equal about $240 U.S. Just make sure you look at shipping and potential duties imposed by U.S. customs on what you're buying first to see if the savings are worth it.

I was in Wisconsin last week looking around at equipment and when I compared the exchange rate, it was a lot cheaper on certain products to buy in Canada.

That said, you may get better servicing from a local dealer than online unless you are mechanically inclined.

11-01-2002, 08:55 AM
I USE to run all Shindaiwa t270's. I have 6 of them. I switched to the Stihl fs250. You will not find a more powerful trimmer. It screams. 40.2 cc and 2.15 hp. Same price as the 270 and about the same weight.

11-01-2002, 12:03 PM
You guys need to check out the newest blower to the market. Its made by Fradan, it is model BB-51, its has winds of 236 mph and is 150$ plus cheaper then teh Echo 650...!! sweet

11-01-2002, 05:47 PM
The Fradan BP is less money because it is only 41cc...the Remax 7000 and 7001 are over 60cc's.

Therefore, I find it hard to believe even claiming wind speed of 236mph they are better?

IMHO...of course

01-07-2003, 01:54 PM
How about the Kawasaki trimmers? Does anyone use them? I didn't even know they made them which makes me wonder if they've proved themselves in the market.

01-07-2003, 03:12 PM
at the expo in nashville-the redmax barely edged the pb650 NOTHING else is even in their league!!as far as weedeaters go the SMALLEST kawasaki had more power under load than the beloved fs85!!salesmen are liars !!i seen this all first hand!

01-07-2003, 03:56 PM
grassdaddy - What model Kawasaki are you talking about that beat the fs85? Also, who makes the pb650? Are you saying that the pb650 beat the Redmax?? I couldn't quite get your last post. Thanks:)

01-07-2003, 06:07 PM
The smallest kaw.is the kbl23a,22.5cc,1.3hp,9.3lbs Lesco carries them i think their about 240 bucks.the pb650 is an echo,the big redmax is a hair stronger.those 2 blow everything else away.:cool:

01-07-2003, 06:14 PM
The redmax 7000 barely beat out the echo 650. The new redmax 7001 is 125 cfm more than the 7000. I have both, and the 7000 is very impressive. The 7001 is unbelievable.

FS Lawn
01-07-2003, 06:40 PM
Echo PB650
Echo 2601/260 ( may not be the strongest but they are fine machines)