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Navig8r
11-03-2002, 09:26 PM
OK..... Lot's of discussion on this.. so how 'bout a poll.......... please keep answers based on personal experience.....

Green Pastures
11-03-2002, 09:36 PM
Echo 603, it's all I've got. Blows the dirt right off the ground. I have yet to feel the need for more power.

I'm open to hear from people who have USED the 603 and have another they USE now and like better though.

I'm in the market for a new one. I need one more.

LAWNGODFATHER
11-03-2002, 10:08 PM
http://www.rpm-co.com/images/remax_logo2.gif

Guess which one I voted for.

stslawncare
11-03-2002, 10:12 PM
i have used a few echo backpacks an was very impressed, one was less then a year old, one was about 2 years old, and the other was about 5 years old. all worked above my expectations.

Premo Services
11-03-2002, 11:30 PM
Originally posted by LAWNGODFATHER
http://www.rpm-co.com/images/remax_logo2.gif

Guess which one I voted for.

Me too!!!!!!! I have had my 7001 for about 3 weeks and I am still amazed by the power it has.....:D :cool: :D :cool:

strickdad
11-03-2002, 11:39 PM
this makes 3 for echo, 2 for redmax.. (2 603s 1 650)

Swampbeast
11-03-2002, 11:51 PM
Echo 650 rocks! This thing will blast squirrels out of the trees! I absolutely love my 650, wouldnt buy anything else. I have had mine about 2 years now, it still starts on two pulls, one full choke, one half, and then she is up and going!
What I really like about it is its reliability, and the fact that it will blow grass across a soaking wet driveways.



:cool:

Randy Scott
11-04-2002, 12:05 AM
Not much of a poll until everyone here has ran every single model for a season or more. I doubt people have had the opportunity to really do a "fair" test, but an interesting poll nontheless. My vote will go for whoever has the most cfm and mph. That's what it's all about. Obviously it needs to start and stay together for awhile. :D

FrankenScagMachines
11-04-2002, 07:46 AM
I will soon be in the market for a good backpack blower with no past experience with them and am thinking about a Stihl BR340 as I can't justify the extra $100 for the 420 though I'm sure it's worth it I don't think I need that much power really. Whats the Echo equivalent to the BR340? And who has it and what are the good/bad about each? I'm going to check out their websites now.
Thanks,
Eric

rkbrown
11-04-2002, 09:20 AM
I have the echo PB-602. I like it very much. I don't hve a huge amount of leaves to deal with like some here do. If I did I would probably look at both the Echo PB-650 and the new Redmax, though.

walker-talker
11-04-2002, 03:57 PM
Stihl BR400 here. I believe this older backpack is a little under powered compared to the newer backpack blowers that are being made these days. From all what I am hearing, Redmax will most likely be my next choice.

MATT

65hoss
11-04-2002, 04:55 PM
I have Stihl and Redmax, the Stihl is a backup now. Redmax is the only blower now.

bubble boy
11-04-2002, 05:18 PM
Originally posted by BushHogBoy
I can't justify the extra $100 for the 420 though I'm sure it's worth it I don't think I need that much power really.

$100 for something you'll use everyday (eventually) IS worth it.

it's not that you'll need the power. you'll want it.

gravedigger5
11-04-2002, 05:21 PM
I will soon be in the market for a good backpack blower with no past experience with them and am thinking about a Stihl BR340 as I can't justify the extra $100 for the 420 though I'm sure it's worth it I don't think I need that much power really. Whats the Echo equivalent to the BR340? And who has it and what are the good/bad about each? I'm going to check out their websites now.
BHB, thats why I bought my stihl br340. Lightweight and plenty of power for the money. Probably buy a bigger and better someday, but for now its alot better than the old crapsman hand held. Just my .02cents worth, Marc

John Gamba
11-04-2002, 05:41 PM
650

wriken
11-04-2002, 05:55 PM
I voted other, Cub Comm. BB-60
But also Like my Fradan too.

Doogiegh
11-04-2002, 06:07 PM
Switched from a Craftsman handheld to a Redmax 7001. Can't get over the difference and would never use anything else..

The thing is insane...

Gary

Mr_Marc
11-04-2002, 06:15 PM
PB603 No Question for me & 260L for the wife, and it's lighter with less power.
:D

landscaper3
11-04-2002, 09:18 PM
Theres alot of great blowers out there but we went with the Echos. Pb 2100, 2-Pb60s and 2- Pb60's only becuse if one breaks down we get a loner till fixed like our mowers!!!!

rross
11-04-2002, 09:26 PM
Echo??? Forget it from now on. There is a new one out made by FRADAN, it is just as fast and reliable and at a fraction of the cost. I paid 250.00 for mine and it gives me 236MPH winds blasting from its tip, awesome buy, get them now, while teh price is low and they are starting out!!!

Brickman
11-04-2002, 10:27 PM
Originally posted by LAWNGODFATHER
http://www.rpm-co.com/images/remax_logo2.gif

Guess which one I voted for.



And me.



$100 for something you'll use everyday (eventually) IS worth it.


I am sure the Lawn Chopper would not agree.

Lawn-N-Garden Guy
11-04-2002, 11:04 PM
PERSONALY I OWN A STIHL 420 MAG AND IT WORKS FINE BUT I WISH THERE WAS AWAY TO BE ABLE TO FIRE IT WITH IT STRAPPED TO YOUR BACK,IS THERE ANY OUT THERE THAT YOU CAN DO THAT , THANX payup

dlandscaping
11-04-2002, 11:10 PM
Originally posted by Lawn-N-Garden Guy
PERSONALY I OWN A STIHL 420 MAG AND IT WORKS FINE BUT I WISH THERE WAS AWAY TO BE ABLE TO FIRE IT WITH IT STRAPPED TO YOUR BACK,IS THERE ANY OUT THERE THAT YOU CAN DO THAT , THANX payup

After its been started once i can start my backpack (stihl 400-420s) on my back and i can start a redmax4300 on my back. Its not the most comfortable bend and twist but it can be done, you only need to pull the string a lil out let back in and jerk out and boom ur on.

Brickman
11-04-2002, 11:13 PM
I did it with the 6200 I had. Would about tear your arm out of socket.

lawnkid
11-04-2002, 11:30 PM
Echo PB-603, Any moe brain busters, :drinkup: :waving: :D
Although I might get a Stihl BR-420 Magnum in the spring.

MOW ED
11-05-2002, 06:31 AM
Originally posted by Lawn-N-Garden Guy
PERSONALY I OWN A STIHL 420 MAG AND IT WORKS FINE BUT I WISH THERE WAS AWAY TO BE ABLE TO FIRE IT WITH IT STRAPPED TO YOUR BACK,IS THERE ANY OUT THERE THAT YOU CAN DO THAT , THANX payup

My Shindiawa starts like that when my wife pulls the string!;)

skrats
11-05-2002, 09:45 AM
well i own a echo pb650 and when i went to the dealer to decide between stihl,husq,& redmax and they said that well at a convention they went to they did a test with the 650 and the other competition blowers with a vertical tube. they put the blower full throttle into the tube and blew the ball in the air.the echo 650 was the highest blow:)

mklawnman
11-05-2002, 12:02 PM
Echo PB 603, just bought it this fall and man alive will it blow leaves and grass. Dont need anything more powerfull. Though that 650 has got a heck of alot more power to blow and I could feel it too when demoing one at the dealer.
Matt

yardman1
11-05-2002, 01:05 PM
I have a echo pb 650 and love it, it has tons of power, but I have ahd a little bit of trouble out of mine, just little things. When I buy another one in the next month or so I will buy the Redmax 7001 rh.

FrankenScagMachines
11-05-2002, 07:08 PM
Brickman,
you mean the Lawn Choupique?

What I meant about not justifying it is, I'm not sure if I the extra power is worth it, I mean I'm not gonna do leaf cleanups with it I doubt, just blowing beds, driveways sidewalks, patios, etc. If I use it for leaf removal it would be light duty and I know a 340 could handle it fine. After demo'ing both I will see which I feel I need. Thanks,
Eric

yardman1
11-05-2002, 07:33 PM
The more POWER the better!:D

Scotlawncare
11-05-2002, 09:00 PM
I have a stihl now but the next one WILL be a redmax. That thing is just plain BAD.

Scot

bob
11-05-2002, 09:06 PM
EB630 for me!

captdevo
11-05-2002, 10:07 PM
RedMax EB7001RH

are there others??...lol!!

this is one bad azzz blower!!!!..... i got them in stock too!!


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mowngrow
11-05-2002, 11:34 PM
we use the echo pb603s and the 650s. no compaints thus far

little green guy
11-06-2002, 11:01 AM
the oldschool redmax 6200 was the best blower, I have a 7000 and a 7001 and i wish they never changed them, when we're doing cleanups i always grab the 6200. I also had stihl, I hate those things, they where never anything but a pain in the... I also have used the echos, thier not bad I just prefer redmax.

Ricky
11-06-2002, 05:01 PM
I have an Echo back pack that I have been running for 17 yrs. I have done very little to this blower maintenance wise. (filters, plugs, 1rope a few weeks ago) I have dropped it, ran over it, even caught it on fire once. It's like a Timex (Takes a lick'ng and keeps on tick'ng) :) I know that it is about ready for retirement.:(
A while back I was in a shop that sold Sthil and was looking at a hand held. I thought this would be handy for some places. Well with the service that I have gotten with Echo it's hard to change brands. While comparing the Echo hand held, I found that they move more air than my back pack. Also I noticed that Echo has a 2 yr. commercial warranty now. With all that I read here about many of the major companies products, I believe that others make very good products also. I have to wonder why don't they have the same confidence in their products? Many will warranty their blowers and trimmers for 2 yrs. for the homeowner, but when it comes to the commercial application you have only half that. If they don't believe in their products, why should we? How can Echo DOUBLE their commercial warranty?

jsaunders
11-06-2002, 05:42 PM
I LIKED my echo pb 602 UNTIL I strapped on the 650. What a huge difference between the two. The more power the better.:D With the 2 blowers side by side the 602 will only blow1/3 of what the 650 can do.

Swampbeast
11-06-2002, 06:08 PM
Today I went out to buy a set of HC-1600 Echo Hedge clippers, and while I was at the Echo dealer, I demoed a Stihl, I dont remember the number, all I know was it was big, darn big. My 650 blows much harder than that. I also demoed a Redmax, 7001 of course, verrry powerful, but I think my Echo is still more powerful.
I personally think Echo is the most reliable as well.

:cool:

WLC
11-06-2002, 07:40 PM
Are Redmax that good???? Or is that a North thing? There are very few dealers in my area that carry Redmax. Only one that I've seen and not sure if they still do. I've had an Echo that just won't quit;however, I'm looking to upgrade and have considered the Echo 650 but I don't particulary care for the frame too much, it doesn't fit just right in my blower rack. I can pick up the big dawg Shidaiwa for about the same as the Echo. Any latest raves on the Shindaiwa? I can't think of the model off hand but it has very similar CFM and MPH values as the Echo 650.

FrankenScagMachines
11-06-2002, 08:34 PM
Swampbeast, I have the Echo HCR1500 hedgers, very nice. I got mine used but in mint condition for $100.
Just today I got a Kawasaki KRB400A BP Blower, used, but traded about $35 worth of junk for it! Well what I had was worth about $100 but I only had $35 in it. Needs the air filter and cover and rest of the tube but I put a tube on from an old Homelite I had and haven't gotten the air filter yet but did use it today anyway. It's a big step up from a handheld Homelite thats for sure (at idle this bad boy blows what the homelite did at full!!) It's 48.6cc, 3.2hp@7,000 rpms, holds 2 liters of fuel, moves 418 cfm at pipe, at 198mph. 68 dba noise level (not too loud). Weighs in at 18.3lbs. I like it. Especially since it was such a good deal for me! Not heard alot about Kawasaki 2 cycle stuff but this seems like a good machine, I don't know how it compares to other backpack blowers but it's super IMO! I'll try to post a pic of one from their website.

FrankenScagMachines
11-06-2002, 08:41 PM
Oh yea, I CAN start it on my back, reach back with left hand and grab rope and pull out maybe 8", try to get it so you don't start the yanking at the compression stage! It's difficult and awkward until you do it a couple times then its ok. If you don't pick this up right away, just take it off!

Doogiegh
11-06-2002, 08:46 PM
I've started my Redmax 7001 while it's over 1 arm. I can't start it if it is over both, but I can do 1 hand.. And you are right, it can't be in compression mode or you'll rip your shoulder out of it's socket. I can only start it like that if it is hot.. Cold forget it.. I put it down and fire it up on the rack.

Gary

Lawn Sharks
11-07-2002, 05:16 PM
Echo PB-603

Nuff said!

Keth

JimLewis
11-15-2002, 02:12 AM
IMO, there's nothing better than a commercial backpack ECHO.

Northwest
11-15-2002, 02:43 AM
You guys using the Stihl have to try the Redmax, Shin.

I had a Redmax 6200 until it was stolen off my trailer in a church parking lot. I went to the local dealer and all he had in stock was the Stihl 420 so I thought it was better then the old 400 maybe on par with the Redmax and Shin. I took it home used it for five minutes took it back to the dealer and asked if something was wrong with the blower. It did not have close to the power of the Redmax. He said it was fine, I said "order me the Shin 6300" (being Shin was the only other brand he carrys and it is the same blower as the Redmax 6200 except for some minor parts. Now I have a Redmax 7000 and a Shin 6300. The Shin has more power but I think that is because I use only two of the three tubes on both and the Shin's are slightly longer.

How many tubes do you guys use on you blowers two or three?

I suppose everyone with the Stihls and older Echos have to use three.

Don't get me wrong I am not Stihl bashing, love there weedwackers and chainsaws.

JimLewis
11-15-2002, 03:04 AM
How many tubes do you guys use on you blowers two or three? I always use all 3. I love the curved one on the end. However, my crews always take off the 3rd tube and just use 2. I can't figure out why. But whatever....

stevo22
11-15-2002, 05:22 AM
redmax 7000...wish i had the 7001 from what everyone has said about it..it came out shortly after i got the 7000...usually happens that way..

Redmowers
11-15-2002, 11:26 AM
Just bought a Husky to replace my old but reliable Craftsman .Kinda funny it has a Kawasaki engine on it,Starts good and sure beats the hand held style !!