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Matt Mow's
10-13-2011, 10:25 PM
I am looking into getting a new blower soon and don't know which one to get. What do you guys think?

Specifications:

Stihl- $359.99
181 mph at 465 cfm

Redmax- $309.99
191 mph at 406 cfm

Thanks for the help.

A+Grounds
10-13-2011, 10:28 PM
why are you looking into smaller bp blowers, having the extra power is great on some jobs. out of those 2 redmax

Ridin' Green
10-13-2011, 10:43 PM
Out of those 2, the BR 380D no question. The Stihl is also a 2 stroke, and it has higher CFM. CFM is what moves bulky debris like windrows of wet leaves and heavy wet grass clipings, not MPH. The small 10 mph advantage of the Redmax can't come anywhere near overcoming the 59 CFM difference in favor of the Stihl.

ALEX'S LANDSCAPING
10-13-2011, 10:52 PM
Just got the new BR200 today liking it a lot. Moved a 3 inch pile of wet leaves but if you do not want that, the BR380D is not avail in Canada so I cannot say Anything :(:(:(:(:(:(:( I wish it was!
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Matt Mow's
10-13-2011, 11:03 PM
The main reason that I was looking at the smaller blowers was the money. I live in Florida and I don't really do any big leaf jobs in the fall or anything like that. I just have a hard time justifying spending $500 on a blower. But if they are that much better, please give me some reviews or info on them.

dieseltech
10-13-2011, 11:07 PM
Look at the best backpack blower thread... There is also the echo pb500 wich is around 330$
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Landscape Poet
10-13-2011, 11:21 PM
The main reason that I was looking at the smaller blowers was the money. I live in Florida and I don't really do any big leaf jobs in the fall or anything like that. I just have a hard time justifying spending $500 on a blower. But if they are that much better, please give me some reviews or info on them.

Drive to the Orlando area and I have a 1 year old Redmax of the model you are talking about for sale for $150......It works for grass clippings.....but it did not take long for me to understand that I was losing in labor quickly the difference in price of buying bigger back pack blowers....we have the old shini eb630 and a new br600....makes life easier on the really hot days for sure and it helps when the blades of the turf are wet from rain or dew.....if you can hold out....i suggest bigger...if not...come buy mine.

A+Grounds
10-14-2011, 01:23 AM
they are very much worth it, they speed up clean up on everything. most powerful out there that i know of is the redmax ebz 8050 and the echo pb-770. look into it, i think you'll find a bigger backpack blower be a much better choice

StihlMechanic
10-14-2011, 02:19 AM
If it were me the BR600 is worth it. But if price is a factor you might look at the bg86 handheld blower.

Ridin' Green
10-14-2011, 01:41 PM
they are very much worth it, they speed up clean up on everything. most powerful out there that i know of is the redmax ebz 8050 and the echo pb-770. look into it, i think you'll find a bigger backpack blower be a much better choice

The Redmax 8500/Huqvarna 580 is the biggest out now, at least on paper. I sure couldn't see it when I demo'd them all side by side.

knox gsl
10-14-2011, 01:52 PM
Great advice, get a handheld for now and then buy a backpack when you get the cash. You will still use your handheld for small tight areas like around pools. A hand held is a better buy than a small backpack.
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A+Grounds
10-14-2011, 07:55 PM
The Redmax 8500/Huqvarna 580 is the biggest out now, at least on paper. I sure couldn't see it when I demo'd them all side by side.

nobody knows the MOST powerful. but matt if you want to ever decide for yourself which is the most powerful read this
http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=331587

stickleylawncare
10-14-2011, 08:10 PM
I live in Florida and I don't really do any big leaf jobs in the fall or anything like that. I just have a hard time justifying spending $500 on a blower.

They are well worth the money. Even if a smaller one works "great" for you most of the time, if you run into thicker grass, or leaves/pine needles plus water, the smaller blowers just don't move that stuff.

Out of just pure terrible luck, both of the BRs went out on us last week on the same day, had to fall back on some mid grade echo back ups for a few days, added almost an hour average to those days. Those clippings stuck to wet spots, all the oak leaves down from the wind/rain storms, etc , just pure frustrating not having a full powered blower.

dieseltech
10-14-2011, 08:18 PM
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Ridin' Green
10-14-2011, 08:28 PM
nobody knows the MOST powerful. but matt if you want to ever decide for yourself which is the most powerful read this
http://www.lawnsite.com/showthread.php?t=331587

All anyone can do is go by the manufacturer's specs, and that makes the Redmax 8500/Huqvarana 580 the most powerful. Like I said, I sure couldn't tell it, and I demo'd it right along side of the Echo 770 and BR600M.

Look up the thread "Blower demo day".

Alan0354
10-15-2011, 05:16 AM
380 have years of bullet proof reputation. It just not the strongest blower anymore. Between the two, I'll go with the Stihl.

ralph02813
10-15-2011, 08:11 AM
@mattmows - windspeed is a measure of not much, you really need to look at cfm the redmax 8500 for a few dollars more pushes twice the air.

ralph02813
10-15-2011, 08:17 AM
@ridin greene - both have nearly the same cfm hus at 907 redmax 908

Ridin' Green
10-15-2011, 12:36 PM
@ridin greene - both have nearly the same cfm hus at 907 redmax 908

That's because they are the same machine, and the reason for the / in between their names. Husqvarna owns Redmax. Other than the color, when you look at one, you're looking at the other.:)

Matt Mow's
10-15-2011, 11:37 PM
Thanks guys for all the advice. I think I'll wait a little longer and go with a bigger blower.

Ridin' Green
10-15-2011, 11:42 PM
Thanks guys for all the advice. I think I'll wait a little longer and go with a bigger blower.

Unless you have a ton of wet grass and/or leaves, why bother if you already have the BR320? I have the BR600M, and the BR320 as well as a SH85. The BR600 only gets used for major storm cleanups, and late season heavy fall leaves. I have a lot of trees on my own property but I use the 320 more than anything. It'll clean up any grass I have ever come across while mowing any of my properties, wet or dry.

Still, if you want a bigger blower, that's all the reason you really need now isn't it.Thumbs Up

ndangelo44
10-15-2011, 11:51 PM
CFM's is what to look at when buying anything that moves air. My other job requires the use of high powered fans and CFM's is the rating looked at not MPH. Good luck with your purchase and both blowers are great quaility.

Alan0354
10-16-2011, 05:27 AM
The main reason that I was looking at the smaller blowers was the money. I live in Florida and I don't really do any big leaf jobs in the fall or anything like that. I just have a hard time justifying spending $500 on a blower. But if they are that much better, please give me some reviews or info on them.

Check out the kawasaki KRB750 or the maruyama BL8100. Those are exact same blowers and they should be much stronger than the two you mentioned. Check on ebay, you can get one for about $410. It is 65cc big blower, might not be as strong as the top blowers, but it is cheaper, quieter and lighter.

Back to general situation, get yourself a good blower, Like the Echo PB770 or Shindaiwa EB802, they are $499 and very strong and very reliable. You never have too strong a blower.

ralph02813
10-16-2011, 05:53 AM
good move Matt!

chip25521
10-16-2011, 09:27 AM
I just bought an echo pb-770t and I love it. It feels great when it b
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chip25521
10-16-2011, 09:30 AM
I just bought an echo pb-770t and I love it. It feels great when it blows the air on your back and moves mulch out of beds on idle of you're not careful. That's how powerful it is. I don't know about it compared to the others but they're all up there I'm sure from the reviews we've seen lately. If you're going to pay around 400 with tax I'd say save up a little more. If you get the 770 at a dealer it's going to be a good 550 with tax and online it's quite a bit cheaper. Around the 460 price range.
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