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BBallkid42
10-18-2011, 07:34 PM
Looking into purchasing a new Stihl backpack blower. Narrowed my options down to the 430, 550, and 600. Any experience with any of these would be appreciated, thanks.

corey4671
10-18-2011, 08:04 PM
anything less than the 600 is a waste. yes it costs more. you will thank yourself later.

turbo5560
10-18-2011, 08:10 PM
agreed, buy a 600 and don't look back. i got three 600's and love them!

knox gsl
10-18-2011, 08:32 PM
600 magnum, best stihl blower ever.

silverado212
10-18-2011, 08:34 PM
BR600 all the way

StihlMechanic
10-18-2011, 08:36 PM
Ryobi backpack blower

corey4671
10-18-2011, 08:45 PM
4 out of 5 tell you Stihl 600....

ed2hess
10-18-2011, 08:52 PM
Hold on there.....the 600 is still FAILING in our market buy the 420 it is a 2 stroke. And if you think it isn't powerful enough get the big Echo since it is a 2 stroke. I seen another 600 last week that had a busted sump and not cost effective to repair. Nobody would buy a used one in our area.

dreamscapes29
10-18-2011, 08:59 PM
I have a 600 and it works great! Been running it almost 4 years! and no problems yet!

JABBERS
10-18-2011, 09:01 PM
600 on the way. My kids use my 420. I even do cleanups in the spring with it, i blow all the sticks and dead grass. I bought mine when they first come out and last year I replaced the carburetor with a new and improved one. I have push blowers I never use because the 600 is that good.

StihlBR600
10-18-2011, 10:07 PM
BR600 go big or go home. Best $500 youll ever spend

Ridin' Green
10-18-2011, 11:39 PM
Hold on there.....the 600 is still FAILING in our market buy the 420 it is a 2 stroke. And if you think it isn't powerful enough get the big Echo since it is a 2 stroke. I seen another 600 last week that had a busted sump and not cost effective to repair. Nobody would buy a used one in our area.

I'm sorry you seem to have had so much trouble with Stihl blowers, but-

please don't come into every thread that mentions them and run them down, because there are just too many guys here who have had nothing but good luck with them for them to be as bad as you make them out to be.

I understand that not everyone is on board with Stihl and I'm OK with that, but it gets old to see the same few people constantly running Stihl down due to a very few bad examples.


To the OP:
I love my BR600M, but biggest isn't always best (usually, but not always), so it seems only prudent to look at buying the best you can afford, and one that will meet all your requirements, both now and possibly in the future. If you can swing the relatively small difference in cost for the 600 over the others, do it. You won't regret it, and if you can't, at least get the biggest you can afford right now, and then go back for the 600 when you can swing it.

Also, I would check into the BR420 D as well. They're pure 2 strokes, and still avaliable according to Stihl. They have greater CFM's (though not by a huge margin) over the 430. Ignore the small difference in MPH because CFM's do the real work in moving debris.

Maybe this comparison chart will help you some as well-
http://www.stihlusa.com/blowers/comparison.html

PLS-Tx
10-18-2011, 11:55 PM
We have 5 BR 600's, they have been great.

The oldest is about 5 years, I think.

The newest one is a Magnum, very nice.

We use them every day, they are worked very hard.

When we need another blower it will be a Br 600, no need to look at anything else.

Yes, we have owned other brands but we like the 600's best.

MowingMowingMowing
10-19-2011, 12:24 AM
BR 600 MAG for the win! Powerful and not heavy like some of the other bps on the market.

bmc1025
10-19-2011, 12:29 AM
BR600 MAG you will save the extra $$ you spent in productivity in no time.

StihlMechanic
10-19-2011, 01:13 AM
Hold on there.....the 600 is still FAILING in our market buy the 420 it is a 2 stroke. And if you think it isn't powerful enough get the big Echo since it is a 2 stroke. I seen another 600 last week that had a busted sump and not cost effective to repair. Nobody would buy a used one in our area.

I bet you $2 that you ran the blower without the nozzle OR the tip of the nozzle was wore down. The br600 impeller creates so much volume it requires back pressure or this will occur.


To the OP: I would just go buy a BR600 so you can see what everyone is raving about.

Maco Services
10-19-2011, 06:25 AM
We've had 3 600's. Love the power, hate how tempting they are for theft, and reliability. One of our chunked an engine 1 month old. I've seen LOTS of them at the stihl dealer basically needing new engines.

Coming from the technicians on site, all recommending grabbing the 420magnum while they can, since it's been replaced by the 430 now. It's their reliability pick of the litter.

I agree the 600 will blow away the competition, and with the money you can produce with it, it may not matter to anyone that they may only be usable for a short life compared to the simpler counterparts. I however am frustrated with items that are relatively new and aren't cost effective to be able to repair/rebuild. I also prefer to expand our crews and equipment and replace the oldest equipment as it wears out, not because of random chance or a signficantly more enticing amount of theft. We have had handfuls of items stolen from our trucks, but nothing seems to get thief's more bold that these blowers.

Cut cable lock from just outside my garage and one theif drove onto a property we were servicing (down a 150 ft driveway) stole the blower, backed off, all while my guy was mowing a small rear backyard. He came back around just to see their taillights leaving the driveway.

I do love the 600s, but can't justify it since we don't really NEED the extra capability as we don't do many fall cleanups in the traditional sense.

Good luck with your purchase!

hackitdown
10-19-2011, 07:50 AM
I just bought my 3rd BR600. I replaced one that blew up after 4 years of daily use. They run hard in November, we will run through 3 or 4 tanks of fuel per day in each blower. I do no maintenance on the blowers. I recently bought a Redmax 8500 based on the specs, but we all prefer the BR600.

Spend the extra $$ to get the biggest blower.

scocar
10-19-2011, 09:01 AM
have not priced these out so not sure if this is a good deal or not but here tis

http://atlanta.craigslist.org/nat/grd/2646817945.html

ralph02813
10-19-2011, 10:44 AM
go for the 600 or get a bigger blower like a redmax about 20% more cfm

TopNotchLawnCare
10-19-2011, 03:08 PM
Love my BR600 Magnum. Best money I've ever spent on equipment. Makes leaf cleanups a breeze!

ALEX'S LANDSCAPING
10-19-2011, 03:49 PM
Br 600 magnum
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Kelly's Landscaping
10-19-2011, 04:09 PM
Use to use the old br 400s back in the day probably went through about 5 of them. Since being in business for myself Iv owned 9 br 400/420s same thing and 16 br 600s.

So I might know what I am talking about the 420s are worthless compared to the 600s all mine still ran and we gave them away for 50 bucks a piece. The 600 has like 60% more power you can not go wrong with the 600s and you can still get them for under 450 dollars if you know your dealer so I do not understand the cost argument at all for what they do they are cheap. Costs you about 50 cents per hour of its life there are far more expensive things in our trade then that.

goodgreen
10-22-2011, 10:18 PM
I've had the 550 for about two years now, but then mine is a part time business. So if you are full time, maybe move up to the 600. Only complaint I've had is that it seems heavy to me. But it certainly does the job!

MGV
10-23-2011, 12:08 AM
600....only way to go. Best blower I have