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ngibson6
05-29-2012, 11:51 PM
Was wondering if anyone knew why Shindaiwa stopped making the EB8520? Was looking to buy one from a dealer but wanted to know why they don't make them anymore before I did. If it was reliability issues or whatever I'd maybe go with something else.

Realslowww
05-30-2012, 04:50 AM
I believe the 8510 destroyed the rep of the products, their big 4 stroke blowers were literaly known to blow bad in the reliability department. :laugh:

Alan0354
05-30-2012, 04:58 AM
8510 was so bad no body dare to touch it with a 10' pole.

pugs
05-30-2012, 02:41 PM
Was wondering if anyone knew why Shindaiwa stopped making the EB8520? Was looking to buy one from a dealer but wanted to know why they don't make them anymore before I did. If it was reliability issues or whatever I'd maybe go with something else.

They still make them. They recently changed their whole numbering scheme to simplify things. The old models the 4 strokes were 4 digits and the 2 strokes were 3 digits. Now everything is 3 digits.

EB8520 = EB854 now.

They also changed the name from C4 technology to H4 or Hybrid4 technology. The color of all the 4 cycles used to be blue also, now it is red like the 2 strokes.

The first two digits of the model number is the approximate size of the engine in CC. The last digit is 4 for 4 cycle and 2 for 2 cycle. So EB854 is 85cc 4 cycle. 242 would be 24cc 2 cycle.

BCL Services
05-30-2012, 04:25 PM
The 8520 was the worst purchase i have ever made.

Alan0354
05-30-2012, 06:19 PM
If there are fundamental fraud in the 8510, bandage into 8520 or 854 is not going to fix it all. Go with the Shindaiwa EB802 that is reliable from day one and forget the last little cfm and mph.

ngibson6
05-31-2012, 07:24 AM
Thanks for all the info. Started leaning towards the 854 but now not so sure. Didn't realize the 854 was an 8520 in disguise. lol I've had an 8510 for the last few years, I think I'm the only one who had no problems with mine.

socty
12-08-2012, 10:00 AM
I agree. I bought a redmax because I was so disgusted with the performance of the 8510 and the way my dealer and Shindaiwa handled it. Mostly I blame Shindaiwa. They should have given rebates or credits on future purchases. I finally bought another Shindaiwa blower this year. So far so good. Their stuff is usually top shelf, but my 8510 is rotting on the bottom shelf in my garage.

sven1277
12-08-2012, 06:24 PM
I had a couple 8510's. They were so bad, shindy replaced them with 802's when they first came out. I now own 7 of them.

joed
12-08-2012, 09:03 PM
Thanks for all the info. Started leaning towards the 854 but now not so sure. Didn't realize the 854 was an 8520 in disguise. lol I've had an 8510 for the last few years, I think I'm the only one who had no problems with mine.

I wouldn't bother with the 854. I bought it a few years ago, sold it, and replaced it with a Redmax 8500. The 854 was a nice blower, built well, but it was hard to start and did not blow nearly as well as the numbers would seem to indicate. The 802 is a different story. That's a good blower.

SDLandscapes VT
12-09-2012, 08:03 PM
we have two 854's and have no major issues

dave_14385
01-28-2013, 01:34 AM
we have two 854's and have no major issues

I like my 854 as well.

ddixon7
01-28-2013, 01:03 PM
It was so weird. Never had a problem with Shindaiwa for 20 years. About 8 or 9 years ago? when those blue 8510s came out, I bought one because it was advertised as the most powerful blower. Never buy one of those 4 stroke pieces of junk again. I ended up going through a few different blowers in one year because they would only last about 30-40 hours... Redmax all the way now for blowers.

lawnboy dan
01-29-2013, 06:06 AM
never again for me too. my c4 stuff lasted only 1.5 seasons.