View Full Version : Clutches

08-23-2000, 11:37 PM
Well, since I'm getting my backpack tommorow I would like to know one thing about the clutch. I'm buying a Stihl, not the Echo, found out the one I wanted wasn't worth it. Anyway, there was a post about running at full throttle becuase of clutch wear. I don't know if they were talking about Shindaiwa equipment or all manufactuers but I would like to know about these clutches. Wouldn't backpack blowers not have a clutch because when you start them they are automaticaly blowing air? I'm confusing myself. Please help!:eek:

08-24-2000, 12:04 AM
I dont think you are makeing a mistake with the stihl ( i assume BR 400). They are light and powerfull, more so than any other blower ive run. As for the clutches, Echo 2601 trimmers have had problems with clutches. I have 2 of them but i havent had a problem. My freind has about 20 of them and he has replace a few of them. I think it was more of a problem in the early models which was exaserbated when guys would take the guards off of them. I have never heard of clutch problems with blowers, as far as i know they dont have one. I havent been reading posts for a while so i hope i helped somewhat Good luck with the sthil.

Eric ELM
08-24-2000, 01:01 AM
No clutch in backpack blowers.

08-24-2000, 11:47 AM
Scag 48,They were talking aboutstring trimmers when they weretalking about the clutches.

08-24-2000, 11:58 AM
Sorry, no clutch's on BP Blowers. Not that I ever saw. Like runner said I think you misunderstood and heard about the trimmers. I remember a conversation about that on here a few weeks ago.

08-24-2000, 12:07 PM
the flux capisistors go bad on them after about 100 hours dont they?

08-24-2000, 12:13 PM

Them, there back packs don't need no stinking clutches....

08-24-2000, 01:56 PM
Scag you really need to watch out for the pfitzer valve if that goes bad watch out!

08-24-2000, 02:46 PM
maybe look into the power window option....also heard the ac on echo blowers goes out...maybe get a v-6

little green guy
08-24-2000, 08:44 PM
Just heard all br 320 backpack blowers that where sold after 8/23/00 are being recalled because of the anulo compessors are blowing up after 4 hours. Better hurry up and get that thing back to the dealer pronto scag

08-24-2000, 10:13 PM
Bucktail, see you've been watching some Fletch. Quality stuff there. Where in VA are you??

08-24-2000, 10:21 PM
if one of those valves goes bad you'll need a left handed skywrench to fix it, also some dehyrated water will keep her running perfect...lol seriously, watch out for loose fitting clothes with the stihl, it'll suck a shirt right off your back. been there it is no fun..

08-24-2000, 10:55 PM
Its all ball bearings these days, and clean them windows, there's filth and muck all over em.....

just remenising......

08-25-2000, 12:00 AM
Don't forget the 30 weight oil! And some anti-freeze, Prestone! It's all ball bearings and oil these days!

08-25-2000, 12:50 AM
Originally posted by FIREMAN
if one of those valves goes bad you'll need a left handed skywrench to fix it, also some dehyrated water will keep her running perfect...lol seriously, watch out for loose fitting clothes with the stihl, it'll suck a shirt right off your back. been there it is no fun..

Check the henway too :D

You aren't kidding about the shirts, mine have claimed many. The damn noise it makes when it does that is almost as bad as feeling your shirt come apart.

08-25-2000, 01:08 AM
If it's a Stihl blower,it's not so much the pfitzer valve you have to wirryabout, as the conooten valve that wears out. I once sent my girlfriend to the auto store for some things and asked her to also get one of these. She came back without one, so they might be hard to come by.

08-25-2000, 08:44 PM
Barkleymut Old Virginni where in the hell is that?SE of course

08-25-2000, 08:47 PM
By the way how did you know Virginia?

08-25-2000, 09:32 PM
I saw something about ODU in one of your posts or maybe your bio. I'm in Richmond.

08-26-2000, 07:52 AM
Not to far I'm at the beach if you come down for the horticulture conference in Jan give me a holler.

08-26-2000, 08:56 AM
I know a guy....had the canooten valve go on his Stihl and the thing shot right through the block and into his head !!! Scag...you should get a helmet to wear while blowing with that thing. I highly recomend a full face motorcycle helmet. Don't want to take any chances here !

Grasscape Inc
08-26-2000, 09:22 AM
If you get the autotransmission be sure to change the oil frequently. Gets dirty.
If you go with the manual, get the overdrive for more blows per tank. The clutches on the stihls are ok, I would recommend the Redmax though. Less pedal travel, and smother shifting into gears.

08-26-2000, 10:51 AM
Is there a turbo or diesel option on that?

John DiMartino
08-26-2000, 11:43 AM
I think there is a twin turbo,and twin sequential turbo option for quick response and top end performance all in one blower

08-26-2000, 04:44 PM
I heard that if you strap on the twin-tubo backpack blower and hold the tube facing down, you"ll fly!

08-26-2000, 05:00 PM
don't scare the kid..........(LOL)

This is good stuff

Grasscape Inc
08-26-2000, 06:46 PM
Bob, only the intercooled turbo will lift you off, not the standard.