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wave~life
04-13-2003, 08:09 PM
Hi,

Was wondering if you guys could recommend a inexpensive hand held blower.
I can't afford a back pack blower right now so am thinking maybe echo hand held?
Would that be a good choice?


wave~life

DLS1
04-13-2003, 08:16 PM
Echo at Home Depot. I bought one beginning of last year and no problems yet.

grassdaddy
04-13-2003, 08:23 PM
I have the 200.00 Echo shred/vac.Its reliable,and starts easy.BUT it don't have a whole bunch of power,blows grass fine ,if wind ain't agains't you.Vaccum power isn't too strong either.:cool:

wave~life
04-13-2003, 08:29 PM
Originally posted by LSDLS
Echo at Home Depot. I bought one beginning of last year and no problems yet.
Howdy,

Thanks for the info.I will plan a trip to the Depot first thing in the morning to check out their echo blowers.
Any model number better then the rest?


wave~life

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wave~life
04-13-2003, 08:33 PM
Originally posted by grassdaddy
I have the 200.00 Echo shred/vac.Its reliable,and starts easy.BUT it don't have a whole bunch of power,blows grass fine ,if wind ain't agains't you.Vaccum power isn't too strong either.:cool:

Thanks for the info Grassdaddy,looks like echo might be the way to go.I will try to keep the wind at my back and hope for the best. ; )

wave~life

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PaulJ
04-14-2003, 12:19 AM
For commercial quality Echo or Stihl will probably be the least expensive.

But

The absolute cheapest gas blower I have found is a Weedeater for about $60

It has real throttle control just a choke.

It is what I started with and I still use it for a backup or if my arms are getting tired. It is the lightest blower I have found also.
And It blows enough air to get the clippings off the concrete, which is all i need a blower for most of the time.

wave~life
04-14-2003, 02:54 AM
Originally posted by PaulJ
For commercial quality Echo or Stihl will probably be the least expensive.

But

The absolute cheapest gas blower I have found is a Weedeater for about $60

It has real throttle control just a choke.

It is what I started with and I still use it for a backup or if my arms are getting tired. It is the lightest blower I have found also.
And It blows enough air to get the clippings off the concrete, which is all i need a blower for most of the time.
Howdy Paul,

I will be looking at the depot tomorrow,sometimes they carry the weedeater brands.All I really need it todo is blow the clippings off the hard surfaces so the weedeater might be a good cheap alternative right now.Thanks for the recky.

wave~life

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CMLLawnServices
04-14-2003, 05:16 PM
I`m all with paulj I bought one of those cuz it was 70 bucks as a back up to my stihl hand held and I use that thing more than the stihl , it doesn`t start as easy but it is really light and blows pretty good and i will have it with me always on the trailer.
its a definate for the cheapest blower.

lawncare3
04-15-2003, 02:39 PM
ECHO PB2100 I bought one of these @ home cheepo for $149.95.

It had a much more soild handdle then a weedeater but, I had one of those weedeaters and it worked good until I got my stihl br420c magnum.

But, for a handheld I would say go with the echo.

Good Luck,

Chris

:) :)

wave~life
04-15-2003, 08:18 PM
Originally posted by CMLLawnServices
I`m all with paulj I bought one of those cuz it was 70 bucks as a back up to my stihl hand held and I use that thing more than the stihl , it doesn`t start as easy but it is really light and blows pretty good and i will have it with me always on the trailer.
its a definate for the cheapest blower.
Thanks for the info.I went to the depot today but they are no longer carrying the weedeater brand.However their compitiion "Lowes" across the street had the weed eater you guys have been talking about.Came to about $73.00 with tax.
This will do untill I can aford a backpack blower.

wave~life


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Groucho Marx

wave~life
04-15-2003, 08:22 PM
Originally posted by lawncare3
ECHO PB2100 I bought one of these @ home cheepo for $149.95.

It had a much more soild handdle then a weedeater but, I had one of those weedeaters and it worked good until I got my stihl br420c magnum.

But, for a handheld I would say go with the echo.

Good Luck,

Chris

:) :)
Thanks for the info Chris.I had to go with a weed eater brand because of cost factors.I have looked at the Echo and have heard good things about it but I it just was'nt in the budget.I will use this for a few months then get a back pack blower and use this as my backup. : )

wave~life

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Gr grass n Hi tides
04-20-2003, 03:26 PM
Wave -

When you do upgrade you might not have to spend a ton of money. I paid about $200 for my Stihl BG85 hand held, which has plenty, and I mean plenty of power. I don't have any big parking lots to blow right now, just a couple of small ones and residentials so the BG85 is very adequate.

I had a big spring clean up recently on which the property was neglected for 14 years. On the back porch was an indoor/outdoor rug covered with a four inch layer of leaves, pine needles, etc. It was was so heavy and thick you could have planted flowers in it. The BG85 blew that thing off in no time flat.

wave~life
04-21-2003, 07:25 PM
[QUOTE]Originally posted by Gr grass n Hi tides
Wave -

When you do upgrade you might not have to spend a ton of money. I paid about $200 for my Stihl BG85 hand held, which has plenty, and I mean plenty of power. I don't have any big parking lots to blow right now, just a couple of small ones and residentials so the BG85 is very adequate.

I had a big spring clean up recently on which the property was neglected for 14 years. On the back porch was an indoor/outdoor rug covered with a four inch layer of leaves, pine needles, etc. It was was so heavy and thick you could have planted flowers in it. The BG85 blew that thing off in no time flat. [/QUOTE

Hey Gr grass n Hi tides,

Thanks for the info.I just bought a Weedeater for $73.00 with tax and the blower pull start has already broken.I have only used it 3 times for total of 30 minutes.So it looks like I will have to upgrade to the Echo for a better made piece of equipment.The BG85 sounds good but I can buy a Echo blower for around $150.00 at home depot.Hopefully it will last me longer then the Weedeater.

Wave~life

"Time flies like an arrow. Fruit flies like a banana".
Groucho Marx

Gr grass n Hi tides
04-21-2003, 09:42 PM
Wave -

Sorry to hear of the hard luck. Can you get any credit for the weedeater? Better luck on try #2 !

wave~life
04-22-2003, 03:09 AM
Originally posted by Gr grass n Hi tides
Wave -

Sorry to hear of the hard luck. Can you get any credit for the weedeater? Better luck on try #2 !

It was kind of funny,I was finished with a 2 hour job and thought well just a quick blow and am off,machine brakes then am 20 minutes with the broom, my back would love to see the blower again.lol.Hopefully I can get credit on the blower,will see tomorrow when I take it back.

wave~life

Primecut
04-25-2003, 09:00 PM
My 2 cents is that a back pack blower is well worth having over hand helds. It will cost you more up front, but it will save you much more in the long run. I know that may not be feasible at this point, but whenever you get the chance, i recommend you make the upgrade. You'll be amazed the time they save. Stihl 400 or 420- by the way- is my choice. Best of luck.

wave~life
04-25-2003, 09:31 PM
Originally posted by Primecut
My 2 cents is that a back pack blower is well worth having over hand held. It will cost you more up front, but it will save you much more in the long run. I know that may not be feasible at this point, but whenever you get the chance, i recommend you make the upgrade. You'll be amazed the time they save. Stihl 400 or 420- by the way- is my choice. Best of luck.

Hey Primecut,

Thanks for the input.I have decided to save my money for a month and buy a Shindawa back back blower since it has a 2 year commercial warranty and the service center is just one mile away.In the mean time am going to get a Stihl hand held.Had to much trouble with the Weedeater brand so am going to spend a little more for the $140.00 Stihl model.

Wave~life

ed's lawn service
04-30-2003, 10:15 PM
I've got the Stihl BG55 hand held blower and I think that it is a pretty good buy for the money. I paid $150 at our local Stihl dealer and have done several leaf cleanups with it. It doesn't like wet leaves at all. Especially when they are about a foot thick. Using it all day will wear your shoulder out pretty fast.

wave~life
05-01-2003, 08:42 PM
Originally posted by ed's lawn service
I've got the Stihl BG55 hand held blower and I think that it is a pretty good buy for the money. I paid $150 at our local Stihl dealer and have done several leaf cleanups with it. It doesn't like wet leaves at all. Especially when they are about a foot thick. Using it all day will wear your shoulder out pretty fast.


Thanks for the suggestion Ed.
The Stihl hand held seems by far the choice of the lawnsite forum.

wave~life