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TJLC
10-03-2000, 08:14 PM
When it comes to buying a backpack blower, which is more important to look for, air velocity or cfm's or both? Where does the real power come from?

Indiana
10-03-2000, 08:19 PM
I have always looked at cfm's and velocity.

I have two Husky 145's I like them. Husky has the one hand controls on the pipe. I think Stihl does too. Husky now has 155's out. (more velocity)

Everyone tells me though that the Stihl has the best backpack blower. Probably my next two will be Stihl's, maybe. I have a Stihl HR75 hand-held blower with a vacuum attachment. Man, that thing really picks leaves and debris up. I really like it. If the the Stihl back-packs are like that I will buy them next time.

bob
10-03-2000, 08:58 PM
CFM's is what will move large piles of debris. Velocity will help dislodge debris. I've seen hand held blower ad's that claim a velocity of 200mph. I doubt it. Think about this, you can probably blow through a drinking straw over 100 mph. But with out much CMF's, your not going to move very much.

John DiMartino
10-03-2000, 09:14 PM
I look for light weight also,I had a heavy old snapper BP for a while,it was very hard to get on and so so heavy.

mdb landscaping
10-03-2000, 09:27 PM
i currently am using a stihl Br400. i worked with a landscaper who had 4 of them and when i started my business i never took a second look at them. i went out and bought one for myself. the hand controls on the pipe work very well and are very comfortable to use. i would recommend giving stihl a good hard look. its worth it

landscaper3
10-03-2000, 09:31 PM
Go to http://www.alamia.com do some comparasins Echo, Stihl, Red Max ect ect we have Echo PB60Hts and love em but do the comparisons and make sure its a commercial blower.

RYAN
10-03-2000, 09:50 PM
I just got my First backpack blower yesterday. Afer reading the posts in here I decided on the Stihl BR400. I am very impressed. It is easy, comfortable and has tons of power. I love to use it. Sure beats the hell out of the Backpack echo's I used when I worked for someone else. And It really kills my 3 year old echo hand held. I would definately buy another and recommend it to others.

Scag48
10-04-2000, 12:01 AM
As most of you know I run a Stihl backpack blower. I have the BR320. Not the biggest out there but big enough for me. I do parking lot, lawn, and actually pine needle work with it. If you're power hungary, go for the 400. I don't care what anyone says, I think Stihl is the best! And it sure beats the crap out of sweeping!

Scag48
10-04-2000, 12:02 AM
As most of you know I run a Stihl backpack blower. I have the BR320. Not the biggest out there but big enough for me. I do parking lot, lawn, and actually pine needle work with it. As for looking choosing between a blower with more MPHs or CFMs than the other, look at one with the best combo of both. Thats what I did anyway. If you're power hungary, go for the 400. I don't care what anyone says, I think Stihl is the best! And it sure beats the crap out of sweeping!

Jerrys Lawn Service
10-05-2000, 10:11 PM
We currently run BR400's they get a little ragged out after 3 or 4 years, but that's to be expected. We are looking into changing to Vandermolen next year. They are 750 cfm's and only 19 lbs. Kawasaki engines, they claim 225 mph. As far as we know it's the largest cfm's in the backpack market. For more information you can find them at
wikco@compuserve.com

Good luck,

Jerry's Lawn Service

SJR Lawncare
10-06-2000, 06:15 PM
I use the Poulan 442 BP, Ive always used these, It has lots of power, & blows leaves very well. They usually last 2-3 seasons, heavy use, mowing, then leaf season.
SJR

jasonp
10-06-2000, 07:35 PM
It looks like sthil 320 or 400 ia your best bet.

accuratelawn
10-06-2000, 08:51 PM
After three years use BR400, I ordered a Shindaiwa EB6200?
Think that is the right number. I have had good luck with their trimmers and hedge trimmers, hope the blower with be a wise choice.

KirbysLawn
10-06-2000, 09:01 PM
Sthil BR 400 for me also.

Keith
10-06-2000, 09:21 PM
Originally posted by accuratelawn
After three years use BR400, I ordered a Shindaiwa EB6200?
Think that is the right number. I have had good luck with their trimmers and hedge trimmers, hope the blower with be a wise choice.

EB 630.

I too have used Stihls for years and recently bought a Shindaiwa. It wasn't one of those things, when you strap it on the first time and you know it's better. You can tell it may flow a little more air. It takes a little use to know the machine and how powerful it is. After about two weeks, use the Stihl again and the difference will be apparent.

stick9
10-06-2000, 11:31 PM
We use Redmax 6200 and have (1) 7000. Could NOT be happier. These bad boys can blow through ANYTHING and have power to spare! I would ONLY use Redmax! (just my opinion, though).


SticK-nine

leeslawncare
10-07-2000, 11:39 PM
Redmaxx 6200 is what i use . It is the most awsomest blower i've ever seen .it will move a brick across the pavement !!!!!

Keith
10-08-2000, 12:52 AM
Ahhh, the brick across pavement. That was an old Stihl selling point. I have never found the need to blow bricks off the pavement, LOL. Try a full bag of mulch, much more impressive to the onlooker.

powerreel
10-08-2000, 01:08 AM
I have 2 backpacks a BR400 and a Shindaiwa EB480 both are different, the BR is light and powerful but doesn't have mid range power. I love the EB480 if I'm gonna be blowing alot of stuff, lots of mid range good control of piles of debris. The BR much lighter and if you are in and out of the truck alot I'd say BR, do big places with lots of varied blow off time go with Shindaiwa the extra weight is worth the added control.

MIDSOUTH
10-08-2000, 03:33 PM
i have the br400 and a hand held right now.i love the br400-but i am going to by another one next year and i will get the strongest one with the most cfms and mph's i can find.

dhicks
10-08-2000, 07:31 PM
I recently bought a RedMax EB7000 and I like it. Plenty of power and e-z operation.