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big tim afm
08-23-2004, 11:52 AM
I'm going to purchase a back pack blower, looking for advice what kind,price's,ect. BIG TIM

IMPACT
08-23-2004, 11:54 AM
Get ready.....:D

KathysLGC
08-23-2004, 11:55 AM
I run the Shin and love it. I got it 3 years ago so i'm not sure what they are now. I think it's something 201mph out put at the nozzle.

seymour_glass
08-23-2004, 12:10 PM
The "biggies" are Echo (the pb650 or 750), Redmax (the eb7001 and now the 8000), and Shindaiwa (whose name i can still never be sure of spelling right - eb630).

The Redmax eb7001, along with the Shindy eb630, used to have the most powerful engines on the market, although whether or not they actually blow harder than the Echo 650/750 seems a long standing dispute on this site. The title of most powerful blower engine now goes to the new Redmax eb8000, though.

The 2 Echo blowers, the pb650 and 750, share the same engine and everything, except that the 750 has a better air filter and nicer straps.

The other contender is the Stihl blower, namely the br420. It has a weaker engine than the other blowers, but I think some people still swear by them.

Any of the above blowers will do you justice, although I think the more powerful Redmax, Echo and Shindy are more suited towards leaf cleanup, etc, rather than just blower grass off driveways.

There are also a bunch of other blowers made by the same manufacturers, and others, but these are the big ones.

When your ready to purchase, you can find a lot of really good deals on both new and used blowers on ebay, if you don't mind forgoing "dealer support".

Oh, and a lot of people will tell you that a blower has this much mph, and blows are at this much cfm (volume), but as far as I'm concerned, this is just my opinion, you can throw all thoses specs out the window, because each manufacter comes up with them differently. I think it's just easier to compare engine displacement (cc's), but more importantly, to just demo. I just ordered an Eccho 650, and my dealer also carries the redmax and Shindy, and they where all the same price, so I put tried each of them out, and chose the Echo simply because it was more comfortable.

Other than that, see the red link up at the top, where it says "search"? Click that and you find a whole host of information. You could stay up all night reading the debates on which blower is better.

FreshCuts
08-23-2004, 01:32 PM
What he said.....

Itsgottobegreen
08-23-2004, 02:07 PM
Well I guess I swear by the legendary echo PB-400e. Echo hasn't change the design much over the last 20 years. I wouldn't own anything else. They will take a pounding and start on the first pull. Mine are 13 years and 9 years old. Used everyday. I love them. Yes there are newer, faster, more powerful and light backpack blowers, but they just can hold up as well as the PB-400e.

tiedeman
08-23-2004, 04:36 PM
look to spend $350+ for a descent blower

PR Fect
08-23-2004, 04:53 PM
Red Max everytime!

65hoss
08-23-2004, 08:03 PM
Redmax baby!!!!!!!!!

txlawnking
08-23-2004, 08:09 PM
I don't own one... Yet, but I will soon. Hoss is dead on.. I have the Stihl br 420c.. If you love ripcord pullin' it's the machine for you. Even though I don't really push leaf clean up, and all I really do is clean up after mowing.. I can say, without a doubt, the Redmax 8000 WILL be my next blower. 1 pull to start, and once running, it is an ANIMAL. I'd guess it's easily twice as strong as my Stihl..

mkwl
08-23-2004, 09:57 PM
I have a Stihl BR320 back-pack blower and it is a great machine!!!! Red Max 7001 and 8000 blowers would also be a good choice.

CJ GreenScapes
08-23-2004, 10:03 PM
I have a Stihl as well. Very dependable, but defintely not the strongest - paid around $325 a year ago.

nickslawn
08-23-2004, 10:07 PM
Don't go by the mph go by cubic ft per hour. That is what moves things. A good hand held ran me $325. It is the redmax eb2500 i think the size is right.
nick

Greenservice
08-23-2004, 10:12 PM
I have been using the Shind. EB630 for a couple of years and I love it. I'm not familiar with the other machines that have been mentioned, but I would definitely recommend that you look at the Shindaiwa

moremowing
08-23-2004, 10:27 PM
Oh yeah, i have a reconed 32cc ryobi, this baby will rocket on ignition. All the lcos in my area want it, but its mine, all mine muhahaha. Cant wait to unleash its fury, but ill have to locate it first i think its somewhere in the back of the tool shed

txlawnking
08-23-2004, 10:37 PM
Originally posted by moremowing
Oh yeah, i have a reconed 32cc ryobi, this baby will rocket on ignition. All the lcos in my area want it, but its mine, all mine muhahaha. Cant wait to unleash its fury, but ill have to locate it first i think its somewhere in the back of the tool shed


ROTF.....:D :D :D :D .... Especially the Muhahahahah part!!

s and s mowing
08-23-2004, 11:28 PM
dag gone,you paid 325 for a redmax hand held,whew you couls have got a 4800 backpack for 300.00.

LwnmwrMan22
08-24-2004, 11:12 AM
Originally posted by nickslawn

Don't go by the mph go by cubic ft per hour. That is what moves things. A good hand held ran me $325. It is the redmax eb2500 i think the size is right.
nick


Shoot, my dealer will give me a hand held with a purchase of a mower.

IMO, there's no reason to own a hand held, unless you don't do any leaf work. There's also no reason to own anything other than the biggest blower out there.

Gotta have enough power to blow ALL the rocks out of the flower bed. :)

MMLawn
08-24-2004, 12:32 PM
I have several BP's but the main two are Stihl BR400 & BR420 and while they do a very good job and have held up very well with only minor repairs I will not probably ever buy another Stihl unless they improve them as they are way too hard to start as others have already said. They run great but you pull several times per start to get them going and they are probably underpowered compared to some of these new Redmax and Shindy and Echo's.

walker-talker
08-24-2004, 01:23 PM
Redmax EB7001, right handed model for me.

BSDeality
08-24-2004, 01:27 PM
just picked up my second Echo 750T ($475) last week. I love em, my dealer said he tried a new redmax 8000 and it wasn't as powerful as he thought it would be. he felt the echo's and shindaiwa's blow just as hard.