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christoff
12-20-2004, 10:16 PM
OK so I have read a lot of posts concerning blowers and this is what I gather. The air speed and the cubic feet per minute (cfm) are both important when talking about how powerful a blower is, and that you need high numbers of each in order to move debris faster. Now from reading on this board I have gathered that you should mulitply the cfm by the air speed and take those numbers from the blowers and compare them. So this is what I got


Husky:
-----cfm air speed total
125 310.8 116 mph 35960
145 310.8 161 mph 49911
155 377.9 181 mph 68237
165 452.0 179 mph 80908

Stihl:
-------cfm air speed total
BR 340 488 161 mph 78568
BR 420 518 170 mph 88060

Echo:
----cfm air speed total
260 375 155 58125
403 380 175 66500
650 625 201 125625

Redmax:
-------cfm air speed total
eb7001 629 205 128945
eb8000 688 203 139665

Homelite:

---------------cfm air speed total
25cc backpack 400 175 68500

McCulloch:
------cfm air speed total
B3202 425 180 76500

So from the numbers the cheaper Homelite is comparable to the second highest model of Husky but is about a third of the price? Also the cheaper the McCulloch is comparable to the BR320 of still but is a lot cheaper as well.
It seems that Echo 's line of blowers suck, except there bigger blowers, and Redmax is in a league of its own. What I'm getting at is, you can buy a cheaper blower and get the same if not better results. What do you guys think?

Envy Lawn Service
12-20-2004, 10:31 PM
Word to the wise.... don't buy cheap 2 cycle stuff.

You loose in the long run.

While you are at the math game, you need to try dividing the price of the blower by the number of hours of life expectancy while in commercial operation. This shows want the true value purchases are.


By the way, a lot of the numbers for blowers you are comparing are collected at different locations. Many MFG's publish CFM's at the housing. Who runs them without tubes?

christoff
12-20-2004, 10:33 PM
Sorry, forgot to mention, all these numbers are from the pipe end

beransfixitinc
12-20-2004, 11:36 PM
By the way, a lot of the numbers for blowers you are comparing are collected at different locations. Many MFG's publish CFM's at the housing. Who runs them without tubes?

Kind of like HP, people see the big HP in the auto sales ads, but it's the RWHP that makes the money.

out4now
12-20-2004, 11:37 PM
Yep, HP in cars ads are brake HP not HP at the rear wheels.

PaulJ
12-20-2004, 11:46 PM
When lookig at the numbers make sure they are in the same units
Some only give thenm in metric and have to be converted. cubic meters per second are not the same as cubic ft per second, and miles per hour are not the same as feet per minute.
and even though the cheaper stuff has the similar air flow you have to consider if the whole machine will last long enough to make the cost savings worth it.

And how much air flow do you really need to move a few clippings off the drive?

YardPro
12-21-2004, 01:28 AM
cheap ones will not last.
they will cost you more in the long run.

Travis Followell
12-21-2004, 06:30 AM
I would suggest that you spend a little more and get a good commercial grade blower.

grass_cuttin_fool
12-21-2004, 07:46 AM
That is some nice comparisons. When I was part time I used Homelite equipment alot, it was cheaper and easier to get and I just didnt know any better. I got good service on 2 trimmers, used them 3-4 years each before they wore out. It seemed I bought a new blower each year or hedge trimmer every 2 years. The carbs would get out of adjustment and nothing I would do would get them to running like they should. I even carried some to a shop and had them worked on and the dealer told me to start investing in commercial equipment and I did. It is a joy to have good equipment to work with and not the headaches of working on it when you need to be working with it. I would pass on the Homelite blower. Sure the commercial units cost more now but in the long term its cheaper down the road

ozzys cuts
12-21-2004, 09:15 AM
Don't waste your money on the cheap crap after one season this stuff will be junk get a redmax and you will never buy another brand. :)

geogunn
12-21-2004, 09:23 AM
What I'm getting at is, you can buy a cheaper blower and get the same if not better results. What do you guys think?

what do I think? glad you asked. I think you are exactly correct.

I think YOU should buy a cheaper blower and you will be happier.

everyone knows numbers don't lie.

as for myself, I bought the BR-400 and have suffered for years with it.

GEO

cutnedge
12-21-2004, 09:33 AM
Yeah, don't you just hate those old Stihls? My BR 400 is just way too consistent---starts on the second pull---everytime. Takes all of the fun out of it.

locutus
12-21-2004, 12:37 PM
Yes you can get good performance from inexpensive equipment. The only problem is that the performance is usually short lived. " The bitterness of poor quality lasts much longer than the sweetness of a cheap price." :cry:

Viseras lawn service
12-21-2004, 11:34 PM
Never Buy Homelite Bp Blower!!! Ever!!