View Full Version : What brand of trimmer/blower to buy???

01-28-2001, 03:28 AM
I have been looking to buy 2 new trimmers and 2 new blowers
and wondered if anyone has bought any Stihl equipment and
what you thought of it?? I am looking into the Stilh
FS 85 RT trimmers ( can add hedge trimmer, pole saw, edger attachments to this model. The price I found on this model is 349.95 for just the trimmer. The blower I am looking at is the BG 85 blower/vac. It has a rating of 459 cfm with a air velocity of 183 mph,weight is 9 lbs. The price on the blower is 199.95. The dealer offered me a 15% discount if I buy within the next 10 days. Any opinions???? I am a junior
member and have only been on for a few days but I have to say not only is this site jam packed with very good info
but it in my opinion the best site I have come across dealing with our industry....

01-28-2001, 03:41 AM
Go with Echo if you just want to be able to quickly and easily start it, have more than adequate power, smooth handling, well balanced, and ease of operation with less operator fatigue, and be as rugged and dependable as you could ever ask for at a real reasonable price for what you recieve. If you want anything different than that, go for a different brand.

01-28-2001, 07:29 AM
trimmer i would try one of the 4 cycle resone is if you read
the latest on the post a bout theme the ones that have them
like them even if they weigh more they say they save alot
on fuel and run quiet and start easy
blower just tell your dealer you want the best it should be orange and white if not go see another dealer

mdb landscaping
01-28-2001, 11:10 AM
i have an echo split shaft trimmer and a stihl br400 back pack blower. they both are great machines, and i think nothing beats the stihl back pack. i love that machine. two thumbs up for the echo and stihl.

01-28-2001, 11:12 AM
Echo has come out with a new back pack blower that can blow 1100cfm at 200mph and only wieghs 19.6lbs

01-28-2001, 11:46 AM
I have stihl fs-83 trimmers and fs-85 trimmers -excellent machines. I prefer my red max eb7000 blower over my stihl br400 blower.

01-28-2001, 02:05 PM

I have the Stihl FS85 string trimmer with the hedge trimmer attachment, and the new BR420 backpack blower by Stihl. Both have been very good to me and I wouldn't go to war without 'em.

My backup blowers are both Echo handhelds that have been very good to me as well over the years as far as not giving me any insurmountable problems, but they simply don't compare to the power of the Stihl backpack. A powerful backpack blower is an incredible timesaver, I've come to learn.

I've never used either an Echo string trimmer or any other kind of commercial backpack blower to compare, but I've been real happy with the operation of the Stihl ones I do own, in that's a help.

Good luck, and welcome aboard!


01-28-2001, 02:18 PM
All my small stuff like this is Shindaiwa brand, and it is great equipment.

01-28-2001, 02:22 PM
Shindaiwa T260s and Shindaiwa EB630s, all have alot of power

01-28-2001, 02:23 PM
I use all Stihl. Weed wackers, blowers, hedge trimmer, and saw. I will continue to buy stihl. :D

01-28-2001, 03:15 PM
You can get an Echo ST2601 trimmer from http://www.Almia.com for $285.00 I have one and it's the best trimmer I've ever owned. I use the Stihl BR400 Blower and love it.

01-28-2001, 04:32 PM
it's http://www.alamia.com

Eric ELM
01-28-2001, 04:32 PM
According to Echo, they don't have 1100 cfm. This is from their site: Echo's most powerful backpack blower with over 200 mph and over 600 cfm, there is nothing this model can't handle.

The site said it's most is 630 cfm.

Red Max is what I use and it has 730 cfm and weighs 18.9 lbs. and has a 62cc motor. I sure have had good luck with it.

01-28-2001, 06:57 PM
Redmax all the way! I have a redmax trimmer that is going on its 6th year and just recently is starting to go... 5 years aint too shabby for a commercial trimmer! I have a echo backpack wich i like alot exept it is very heavy when using it for 10 hours straight for leaf cleanups. This coming year ill be purchasing a new redmax trimmer and a new redmax backpack blower. I never heard anything negative about any redmax products.

01-28-2001, 07:49 PM
Go with the Shindaiwa products..U won't be disapointed...Derrick

01-28-2001, 10:25 PM
I personally recommend the shindiawa and I hear a lot of good talk about the red max

01-28-2001, 11:37 PM
Shindaiwa for trimmers and blowers. And Redmax for blowers. Also do a search on this topic, theres lots of info on this.

01-29-2001, 09:16 AM
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