Not sure why youd want the Stihl. Better, more powerful blowers for about the same money. For that much work I'd look at the Husky 570 or 580. The 570 can be bought for $456 and the 580 for $499 from Pantano Equipment, a sponsor here who sells them new with free shipping and no tax on ebay. Usually come in 2 days. The 580 is more powerful but being a homeowner the 570 for $50 less will serve you well.
There's lots of posts about backpack blowers, including a thread 9 down from this one where a homeowner just purchased a 570.
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Last edited by echo; 11-04-2013 at 11:13 PM.