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Old 10-01-2012, 06:08 AM
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New leaf blower

I'm going to buy a new leaf blower next week and was wondering what to buy. I don't really care about the weight as long as it's comfortable to wear. I now own echo pb-755's and i'm very pleased with them, but i really like the high specs of the new husky 580bts (no experience with husky). So what should you buy? Echo pb-770, husky 570/580 bts or just a stihl br600?
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Old 10-01-2012, 06:19 AM
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i switched to the red max 7500 last year from the br 600 both are great blowers but I like the redmax way better more power and comfort. The br 600 are better on gas a little less powerful.
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Old 10-01-2012, 09:47 AM
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I'm going to buy a new leaf blower next week and was wondering what to buy. I don't really care about the weight as long as it's comfortable to wear. I now own echo pb-755's and i'm very pleased with them, but i really like the high specs of the new husky 580bts (no experience with husky). So what should you buy? Echo pb-770, husky 570/580 bts or just a stihl br600?
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if it's an all season use
go with PB770.
It has the backside air cooler in summer use, thicker padding
than Husky and it's back plate is as comfortable as any.

One thing that you should know is dealer prep is an important factor in getting any blower adjusted for out the door performance. That's the biggest issue and the sole reason why some people say the echo isn't what it is all cracked up to be.

With that said ...all the big blowers are very considerable for heavy leaf clean up.
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:27 PM
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if it's an all season use
go with PB770.
It has the backside air cooler in summer use, thicker padding
than Husky and it's back plate is as comfortable as any.

One thing that you should know is dealer prep is an important factor in getting any blower adjusted for out the door performance. That's the biggest issue and the sole reason why some people say the echo isn't what it is all cracked up to be.

With that said ...all the big blowers are very considerable for heavy leaf clean up.
The Husky has an even better back cooling system. It doesn't make your back cold in the cooler months like the Echo can, but it still cools off the pack frame back extremely well. The padding on the back of the Husky is far better/tougher/thicker than that on the Echo 770 too. I've run both. I very much like the Echo, but I like the Husky even more.

I agree that all of the new big BP's are excellent machines thhat will doo the job fine.
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Old 10-01-2012, 12:31 PM
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I'm going to buy a new leaf blower next week and was wondering what to buy. I don't really care about the weight as long as it's comfortable to wear. I now own echo pb-755's and i'm very pleased with them, but i really like the high specs of the new husky 580bts (no experience with husky). So what should you buy? Echo pb-770, husky 570/580 bts or just a stihl br600?
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Most guys see only the CFM number and go for the 580, but I honestly think you'd be happier with the 570. It has much higher MPH than the 580 which is useful for getting stuck down debris loose and moving, and has more than enough CFM for anything. I've run both of these two machines as well, and I bought the 570 because it moves the debris a bit better under almost all conditions, is lighter, and costs less. Either will be a great choice though. The 570 and RM 7500 are the same machine in case you didn't already know that. Same for the RM 8500 and the Husky 580.
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Old 10-01-2012, 02:24 PM
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I'll give ya a hint on which one is the Husqvarana.

Things I didn't find on the Husqvarna:...
I don't see thicker padded straps, a quality load bearing support plate,
or a better operator air cooling system.

That's the difference in comfort IMO
oh...and the decibels on the Echo are 65
Husky might be over 70 something?
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Old 10-01-2012, 03:07 PM
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The padding on the Echo's straps is nice, but that's only a small part of the story. The shape of the Husky's straps, is far better for staying in place and making the unit feel lighter over longer periods of use, and are padded more than enough for comfort. The padding on the Echo is a cheap foam rubber like material, and tears easily compared to the Husky's back pad. The Husky has either the waste belt to help distribute and carry the load like on the 580, or the partial belt with the padded ears on the 570. Both are far superior to the Echo for comfort and support.

As for the cooling system, maybe you just don't know what you are looking at, or for. It is built right into the back frame as can clearly be seen in these pics along with the shape of the shoulder straps. the cooling system keeps the back frame nice and cool, but doesn't blow cold air against your back in the colder weather like the Echo. There are vents behind the padding on the Husky that allow air to be blown out around the padding and cool your back, but not blow directly on you to make you cold.
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Old 10-01-2012, 03:17 PM
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BTW- I'd appreciate it if you use my pics in the future to at least acknowledge where you get them from.

Too, that pic of my blower that you used was taken from much farther away from the pad (using the zoom feature on my camera) than that of the one of the Echo. In reality, it is actuallly pretty large and covers all the bearing points of the back frame against a person's back very well. The load distributing belt can also clearly be seen, and over half the weight of the load is resting on that very nicely padded belt, then distributed around the hip area.

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Old 10-01-2012, 06:20 PM
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The padding on the Echo's straps is nice, but that's only a small part of the story. The shape of the Husky's straps, is far better for staying in place and making the unit feel lighter over longer periods of use, and are padded more than enough for comfort. The padding on the Echo is a cheap foam rubber like material, and tears easily compared to the Husky's back pad. The Husky has either the waste belt to help distribute and carry the load like on the 580, or the partial belt with the padded ears on the 570. Both are far superior to the Echo for comfort and support.

As for the cooling system, maybe you just don't know what you are looking at, or for. It is built right into the back frame as can clearly be seen in these pics along with the shape of the shoulder straps. the cooling system keeps the back frame nice and cool, but doesn't blow cold air against your back in the colder weather like the Echo. There are vents behind the padding on the Husky that allow air to be blown out around the padding and cool your back, but not blow directly on you to make you cold.
In the first pic it looks like your husky won't work in my extreme blower rack. Guess I'll stick with the echo 770, the dealer has been good to me, and our only husky dealer is my kubota dealer which is a bunch of Jackwagons. I don't really need huge power to move branches and huge piles of leaves, just normal cleanups and blowing clippings and dirt off parking lots. Just ready to step up from my echo 500 I've had for a few years now, I'm sure I'll see a big difference.
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In the first pic it looks like your husky won't work in my extreme blower rack. Guess I'll stick with the echo 770, the dealer has been good to me, and our only husky dealer is my kubota dealer which is a bunch of Jackwagons. I don't really need huge power to move branches and huge piles of leaves, just normal cleanups and blowing clippings and dirt off parking lots. Just ready to step up from my echo 500 I've had for a few years now, I'm sure I'll see a big difference.
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Like I've posted many times on LS, the 770 is a sweet blower with a lot of power/performance. You will be well served by it. I just found soemthing I liked better, but I would gladly own a 770, and almost did.

Why won't it work on your rack? I don't use racks on my trailer like most guys do for trimmers and blowers etc because I also use my trailer for my CUT and the racks would be in my way most of the time, so I am not up on them like I maybe should be.
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