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Old 08-25-2013, 01:13 AM
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New Blower choice

I need to get a new backpack. I have always loved the echo blowers. However, lately, I have not been having good luck with my echo equipment. I just had to put a new engine on an Echo trimmer (warranty work thank goodness). Now I am having to replace a carb on my echo backpack. This blower is 4 years old and I have already put two carbs on it. They don't make this one anymore. Go figure.

So, now, I am wanting to switch. I am pretty much down to the Kawasaki or the Stihl. And no, I will not go with Echo again.

Any thoughts on the Kawasaki vs Stihl?
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Old 08-25-2013, 01:44 AM
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every time I pull the string on my Husqvarna, it starts, unless i forget to reset the switch. The one weakness I feel the 350bt has, the off switch is not a momentary switch.
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Old 08-25-2013, 08:30 AM
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I would go still very comfortable and quite also a good bit of power also have you looked at redmax at all?
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Old 08-25-2013, 08:52 AM
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I would go still very comfortable and quite also a good bit of power also have you looked at redmax at all?
I have considered the Red Max. The only problem I have withe them is that the closest dealer is 22 miles away.

I do like the Stihl, but, at over $100 less for virtually the same specs, I am really leaning toward the Kawasaki.
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:00 AM
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I have considered the Red Max. The only problem I have withe them is that the closest dealer is 22 miles away.

I do like the Stihl, but, at over $100 less for virtually the same specs, I am really leaning toward the Kawasaki.
Believe me the extra 100 is so worth it for the comfort
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:27 AM
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Stihl for the win they are comfortable and it will last you a long time
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Old 10-06-2013, 12:03 PM
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Stihl for the win they are comfortable and it will last you a long time
Ditto! Just picked up my new br600 for $499 plus tax. Powerful, light weight and most important comfortable.
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Old 10-11-2013, 10:00 PM
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Ditto! Just picked up my new br600 for $499 plus tax. Powerful, light weight and most important comfortable.
Yup just picked up my 3rd 600 today, never had one issue that wasn't my own doing, awesome blowers with great dealer support!
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:33 AM
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What models are we talking? Kaw krb750 is an excellent blower. Great for an everyday piece. I'd compare it to the br430 (or whatever 400 series it is now.) the br600 does blow much more air. Since Kaw is "getting out of the 2-stroke handheld market", I would expect a good price.

Right now were running an old krb700 and Redmax ebz7050. The old Kaw gets the nod for regular sidewalk & driveway cleanups. The Redmax mostly rides around waiting for the big stuff.

Btw, I've had my Kaw for over a decade. Never needed a carb, carb kit, nothing. Even after sitting for 3 years when I "got out of the game". 2-3 pulls and your blowing.

Now I love my Kaw, but I will say this. God forbid you need parts. There simply isn't a good parts network. Must be 10-15 Stihl dealers for every Kaw 2-stroke dealer. (That said, in my humble experience, you won't need them).
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Old 08-25-2013, 09:42 AM
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Kawi makes a great product and stand behind it. The downfall is that they have a poor parts/dealer network and they are getting out of the handheld business soon and selling off old stock.
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