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Old 04-20-2010, 10:58 AM
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Backpack Blower throttle controls

Do operators prefer tube controls or hip controls, or does it even matter?
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Old 04-21-2010, 02:34 PM
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hip controls.....tube has a tendency to break if you use your blower as hard as i do... it gets thrown in the truck alot and can break
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Old 04-21-2010, 05:13 PM
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Tube Controls all the way. I guess you're a Stihl Rep? (Your location and sr in your name prob means Stihl Rep)
I hate hip controls - it feels unnatural to me like a curved shaft trimmer or a 4 wheel steer tractor. I guess some people do like the hip thingy, but I think it just gets in the way and uses up your free hand.
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Old 04-21-2010, 06:07 PM
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Old 04-22-2010, 04:56 PM
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Tube controls, never heard of the hip controls?
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Old 04-22-2010, 06:10 PM
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Quote:
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Tube controls, never heard of the hip controls?
http://www.husqvarna.com/c/i/prd/h/h...7-11c08e1e.jpg

notice the arm on the left.that is the throttle.
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Old 04-22-2010, 06:11 PM
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woo husq and redmax really do look idencyical
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Old 04-22-2010, 09:45 PM
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When I had my echo last year it was a hip controll I liked it a lot but got a killer deal on a new kaw 300 last year with tube throtle and at first it felt really unusual but after some time I began to like it and when I got my redmax I went for a tubethrotle and will be using tube throtles from now on
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Old 04-23-2010, 09:17 AM
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Stihl

twobrosland, I do work for STIHL in the marketing department here in Virginia Beach. I posted on behalf of our blower product manager. We like to determine how our customers feel about various products and features. gives us a chance to improve. We had heard that in some parts of the country, especially the Northeast, that hip controls were preferred.

So far 99% of the responses have been in favor of tube control.

Thanks all for the feedback. Really appreciate it.
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Old 04-23-2010, 12:53 PM
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I love the tube control on my BR500, but seriously, that gas cap is awful.
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