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View Poll Results: Backpack Blowers
Redmax 160 24.06%
Stihl 262 39.40%
Echo 178 26.77%
Shindaiwa 64 9.62%
Husqvarna 38 5.71%
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Old 08-13-2010, 04:40 PM
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echo pb-500h every handheld I own is echo and I love them.
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Old 08-14-2010, 10:35 AM
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I will be buying a blower for cleaning out gutters. Will be going up on ladders and walking on roofs any help would be great. Looking for it to be light and easy starting.
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Old 10-11-2010, 06:48 AM
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Redmax is my choice.
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Stihl ... from now on, I will only purchase Stihl back pack blowers, very powerful and reliable. Easy to start. I am not a Stihl guy or am I married to a certain brand, but the blowers are impressive.
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Old 11-03-2010, 08:47 PM
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I'm loving my Echo backpack blower - easiest starting engine I've ever used.
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Old 11-03-2010, 09:54 PM
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I'm loving my Echo backpack blower - easiest starting engine I've ever used.
Which model Echo do you have?
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Old 11-03-2010, 10:08 PM
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Which model Echo do you have?
The PB-500T.
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Old 11-03-2010, 10:17 PM
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The PB-500T.
I have the PB265L from Home Depot. It was working great, but seems to have lost a lot of power (then again I am comparing it to a Stihl BR420. I was thinking of returning it, get a credit from HD, keep the house credit, and turn around and purchase another Stihl....but Stihls run north of $500 (that' for the BR420).

My other option is throwing an extra $50, with the store credit and getting the PB-500.

Have you used a Stihl blower before? Can you compare the the PB500 with a Stihl. Any information would help. I am trying to get everything lined up for next season. Thanks.
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Old 11-03-2010, 10:55 PM
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I have the PB265L from Home Depot. It was working great, but seems to have lost a lot of power (then again I am comparing it to a Stihl BR420. I was thinking of returning it, get a credit from HD, keep the house credit, and turn around and purchase another Stihl....but Stihls run north of $500 (that' for the BR420).

My other option is throwing an extra $50, with the store credit and getting the PB-500.

Have you used a Stihl blower before? Can you compare the the PB500 with a Stihl. Any information would help. I am trying to get everything lined up for next season. Thanks.
I have had a Stihl 550 and now have the Echo pb770t. I think the Echo starts easier, especially when cold and I think it is lighter. I also think it has more power. I've only used it for this season so we'll see on reliability. The Stihl quite often was hard starting.
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Old 11-03-2010, 11:15 PM
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Never owned a Stihl blower so can't compare the two in real life use, sorry. But after one season, I'm very happy with the Echo - never pulled it more than twice to start it yet (once on choke and once to start). Runs great and has plenty of power for its size/weight.
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