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Old 07-28-2007, 11:17 PM
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BG85C Review

Well I have been using the BG85C for a couple weeks and here is my review.

Pros:
Good blowing power, even with wet grass.
lightweight
cruise control is nice
large mouth for the gas tank

Cons:
Sometimes a PITA to start, up to 10 pulls sometimes
gas hog

Overall I would recommend it.
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Old 07-28-2007, 11:43 PM
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You get that at Fairview Service I take it? Good people, just def. a very old school operation. I have had my BG85C for a year and have pretty much the same thoughts on it. It DOES NOT like to start when it is hot out, that's for sure.
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Old 07-29-2007, 06:54 AM
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I have had two BG85Cs, and would recommend the gear to anybody needing a hand blower. But, I'm puzzled about the starting issue. Mine starts better than any other 2 cycle hand held, including three other Stihl pieces. I always place it firmly down, ground, trailer, or whatever -- never try to drop start, unless it is hot, with my right hand. Put choke lever to full choke. Pull firmly on the cord, and IMMEDIATELY move the choke to "OFF" position. The choke change must be immediate. I have learned to focus my eyes on the lever, so that after the rope pull, I can get back to move the choke, I get my fingers on the choke lever right away. The BG85 is unlike my other Stihl handheld equipment, which will start and stay running with the choke closed. The BG85 will not start, and keep running with the choke closed.

At this point, rarely does it NOT start on the first pull. When hot, I can bet the mortgage it WILL start on first pull.

I am running 80:1 OPTI-2 fuel mix.
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Old 07-29-2007, 09:53 AM
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I have the BG85 and I am now wondering why its so hard to start? I wonder if Stihl has a remedy?
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Old 07-29-2007, 10:04 AM
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I have 3 of them and they are a pain to start sometimes.
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Old 07-29-2007, 10:31 AM
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Its like the diaphragm in the carb is worn and it will not pump fuel or the fuel tank is leaking.
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Old 07-29-2007, 08:28 PM
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I am very surprised by the responses here regarding difficulty in starting. My blowers have always been the easiest to start of any handheld equipment.

What am I doing differently?
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Old 07-29-2007, 09:15 PM
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I've got the SH85C which is the same thing but it has the capability to be a shred-n-vac(which is worthless).

My experience is exactly the same, the hard-starting is almost always when it's hot. First start of the day no problems though.
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Old 07-29-2007, 09:26 PM
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mine is a pain to start too. love it otherwise
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Old 07-29-2007, 09:34 PM
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I've got the SH85C which is the same thing but it has the capability to be a shred-n-vac(which is worthless).

My experience is exactly the same, the hard-starting is almost always when it's hot. First start of the day no problems though.
Mine is not hard to start when hot...only the first time when cold.
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