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Old 04-23-2010, 12:09 PM
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appreciate the feedback. I will certainly pass on to the Product Manager.
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Old 04-23-2010, 08:56 PM
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The gas cap is great when its new, but when it gets used it fills up with crud and doesn't work right. I have a few suggestions:

This one is a little weird but you should make a 'bubble' in the top of the gas tanks on the blowers so that if you fill the gas almost to the brim it just displaces into the bubble instead of coming out of the tank.

On some of the stuff (BG86 especially) the black plastic stuff is bad. The spark plug boot always gets filthy and makes the rest of the machine look bad. You should make it a different, less sticky material. Also the handle has a little bit of the same problem.

Once again, the recoil starter on my bg86 get a little in the way as you walk. holding the blower with your right arm straight down, every step you hit the pull handle and it shakes around. Now on the housing of my blower there is a circular line etched into the plastic where this rubs up against it so much.

thats it for now....
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Old 04-24-2010, 10:42 PM
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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.

The #1 complaint about your 4-Mix products is that gas cap.
The guys on the board here hate it with a burning passion.
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Old 04-25-2010, 07:49 PM
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i like the tube throttle so that i have a free hand
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Old 05-02-2010, 12:23 AM
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I agree on the gas cap issue, I hate them with a passion. Already replaced one on my BR-550 and its only 2 maybe 2 1/2 years old.
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Old 05-02-2010, 09:55 AM
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I like the tube throttle too, the hip ones don't feel right to me, harder to get on in a hurry and no free hands.
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Old 05-02-2010, 05:33 PM
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Didn't mind the Stihl gas cap until mine started to act up this season. Requires too much force to install/remove now.
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Old 05-02-2010, 07:44 PM
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It's really nice to have a STIHL rep on here asking for our feedback! With that said, I prefer tube controls over hip. We have several Stihl backpack blowers and a Shinadaiwa with hip controls, definitely prefer the tube controls over the hip.

The gas caps can be annoying, fortunately I have only had an issue with one on our saw and a replacement one solved the problem.

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Old 05-02-2010, 08:02 PM
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hip controls
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Old 05-10-2010, 09:17 PM
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tube controls! Love my BR500!
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