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View Poll Results: Would you ever consider buying an open-frame backpack blower for professional use?
Yes, I would consider it. 6 75.00%
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Old 04-09-2015, 02:32 PM
nesnejkire nesnejkire is offline
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Lightbulb Alternative Backpack Blower Design - open Frame with mesh to improve weight/comfort

I was hoping to request opinions about the suitability of open-frame backpack blower designs compared to traditional L-frame backpack blower designs.

By L-frame I mean the structure on 99% of professional-grade backpack blowers where there is a rigid plastic frame molded from heavy-duty plastic to support the fan/engine and a handle on the top. The straps and padding of the backpack blower are all attached to this primary frame.

There have been some consumer-grade backpack blower designs that use an open-frame to save weight and improve comfort by suspending the weight across lightweight mesh fabric and transferring the load to the hips instead of the shoulders. Examples are the Troy-Bilt TB2BP and the Homelite/Ryobi ZR08570. Images of both are below.

Assuming the open-frame design was lighter and more comfortable than the traditional L-frame, would you ever consider buying a blower that had this design for professional use? Why or why not?

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Old 04-09-2015, 05:45 PM
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Even though it's lighter, that mess will wear out quickly. The rigid frame is far more durable
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Old 04-09-2015, 08:39 PM
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Dude, that thing is not going to perform well enough for a landscape contractor. What you may prefer is the most powerful Shindaiwa 4-stroke blower, worth every penny.
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Old 04-09-2015, 10:25 PM
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those are all really small engines, i think a 75cc would require more rigidity. Unless the smaller sized engine is desirable (stihl makes a br200) the last design (ryobi) seemed like it could be furthered to support a larger engine
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