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Old 11-18-2012, 09:02 PM
Dave88LX Dave88LX is offline
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~$300 backpack blower for homeowner, 3/4 acre

Have it narrowed down to the following choices. Can't really go much more than this amount of money, as my wife is already looking at me like I'm lazy/crazy for "needing" one.

Specs are all fairly similar. Any input on these models? Other features which would put one above the other? Are the specs close enough to be considered a "wash"?

I am on 3/4 acre, backed to the woods. I can just blow everything over to the woods line which would be verrrry nice.



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Echo PB-500H/PB-500T (any input on hip vs. tube mounted throttle?)
$329
CC: 50.8
MPH: 195
CFM: 465 (w/ tube)
MPH x CFM = 90675

Stihl BR350
$369
CC: 63.3
MPH: 168
CFM: 441 (w/ tube)
MPH x CFM = 74088

Husqvarna 350BT/350BH (frame vs. tube controls)
$319
CC: 50.2
MPH: 180
CFM: 494 (w/ tube)
MPH x CFM = 88920

Husqvarna 150BT (bit lower class than above I gather)
$299
CC: 50.2
MPH: 251 (see below, I assume in housing, not tube?)
CFM: 710 (in housing, I assume this is not tube)




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Old 11-18-2012, 09:08 PM
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Which ever one you get take the muffler off.
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:16 PM
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Which ever one you get take the muffler off.
Can't tell if you're serious or not...
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Old 11-18-2012, 09:27 PM
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The waist belts on the Husqvarna blowers are nice for taking the weight off your shoulders. I used hip mounted throttles for 10 years but now that I have a tube mounted one I prefer it...free us the other hand for picking up sticks or whatever you want to do with it.

Not really sure what the difference is between the 150 and 350 but the 350s are a pretty decent and reliable unit.
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Old 11-18-2012, 11:58 PM
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Don't even waste your time.

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Can't tell if you're serious or not...
He is, they're so worthless that by taking the muffler off you might get the power you need out of one.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:05 AM
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If you are willing to spend that kind of money, why don't you get a price on having it done for you. Saves time, money, and were tear on equipment. I'm sure you have a local guy who is willing to blow leaves for you.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:30 AM
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Don't even waste your time.
On getting a blower?

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He is, they're so worthless that by taking the muffler off you might get the power you need out of one.
Got it, thanks.

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If you are willing to spend that kind of money, why don't you get a price on having it done for you. Saves time, money, and were tear on equipment. I'm sure you have a local guy who is willing to blow leaves for you.
I have gotten quotes on other things, and the people around here are astronomical. Maybe it's my locale. Costs would add up getting it done year after year also.

If I could find a quality landscape/lawn person who would do a good job and not rake me over the coals, that'd be one thing. But I'm getting quotes of $700 for pest control, $3500 to run a skidsteer for a couple days etc. Maybe the lawn business is different though.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:33 AM
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Not everyone can afford a top end blower, and of the ones he listed I would definitely go with the 350. I don't belive they even make the 150 now, but they do still have the specs on their site. The main difference in them is that the 350 is a strato-charged engine (like all their pro grade blowers are), which means better on fuel and lower emmisions.

For the size place in that pic, a 350 would be more than enough blower.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:37 AM
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Get a quote and then when it comes out to $500 or more, show that to the wife and use it to justify getting a top of the line blower, lol. If you were a pro I'd say to step up to something bigger, but as a homeowner those units should work fine for you as long as you're not trying to move large piles of soaking wet leaves long distances or anything.
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Old 11-19-2012, 12:38 AM
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Looking at my yard and the 7-10 huge oaks, is that a $500 leaf removal job?

Her answer would be: Why can't you just rake it, and take the 2 and 4 year old out with you? Actually it would be more like "don't you have better things you could work on?"
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