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Old 05-29-2012, 11:51 PM
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Why did Shindaiwa stop making the EB8520?

Was wondering if anyone knew why Shindaiwa stopped making the EB8520? Was looking to buy one from a dealer but wanted to know why they don't make them anymore before I did. If it was reliability issues or whatever I'd maybe go with something else.
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:50 AM
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I believe the 8510 destroyed the rep of the products, their big 4 stroke blowers were literaly known to blow bad in the reliability department.
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:58 AM
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8510 was so bad no body dare to touch it with a 10' pole.
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Old 05-30-2012, 02:41 PM
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Was wondering if anyone knew why Shindaiwa stopped making the EB8520? Was looking to buy one from a dealer but wanted to know why they don't make them anymore before I did. If it was reliability issues or whatever I'd maybe go with something else.
They still make them. They recently changed their whole numbering scheme to simplify things. The old models the 4 strokes were 4 digits and the 2 strokes were 3 digits. Now everything is 3 digits.

EB8520 = EB854 now.

They also changed the name from C4 technology to H4 or Hybrid4 technology. The color of all the 4 cycles used to be blue also, now it is red like the 2 strokes.

The first two digits of the model number is the approximate size of the engine in CC. The last digit is 4 for 4 cycle and 2 for 2 cycle. So EB854 is 85cc 4 cycle. 242 would be 24cc 2 cycle.
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Old 05-30-2012, 04:25 PM
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The 8520 was the worst purchase i have ever made.
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Old 05-30-2012, 06:19 PM
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If there are fundamental fraud in the 8510, bandage into 8520 or 854 is not going to fix it all. Go with the Shindaiwa EB802 that is reliable from day one and forget the last little cfm and mph.
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Old 05-31-2012, 07:24 AM
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Thanks for all the info. Started leaning towards the 854 but now not so sure. Didn't realize the 854 was an 8520 in disguise. lol I've had an 8510 for the last few years, I think I'm the only one who had no problems with mine.
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I agree. I bought a redmax because I was so disgusted with the performance of the 8510 and the way my dealer and Shindaiwa handled it. Mostly I blame Shindaiwa. They should have given rebates or credits on future purchases. I finally bought another Shindaiwa blower this year. So far so good. Their stuff is usually top shelf, but my 8510 is rotting on the bottom shelf in my garage.
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Old 12-08-2012, 06:24 PM
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I had a couple 8510's. They were so bad, shindy replaced them with 802's when they first came out. I now own 7 of them.
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Old 12-08-2012, 09:03 PM
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Thanks for all the info. Started leaning towards the 854 but now not so sure. Didn't realize the 854 was an 8520 in disguise. lol I've had an 8510 for the last few years, I think I'm the only one who had no problems with mine.
I wouldn't bother with the 854. I bought it a few years ago, sold it, and replaced it with a Redmax 8500. The 854 was a nice blower, built well, but it was hard to start and did not blow nearly as well as the numbers would seem to indicate. The 802 is a different story. That's a good blower.
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