~$300 backpack blower for homeowner, 3/4 acre

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by Dave88LX, Nov 18, 2012.

  1. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yeah, it's almost double your budget too, lol. Another thing to consider is your size and level of fitness/stamina. It's not going to do much good to get a big blower that you find difficult to use for any length of time.
     
  2. Dave88LX

    Dave88LX LawnSite Member
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    I'm 5'2" 135 lbs, it won't be a problem.:weightlifter:
    ;)

    Just messing...6'1" 200 lbs...should be OK with the size. Still reading and debating. You're right about it being double the budget. I need to stop reading and thinking so much.
     
  3. Ridin' Green

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    According to the Stihl rep we talked with this year at the outdoor show, there isn't any plan to go bigger than the 600 Stihl. They may come out with another strato-charged 2 stroke that would equal the 600, but they don't plan to go bigger anytime soon.

    My Husky 570 is quite a bit more powerful than my BR600. I rarely use the 600 anymore.
     
  4. Ridin' Green

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    Just go to buy the biggest one in your price range, then end up actually going one size bigger and you'll be more than satisfied usually. Take a look at the Husky 560 too. It is almost an identical machine to the 570 Husky, but it doesn't have quite as much power due to its fan design, it has a different air filter, and it costs less.

    http://www.husqvarna.com/us/products/blowers/560bfs/#specifications
     
  5. Dave88LX

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    I've almost convinced myself to get the Husqvarna 570. Everything is closed today, but I'll do some calling around tomorrow off the list off their website. I can't tell what's a store and what's not based off their listing.

    MSRP is $499. Do they typically sell for less?
     
  6. Ridin' Green

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    "MSRP is $499. Do they typically sell for less? "


    Not in my experience. You may be able to buy one for less online, but I can't even say for sure on that. Besides, I prefer to buy from the same place that I would go to if I need service for anything.

    I've used my 570 for just over a year, and it is an extemelt impressive blower, especially one you get it broken in good, which takes a few tanks of fuel at a minimum to do. I use Amsoil Saber mixed at 80:1 in all my hand held power tools except for my chainsaws (Saber is rated for 100:1 mixing), and I couldn't be happier with it in the Husky.
     
  7. Will P.C.

    Will P.C. LawnSite Senior Member
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    The reality of the situation is you will use this blower less than 30 hours a year.

    Whatever in your price range will suit your yard.
     
  8. Darryl G

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    I got my 580 for $529 last year and I think they were $559 at that point. But I got mine from my rental yard that I do a fair amount of business with. They're also a Husqvarna dealer.

    The problem with online sales from some manufacturers is that the warranty is automatically voided if the unit wasn't sold by an authorized dealer, assembled and fired up by them prior to delivery to the customer. Not sure if that's the case with Husky.

    The 570 (and 580) are big heavy units but should last you a lifetime of residential use if treated well and stored properly when not in use. I don't think you'd be disappointed with the 350 and you'll be blown away by the bigger units, no pun intended, lol.

    On a side note: The hip belt on my 580 is showing wear where the flexible portion of the blower tube rubs against it. I'm worn through the fabric to the stiffener in a spot about 1/2 inch long. I'll see if I have any more sail repair tape around...love that stuff for fabric repairs!
     
  9. Capemay Eagle

    Capemay Eagle LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Thanks for that info. I am no hurry since I just got my Blower a couple of years ago, but I love to upgrade!!


    Anyhoo, Stihl will eventually build a bigger and better blower, basically just for what you said at the end of your post. Gotta keep up or get left behind.
     
  10. Ridin' Green

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    That's what I said to him, but he said that they felt that blowers have gotten about as powerful as is practical while still being portable on your back, because going larger in power also means going a bit larger in the size of the machine due to needing to have a larger impeller, so they are focusing on better fuel efficiency and ergonomics more than power now. He said if a person needed more than the top tier blowers offer now, they'd be better off with a walk behind model of one brand or another. Kinda makes me wonder if they have one of those coming somewhere in the not too distant future. Wouldn't surprise me one bit.
     

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