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Backpack Blower throttle controls

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by uphelpsr, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. uphelpsr

    uphelpsr LawnSite Member
    Posts: 8

    appreciate the feedback. I will certainly pass on to the Product Manager.
  2. twobroslawns

    twobroslawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 299

    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....
  3. Merkava_4

    Merkava_4 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,280

    The #1 complaint about your 4-Mix products is that gas cap.
    The guys on the board here hate it with a burning passion.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Posts: 5,225

    i like the tube throttle so that i have a free hand
  5. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 5,599

    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.
  6. carguyrob

    carguyrob LawnSite Member
    Posts: 204

    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.
  7. ancjr

    ancjr Banned
    from Indiana
    Posts: 173

    Didn't mind the Stihl gas cap until mine started to act up this season. Requires too much force to install/remove now.
  8. Dan85

    Dan85 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 163

    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.

    - Dan
  9. nepatsfan

    nepatsfan LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,142

    hip controls
  10. biggiej42

    biggiej42 LawnSite Member
    from NY
    Posts: 4

    tube controls! Love my BR500!

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