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Backpack Blowers

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by Landscape89, Oct 21, 2006.


Backpack Blowers

  1. Redmax

  2. Stihl

  3. Echo

  4. Shindaiwa

  5. Husqvarna

Multiple votes are allowed.
  1. bradseabridge

    bradseabridge LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 720

    echo pb-500h every handheld I own is echo and I love them.
  2. Scottwash

    Scottwash LawnSite Member
    Posts: 24

    I will be buying a blower for cleaning out gutters. Will be going up on ladders and walking on roofs any help would be great. Looking for it to be light and easy starting.
    Palm Coast Florida
  3. jwsland

    jwsland LawnSite Member
    Posts: 233

    Redmax is my choice.
  4. NarNar

    NarNar LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 489

    Stihl ... from now on, I will only purchase Stihl back pack blowers, very powerful and reliable. Easy to start. I am not a Stihl guy or am I married to a certain brand, but the blowers are impressive.
  5. upward lawn

    upward lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    I'm loving my Echo backpack blower - easiest starting engine I've ever used.
  6. NarNar

    NarNar LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 489

    Which model Echo do you have?
  7. upward lawn

    upward lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    The PB-500T.
  8. NarNar

    NarNar LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 489

    I have the PB265L from Home Depot. It was working great, but seems to have lost a lot of power (then again I am comparing it to a Stihl BR420. I was thinking of returning it, get a credit from HD, keep the house credit, and turn around and purchase another Stihl....but Stihls run north of $500 (that' for the BR420).

    My other option is throwing an extra $50, with the store credit and getting the PB-500.

    Have you used a Stihl blower before? Can you compare the the PB500 with a Stihl. Any information would help. I am trying to get everything lined up for next season. Thanks.
  9. Big Bad Bob

    Big Bad Bob LawnSite Bronze Member
    from zone 5
    Posts: 1,074

    I have had a Stihl 550 and now have the Echo pb770t. I think the Echo starts easier, especially when cold and I think it is lighter. I also think it has more power. I've only used it for this season so we'll see on reliability. The Stihl quite often was hard starting.
  10. upward lawn

    upward lawn LawnSite Member
    Posts: 11

    Never owned a Stihl blower so can't compare the two in real life use, sorry. But after one season, I'm very happy with the Echo - never pulled it more than twice to start it yet (once on choke and once to start). Runs great and has plenty of power for its size/weight.

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