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Best Backpack Blower??

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Jimmy Williams, Sep 4, 2006.

  1. Jimmy Williams

    Jimmy Williams LawnSite Member
    Posts: 51

    I want to add a new backpack blower to my rig and am looking at Husqvarna, Stihl and Shindaiwa. I want a high performance model for large leaf removal jobs and blowing down parking lots. Which one do you guys prefer? Tks!
  2. LawnInOrder

    LawnInOrder LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 398

    well i would say a redmax 8000 becasue they are the best IMO. But if you are looking for a good blower look at the br600 from sthil and shindy 8510(i think that is the model). As fas as husky they suck when it cums to blowers. Go with redmax if you can but u can;t go wrong with a shindy or a stihl. LawnInOrder

    REALSLOW LawnSite Senior Member
    from FLORIDA
    Posts: 668

    REDMAX 8000, I have had one for a year and a half and beat the crap out of it and it has never missed a beat and by far the most powerful backpack I have had my others are 7001's
  4. lawnspecialties

    lawnspecialties LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,513

    Hey Jimmy, they are right about the 8000. If there are no dealers around Rocky Mount (they probably are), called Right of Way in Raleigh. It really is the best blower out there.:)
  5. Hurricane Lawn

    Hurricane Lawn LawnSite Member
    from alabama
    Posts: 15

    Just got an EB630 Shindaiwa. Maybe not quite as powerful as a Redmax 8000, but not nearly as expensive or heavy either. And PLENTY powerful.
  6. green_with_envy

    green_with_envy LawnSite Member
    from pa
    Posts: 214

    Whatever us guys are using at the time is the best....know what I mean? I have a Husky, really never tried another so I say it's the best...is it? Probably not but its the best I ever used. So to answer your question....try as many as you can but probably all will serve you well.

    ford vs chevy vs dodge
    Xmark vs hustler vs toro
    shin vs echo vs redmax

    Flip a coin
  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,204

    The Stihl BR420 is a tried and proven blower, not to heavy to use it year round. It doesn't have the power that the 600 has but that unit is a newer model not yet proven in my mind. You can't remove the end piece on the 600 for getting behind bushes and tight places. The 420 is still a straight 2 stroke and we found that it works well across all temperatues since is has adj. on carb. Nice to have a unit that starts at 100F.
  8. jim163

    jim163 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 149

    i just got a echo 413 for 240 new its pretty nice, but a little heavy. I would buy another.
  9. ThirdDay

    ThirdDay LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 442

    Echo backpacks have served us very well for a long, long time.
  10. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Posts: 2,160

    i have an Echo 751 and its extremely powerful.... but extremely heavy! i heard echo just came out with a 755? some guy was telling me its supposedly lighter and a bit more powerful.... anyone heard about it?

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