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Best backpack blower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by tsh1773, Aug 17, 2004.


Which backpack blower mfg is best?

  1. Echo

    16 vote(s)
  2. Stihl

    21 vote(s)
  3. Husqvarna

    2 vote(s)
  4. Redmax

    34 vote(s)
  5. Other

    12 vote(s)
  1. tsh1773

    tsh1773 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 319

    What is the best backpack blower? I'm looking for one to replace the one I had stolen Friday the 13th. The Echo PB403t I had was a good machine but I wonder if I can do better without spending $400.00. I've noticed that Stihl blowers with less air speed sell higher on ebay than Echo. Why would that be? I never had any problems with my Echo ($299) with 180 mph air speed. Some Stihls sell for over $350.00 with 160 mph air speed.

    I've never owned a Stihl product but at the same time like my Echos.

    Please help me decide.
  2. TClawn

    TClawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,036

    I've never owned anything else besides shindaiwa and have been very happy with their blowers, so I can't really compare.

    the redmax blowers look pretty good.
  3. NoWalk4Me

    NoWalk4Me LawnSite Member
    Posts: 107

    Try looking for a RedMax 7001 on a deal as they've just come out w/ a new model 8000 and some dealers are discounting the 7001's. I've seen $419 and heard of $399. You'd be impressed w/ the volume of air moved.
  4. Trevors Lawn Care

    Trevors Lawn Care LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,180

    This is an unjust poll, simply because most people have only owned one mfg. and thats what they will vote for.

  5. tsh1773

    tsh1773 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 319

    Then dont vote. Several companies around here use Stihl and Echo among others on one truck.
  6. printer88

    printer88 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 93

    Try looking at some Huskys.For the price,they are well worth it.You won't be disappointed.
  7. I have echo 650's right now ..Just bought a redmax 8000 and it comes in next week ..when i get to work it out then i'll state my opinion
  8. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,449

    homelite zip start, hands down..

    but i like my redmax alittle better:)
  9. tsh1773

    tsh1773 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 319

    I had homelite zip start and it stayed in the shop all the time. sold it for parts. no thanks.
  10. fga

    fga LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,449

    that's sarcasm my friend. and i didn't think a shop would work on that anyway. you'd spend more in an hours labor rate then buying a new machine. I have and use everyday a red max and a husquvarna back pack blowers.

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