Best "bang for the buck" commercial handheld blower?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by The C Man, Jun 21, 2004.

  1. The C Man

    The C Man LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
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    Opinions please. I'd like to pick up a Shindaiwa EB240, but I don't feel like dropping $300 on one, and was wondering which other ones you've found to be decent blowers for a good price.
     
  2. chuckers

    chuckers LawnSite Senior Member
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    stihl bg65 is a great one.
     
  3. TEG

    TEG LawnSite Member
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    Stihl IMO. Others might say echo. I just bought a stihl backpack and I love it.
     
  4. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,565

    Is it really worth $300 for a handheld blower? There are pretty decent backpack blowers for not much more.

    What do you want the handheld for? If you're just using it for small jobs here and there, maybe you'd be better off with one of those $100 jobbies. Yeah, they burn out faster, but three times faster?
     
  5. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have 2 Shin EB 240's, and they do a great job for what they are used for.As far as 3 bills, I think they are around 229.00 or less here at my dealer.Remember, you get what you pay for.If you want it to last, buy it once.
     
  6. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I don't disagree with you on paying for equipment to last, I just am not sure I'd cough up that much for a handheld. On the other hand, it might make sense for me to get one. Some of my jobs really don't call for lugging that backpack unit around.
     
  7. Dstosh

    Dstosh LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yeah, I second that i dont think the eb 240's are 300 I paid 199 for mine but that was at the end of the season, so i think about 229 sounds right, It has been an excellent purchase for me, it takes a beating but it still starts on the first pull, Get it once, Get a Shindaiwa
     
  8. impactlandscaping

    impactlandscaping LawnSite Silver Member
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    Mark, I don't let my guys tear up my 500.00 backpacks for lawn maintenance.They only go on the trailer in the fall.The handhelds are great for blowing walks and patios, and like Dstosh said, they can take a beating, and then some. One of mine was ran over by the trailer and still runs.A $4.00 plastic part for the carb to mount the body is all that broke. It just depends on the areas you are clearing, but the EB's have great CFM for a handheld IMO.
     
  9. Mark McC

    Mark McC LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I'll keep that in mind, although I have to admit that I'm not really budgeted for another blower at the moment.

    Still, I have an old handheld that I could clean up and use. It'd beat the heck out of lugging that Echo BP 403 around. Thanks for the idea, guys.
     
  10. The C Man

    The C Man LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ohio
    Posts: 527

    Well for $200 I'll definitely reconsider the Shin. My dealer won't budge on price though.... any thoughts on where to pick one up online for close to that price?
     

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