Blower questions

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by The Green Guys, Feb 23, 2007.

  1. The Green Guys

    The Green Guys LawnSite Member
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    Really fast question, would you rather go with a lightly used Craftsman 30cc backpack blower for $130 or a new Homelite back pack blower for $155. Thanks
     
  2. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
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    id say, if your going to use this commercially. I would have to choose option 3) Stihl BR600
     
  3. The Green Guys

    The Green Guys LawnSite Member
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    So you think i should just save another 200 $ and go with a stihl
     
  4. Raven386

    Raven386 LawnSite Silver Member
    from CT
    Posts: 2,160

    i wouldnt say just look at Stihl, but that craftsman is not going to hold up. if you just spend the extra $$$ you will get a blower that will last your 2 + times longer than that craftsman. its a great deal, its 30CC, its powerful whatever you want to say about it. its just not going to last long if your using it for clean-ups and using it everyday. so IMO id just hold off and get yourself a commercial blower. search through lawnsite. there has been tons and tons of threads on backpack blowers.
     
  5. The Green Guys

    The Green Guys LawnSite Member
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  6. Lugnut

    Lugnut LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 551

    I made the mistake of starting out with a homelite blower, I had to move up to a commercial backpack real quick. I got a Redmax eb4001 for about $320 new.
     
  7. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
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    neither one will probably last the season
    and you will have spent 300 and still need a blower

    ....(commercial equipment) :)
     
  8. lawn guy1350

    lawn guy1350 LawnSite Member
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    only buy commercial in this business. your asking for trouble if you buy residential. go with the echo, stihl or redmax.
     
  9. AndyTblc

    AndyTblc LawnSite Fanatic
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    Don't even think about the Stihl BR500 or the BR550, there is hardly any difference from the 500 to the 550, but there is a big difference between the 550 and the 600. I "test drove" the 550 and 600. This blower has so much power, when I hold onto the handle the power of the blower and the wind twist my 90" hose sideways. It works good.
     
  10. daveintoledo

    daveintoledo LawnSite Silver Member
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    i like the br550, lightweight, great for grass cleanup.... not my choice for leaves though.....
     

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