Chilehead Review: Echo PB-251 blower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Chilehead, Jan 21, 2010.

  1. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
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    After using this blower for a full 12 months, I can easily say that it is quite possibly one of the best values on the market today in a hand-held blower. My previous blower, a Shindaiwa EB-500 was a great machine. Yet at nearly $400.00 and with similar performance numbers, it is in no way a value.
    So how did I come across the Echo? Well there I am....blowing down a sidewalk after a mow, when my Shindy gives up the ghost. So now I'm in a pinch. I head down to an Ace hardware store that I knew sold Echo. I pick up a PB-251 for $169.00, drive back to where I left off, filled her up, and was expecting a less-than-optimal performance of a hand held blower. "BWAAHH! BWAAAAHHHHH!!" ;) Whoa, this is a hand-held? This little thing put out more air than my backpack ever did. Official numbers are 145MPH and 509CFM. That would be about average for a backpack, but exceptional for a handheld. It does struggle if you have large amounts of wet leaves, but for the daily maintenance crew you can purchase 2 of these for the price of one backpack blower. Mechanically, I have had no problems with it. One time it started to bog down when it got hot, but a quick cleaning of the muffler cleared it right up. This is certainly one little blower that I am glad to have working for me.:)
     
  2. joel29m

    joel29m LawnSite Senior Member
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    i bought one starting my business last year and for the quietness and price, it helped me out alot last year and got my money out of it. they are good blowers, just keep the maint. on it done and no problems.
     
  3. LALawnboy

    LALawnboy LawnSite Senior Member
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    I agree with you. I've got the PB-255 which is the same engine, but comes with both the round and flat pipes. I had an Echo PB-403t before I bought it and I couldn't believe that a little handheld was moving the same amount of debris as that backpack.

    I now only use the handheld as a backup (use a PB-755). This blower made me finally realize that mid-size backpacks are truly a waste of money. Most of them have at least a 45cc engine vs. the Echo's 25cc, but after using them side by side, they pretty much have the same power.
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  4. joel29m

    joel29m LawnSite Senior Member
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    i also have the bp 413, and the difference is the weight off your arms
     
  5. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
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    I am glad you guy verify that pb is not alway stronger like a lot of people said without actually compare.

    pb have a longer tube that bent a few bents. That really kills the power. With the same engine, the hand held is going to be stronger no matter what.

    People confused when comparing a 25cc hand held to a 64cc bp. Of cause the 64cc bp is going to blow the 25cc hand held out of the water. But I have a suspicion a 44cc Echo PB413 with 175mph and 380cfm at the tube is not going to blow any hand held out of the water, in fact some bigger hand held can out blow them. In fact I am pretty sure my 34cc Shindy EB3410 is going to out blow the PB413.

    Hand held is not all bad like a lot of people claimed. I have the Shindy hand held and Maruyama 64.7cc BL8100. Yes the Maru blow the hand held out of the water. But other than the leave season, I don't use the bp and just pull out my hand held. Lot of time the time it takes to put it on your back, you can finish a small job with the hand held!!!!

    It is tiring using a hand held, but for small blow job( take your mind out of the gutter!!!), it really don't make a difference.
     
  6. Chilehead

    Chilehead LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Stockbridge, GA
    Posts: 1,897

    Love these comments, guys. Keep them coming.
     
  7. bobcat48

    bobcat48 LawnSite Gold Member
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    Got one when i started out, and just love it but i dont use it annymore
     
  8. wimpy

    wimpy LawnSite Member
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    pb251 is rated at 390cfm. The cheapest Stihl will outblow it. Echo is not known for performance.
     
  9. LALawnboy

    LALawnboy LawnSite Senior Member
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    Here we go......
     
  10. joel29m

    joel29m LawnSite Senior Member
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    Lmao! I know whatcha mean!!!
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