Does this make sense.. blowers

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by christoff, Dec 20, 2004.

  1. christoff

    christoff LawnSite Member
    Posts: 139

    OK so I have read a lot of posts concerning blowers and this is what I gather. The air speed and the cubic feet per minute (cfm) are both important when talking about how powerful a blower is, and that you need high numbers of each in order to move debris faster. Now from reading on this board I have gathered that you should mulitply the cfm by the air speed and take those numbers from the blowers and compare them. So this is what I got


    Husky:
    -----cfm air speed total
    125 310.8 116 mph 35960
    145 310.8 161 mph 49911
    155 377.9 181 mph 68237
    165 452.0 179 mph 80908

    Stihl:
    -------cfm air speed total
    BR 340 488 161 mph 78568
    BR 420 518 170 mph 88060

    Echo:
    ----cfm air speed total
    260 375 155 58125
    403 380 175 66500
    650 625 201 125625

    Redmax:
    -------cfm air speed total
    eb7001 629 205 128945
    eb8000 688 203 139665

    Homelite:

    ---------------cfm air speed total
    25cc backpack 400 175 68500

    McCulloch:
    ------cfm air speed total
    B3202 425 180 76500

    So from the numbers the cheaper Homelite is comparable to the second highest model of Husky but is about a third of the price? Also the cheaper the McCulloch is comparable to the BR320 of still but is a lot cheaper as well.
    It seems that Echo 's line of blowers suck, except there bigger blowers, and Redmax is in a league of its own. What I'm getting at is, you can buy a cheaper blower and get the same if not better results. What do you guys think?
     
  2. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 11,062

    Word to the wise.... don't buy cheap 2 cycle stuff.

    You loose in the long run.

    While you are at the math game, you need to try dividing the price of the blower by the number of hours of life expectancy while in commercial operation. This shows want the true value purchases are.


    By the way, a lot of the numbers for blowers you are comparing are collected at different locations. Many MFG's publish CFM's at the housing. Who runs them without tubes?
     
  3. christoff

    christoff LawnSite Member
    Posts: 139

    Sorry, forgot to mention, all these numbers are from the pipe end
     
  4. beransfixitinc

    beransfixitinc LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 592

    Kind of like HP, people see the big HP in the auto sales ads, but it's the RWHP that makes the money.
     
  5. out4now

    out4now LawnSite Bronze Member
    from AZ
    Posts: 1,796

    Yep, HP in cars ads are brake HP not HP at the rear wheels.
     
  6. PaulJ

    PaulJ LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,776

    When lookig at the numbers make sure they are in the same units
    Some only give thenm in metric and have to be converted. cubic meters per second are not the same as cubic ft per second, and miles per hour are not the same as feet per minute.
    and even though the cheaper stuff has the similar air flow you have to consider if the whole machine will last long enough to make the cost savings worth it.

    And how much air flow do you really need to move a few clippings off the drive?
     
  7. YardPro

    YardPro LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,564

    cheap ones will not last.
    they will cost you more in the long run.
     
  8. Travis Followell

    Travis Followell LawnSite Silver Member
    from KY
    Posts: 2,207

    I would suggest that you spend a little more and get a good commercial grade blower.
     
  9. grass_cuttin_fool

    grass_cuttin_fool LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,503

    That is some nice comparisons. When I was part time I used Homelite equipment alot, it was cheaper and easier to get and I just didnt know any better. I got good service on 2 trimmers, used them 3-4 years each before they wore out. It seemed I bought a new blower each year or hedge trimmer every 2 years. The carbs would get out of adjustment and nothing I would do would get them to running like they should. I even carried some to a shop and had them worked on and the dealer told me to start investing in commercial equipment and I did. It is a joy to have good equipment to work with and not the headaches of working on it when you need to be working with it. I would pass on the Homelite blower. Sure the commercial units cost more now but in the long term its cheaper down the road
     
  10. ozzys cuts

    ozzys cuts LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    Don't waste your money on the cheap crap after one season this stuff will be junk get a redmax and you will never buy another brand. :)
     

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