Echo blower help

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by robbo521, Oct 29, 2006.

  1. robbo521

    robbo521 LawnSite Senior Member
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    i have 3 med size yards that i do and one being a church.the parking lot is not real big maybe 40 cars.what do you guys think about the Echo PB-260 or the 261 for what i will be doing.the other two house's the blower would be used for driveway and side walk.don't have a lot to spend but don't want something that will be in the trash after 6months.most of the leafs are the big oak ones.
  2. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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    Well, those will last a while. Trouble is they are really nothing more than the small line of handhelds converted to backpacks.

    If you don't want to spend so much, want something that will last, and something that will make respectable power... check your dealer to see if he has any "old stock" BG85 blowers. (non "D" models)

    You have to go to the 600 series Echo blowers to get more power than that.
  3. robbo521

    robbo521 LawnSite Senior Member
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    sorry about this but i have only used cheap hand held ones,what brand would the BG85 blowers be?i have a new Stihl dealer about a mile away i was going to check on some stuff from him.
  4. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
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    What will you be doing with it. 40 car lot?
  5. robbo521

    robbo521 LawnSite Senior Member
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    it would be used twice a week at the church to get the leafs off the lot,and around building where the wind blows them in the corner.
  6. LB1234

    LB1234 LawnSite Gold Member
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    We have an '01 PB603. Extremely reliable and dependable. Knock on wood never in the service shop. About 6yrs old.

    It will work fine for clearing clippings from sidewalks and driveways. We still use it for that today cause of its nice power to weight ratio.

    It will do OKAY for your leaf cleanups. Not great, but okay. It will take you longer but it will work.
  7. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
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    Sorry... that would be a Stihl.

    Just make a mental note that the new "D" models have a more restrictive catalytic muffler and do not make as much power as the old ones.

    These are priced in the $200 range and come with the interchangeable nozzles.
    (flat & round)
  8. Just Mow

    Just Mow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 367

    Check out the Stihl Br420. Very reliable with good power.

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