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Good quality blower

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by turnipgreen, Apr 16, 2002.

  1. turnipgreen

    turnipgreen LawnSite Member
    Posts: 17

    Anyone make suggestions on a good quality blower? Looking for something that will work for years, move a good amount of grass and leaves, not too heavy. Last year I went as cheap as possible, and wish I hadn't. Will consider both handheld and backpack, although handheld is probably best since my wife will want to use it as well.

    Thanks for your help.
  2. ple_1969

    ple_1969 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 204


    I bought a Stihl BG85 blower last year to replace the Echo PB1000 that I bought at Home Depot. I am very satisfied with this new blower. With a side-by-side comparison in the fall blowing leaves on my lawn, it out performed the Echo. ItÂ’s easy to start and does not leave my hand fatigued after using it for an hour or two. I would give it a look if you are looking for a hand held unit.

  3. totallpm

    totallpm LawnSite Member
    from Utah
    Posts: 50

    I agree Stihl bg85 is a great machine that i use commercially. they do have a model a couple of bucks less for the homeowner but I would get the bg85. I think it is around 170 - 190.

    Kevin Totallpm
  4. RV_Landscaping

    RV_Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

    I would suggest the Stihl BR 320 --yeah its a backpack...but its not that heavy...and its a GREAT blower.... i got the big brother to it...use it with an old GiantVac and i do all my acre+ lawns (and here in cleveland, were talking LOTS of trees)...the 320 is lighter than mine, not quite as powerful...but it'll last/take a beating and its good quality..... i've known guys who have run 'em over with their trucks (don't ask how) and no damage done....
    i think the 320 runs around $250 or something, maybe a bit higher....but its just as good as a lot of the small 'push/commecial-blowers'....
  5. turnipgreen

    turnipgreen LawnSite Member
    Posts: 17

    I can't find the BR 320 on the stihl website (www.stihlusa.com/blowers). Is this a new model, or an older model? I haven't called my local shop yet.
  6. laynlow

    laynlow LawnSite Member
    Posts: 20

    The BR320 was replaced with the BR340 and normally sells for $300.00

    The new model has the separated gas tank. I own last years BR320 and love it.
  7. RV_Landscaping

    RV_Landscaping LawnSite Member
    Posts: 30

    ahh, right....yeah....i'm not buying this year so I haven't even seen any of the new ones yet.....
  8. JMcGuire

    JMcGuire LawnSite Member
    Posts: 18

    I have a husquavarna blower passed down twice, I believe the price was about $350, it has been a very good one, and I have never had a problem getting a cold start, especially after a long period.
  9. che

    che LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    I bought a Stihl BG85 blower I'm very happy with it, it's very powerful.
    I used to own a home depot homelite wich was good for what I paid for wich was $70 I needed a good windy day for that thing to work!

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