Most powerful backpack blower as of Sept. 2012?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by mattwalter85, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Someday I may switch to another blower, but I've been using stihl since 2007 . My favorite thing with stihl is design factor (turtle shell) its sleek , comfortable and capable to make some CFM... Also in my location stihl reigns supreme.!
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  2. mattwalter85

    mattwalter85 LawnSite Member
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    I think im gonna go with the Redmax
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  3. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have the Husky 580 and I ran it side by side with a BR600 Mag and Echo 770 and it blows them both away. I like that it has a padded hip belt and chest strap that the Redmax don't. It does a great job of blowing large amounts of leaves and even light brush...I didn't even use my wheel blower last season. However, with the factory tube configuration it really doesn't scour stuck stuff very well for such a large and powerfull blower. It comes with a high velocity nozzle (the curved flat kind) but it's pretty much unuseable at any significant throttle...you just can't hold it. Instead I bought an extra intermediate tube and it scours very well with the extra length and blows out drainage ditches too very well too. And I can also literally blow pavement from 30 feet away with it when I'm out on the mowing route. It can get a little tiring...it makes it a pretty big heavy tube, but if you're a big strong landscaper (like me, lol) it's really not an issue. I usually leave the extra tube on and take it off if I want more air flow...the same thing I do with my old Shindaiwa EB630s....but the fit is pretty tight at first. I've comtemplated trying the end tube from the 570 on it...that one tapers at the end whereas the 580 one flares out. For Goldpro's use, blowing large amounts of leaves alongside his Hurricanes, the 580 might be good in the factory configuration. You're welcome to drop in and give mine a try if you want to take a short road trip...PM me if you're interested Gold.
     
  4. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
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    I didnt even know husky made backpack blowers till right now lol, Sounds like a good blower tho. its identical specs to the Redmax blower.

    Husky 580BFS

    Cylinder displacement 75.6 cc

    Power output 4.3 hp

    Air flow in pipe 907.6 cfm

    Air speed (round nozzle) 206.2 mph
     
  5. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    The Husky is the Redmax 8500 with some modifications...mainly the hip belt/chest strap and the air filter has snaps instead of screws. Diff color of course too. The hip belt makes a big diff when you're burning a tank full at a time. I was just out back on my rear acreage with mine blowing the sticks and wet leaves off my roadway and trails...got a hell of a lot done in a short amount of time.

    One thing I will say is that it's freaking loud as hell at WOT (112 decibels at your ears I think) but i'm usually only running it at 75 to 85% on the cruise control and use the throttle trigger as sort of a turbo boost. No probs at all with it in the year I've owned it and I can't believe how clean the air filter stays compared to my Shindys.
     
  6. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando LawnSite Bronze Member
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  7. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Where you been Gold? You're in the green industry shame on you.
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  8. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Efco, Solo, also make commercial back-packs just not recognized .
    Husquavarna doesn't get enough credit. They have some great chain saws too.
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  9. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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  10. THEGOLDPRO

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have never even seen a husky dealer near me, let alone a husky blower lol. we are dominated by stihl in my part of ct.
     

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