Real-world test of the Redmax ebz 8500

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by wrtenterprises, Nov 11, 2013.

  1. wrtenterprises

    wrtenterprises LawnSite Senior Member
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    Well, I have been a Stihl guy for over a decade, but I must admit the ebz 8500 blows more air than the BR 600. And not just by a little bit, it seems like 20% or even more. The Stihl in my opinion is only superior in (2) areas, comfort, and fuel consumption. The Redmax is a BEAST with leaves. It moves massive piles of leaves with ease. If you do one time clean-up's, this is the machine for you. I have yet to get into a situation that this machine can not just over power. We only do .5 -- .75 acre lots, and we can blow from the back to the curb with no issue. The EBZ has a much wider pattern, which took a tank or so to get used to. Since the Stihl necks down the end tube for more CFM, it blows a much more narrow pattern. I'm a convert, ALL HAIL THE REDMAX EBZ 8500!!!!!!
     
  2. ddixon7

    ddixon7 LawnSite Senior Member
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    Yes, the 8500 is a monster. Also, the 7500 is just behind it in the leaf department. Both of these blowers annihilate any other blower in the power department. One is a hurricane and the other is a tornado. I just can't imagine how I ever lived without these blowers. They are a huge time saver. I remember 15 years ago with junk, underpowered backpacks and handhelds. Now it is somewhat fun to blow leaves.
     
  3. chrisexv6

    chrisexv6 LawnSite Member
    from CT
    Posts: 58

    Been using my Husq 570BTS (basically a RedMax 7500) and Im very impressed with it as well. Just a homeowner with a lot of leaves (that arent even from my own trees!), so I usually do a little at a time until nothing is left. Thought about the 580BTS instead but saved the $$$ and weight....I might have liked the wider pattern of the 580, I wonder if you can put the same fluted out tip on the 570 and get similar results.
     
  4. lazer 46

    lazer 46 LawnSite Senior Member
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    I have both blowers. Yes the 8500 has way more power but in defense of the 600 it is more comfortable and great for jobs that doesn't require moving mountains of leaves.
     
  5. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
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    Anyone having trouble with the Redmax fouling plugs?
     
  6. wrtenterprises

    wrtenterprises LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 310

    Have had no plug issues yet. It does take an extra couple of pulls to start it cold. Time will tell if it holds up as well as my BR 600's. Have a couple that are well used and still work great.
     
  7. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yep the 8500 always starts on the 4th pull.
     
  8. WayneJessie

    WayneJessie LawnSite Member
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    Had mine for over a year and the more it runs the better it runs. I run Amsoil @ 80:1 and OPTI-2 @ 80:1 . No fouling or issues of any kind. Best blower made hands down.
     
  9. Bumpmaster

    Bumpmaster LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 15,057

    Yep, the blow. Big, heavy, acquired, temperamental an suck down 2 stroke mix like a thirsty double humped camel n'at..
     
  10. baileylawnservice

    baileylawnservice LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 530

    We use 2 8500's makes quick work of leaves
     

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