RedMax EBZ8500 review

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by A+Grounds, Nov 15, 2011.

  1. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
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    According to Stihl, they need to be checked and set one time at 139 hours of use, or as needed, which is determined by performance changing.

    I am going to do a review of my 600 and Husky in the next day or two.
     
  2. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Silver Member
    Male, from Knoxville, Tn
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    Have heard the Stihl's have very good fuel economy. They are on a lot of guys trailers locally. The exhaust note really starts to sound sour after they get some age on them though. Maybe they just are out of adjustment.
     
  3. ralph02813

    ralph02813 LawnSite Bronze Member
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    it should be better on fuel it has 20% less power
     
  4. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Silver Member
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    The 8500 uses a good bit more fuel than an 8050 but it is still just a few ounces per day during the mowing season. The extra power makes it worth it.
     
  5. A+Grounds

    A+Grounds LawnSite Member
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    they get hard to pull when they need a valve adjust correct? were both in michigan so i would have to imagine we use similar fuel and see a similar amount of leaves in the fall. in you honest unbiased opinion do you think the br600 is really that much better than the ebz8500 in usable air and performance?
     
  6. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    I have the 8500 in orange....Husqvarna 580BTS. It has both a padded hip belt and a chest strap and also has a little bigger fuel tank. I felt like I was Moses parting the Red Sea today blowing fairly dry leaves. I can just stand in one spot and rotate my body and blow a berm of leaves 20 feet back in a semi-circle. I usually run it at 80 to 90% throttle on the cruise control even for heavy accumulations...about all you really need...and then hit the trigger for "turbo" to stuff leaves into the woods etc. It's pretty loud and a bit of a strain on the arm at WOT for sustained periods. Since I got it my wheeel blower hardly gets used.
     
  7. SDLandscapes VT

    SDLandscapes VT LawnSite Senior Member
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    So I have one 8000 and 2 8001's and we run them hard this time of year. No problems and they have been really good to me. I borrowed a stihl from a friend a few years back and the power just isnt there--comfort yes. We needed another blower recently and I wanted to get the 8500 (going on my past positive experience with redmax blowers). Dealer tells me the 8500 I would have to wait for so I bought a Shindaiwa 854. The 854 definitely has more gusto, but what a PITA to start and the H4 is touted as fuel efficient but the redmax blowers will outrun the shindy by 15 to 20 minutes.
     
  8. sjessen

    sjessen LawnSite Silver Member
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    Both blowers have the same size fuel tank?
     
  9. A+Grounds

    A+Grounds LawnSite Member
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    darryl i used just my backpack today to do my back yard and don't know how you do it, just getting out that billy goat is so much easier! sdl get are you going to get an 8500?
     
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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