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Replacing dead blower.....BP or Handheld?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Midwest Mower, Aug 4, 2004.

  1. Midwest Mower

    Midwest Mower LawnSite Member
    Posts: 27

    I'm replacing an old McCulloh handheld that died. I have an 8hp Walkbehind but can't decide between handheld or backpack. I'm looking at the Redmax blowers.

    Most yards are smaller residential but a few are large commercial. Please advise.

  2. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,850

    backpack all the way! unless you're only doing it part time i don't see how you can be without a BP. i remember the first day (after waaaaay too many with teh handheld) i got my echo PB 750T; talk about a night and day difference in efficiency.
  3. TrueTrim1

    TrueTrim1 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 23

    Whether full time or not, I'd go with a backpack. Way more power and less arm fatigue. I'm part time, but got tired of messing with a handheld. I went ahead and broke down to buy a Shindaiwa EB630. I have not regretted it since.
  4. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,905

    Getteth thy self either an Echo pb 650/750, or a Redmax 7001/8000 and be done....
  5. EJK2352

    EJK2352 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,150

    I'll second that!!!!! I know I had a huge jump in productivity when I switched to a Redmax EB7000.
  6. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,905

    Midwest, just don't make the mistake that I'm "Stihl" stuck with.. My br420c, that is unless you like equipment that's a pain to start and is under powered compared to either the Echo, or Max'... God bless, and I hope you get what YOU need...
  7. MImowerkid

    MImowerkid LawnSite Member
    Posts: 197

    Backpack all the way much easier on the arms and better performance
  8. FreshCuts

    FreshCuts LawnSite Member
    Posts: 78

    Back Pack. I made the Hand held mistake once. After I bought my Red Max. I gave the the hand held away and bought another backpack.
  9. Branching Out

    Branching Out LawnSite Member
    Posts: 109

    Hand held. What's a hand held?

    Branching Out
  10. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,995

    I agree with branching out.

    why bother.

    txlawnkning doesn't like his stihl. I like mine fine. But the point is almost any BP will be a much better blower than any handheld.

    Productivity is worth the extra price. And they last so much longer. And you aren't refilling the gas tank every 5 minutes.

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