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Shindaiwa eb508rt

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by JonesLawnCareWV, Mar 4, 2014.

  1. JonesLawnCareWV

    JonesLawnCareWV LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 264

    Shindaiwa eb508rt

    Its the "entry level" commercial blower that was released shortly after Echo bought out Shindy. I've seen several people on the forums claiming that the new Shindy models are just recolored Echo's. I did some external reading (not on these forums) and the majority of the info claims Echo is still producing the Shindy models with the original manufacturing plans (i.e., they aren't just recoloring their Echo products).

    I know Shindy is supposed to be pretty reliable but my question is pertaining to the performance of this specific model. Several reviews say the CFM isn't enough for leaf jobs, while others say it works beautifully on leaves, wet or dry.

    Anybody have experience with this specific model?

    Specs are:

    23 lbs
    Max air speed 195.

    The next step up (EB633RT) jumps almost 200 cfm more, and about 30mph more, for around $100 more.

    Keep in mind these are currently 20% off MSRP, as Shindy is running Fleet prices for the month of March.

    Can't make the decision: Cheaper, less power, still does what I need it to now; or, $100 more, more power, does what I will require IF I start getting more leaf jobs.

    $263.99 vs $359.99, price is my main factor.

    My hand held died at the end of last season. I currently do not have a blower for the upcoming season, so a new one is a requirement either way.
  2. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,686

    If you're looking to do leaf cleanups and be productive and want to keep it in the family you'll want the eb802. While I've never used an 802, a 50 or 60cc blower is not productive for doing heavy leaf cleanups.
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  3. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,022

    The 508 and 633 are rebadged Echo units. The 802 and 854 are Shindy only. The small handheld blower is also a rebadged Echo. Most of the rest of the line is Shindy only for now. Some crossover like the Speed Feed heads are used on both lines now(was a Shindy only thing). And some of the Shindaiwa trimmers now have echo gearbox/guards with Shindaiwa shaft/engine/handles.
  4. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Posts: 2,419

    The Shindaiwa T235 is a definite hybrid of the two lines.. not all Echo, not all Shindaiwa....
  5. pugs

    pugs LawnSite Gold Member
    Posts: 3,022

    Yah, from what I am told the 235 engine was under development when the two merged. So its a Shindaiwa engine however I think they are going to use it on some Echo stuff. But it definitely has the echo gearbox/guard. I cant remember but I think this engine is also used in the newer Shindaiwa hedge trimmers.

    The newer T254's also got the Echo gearbox/guard but at the same time those came in the T242's still had the Shindaiwa gearbox/guard. Maybe using up whats left and then switching over at some point???

    BJWLAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 462

    The shindy units are 20% off during March. I have had the 802rt and 854rt. Both list at $529 so you are looking at about $425 for either one. I would buy the 802 because it is easier to start for some reason. Only shindy product I have ever owned that didn't start on the second pull at worst. I have had 10+ shidy units over the years. They are the best IMO.
  7. Armsden&Son

    Armsden&Son LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,358

    Shindy is the best and remember....

    Echo did not buy out Shindaiwa....

    Echo and Shindaiwa merged under the Yamabiko Corporation...

    Part of the reason for this merger was the fact that Shindaiwa was and is light years ahead of everybody else when it comes to emissions.....
  8. JonesLawnCareWV

    JonesLawnCareWV LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 264

    I see. Now I have the consideration of picking up the EB802RT, if I can justify spending that much.

    Additional Question:

    I have a homeowner trimmer that I just did maintenance on and is running decent. But I doubt it will last even half of this season when I'm running it 3-4 hours per day, 5 days a week. It's just too much for a homeowner.

    I'm considering a Multi-Tool for the next trimmer purchase. I'll get the trimmer head with it and add the edger, pole pruner, possibly hedge trimmer later. Hopes will be to use this as the trimmer for awhile, and then purchase an additional dedicated trimmer.

    As far as multi-tools go, hows the M242 from Shindy? LawnSite has completely mixed reviews about it.

    Was considering the Stihl KM110 Kombi system a few months ago, but the price difference on the power head itself, along with the attachments, is crazy compared to Shindy.

    Have also read some decent reviews on the Husqvarna multi-tool system, only drawback being smaller number of attachments.

    The Shindy catches my eyes more, seeing as it will be 20% off. I tried talking to the Husky dealers during the Husky Fleet week at the end of Feb, but none of them would honor the deal. Also not sure when Stihl will be running Stihl Dealer Days, and what % off the handhelds will be.

    BJWLAWNCARE LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 462

    I had the m242 its good but the 254 is a little more powerful. I have a couple 254's now with the pole pruner, 2 edgers, 3 trimmers and 2 articulating hedge trimmers. That is the way to go IMO.
  10. newz7151

    newz7151 LawnSite Silver Member
    from Tejas
    Posts: 2,419

    The T235 is a SRM225 base engine with upgrades to things like the piston and cylinder. The gearbox is a mid torque as opposed to the high torque on things like the 266T units. The guard.. I dunno, it's not Echo but it isn't as obtrusive as what the old Shindy guards were.

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