So what finally beats the Redmax 8001?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by soloscaperman, Sep 23, 2013.

  1. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
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    My dealer doesn't sell the old Redmax 8001 but he does have the Redmax 8050 and the Husqvarna blowers as well. Is it worth getting the 8050 with the instant $45 rebate or get the Husqvarna which I heard is the same design as the Redmax?

    I still have the 8001 that I had for like 7 years and still has the original air filter and sparkplug lol. I use this blower on 30 Fall cleanups a year and 30 lawns a week plus for snow plowing. The reason why is I have a worker now and want him to help me during the cleanups up here in CT since the Wine warehouse gets crazy at about 40-75hrs a week workin nights.

    P.S. I heard the 8050 model is just lighter......Also please don't try and sell me echo and stilh I know a few friends that have them and they constantly have problems.
     
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  2. austins35

    austins35 LawnSite Member
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    as you can see below I'm a Stihl fan

    I would buy a Redmax 8050 in a sec having used one for only a few mins I could tell it appeared to have more power than my 600's unfortunately but it's true
     
  3. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    The Redmax 8050 has been gone for a long time now unless a dealer just has some NOS models sitting around. I think you guys are referring to the 8500. That model is the same as the Husky 580.

    Both the 8500 and 7500 are well ahead of all the competition (and the older Redmax models) in blowing performance. There are a ton of threads on this subject here over the last 2-3 years. Just do a search and you can read for a long time.
     
  4. austins35

    austins35 LawnSite Member
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    yep RG is correct I mistyped the model 8050 the one I test was a 8500 substantially more power than my 600's

    who woulda Thunk it
     
  5. soloscaperman

    soloscaperman LawnSite Gold Member
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    My bad it's the Redmax 8500 shows it has 4.43 HP. Is there a big jump from the 8001 that I have to this? Anyone have the 8500 for a long period of time with some insight?
     
  6. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    It's not the HP that really matters with the big BP's. It's the fan, fan housing, and tube design that makes the difference. All the big BP's have enough power to turn the fan these days. The 8001 was a big dog in its day, but if you try a new 8500 next to one you'll see a noticeable difference in performance. The 7500 will also outperform the 8050 and 8001 by an appreciable amount.

    The early 8500's had issues with overheating (that were covered under warranty quite nicely), but that has siince been worked out and I have yet to hear from, or talk to, anyone whose had anymore issues with them.

    The 7500/570 will blow just as large a pile of leaves as the 8500/580, but they scour much better when the leaves are wet or other debris is stuck down to the ground. They are lighter and use less gas too. Don't overlook them just based on specs. Do what I did, and run them in the real world on fall leaves and you'll see what I am saying. You won't be missing anything by going to the 7500/570. All four of these machines are definitely ahead of everything else right now.

    One other thing, the Husky versions have far superior shoulder harness systems to the RM versions, and any other blower for that matter.
     
  7. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    RG knows what he speaks. Though, if you were to opt for the 8500...I'm pretty sure you wouldn't be disappointed. It is a larger engine that is likely not working quite as hard to move even more air than the 7500...though the 7500 has the edge in MPH due to it's smaller tube...thus giving it its improved scouring ability.

    I own an 8001...and until it needs replacing it is my #1 blower for Nov's leaves. I currently run/operate a Dolmar 4-cycle blower that is a nice 'everyday' unit Apr-Oct. But for HUGE piles of Nov leaves...it is RedMax time, FO SHO.
     
  8. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
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    I bought an 8500 in 2011. The one I bought blew up, but Redmax replaced it under warranty. The replacement has been fine since. So I used it for cleanups in 2011, 2012, plus it is on the mowing trailer every day for 3 seasons now, we mow an average of 53 lawns weekly. Never a problem. We did replace a damaged air filter cover, but it was user error. I also have two BR600s. I think the 8500 is a little more powerful, but the Stihls are more comfortable.
     
  9. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
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    Valk-
    The tube on the 7500 and on the 8500 are the same exact size. The only difference is at the end of the tube on the 8500. It is flared out to create a different turbulence as the air exits the tube, which is designed to allow the high CFM's to work on a slightly wider area at normal operating distances. If you were to cut that flare at the bottom of the inside radius, you'd basically have the tube end that is on the 7500/570. Trust me when I tell you, the 7500/570 fan isn't overworking the engine in the slightest. It operates at a minimum of 750 rpm's below its maximum rated power speed (max rated power speed= 8000 rpm's vs maximum operating speed of 7250 rpm's). The 8500/580 on the other hand, actually operates at its maximum rated power speed of 7200 rpm's.
     
  10. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
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    Thanks for setting me straight, RG. I learn a LOT from you, sir! :drinkup:
     

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