Solo Fall Clean-up Blower Upgrade????

Discussion in 'Landscape Maintenance' started by locallawncare.ca, Aug 28, 2014.

  1. locallawncare.ca

    locallawncare.ca LawnSite Senior Member
    from Ontario
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    Thanks, I don't plan on having a helper but having a backup is always nice to know. The br600 is likely 6 years old but only used heavily the last 3 years or so, bought it when I worked for another LCO for my own property, lol. It still runs great and has never given me any issues other than a throttle adjustment. I wish stihl would make a br800 to compete with the bigger blower out there, however comfort, noise, design and overall performance on the stihl are all great.
     
  2. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    I bought the Husky 580 when they first came out (3 years ago now I think) to be used only for fall cleanups. I had been using Shindaiwa EB 630s for years and they are good powerful blowers but I wanted something stronger to speed things up.

    Since I bought the 580 I have not used my EB 630s...I use it all of the time. It's really nice to be able to blow pavement off from 30 feet away and to give a quick blast under the truck and trailer. I have also all but eliminated my use of a wheel blower, which I find to be cumbersome and tiring on turf.

    With that said, it is gigantic, heavy and loud as hell...but still is the only blower that gets loaded unless I'm doing a small job where I just need to blow off a walk or something, in which case I'll just bring the handheld Echo.
     
  3. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I demoed a shindaiwa eb802rt very uncomfortable, power wasn't impressive.
    Stihl uses springs on engine to keep the vibration away from back. Others use rubber mount which helps keep vibration away but IMO Fail!
    The power to weight ratio and design is superior when you have it on back for 8 hrs doing leaf clean-ups.
     
  4. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    So which is better husky 580 or redmax 8500?
     
  5. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    580. Better harness than the 8500.
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  6. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    thanks.
    so its the same unit but different harness?
     
  7. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    Yeah, the 580 has a full harness = shoulder straps, sternum strap and waist belt...nice ones like you'd find on a good backpack. It makes it surprisingly comfortable for such a big/heavy blower. The only time I really notice the weight of it is when walking up steep slopes. My arms don't go numb like they did with my EB 630s. I will admit that after burning a tank in it (about 1.5 hours) I'm ready to take it off though. There are a couple of other minor differences too...clips on the air filter instead of screws being one.
     
  8. recycledsole

    recycledsole LawnSite Gold Member
    from MD
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    it says its only 4-5 lbs heavier than the br600. Is it that much heavier?
     
  9. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I don't find it to be heavy. Just bulky.
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  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G LawnSite Fanatic
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    It is indeed bulky. It has a big fuel tank that will add about 3.5 pounds when full...you'll know you have it on for sure. If this is what you do for a living and you're not s small guy, it's no big deal.
     

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