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Stihl Blower Decision

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Keli2000, Apr 22, 2003.

  1. Keli2000

    Keli2000 LawnSite Member
    Posts: 3

    I was looking at purchasing a new Stihl BR 420C Backpack Blower for $400. I was approached by a person selling a 4-5 year old Stihl Blower/Sprayer SR420 Backpack for $175. The used one has only ben used lightly. I don't need to do a lot of blowing, but prefer the backpack to move oak leaves. Any suggestions one way or another?
  2. Jimbo

    Jimbo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,093

    If its in really good shape I would get the SR420 used. It looks to me like the sprayer comes right off, and you will have a BR420. You might need to plug a hole but thats about it.

    FYI- This is what I can tell by the photos of the SR420. I own a BR420.

  3. lawncare3

    lawncare3 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,981

    I have the br420c magnum and it's one of the best purchases I have made. I definately say go with the new one. You can then have a warranty.
  4. John Gamba

    John Gamba LawnSite Fanatic
    from ct
    Posts: 10,812

    I Have a New 420c And a New PB650. I Wish I Had Two 650!

  5. Shuter

    Shuter LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,171

    I was in the same spot. I was buying a new 420 when someone i know was selling a 5 year old br400. I bought 2 years ago for $100. and still use it today as my main backpack blower. The last two Fall seasons I said I was buying a new 420, but I can't get rid of the old one.
  6. Albemarle Lawn

    Albemarle Lawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,544

    Redmax = 4.75 HP

    Stihl = 3.55 HP

    We replaced (2) BR400's with the Redmax. The Redmax literally blows the Stihl away. It's not even close. Plus Redmax starts easier, and is smoother, and has a more tolerable sound.

    Less vibration, too.
  7. yardman1

    yardman1 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 458

    This is what I would save for, redmax eb7001 rh, it is bad.

  8. Grass Master

    Grass Master LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 328

    Save your money!!! The BR-420C does not work well on oak leaves!! I know from first hand experience.

    Get an Echo PB-650....it is the best blower I have ever owned and it will blow oak leaves to the next town! Much quieter than the BR-420C as well.

    Spend the extra money and get a lot more blower!!
  9. C & T

    C & T LawnSite Member
    Posts: 145

    I bought the br420 and love it. I also have the sh85 and use the shredder/vac for the flowering beds and when I need to blow a small area, it converts to a blower in less than 5 minutes.
  10. columbiaplower

    columbiaplower LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 462

    I have 6 Stihl blowers and i am very happy with all of them. I love those thing and my oldest is 6 years. I have had ZERO problems with them. My vote is for the br420.

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