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Stihl handheld blower - volume /mph

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by snowjeep, May 19, 2007.

  1. snowjeep

    snowjeep LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 454

    I have a echo blower which has a 145mph and volume of 305. If I am looking to blow mostly grass clippings what do I look for mph or volume? The echo leaves grass is it is slightly damp. I will be getting a stihl because of rebate check and awesome dealer support.
  2. BigShelby

    BigShelby LawnSite Member
    Posts: 13

    Step up and buy yourself a commercial grade backpack unit. IT's the best thing I ever did for this season. It will blow the wet grass, the water on the pavement, rocks, etc. with no hassle. Expect to spend about $300.
  3. snowjeep

    snowjeep LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 454

    I really do not want a back pack at this time. Just looking for the best Stihl handheld blower for what I need. In the fall I may get a back pack blower.
  4. Lawn_Boy

    Lawn_Boy LawnSite Member
    Posts: 123

    I agree with BigShelby.

    But if you insist on a handheld, just go to the dealer and compare the stats. Its not going to matter a whole lot, because sooner or later its going to become a backup.
  5. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,412

    Have to agree with above. I stepped up to a backpack just before fall cleanups last season. It is so much more efficent and I find it more comfortable than a hand held blower.

    If you insist on a handheld just get the biggest you can afford.
  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Posts: 13,190

    We got the BG85 and like it a lot.......a backpack really isn't needed on most lawn mowing cleanups...you got it right!
  7. Midwest Lawn Services

    Midwest Lawn Services LawnSite Member
    Posts: 211

    $300+++, my echo backpak was $449 on sale!
  8. Ecoscape01

    Ecoscape01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 375

    I got my echo pb413h/t for 300 plus 40 for the one year warranty. 830cfm and 154mph. All I know is that thing blows like a hurricane. It's my first and I'm absolutely satisfied. I know people spend upwards of 500 on blowers and so far I don't know why. I haven't found an application where I have needed to turn my blower up to full throttle. Don't waiste your money. I did that with a hedge trimmer and I learned my lesson. I went cheap on my string trimmer with an srm-210 becuase I don't have enough accounts to need something more powerful but for a blower don't waste your time on a bulky weak handheld. I'm on a tight budget too so I know how you feel. I have to work full time and take my profits from landscaping part time to buy equipment so I don't have much but I wouldn't go cheap on a blower or waste my time on a handheld. Also, landscaping equipment vibrates a lot and that wears on your joints. A backback blower does not. I'm only 24 but I got limes disease when I was younger and it destroyed my joints so I care about things like that and that is something you should think about. Just my 02:)
  9. jpp

    jpp LawnSite Silver Member
    Posts: 2,128

    I agree 100 percent here. I have a bg85 too and love it. Starts up first or second pull everytime and with no priming of the carb too.

  10. dgfitz

    dgfitz LawnSite Member
    Posts: 177

    Yea, get the BG85, the best hand held out there, even better than I expected,
    and it WILL move damp leaves.

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