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Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by big tim afm, Aug 23, 2004.
I'm going to purchase a back pack blower, looking for advice what kind,price's,ect. BIG TIM
I run the Shin and love it. I got it 3 years ago so i'm not sure what they are now. I think it's something 201mph out put at the nozzle.
The "biggies" are Echo (the pb650 or 750), Redmax (the eb7001 and now the 8000), and Shindaiwa (whose name i can still never be sure of spelling right - eb630).
The Redmax eb7001, along with the Shindy eb630, used to have the most powerful engines on the market, although whether or not they actually blow harder than the Echo 650/750 seems a long standing dispute on this site. The title of most powerful blower engine now goes to the new Redmax eb8000, though.
The 2 Echo blowers, the pb650 and 750, share the same engine and everything, except that the 750 has a better air filter and nicer straps.
The other contender is the Stihl blower, namely the br420. It has a weaker engine than the other blowers, but I think some people still swear by them.
Any of the above blowers will do you justice, although I think the more powerful Redmax, Echo and Shindy are more suited towards leaf cleanup, etc, rather than just blower grass off driveways.
There are also a bunch of other blowers made by the same manufacturers, and others, but these are the big ones.
When your ready to purchase, you can find a lot of really good deals on both new and used blowers on ebay, if you don't mind forgoing "dealer support".
Oh, and a lot of people will tell you that a blower has this much mph, and blows are at this much cfm (volume), but as far as I'm concerned, this is just my opinion, you can throw all thoses specs out the window, because each manufacter comes up with them differently. I think it's just easier to compare engine displacement (cc's), but more importantly, to just demo. I just ordered an Eccho 650, and my dealer also carries the redmax and Shindy, and they where all the same price, so I put tried each of them out, and chose the Echo simply because it was more comfortable.
Other than that, see the red link up at the top, where it says "search"? Click that and you find a whole host of information. You could stay up all night reading the debates on which blower is better.
What he said.....
Well I guess I swear by the legendary echo PB-400e. Echo hasn't change the design much over the last 20 years. I wouldn't own anything else. They will take a pounding and start on the first pull. Mine are 13 years and 9 years old. Used everyday. I love them. Yes there are newer, faster, more powerful and light backpack blowers, but they just can hold up as well as the PB-400e.
look to spend $350+ for a descent blower
Red Max everytime!
I don't own one... Yet, but I will soon. Hoss is dead on.. I have the Stihl br 420c.. If you love ripcord pullin' it's the machine for you. Even though I don't really push leaf clean up, and all I really do is clean up after mowing.. I can say, without a doubt, the Redmax 8000 WILL be my next blower. 1 pull to start, and once running, it is an ANIMAL. I'd guess it's easily twice as strong as my Stihl..