Yes, another backpack blower thread

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by blsnelling, Mar 9, 2011.


What's the best BP blower on the market today?

  1. Shindaiwa EB802

    22 vote(s)
  2. Redmax EBZ8050/EBZ8001

    17 vote(s)
  3. Echo PB-770

    18 vote(s)
  1. blsnelling

    blsnelling LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    I'm researching, trying to find what I believe to be the best backpack blower on the market today. First of all, I'm only interested in a 2-stroke engine. So please don't recommend the BR600 or EBZ8520. I'm very aware they're good blowers, but that's not what I'm looking for. I believe I've narrowed it down to three models.

    Shindaiwa EB802
    This unit is in it's 3rd year of production and is a bullet proof model. It's performance is near the top of the pack. Even then, it's said to be undertuned from the factory with an easily modded muffler, that gets it closer to it's advertised maximum power. I've seen that an adjustable carb is available, but have not confirmed that or found a PN for it.

    Redmax EBZ8050
    The EBZ8001 has been reguarded by many to be the best blower. Many say that the 8050 is not as strong. However, comparing the IPLs shows every part in the engine, exhaust, carb, ignition, blower housing, and impeller to all be the same. Someone mentioned that the 8001 had an easily modded muffler that the 8050 does not. I'm still trying to sort through this. If it's simply a few mods to make it what the 8001 was, then I have no problem with that.

    Echo PB-770
    Said by many to be the strongest blower on the market, but also said by some to have exaggerated specs, and be no stronger than the competition. It's also a newer, less proven model.
  2. ncknaklawns

    ncknaklawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 379

    BR550, BR600, Br600 Magnum
  3. blsnelling

    blsnelling LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    Those are not an option. I am only considering 2-stroke blowers.
  4. 944own

    944own LawnSite Bronze Member
    Posts: 1,160

    Most power Redmax, Lightest(most comfortable) Stihl
  5. TheOctagon

    TheOctagon LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 452

    Hi Brad, What you gonna do Mod a blower now???? maybe cram a 7900 engine in one haha.
  6. ncknaklawns

    ncknaklawns LawnSite Senior Member
    from NY
    Posts: 379

    They're 50:1
  7. blsnelling

    blsnelling LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    I think I might be able to do something with a 79cc Redmax engine:)
  8. blsnelling

    blsnelling LawnSite Member
    Posts: 25

    I understand that, and am not saying they're not good blowers. I simply want the simplicity of a 2-stroke. I port saws and know my way around them a lot better.
  9. kilgoja

    kilgoja LawnSite Senior Member
    Posts: 944

    personally i don't like backpack blowers...i worked for a guy before and we used them...nothing worse than the feeling of putting that thing on when it's 100 degrees outside lol....handheld all the way for just as good
  10. PLS-Tx

    PLS-Tx LawnSite Silver Member
    from Texas
    Posts: 2,385

    BR600, we have 4 and they have been running strong for several years.

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