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back-pack blower died need a w one -

Marek13

LawnSite Member
Location
Northen NJ
Hi there,
My backpack blower died in he middle of a job and I need to get new one.
400-450$ tops. I figured I ask the PROS. which blower would you recommend. The desisted one was Echo PB-60HT. Felt heavy but worked. I have 30 residential accts and I am looking for something with decent power to use it for fall clean up. How are the stihl 550 they are in my range but that’s a new model for I am looking for input.
 

TheLawnBarber

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
caldwell,Idaho
I've got a Stihl Br-550 thats all the blower I need. Great for blowing leaves in the fall and other random debris.
 

Allens LawnCare

LawnSite Senior Member
Location
Eastern CT
Shindawia makes a mean machine and they feel great on the back
 

lawnboy dan

LawnSite Platinum Member
Location
north florida
if you dont need max power i also recommend the shin 630. also sthil 420 magnum is very reliable and long lasting . these are the best middle weight-power units redmax 7001 uses the same engine as the shin 630 but the shin is better made overall
 

razor1

LawnSite Bronze Member
Location
Maryland
Don't toss the old blower just yet. I had a similar problem. It may just need a new ignition module.


Most Echo's now come with Lifetime Ignition Module Warranty
 
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Marek13

LawnSite Member
Location
Northen NJ
I just took it to the dealer-where I was about to purchase the Stihl 600 he told me the same thing -ignition-But what was surprising is that he did not pushed me to buy the Stihl -I like the guy for his honesty and I will buy the Stihl as back up for large jobs.
Thanks for your input
 

topsites

LawnSite Fanatic
I just took it to the dealer-where I was about to purchase the Stihl 600 he told me the same thing -ignition-But what was surprising is that he did not pushed me to buy the Stihl -I like the guy for his honesty and I will buy the Stihl as back up for large jobs.
Thanks for your input
The 600 is well worth the extra $, seeing how you might have some time to decide. If I had to do it over again I would've never bought the 550, matter of fact I'll be selling it next year as I get another 600 (for backup).

Yes, I have one of each now... The 550 is nice, but not when compared side by side, dollar for dollar.
In the long run the 600 actually uses less fuel, not per hour, but per job because they get the job done so much faster, you earn more, too. Bang for the buck, the 600 is way better than the 550.

Now if it's a money thing, I'd get a decent 420 used, you can find nice ones on ebay for under 300.
 
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