Back pack blowers?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by mbigred, Sep 13, 2013.

  1. mbigred

    mbigred LawnSite Member
    Messages: 217

    WHAT IS THE BEST of backpack blower? how about THE STIHL 600 is it the best? ( just using it for fall clean-ups )
  2. Southern grass

    Southern grass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    I actually just bought a 600 today and I used it this evenin and it really is a powerful blower I'm glad I bought it and would buy it again if I had to you can't go won't with anything made by stihl
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  3. ringahding

    ringahding LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 611

    I got a 600 Magnum and it, to me, is better than any blower for the $$, that I have purchased in the past.

    I have been running Echo PB 500's forever, so I cannot compare to anything with the same horsepower.....but I love it ! ! !

    I paid exactly $500, since I had also purchased a new Toro G3 Zmaster/no tax for that also...Dealer loves us.
  4. jnrogers

    jnrogers LawnSite Member
    from East TN
    Messages: 221

    Same here BR 600 Magnum. Best I have ever owned. We call it the hurricane in a box. Had mine a year and a half and havent had any issues. It still starts on the first pull every time.
  5. Jaybrown

    Jaybrown LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,160

    600. The fuel economy alone is worth it. It's rely fuel efficient
  6. RussellB

    RussellB LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 8,364

    I've been using the BR600 for several years trouble free. Today I purchased a Husqvarna 580BTS. Used it on my own lawn and it is equal to or better compared to the BR600. It is heavier but the air flow is greater than the BR600. Give me a month and I will have a real comparison.
  7. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,696

    If you want a lighter blower with good power get the stihl. If you want a blower that's a bit heavier that uses a bit more fuel but saves time and makes money faster for fall cleanups get the most powerful you can buy. The redmax 8500 or husqvarna 580(same machine).
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  8. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,440

    I really don't think you could go wrong with any of the top shelf blowers. Stihl br600, RM85xx or 75xx, husky 570, 580. Should probably add the big Shin to the list, and possibly the dolmar. Any should be very good. The dolmar is a straight gas 4 cycle, and is a shad down on power, but still a performer for about $100 less than the competition.

    If I were to seriously consider Mariyuma (Kawasaki) or Dolmar, the dealer would have to prove to me that they have air filters, fuel grommets etc to service the unit down the road.
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  9. Valk

    Valk LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,720

    I love my Dolmar BP, but like you said isn't as powerful as the other big boy blowers.
    My RedMax 8001 moves more air and is what I'll use come leaf season.
    But for everyday mow/trim/blow/go = it is a great blower. It was ~$445 w/ tax included from my dealer.

    For pure power, you won't go wrong with RedMax/Husky.
  10. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,465

    Well, I've owned both the BR600M and the Husky 570.

    My 600 was still in excellent condition this spring when I sold it (as are all my tools, even after much use). I sold it because while it is lighter and starts so easily, it is nowhere near as comfortable to wear for long periods as my 570 even though the 570 is a bit heavier. The Husky's just have the best shoulder harness out right now for all day comfort.Their shoulder harnesses are different than the ones on the Redmax version. Comfort was the biggest reason for selling the 600. I constantly had to re-adjust it on my shoulders, and I'm not round shouldered at all. The Husky clearly and easily out performed the 600 too. The 600 is a great blower though IMO, especially if you don't have a lot of heavy leaves to do (which it will do, but just take a bit longer to do). They are great on fuel. I wouldn't have any problem owning another one if I couldn't have my 570, which BTW, is a better blower overall than the 580 which I have also ran.

    I could have bought any blower I wanted when I picked up the 570, but after demo'ing all the top blowers including the 8500/580, the Echo 770 (which I really liked) 570 was the best bang for the buck. Close enough in blowing power to the 580 as to be no noticeable difference in the real world on actual heavy leaf piles, but it scoured stuck down debris better, and was lighter and used less fuel than the 580/8500, plus it cost a bit less if that matters to anyone.

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