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Back pack blowers?

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

  1. ddixon7

    ddixon7 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    Redmax hands down. The ebz7500 or ebz8500. If it is JUST for leaf cleanup, then the ebz8500 would be my choice, but not by much. The Redmax blowers would absolutely and totally MURDER anything put out by Stihl, or Echo or whoever else. The only thing that can come close, in my opinion, is the Shindaiwa eb802, and even that doesn't compare to both the ebz7500 or ebz8500.

    On top of being the most powerful without a doubt, they last a long time. I have a ebz8000 and two ebz8001s with literally THOUSANDS of hours between the three. The 8000 I bought in 2004, and the 8001s I bought in 2007. All have seen intense day in and day out use over that time. They are getting quite weak now, but still run. I just retired all three of them to backup status, as I just bought several 7500s and 8500s.
    Last edited: Oct 7, 2013
  2. smallengineshop

    smallengineshop LawnSite Member
    Messages: 62

    Maruyama makes great backpack blowers all id ever use. not to bash any other brands at all a lot of good ones out there.
  3. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,186

    Stihl has the backpack blower market for reasons besides marketing. The blower is lightweight, powerful, relatively quiet, and sleek design turtle shell. That the biggest reason I own 2 stihl br600's and br550 going on its fifth fall leaf season .
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  4. Choppin

    Choppin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 926

    We'll I have a Stihl and Echo and after running the Echo for a tank and then running th stihl it dosnt seem very powerful... i had the Sthil first and thought it was the strongest til I got the echo and starting moving leaves faster... I'm fixing to buy the Redmax 8500
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  5. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,186

    I demoed the echo 770 I wasn't impressed, different strokes for different folks.
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  6. Choppin

    Choppin LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 926

    We'll there is no doubt the 770 will move more leaves...we have run them side by side everyday in leave season...
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  7. DodgeDude

    DodgeDude LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    Shindiwa 802
  8. echo

    echo LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,696

    If it was as powerful as its competitors then it would be great but its not and leaf season is around the corner.
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  9. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,186

    I know what stihl is capable of. Possibly my dealer will let me do leaf clean up comparison but I doubt the cfm is more then the 600. Also know I judge by cfm not air speed.
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  10. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 15,914

    Well I have already done a side by side comparison on wet fall leaves with the BR600, 770 and the 8500 all at the same time, and while it's close between the 600 and 770, the 770 is more blower then the BR600. I am not knocking the 600 because it is a good blower, but there are simply stronger blowers out today like the 700 and especially the 7500/570 and the 8500/580. I sold my 600 this psring in like new conditions because I just didn't use it after buying my Husky 570, which is a lot more blower.

    The last two seasons all I used for leaf clean up were my back packs, so I had a ton of opportunies to see and compare the 600 with my 570. We have a ton of leaves here, and when the 600 would no longer move the huge piles, the 570 kept on going like it was nothing.

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