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Backpack blower recommendations?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Mikegyver, Mar 30, 2012.

  1. Mikegyver

    Mikegyver LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,803

    I need some recommendations for a backpack blower. I already have a Stihl 600 mag but something happened to the throttle linkage and its at the dealer under warranty. I think I will have it back by time I need it next but it brings up the point to me that it is the only thing I do not have a backup for (other than a small handheld which will not cut it).
    I think I want to skip the Stihl this time around.
    We are starting to move away from stihl handhelds to shindaiwa (at least on trimmers because I have not decided on the blowers yet) so I am interested in the EB802RT. This is their standard 2 cycle not the H4 because if the H4 is anything like the Stihl4mix I do not want it. Correct me if I am wrong on this. Anyone had experience with this blower?
    I do not want to go with Redmax or Mauryama because I cannot stand the dealer we have here.
    I guess my only other option is Echo. What models from Echo are good?
    I am really wanting to stay on the high end as far as CFMs/MPH and am not afraid to pay for it.
    What do y'all recommend? Basically I will only buy Shindaiwa, Echo, or Stihl.
  2. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,651

    The 802 is a great blower. It comes with 2 different nozzles for different uses and it give you great versatility. The Echo 770 is another great blower IMO, but there have been reports of several of them overheating. I ran one last year, and I loved it.

    However I went with the Husky 570 BTS to go with my BR600M. If you have a Husqvarna dealer near you, check them out.The Husky is basically the same blower as the RM 7500, and both will out perform the 600, or the 770. It is lighter by a few lbs than the RM 8500/Husky 580, but gives up very little in real world usage, and yes, I've used them all.

    If you don't have any Husky dealers near you, I'd go with the 802. Stock, the Husky will blow a little harder than the 802, but both can be modified to perform well beyond the way they come from the dealer. I'm happy with my 570 as is though. In fact, every time I use it, I like it even more. I rarely pick up the 600 anymore. :)
  3. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,463

    didn't we just discuss this???
  4. Mikegyver

    Mikegyver LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,803

    I don't think so?!?

    THEGOLDPRO LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,222

    Get the shindawia don't waste your money on a br600 they are weaksauce.
  6. Tizzy

    Tizzy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 383

    i just swapped handhelds from stihl to shindaiwa. very happy with the decision. i have not done any blowers yet. im still using BR600s. i would say go shindaiwa
  7. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,463

    could have sworn we just did a which backpack blower is the best thread.
  8. castlerockmo

    castlerockmo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 867

    Husqvarna570/580 best blowers money will buy!
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  9. KLAlawncare

    KLAlawncare LawnSite Member
    Messages: 133

    stihls are weak... had 2 600s and sold them and went with redmax 8500s... best move ever... its redmax for me
  10. yardguy28

    yardguy28 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,463

    I'm sticking with stihl......they have always been great to me so I see no reason to switch.

    from the comparisons I've done they are the best in the market IMO.

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