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Backpack Blower throttle controls

Discussion in 'Industry Surveys & Polls' started by uphelpsr, Apr 20, 2010.

  1. uphelpsr

    uphelpsr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Do operators prefer tube controls or hip controls, or does it even matter?
     
  2. deerewashed

    deerewashed LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 883

    hip controls.....tube has a tendency to break if you use your blower as hard as i do... it gets thrown in the truck alot and can break
     
  3. twobroslawns

    twobroslawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 299

    Tube Controls all the way. I guess you're a Stihl Rep? (Your location and sr in your name prob means Stihl Rep)
    I hate hip controls - it feels unnatural to me like a curved shaft trimmer or a 4 wheel steer tractor. I guess some people do like the hip thingy, but I think it just gets in the way and uses up your free hand.
     
  4. Shasta Lake Landscaping

    Shasta Lake Landscaping LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 436

  5. Kennedy Landscaping

    Kennedy Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,597

    Tube controls, never heard of the hip controls?
     
  6. twobroslawns

    twobroslawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 299

  7. deerewashed

    deerewashed LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 883

    woo husq and redmax really do look idencyical
     
  8. mowerdude777

    mowerdude777 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,735

    When I had my echo last year it was a hip controll I liked it a lot but got a killer deal on a new kaw 300 last year with tube throtle and at first it felt really unusual but after some time I began to like it and when I got my redmax I went for a tubethrotle and will be using tube throtles from now on
     
  9. uphelpsr

    uphelpsr LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    twobrosland, I do work for STIHL in the marketing department here in Virginia Beach. I posted on behalf of our blower product manager. We like to determine how our customers feel about various products and features. gives us a chance to improve. We had heard that in some parts of the country, especially the Northeast, that hip controls were preferred.

    So far 99% of the responses have been in favor of tube control.

    Thanks all for the feedback. Really appreciate it.
     
  10. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,732

    I love the tube control on my BR500, but seriously, that gas cap is awful.
     

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