I have stihl and redmax. On my stihl the choke knobe falls of all the time and the spark plug boot gets worn out. Thats pretty much it, nothing major. Oh ya on the red max some of the bolts on the trottle are vibrate lose.That's all i can think of now.
I have used the BR400 for about seven years. Like LGG said, the choke knobs like to fall off on the older ones. Thats not even a bid deal. My newest one (9 months) has not had that problem...maybe they discovered glue Other than that they have been pretty good. I am sure the Shindaiwa and Redmax are quality pieces too. I don't think you would go wrong buying any of them.
I have a new Shindaiwa EB630 that I haven't put through the paces yet. I also have a 2 year old Red Max 6200. The only problem I had with the Red Max was the choke lever started to move to the "choke-on" position when the blower was being used. It would choke out the blower. A turn of the screwdriver fixed that. Both blowers have a lot of power. The Red Max has 2 blower tubes and the Shindaiwa has 3 tubes. I had to remove a tube on the Shindaiwa because it was too long for me. I also have a hand held Stihl bg75 thats pretty good.
I have used the EB 6200 Red Max for one season and have been very impressed with it. I have had no problems with it. The extra power is nice to have especially when the driveways and sidewalks are wet. You can blow the clippings off lots easier with it.<p>----------<br><a href="http://www.townserver.com/elm/">Eric@ELM</a><br>
this is my fourth year for my br-400. I wish I knew how many hours I had on it. blowing leaves in the fall really racks up the hours. no problem so far.<p>choke knob has never been a problem.<p>I demoed several, the throttle response on the br-400 was the fastest of all and power seemed just as good as any (in the $400 range) paying less doesn't get you enough blower, paying more...I don't know. it's hard to beat this blower. good luck.<p>GEO
We have 5 Stihls and really like them.<p>I don't know if anybody else has had this problem, but we have a problem with the choke knobs falling off.<p>You'd think after all the replacement knobs they sold, they'd make a change or offer free knobs?<p>Stihls start with less choking than other brands I've used, so that helps.