Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by JasonH, Sep 11, 2012.

  1. JasonH

    JasonH LawnSite Member
    Messages: 23

    Looking at leaf blowers wondering how to determine the one to blow the most. What's are some pointers to look for or do I go by CFM , or max air speed? Up for suggestions, looking strongly at an EB802 shindaiwa
  2. branchoutshrub

    branchoutshrub LawnSite Member
    Messages: 118

    We use Stihl blowers. We've tried other brands, but Stihl is the best for us.
  3. Rvldesign

    Rvldesign LawnSite Member
    Messages: 200

    i have used a lot of the echo pb 500's but we recently got the bigger pb 770 and it blowers a much larger volume of air as well as blow it faster. we have already done a few clean up jobs with the two blowers combine and the 770 does twice the work of the 500.
  4. Turf Commando

    Turf Commando LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,186

    To answer your question before all the brand warriors come on . You need to focus on CFM the higher the better.
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  5. Jaxscaper904

    Jaxscaper904 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 33

    I argee with turf on cfm and focus on what you will be blowing wet debris or etc as far as brand I've used echo,stihl,tanaka I have a echo pb500-t which I feel is underpowered when blowing wet debris a stihl br600 is a good blower stihl has the torque and raw power I havent ran a newer tanaka blower but I scored a 90's tanaka bp that runs very comparable to stihl as having torque and raw power and can really move some debris
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  6. LandFakers

    LandFakers LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 6,309

    It's all about the CFM. The speed is just an extra bonus!
  7. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,809

    Well yes, and no. The CFM is what moves large piles and/or heavy stuff, but the MPH is what gets it moving when it's stuck down. My Husky 570 will do anything that the Husky 580 will do because its extra MPH makes up for the slightly lower CFM's. This isn't my opinion. I've run both. However, there has to be a noticable difference in MPH to make up for any shortfall in CFM.

    The best thing is to find a BP that has both high CFM AND MPH, and is comfortable for all day use. If it isn't comfortable, all the performace in the world won't mean squat.
  8. cpllawncare

    cpllawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,659

    I agree with Green you need both CFM, MPH and comfort, I found the BR600 to have it all.
  9. TN_mower

    TN_mower LawnSite Member
    from TN
    Messages: 25

    I own a Shindaiwa 802RT and couldn't be any happier. Has tons of power and is very comfortable. It's reliable as any other shindaiwa product, Starts 2nd pull cold everytime. I picked the 802 over the 854 because im not a fan of the 4-mix crap.
  10. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,809

    That is an excellent blower, and the exact model I would choose if I didn't like this husky 570 so much.
    Did you get both tube tips with yours? Some here have said they did, while others said their dealers told them it was an either or deal. My dealer sells them with both tips (the turbo MPH tip, and the high CFM tip).

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