Br600 Blower Tips

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Dixie Bluegrass, Mar 19, 2007.

  1. Dixie Bluegrass

    Dixie Bluegrass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 64

    Hey guys. Was working on my Br600 today and noticed how I couldn't pull the fuel filter out of the fuel tank through the gas cap. The fuel line was too short. After doing some exploring, I discovered that there was a cap on the top of the fuel tank where the fuel line enters. This cap pops off for easy replacement of the fuel filter. When I had the cap out, I put a longer fuel line on so that next time I change the fuel filter I don't have to pop the cap off.
    Also I have heard that they have had problems with carbon in the 4mix engines. I decided to take out the spark arrestor screen so that any carbon would be able to exit the muffler freely.
    Just my 2 cents and thought it would be good to pass it along. Happy mowing.
  2. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,574

    Can you give us a tip on how to adjust the valves?
  3. Jason Rose

    Jason Rose LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,858

    I'm think VERY seriously about getting a BR600 this fall. My Echo 603 is extremely reliable and easy to operate, but I need MORE POWER! Just today I was beating my head against the wall trying to clear leaves out from under shrubs and in vines/groundcover.

    I know there's a million threads on this... But just how much more powerful is the BR600 over the Echo 603?

    Unfortunatly my dealer is a stick in the mud and demos are out of the question.
  4. StevensL&L

    StevensL&L LawnSite Member
    Messages: 12

    I have 1 BR550 and 1 BR 600 there is about a 90 dollar difference between the two but i really cannot tell that much difference. ON paper the BR600 is supposed to put out about 200 more cfm then the 550 but besides all that they are the best and the strongest blowers i have ever used!!!!! Strongly strongly suggest!!
  5. Dixie Bluegrass

    Dixie Bluegrass LawnSite Member
    Messages: 64

    Hey hess, I went to the dealer and asked them about adjusting the valves. The mechanic said that there is a kit the Stihl gives to the shops to adjust the valves. These kits are not available to the general public but he was real helpful and gave me one. It includes a feeler gauge and a gasket. I think this kit will cover all Stihl's 4mix engines- blowers and trimmers. The gauge seems really thin to me. It was thinner than any of the gauges on my universal gauge.
    But you can take the blower in that's under warranty and have them adjust the valves for free. I would recommend doing this right before the warranty expires. Also see if they will give you one of those kits.
  6. MuleCutter

    MuleCutter LawnSite Member
    Messages: 212

    yep... this is correct and it's easy to do. remove the housing, valve cover and spark plug. rotate crank to top dead center. you'll know you're at TDC when you can rock the crank back and forth without the valves moving. to get there watch for the exhaust valve to open then the intake valve and after the intake valve opens the next time the piston comes up is TDC. there is also (or there should be like on the trimmers) a small arrow on the flywheel that should line up with the side of the coil. once you are at TDC you can take the feeler guage and adjust the valves with a 5/16 or 8 mm nutdriver. what you want is for the feeler guage to slide easily between the valve and rocker but still keeping contact with both. ressemble everything and you're ready to go. the easy way to tell if your valves need adjustment is when it feels like there is more "compression" than there should be when you pull the rope. and there ya have it.....
  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,574

    We ran BR600 for a couple months across the winter and liked it lot. Did not like the gas cap that is retarted. And we want a adjustable chute on the end of the nozzle like BR420. We bought two Stihl BR420 because we like the packaging better than Echo......even though we only got one year warranty. We have 3 others and like them. Probably buy the 600 next year we really like the low weight and low noise level.
  8. scchamblee

    scchamblee LawnSite Member
    Messages: 161

    I am in the market for a big blower. I had a BR600 last year and loved it. I sold it cause I was gettin out, but instead bought out anpthrer guy. I liked my 600 and infact borrowed it back from the guy I sold it to Saturday to blow some pinestraw and was even more impressed with it. My 2 blowers, trimmer, and hedge trimmer is all Stihl.

    Now to my point... I am looking at the Red max EB 8001 ($576 out the door) and the 600($516 out the door), my dealer sales both Stihl and Redmax so service is non issue. My question is... is the 8001 better than the 600. I am leaning toward the Stihl just because all of my other stuff is Stihl and it is cheaper.
  9. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,716

    unless you need the extreme brute power of the 8001 -i would go with the br600. its much eaiser to use .-lighter -less noise and fuel eficent. i have both but i find my self using the br600 more often as its so much user friendly . but its nice to have the ultra powerfull 8001 if you need it
  10. mattfromNY

    mattfromNY LawnSite Bronze Member
    Male, from Central NY
    Messages: 1,582

    I love my BR600, I've moved frozen leaves, large sticks and all kinds of debris with it. I used it a lot this winter for clearing snow from sidewalks, too!
    Word of advise... Dont get too close to ground-level basement windows, they WILL blow in!!! ooops!
    Is it just my machine, or does anyone else's start acting like it is running out of gas, when there is still 1/2 tank of fuel left?? I assume it has to do with the fuel filter sucking air somehow?!?

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