Buying a backpack blower, need advice

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by PrimeGreen Lawn, Jul 6, 2001.

  1. PrimeGreen Lawn

    PrimeGreen Lawn LawnSite Member
    Messages: 170

    Well, the Shin. I have is 3 years old, and is showing signs of brutal use. Broken straps, duct tape holding the nozzle on, hard to start, ect. Thinking about an ECHO this time. Have 2 other echo trimmers that are older and always start on a max of 2-3 pulls. Any other brands you guys (and women) can recommend? Don't want to spend more than $500. Thanks for your input.

  2. Eric ELM

    Eric ELM Husband, Father, Friend, Angel
    Messages: 4,830

    I have a Red Max EB6200 62cc that I sure like. It still starts on the first pull once it has been started for the first time of the day. It is a very powerful blower and it weighs the same as our old 42cc Shindaiwa blower did. We have had this Redmax for 3 seasons and it has been a work horse. There are a lot of others here that use Red Max too.
  3. Ssouth

    Ssouth LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 436

    I have one Echo PB-60 and two Echo LN-46 all start on first or second pull. All are under three years but showing no signs of slowing down or replacement. All of my two cycle equip. is Echo due to no other dealers besides Sthil. I give two thumbs up for Echo.
    BTW, I've never had to work on any of this equip. not even a plug. Of all three blowers not even one air filter has been replaced and they are all still clean.
  4. Evan528

    Evan528 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,144

    I own a echo 60ht and a redmax EB700. no comparison! The Redmax is smoother running, more powerful, more comfortable and lighter. The echo is 3 years old and has needed quite a few expensive repairs..... I use redmax string trimmers and hedge shears also.... redmax is the only way to go for 2 cycle equipment!
  5. CSRA Landscaping

    CSRA Landscaping LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,232

    I use a Stihl BR400 and I like it. Starts between 3-6 pulls from cold and first after warm. Oh yeah ... Lotsa power!
  6. lawnman_scott

    lawnman_scott LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 7,547

    I use stihl br400, has lots of power, and durable. I have a temper, and am not mr maintenance when i get busy, and both my stihls have lasted 4 and 5 years now, and still going strong with no problems.
  7. Freetime

    Freetime LawnSite Member
    Messages: 112

    We have two BR400’s and both work fine, one is 97’ and other 99’ basic parts are easer to get around here from my dealer than any other brand.

    The advantage to the stihl is one hand controls throttle and air direction leaving the other hand to hold trash, paper, bottles, cans, limbs, ant (food) bait.

    Hope it helps.
  8. Scag48

    Scag48 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,067

    I've got a BR 320. Great blower so far! Not as much power as the BR 400 but at the time I bought it, it was a great price and does just what I want it to do. I use it on leaf clean ups as well as the weekly sidewalk cleanups. My mom just bought a new BR 420 for the condo complex she mangages, I've been dying to try it out!
  9. get the Red Max EB7000
    it's about $500
    nothing out there can touch it
    like using 2 blowers at 1 time
    don't mess with the rest buy the best Red Max

    I have had them all

    I would buy Echo 2nd choice

    check the spec's look at CFM
    air volume is what's doing the work RED Max is far beond the rest 720 CFM compared to 500cfm
  10. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Echo PB601. I have two, one is two years old, and the other is 5 years old (PB6000) Same blower, exactly, with trigger, just different model #) Anyway, both blowers even if cold, start FIRST time, EVERY time. The only time I have to pull it a few times is if I run one out of gas. These blowers, the way they're built with that case frame around them, will take alot of beating!

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