buying backpack blower soon

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by pottstim, Jul 18, 2003.

  1. pottstim

    pottstim LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 501

    I am in the market for a backpack blower. I despise the Poulan I am currently using, and I can't wait to replace it with commercial-grade blower. My dealer up the road has a Shindaiwa EB500 for $389. Is this a pretty decent price? Last time I was there, he was pretty much picked over on Shindaiwas, so that prevented me from checking out the EB480. This is a slightly less powerful blower than the EB500 is, but oddly enough it weighs almost 2 lbs. more. I don't know what the price difference is between the two, being as he didn't have a 480 in stock. Plus, I failed to ask them while I was there. So, I'll have to inquire about that when I visit the dealer tomorrow. I assume most of you guys would opt for the EB500. The dealer also has Red Max, and I am gonna give them a closer look also. Any advice from you guys would be appreciated.
  2. Premo Services

    Premo Services LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,516

    I don't know about the schindawa blowers, but I have a red max eb7000 and I love it. The power is amazing.
    I think if I was you, I would consider spending a few more dollars and check into the bigger schindawa or a red max. The power will save time and amaze you....
  3. Grass Master

    Grass Master LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 328


    Do you have an Echo dealer in town?

    If you do, the PB-603 is the best $399 you can spend. Very good power and lightweight. If you want the most power available you can step up to the PB-650 at $499....awesome!

    By the way, Echo backpacks have a 2 year COMMERCIAL warranty!!
  4. hboyd_com

    hboyd_com LawnSite Member
    from PA
    Messages: 150

    or buy the Echo PB750 online for ~$450.
  5. Don’t spend 80% of the cost for a top-of-the-line blower and get 60% of the performance. This isn’t the magnitude of buying a diesel engine versus a gasoline engine on a ZTR. If you’re in this line of work for the long-haul, you’ll forget about the price difference between a mid-line and a top-of-the-line model in a few weeks. But you’ll be dealing with the performance EVERY time you use that tool.

    If all you’re doing is blowing grass off of dry pavement, then the lower-power unit would be fine. But what about when it’s wet, or just a large wet spot? Lots of power comes in handy when blowing in clumps of grass or digging leaves out of a flower-bed.

    Contradicting myself, I have the large Shindawa and think it’s over rated. Never the less, if you could get the Echo PB750 for $450, that’s a great deal. Do a search on this website. I’ve yet to hear a negative word on them or the Redmax.
  6. CTservices

    CTservices LawnSite Member
    Messages: 103

    I own a Shin EB630. If you are interested in this model, I may be able to put you in touch with a dealer if you are in S.E. TN. I demoed the Stihl 420 and the 630. The Shin 630 won hands down. No good echo or redmax dealers around here, (that I have found)

    Email in Profile.

  7. lancestapp

    lancestapp LawnSite Member
    Messages: 8

    Just bought a redmax, and love it.
  8. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    Can't go wrong with the Shindaiwa EB 630. I think I paid $479 for mine.
  9. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    I have eb7000 and 7001. Get the redmax 7001, its unbelievable.
  10. BSDeality

    BSDeality LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,849

    i bought the echo PB750, same as teh 650, just with a bigger air cleaner and extra-padded strapps (worth their soaking wet weight in gold).. I paid $483 for a floor model that had never been started.

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