ebz8001 vs br600 ergonomics

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by snapper, Oct 14, 2008.

  1. snapper

    snapper LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 399

    I am looking for people that have used both. I have the 8001, and like the power, but the weight and balance i am not liking. It starts to hurt my shoulders after wearing it a while, and i am starting to not want to get it out of the truck because of the weight. I know on paper The stihl should weigh less, but how does it feel compared to the 8001? Does the br600 weigh similar to a eb7001? I can sell my 8001 for what i have in it, and pick up a br600, but i dont want to find out it is just as awkward. So can anybody help me? Anybody run crews with an 8001 and a br600? Which is liked better?

    Later!! chris
  2. LedgedaleLawn

    LedgedaleLawn LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 377

    I can use our 600's for a good 3 solid hours before it starts to bother me, and I have a junk back. I demoed a 8001 but not long enough to see if it bothered me.
  3. 4.3mudder

    4.3mudder LawnSite Silver Member
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    I have the br550's, they are slightly smaller than the 600 in terms of air velocity, and also 75 to 100 bucks cheaper, they are great, the guys call them the "hurricane". if that helps any for the stihl blower. I use it too, its comfortable, the straps have lots of padding, and lots of padding on the back. the engine is supported by springs like a frame, to keep down vibration. Its not as loud as others I have used before. hope that helps.
  4. willretire@40

    willretire@40 LawnSite Bronze Member
    from VA
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  5. delphied

    delphied LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,067

    BR600 for me.
  6. SimonCX

    SimonCX LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 731

    We have both and only use the 8001's for spring and fall cleanups. There too big and heavy for regular grass maintance.
  7. Mike Blevins

    Mike Blevins LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,389

    I have used both numerous times. Another lawn company and myself combine in the fall for leave season. I have the ebz 8000 and a ebz 2600 handheld blower and he has the br600 and a couple other john deere blowers. My vote is the ebz 8000. If its comfort you want then get the 600. Yes thay are lighter, and probably more comfortable to some. If its debree movement you want get the ebz 8000 or 8001. Big blowers with big power. Hands down more power. That has been my experience. On days I don't have much to do he will borrow my 8000 to use on his accounts. He would go buy one but he don't need to he tells me.:laugh:

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