Everyday lawn care use, what to buy?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Bulldog26, Mar 9, 2006.

  1. Bulldog26

    Bulldog26 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    I need to add one/two blowers this spring. What would you suggest to buy for everyday lawn care use. I was concidering the rexmax 8001, Echo 751 or the Big Stihl. Is one of these what you would buy for everyday use? Looking at these units, all are very good machines but man are they heavy. Would it be better to buy one of these just for leave clean up and buy a smaller unit for everyday cleaning up grass clippings. If this is what you would do, what would you buy for everyday? Thanks for the help.
  2. JB1

    JB1 LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,904

    we have the backpacks for cleanups but for blowing clippings off of drives and walks we just use hand held blowers, quicker to grab it to use a couple of minutes. Currently using stihl handhelds because the dealer was closer and handy at the time.
  3. Bulldog26

    Bulldog26 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    Really, hand helds???? I didn't expect to hear that. what kind of power do they have?
  4. Bulldog26

    Bulldog26 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    ok... lets try this.... what are your thoughts on the br 600
  5. LwnmwrMan22

    LwnmwrMan22 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,373

    I run the 751 for everyday use.

    I do 95% commercial work, so I'm not blowing off 25 driveways / day.

    I like the backpack, because you can blow grass off at a distance, you don't have to walk all the way over to where the grass is, save yourself 10' here and there.

    I also only run the 751, IMO, it's a waste of money to have a handheld too, when you already have the backpack because of other things.

    It'd be like using a 21" push mower on a 3 acre yard, so you don't have clippings blowing all over out the side of the deck.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    My little stihl bg-55 is like Altoids - curiously strong.

    At first it's like yeah, whatever... Then after a few minutes, it's like this crazy little thing is not bad, not bad at all.

    I bought it mainly to get in the nooks and crannies (behind bushes, underneath porches, around outdoor a/c units). Because of its small size, it really rocks to get up into those tight little spaces.

    Far as everyday use, I haven't had a chance to test it but I will say my backpack ALWAYS starts on the first pull and keeps running (full throttle within 5-10 seconds) <- This has not been my experience with the handheld.
  7. grassyfras

    grassyfras LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,475

    If I did it all over again I think I would buy a cheaper back pack. I have 2 Red max 7001's and their great for fall and cleaning up bush clippings and what not, but sometimes I think I would of been better off getting a sweet bagging system for a mower.
  8. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    It's a great blower and I have one for leaf cleanups but for everyday cleanups I use my Stihl BR420. The smaller Stihl is a couple of pounds lighter which makes it a little easier to put on and take off all day long.
  9. mowerman90

    mowerman90 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,491

    I've got the BR600 and mow over 60 lawns per week. I'm in FL so I don't have huge piles of leaves to move in the fall. Of the backpacks I've owned over the last 16 years I find the BR600 to be the most powerful and the most comfortable to use. It's ergonomics are great. It's not too heavy and it doesn't have carbs and air cleaners sticking out to get caught on stuff. It's quiet compared to my old Echo 650 and it always starts on the first pull.
  10. Jpocket

    Jpocket LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,282

    For everyday grass use I would suggest a Redmax 7001 A hefty blower, but still not overkill

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