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Handheld blower choices and selling a backpack

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by S man, May 30, 2008.

  1. S man

    S man LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,562

    Right now I have two redmax 7001 back pack blowers. One is the new ebz and the other is the eb and is a year and a half old. I feel like two big backpack blowers is too much for me and really want a handheld instead. Should I sell my older eb7001 and get a handheld and put the rest back in the bank? Also I want to do this because I have heard a lot of good things about hand blowers and how it is easier to use on smaller jobs. Also after using the back pack for a while my shoulders start hurting and get sore. Would a handheld be best for me? I'm only doing 37 accounts most of which are small properties. And now which blower do I get?? My two favorable choices are the redmax hbz2600s(still available online) or the stihl bg85(I saw one that said C on it instead of D). Or which other should I go with?
  2. J&R Landscaping

    J&R Landscaping LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,095

    I like the new Echo PB 251's. If not, the Redmax is also a nice unit. I have a ebz7001 as well as an Echo pb403. I don't use the 403 becaus eI like the power from the 7001. I may switch up though for lawns... The weight difference don't affect me to much though...
  3. Just Mow

    Just Mow LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 367

    I like the BG85, it has been a very strong unit.
  4. Ronniecoleman

    Ronniecoleman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 132

    I have a 7001 and an echo pb 251, I use the echo for all small jobs and the redmax for commercials.
  5. freshprince94

    freshprince94 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,449

    Personal preference for me is backpack. Easier to use in my opinion. And about your back getting sore, getting a handheld unit will only transfer the pain to your arm and hand.

    Sore back is inevitable for us LCOs lol.
  6. S.A.L.

    S.A.L. LawnSite Member
    from NOLA
    Messages: 226

    PM'd you, S.

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    my backpack blower used to tire me out but after getting used to it its a good machine to have
  8. S man

    S man LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,562

    Which has more power? The redmax or stihl?
  9. Lbilawncare

    Lbilawncare LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,117

    Handhelds are harder on your body than backpacks IMHO. I have 2 handhelds that sit in the shop most of the time, both models you are looking at. I would get the RedMax, just make sure you run premium fuel through it.
  10. Brianslawn

    Brianslawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,004

    i got 2 bg85s. one is 1st blower i ever owned. 6 years old or older. ran over by a school bus 4 years ago. (fkin white boys) last time we used it, it started on 1st pull... and after sitting all winter. all stihl blowers i ever had are still running and all are handheld. 2 bg85s. 3 bg55s (which are now 3 years old)

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