Handheld v. Backpack

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Cuttinitclose, Mar 21, 2009.

  1. Cuttinitclose

    Cuttinitclose LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,015

    I have 6 lawns this year but plan on expanding next year when I get my license. According to my signature I offer these services. I just can't convince myself to spend more than$300 on a backpack. I kinda want a Blower/Vac because thats what I have now a really like the convenience. I want it to be Gutter Attachment usable. So I have narrowed it down to these....

    Stihl BG 66 L Blower $230
    BG 86 Blower $240
    SH 86 C-E Shredder/Vac $280
    Backpack USED no more than $300
    Can't you buy Vac Kits for most handhelds?
    Which would you recommend??
  2. Cuttinitclose

    Cuttinitclose LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,015

    Anybody willing to awnser?

    JKOOPERS LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,259

    better get a back pack if you plan on doing leaf clean ups
  4. scagdude

    scagdude LawnSite Senior Member
    from Texas
    Messages: 344

    If you are going to get a handheld get the stihl bg86 but i would definitely go with a backpack, no question. i would spend an extra $100 and get the br 550 for $400 brand new. i personally have one and it is amazing!!! we will be purchasing another one soon.
  5. PTSolutions

    PTSolutions LawnSite Silver Member
    from OH
    Messages: 2,331

    I along with many others on here, are of the belief that you can never buy a strong enough backpack blower.

    honestly, why are the multiple models of blowers? strictly for affordability. if money wasnt an option, youd pick the most powerful blower to get the work done faster. I bought a br600 and never looked back. will be adding another this year as well.
  6. lifetree

    lifetree LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,369

    Count me in on that comment, as well !! You get what you pay for .
  7. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,199

    Backpack, like me Echo PB620. I just mines in almost new condition for about 250.00 I think.
  8. luis@NJ

    luis@NJ LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 291

    The new echo pb 500 is only like $329 i have the older 413 but the new one is a bit more powerful and its probably perfect for what you do. Just my 2 cents
  9. signature lawns

    signature lawns LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 401

    Get the redmax EBZ8001 backpack blower you won't be dissapointed. Brand new they are $585.00 & change, but worth it...you will be very happy.
  10. LouisianaLawnboy

    LouisianaLawnboy LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,199

    I would suggest get a really good used one. Let someone else take the deprecration. Just my .02

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