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Husq Vs Echo Blower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Moneypit, Jun 20, 2009.

  1. Moneypit

    Moneypit LawnSite Member
    Messages: 87

    I am purchasing a new back blower and I cant decide between two.

    First is the Husqvarna 150BT. $299 at Loews / 50cc / 180mph / 692 CFM / 22.5 lbs / 76db/ 2 yr warranty

    Second is Echo PB-500 H. $329 at home depot / 50.8cc / 162mph / 450 CFM / 22.9lbs / 5 yr warranty

    Both of these blowers are overkill for what they will be used for (1/3 acre not many trees). The specs of the Husqvarna are better than the Echo and it is so I was leaning tword the Husq. Just wondering what the pros thought about it. Is the Echo a better product? Or should I just go with the Husqvarna.
    I have been visiting this site for a few months and am hooked on all of the information there is here. I look forward to hearing any input that you may have. Thanks for your time.
  2. yarddawgsllc

    yarddawgsllc LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    I believe between the two that Echo is your best choice. I personally use Stihl, but I know quite a few people who use Echo and love them. If mph and cfm's were an issue then I would say go with the Husky, but as you say both are overkill so what does it matter. I believe when it comes to getting the unit serviced/repaired in the future you would be better off with the Echo. Just my two cents.. I'm sure a few others have a totally different point of view.
  3. traman

    traman LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 712

    for home owner use i would go for the echo.$30 difference and you get 3 more years with echo warranty. ps the cfm on the husq.that's rated at the housing.real numbers at the pipe are 494.
  4. tallimeca

    tallimeca LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,229

    we sell both and i couldn't believe the power of the 150's. I should have stocked them sooner. for $300 bucks, it's unreal, and i'm a die hard echo guy.

    The 150 is the redmax ebz5000
  5. I've got the little BT125 Husqvarna and it starts around the 3rd pull every time. Priming is not usually necessary. Just choke it and pull 3 times with the throttle locked in the middle position and when it starts turn off the choke. With the non-user adjustable carbs on the newer Echo's may not be as user friendly. My SRM-210 Echo trimmer is a pain to get started and it cools down quickly and has to be re-primed almost between yards. Husqvarna is what I would choose. Mine has been very reliable. Only changed plugs on it once in 3 or more years.
  6. birdman0494

    birdman0494 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 142

    the 150 is an amazing machine extremley comfortable, doesnt weigh very much, never broke on me after servicing about 700 yards these past 2 years but do use 93 octane

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    i would suggest buying your blower from a dealer so that you will have someone to work on it
  8. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    Husqvarna any day I have the bt150 and husqvarna 323l trimmer and a echo 225 trimmer and echo 225 edger. The echo stuff is hard to start has no power and pia to put string on. My husqvarna is super easy to start blower starts in less then a full pull and I take the choke off as soon as it starts and go. Only bad thing about the husqvarna stuff is I have to buy from lowes because the dealer is like 30 minutes from me and lowes is like 2.
  9. Moneypit

    Moneypit LawnSite Member
    Messages: 87

    Thanks for all of the input. I think I'm going to go with the Husqvarna.
    tallimeca: What do you mean when you say The 150 is the redmax ebz5000?
  10. unkownfl

    unkownfl LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,837

    I believe he means they are both made by the same manufacturer I believe the same company that owns husqvarna owns redmax now. The husqvarna and red max share the same engine and alot of other parts.

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