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Leaf Blower Question

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by qcontrol23, Jun 17, 2008.

  1. qcontrol23

    qcontrol23 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 26

    Im just getting into the business and need a leaf blower. How big of a leaf blower do i need to start out? Suggestions on what kind for a good price?
  2. freshprince94

    freshprince94 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,449

    Some guys start out with a handheld..I have used a handheld and hated it so I would recommend a backpack.

    I would not recommend the backpack blowers at Home Depot, it is better to establish a relationship with your dealer who will in turn take care of your equipment when needed. They can also haggle to some extent where HD can't. The same Echo models you find at Home Depot are at your local dealer, and in my area they're actually cheaper.

    As far as brands go, Stihl, RedMax. and Echo are good brands. I am switching from Echo to Stihl because of dealer support issues, also Stihl's equipment tends to have more power and there is a lot more to choose from. So, I would personally recommend Stihl. The BR-420 is a great start up blower, when your company expands, you can move up to a BR-600.

    just my .02

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    BR-420 Magnum. I love mine. Its so much more comfortable to use than the echo PB-755. My personal favorite for a blower is still the Echo PB-410.
  4. mowerbrad

    mowerbrad LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,268

    Since you are going to be using the blower for a business I would definately recommend a backpack blower. The hand blowers can be very uncomfortable when you use them for as long as you will most times. I have had great luck with all of my Stihl equipment, I wouldn't go with any other brand. Any of Stihl's backpack blowers will do you well. If you want to get the top of the line then you should get the BR600 (MSRP $499.95) but you would probably be better off with something like the BR380 (MSRP $299.95) or the BR420. Any Stihl product you buy you should really like. Just do your homework and figure out which one will be right for you and what you want to use it for.
  5. mnglocker

    mnglocker LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 757

    Get the biggest and best you can afford, go with a dealer and get a back-pack model.

    <--- Just picked up an Echo PB-620 and it beats the hell out of anything else I've used so far.
  6. freshprince94

    freshprince94 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,449

    The BR-380's tube set-up is supposed to be homeowner-ish. However, it has the same engine as the BR-420 so I suppose you can buy the 420s tube setup and convert it for less than a 420?
  7. Lawn-Sharks

    Lawn-Sharks LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 912

    Backpack is the only way to go!

    SNAPPER MAN LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    For a blower that will out last you I reccomend and Echo PB-410.
  9. metro36

    metro36 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,417

    The echo BP 755 is a great blower with plenty of power.
  10. edgeman2003

    edgeman2003 LawnSite Member
    from md
    Messages: 188

    For right now, I just use a hand echo PB-251 blower, cost me $159.99 new at the echo dealer. Next year I will buy a new backpack. If you have the cash for the backpack, go for it. It gets the job done for me. Since Im a strong guy, it doesnt effect me at all, give a nice little workout. lol

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