Most powerful backpack blower as of Sept. 2012?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by mattwalter85, Sep 24, 2012.

  1. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 16,727

    That's your opinion, and that's all it is. More and more guys are going to the tube mounted throttle according to all the lawn equipment shops around here (and that's a boatload of them) for good reason. They are far more comfortable to run without that stupid arm sticking out to the left side, and it makes sense to be able to control the air speed with the arm that is actually pointing the tube at the debris.

    You can have all the hip mounted versions you want, but you couldn't pay me to take one, and yes, I've run them both.
  2. GrassGuerilla

    GrassGuerilla LawnSite Bronze Member
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    Can't hold a bg86 in your left hand if you have a hip mount huh? Yes, it will wear you out. Holding a blower in one hand is tougher than it sounds. But when you do, YOU CAN BLOW SOME STUFF! I sort of "stiff arm" the handheld, and "agitate the stuck ones" with the backpack (Kawasaki KRB750).

    Kawasaki is apparently getting out of the handheld 2-stroke market. I expect close out pricing soon. Haven't needed much in terms of parts. Very good power. Also sold as Maruyama (at least the backpacks).
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  3. dave_14385

    dave_14385 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 428

    Hip throttle ...not for me.
  4. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    Hip vs tube is a matter of preference but you have to be careful not to snag the wires on tube-mounted throttles...not usually a problem with hip mounted.
  5. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 16,727

    I know that is the big claim for a hip throttle, but I have never in all the years I've been doing this snagged a tube mounted throttle wire harness on anything. Not saying it couldn't happen, but you can snag the hip control arm just as easily if you don't pay attention.
  6. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 717

    Redmax EBZ8500. In my opinion.
  7. Armsden&Son

    Armsden&Son LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,358

    HaHa! After looking back at my post, it seems I was a little aggressive in my statement.... Didn't mean to sound so arrogant and ignorant..... Anyway, I really don't know why I like the hip mount so much... I think it's just the fact that I probably have over 1000 hours on back packs due to the NorthEast spring and fall... It is very important to be working the throttle during cleanups because you are literally using it all day... The less fuel you use the better right? Totally opinion but I just feel more comfortable and in control of the throttle when I am able to have it independent of the tube....
  8. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 16,727

    I appreciate that. I understand having favorites too. I live in the upper midwest (MI) so I get plenty of time with my BP's. I don't use anything else for leaf clean-ups. Have you run the tube mounted throttles at all? You can adjust the speed as easily, or maybe even more easily than you can with the hip version. It really makes it nice, especially if you are grabbing sticks and/or trash while moving along.
  9. nashlawn01

    nashlawn01 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 463

    Can't really vote here. Stihl is all that's available around here. Br600 is what we use. Have good service long life and it will blow a brick up over a curb. What the hell do I need that's more powerful than that. Anything bigger would be stuck and a shovel is the best thing for that LoL. But seriously I read good stuff about redmax. We used to have echo around and I bought 2 backpack blowers. Hate em heavy won't half azz run. Hate em
  10. TFLE

    TFLE LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 294

    Bought a Stihl BR600... it was an ok blower, back plate broke soon after buying it from hanging it on a trailer. Anyway it eventually blew up. It lived a rough life, I also ran it over.... whoops. Current blower is a Echo PB7000 I think (??) not real sure but it's the biggest Echo makes. I didn't want a Stihl (didn't want the 4mix) so I bought the Echo. Eh, its an ok blower, not great not terrible, gets the job done. I really wanted the big Red Max but I freaking hate my red max dealer and the next closest was a bit of a drive and I was in a bind. If I had it to do over I would have bought the redmax.

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