Quick question or advice rather on stihl blower.

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by greenkeeper, Oct 8, 2010.

  1. greenkeeper

    greenkeeper LawnSite Member
    Messages: 22

    I have a BR 400 I got 6 or so seasons ago and it is running fine...no problems what so ever. I got the kombi blower as a backup a month ago just in case. My question is a guy I work with is interested in buying my BR 400 and I would love to have the BR 600. Is it worth it to trade up and what is a fair price for my BR 400? I was thinking 250.00 - 275.00 for my BR 400 and then looking for a decent deal on the BR 600. I do like to trade equipment every 5-7 years just for reliability purposes...stinks to have a breakdown while doing a job. Any advice is appreciated.
  2. onlythebest

    onlythebest LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 536

    The br600 is defiantly worth upgrading to. For some reason while blowing leaves that are stuck in the lawn this think does a much better job of getting them out than my echo. Also the thing is so light! Not to sure how the br400 is but I'm sure you Dan get 250 as long as it runs right. Hope it works out just be sure Gordy out the new cap for a while before you fill it up with gas.
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  3. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    I took a look on Craigslist for Stihl BR400:

    $160 avg. looking
    $200 nice shape
    $95 avg.
    $200 avg
    $220 avg
    $185 looked nice
    $200 nice
    $175 avg
    $145 avg
    $150 good
    $225 nice
    $175 avg

    Or keep it for your back up machine.
  4. jkilov

    jkilov LawnSite Bronze Member
    from MS
    Messages: 1,415

    BR400 is rock solid, reliable, durable and can be rebuilt, which is why the guy wants it.

    BR600 blows harder, better productivity but not as durable and then disposable.

    Depends on what you consider more important: durability or productivity? Personally I would keep the BR400 till it runs.
  5. GravyTrain

    GravyTrain LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 375

    If you've got the money, sell the 400 and get the 600. I would say just buy the 600 and keep the 400 as a backup, but you seem to already have that covered.
  6. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,374

    Whatever you do don't buy the 600 it still is NOT a proven blower engine. I would have doubted anybody paying more than $100 for a used blower even a good model like the 400.
  7. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    You get what you can for the 400 but as was said, some folks won't give you $100 for it,
    at least that was my experience so I kept mine.

    And that would be my recommendation, keep the 400 as a backup or get at least $200 for it,
    I just wouldn't let mine go for less than 2 and I didn't care that it looks rough.

  8. FLAhaulboy

    FLAhaulboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 852


    How do you like that Kombi blower? I have a BR 600 but guess which one gets used the most? (Kombi!)
  9. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,450

    I don't think I would pay anything significant for a 6+ years blower in commercial use. So you might as well not count on the $250. Blowers has advanced quite a bit since 7 years ago, all the Redmax 7001, Echo PB755 and the like has to take a back seat, now even the Stihl BR600 seem to have to step aside when facing Shindaiwa EB802 and the new Echo PB770 and the less reliable EB8510. My dealer is selling Stihl BR380 for $325!!!!

    If your BR400 is similiar to BR420, any of the big blower would be a step up for you. So you'd be happy with all the big blowers.
  10. MR-G

    MR-G LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 479

    We trade in equipment on a regular basis....less than a yr. in most cases...the 400 in good shape is worth 150-225....the 600 you want is awesome...one thing is..use the stihl oil with the detergent...(grey bottles) and you will have less carbon build up in the exhaust and valves....if not the valves will gum up fairly quick....easy to clean though....good luck.:usflag:

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