Rented a br600 (magnum)

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Yater, Nov 27, 2009.

  1. Yater

    Yater LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 687

    I'm looking for a new brand of blower and I've had enough of my local redmax dealer. I figured $40 for a 2-day rental would give me enough time to figure out the stihl. I have 4 leaf cleanups to do this weekend...I'll report back with a comparison to the ebz7001 and ebz8001. I really want to like the stihl...the dealer is rock solid.
  2. Sammy

    Sammy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,734

    You will like it.
  3. tigerfan88

    tigerfan88 LawnSite Member
    from SC
    Messages: 82

    i used to sell and use redmax. but went exclusive stihl a few years back. most of my customers have converted to the br600. some had reservations at first, but once they used them, they were hooked.
  4. Kartanimal29

    Kartanimal29 LawnSite Member
    from Ct.
    Messages: 209

    My buddy just bought one a few weeks back. He's been talking about it since day one on how great it is. He came over and did my yard the other day with it WOW :eek: That thing was crazy. I have a 145 Husky, I know POS , that I thought worked good but this unit was crazy. I might even buy one to do my yard and my pops place. He was done in a mater of no time , where it would of taken me another hour maybe to complete the job.
  5. Yater

    Yater LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 687

    Backpack blowers pay for themselves VERY quickly. I hope to get a few years out of my next set of blowers. In this case, I really like the dealer. I've heard the good and bad about the previous br600. I can handle a valve check/adjustment every once in a while, and really like the fact that this one is ~7lbs lighter than the 8001.
  6. Yater

    Yater LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 687

    I need a friend like that.
  7. santafe

    santafe LawnSite Member
    Messages: 191

    backpack blowers really make that much difference? do others agree?
  8. Yater

    Yater LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 687

    Others will have to answer that, but I wouldn't offer leaf cleanups if I didn't have a nice BP blower. Considering that I do leaf cleanups for $100-$500 dollars, and a BP blower costs <$500, well...add it up. In fact, I wouldn't try to make money mowing either if I didn't have a top-of-the-line blower (whatever brand).
  9. LALawnboy

    LALawnboy LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 457

    Over the years, I've used everything from a handheld blower to Echo's biggest (755t which I have now). Regardless of whether you simply cut grass or offer full-blown leaf cleanups, backpacks make your life easier. True, handhelds seem lighter and many people make a great argument for their easy to "pick up and go" capabilities. However, the more debris you have to blow, the longer you have to hold that blower, which negates their ease of use. Backpack blowers simply blow away handhelds in power comfort, and time to complete a job.

    Since I started mowing, I've used almost every blower Echo makes (Echo is all I run). I started off with a handheld and eventually moved up to their midsize backpack at the time (403t), later to a 620 and now the 755. Someone once posted on here that the only reason you see so many different levels of blowers is simply because of price and I couldn't agree more. Mid-level backpacks, although they looks like they have a lot more power on paper, are not that much more powerful than a handheld.
    If money is tight, don't waste your money on a midsize. Simply buy the best handheld blower you can and start saving for the top of the line backpack. It is well worth the investment.

    With all that said, I would love to try out a BR-600 Magnum someday. The only problem is that the only two Stihl dealers in our area are not very good at customer service, while my Echo dealer is top notch.
  10. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    Make that much of a difference over what? A rake or hand held blower?

    When I first started out I had a partner. All we had was a couple of rakes and a Craftsman hand held blower. We did a leaf cleanup that took the 2 of us 2 days to do. With my BR600 helping I could get that job done in a matter of a few hours by myself now.

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