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rip old faithfull br400

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by lawnboy dan, Aug 4, 2008.

  1. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    it finally gave out today after 15 years daily use . it was used when i bought it for 80$! i replaced it with another used br400 i bought 12 yrs ago for 200$(like new condition) . i used mercury quicksilver oil in it. best dino blower never had a single repair except i replaced the straps
  2. subs1000w

    subs1000w LawnSite Member
    Messages: 159

    i also have a br400 as my primary blower i got it used for 180 and ive had it for 3 years and have only had broblems with the recoil but aside from being alittle under powered compared to todays blowers its a tank

    what happened to yours did it lock up
  3. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,711

    it stated running poorly -checked plug and air filter-looked good -checked compression-down to 90psi. my other one has 120 psi. last year it started loosing power and i ran 32/1 mix in it. the extra oil in the mix helped restore compression ... for a while anyway

    STIHL GUY LawnSite Fanatic
    from CT
    Messages: 5,226

    mine is only 3 years old but it still runs great. i hope to get that long or longer out of mine
  5. Dean of Green

    Dean of Green LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 254

    I love those blowers. I have one that has got to be about 9 years old. I use it as a backup nowadays. I crank it up once in awhile to make sure it is still running. 2nd pull everytime.
  6. South Florida Lawns

    South Florida Lawns LawnSite Platinum Member
    from usa
    Messages: 4,784

    holy crap and that thing spent all those years out in the Florida elements. I got a old 2000 fs85 that has never let me down. I always run stihl oil.

    Just think how much that $80 blower made you over the years.
  7. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,581

    We got a 400 that is almost 8 years old and still going. These units were bullet proof and the 420 is almost just as good. Wonder if the 600 will go 8 years?
  8. Petr51488

    Petr51488 LawnSite Silver Member
    from NJ
    Messages: 2,370

    It should. I have an hour meter hooked up to both of my blowers. I have 160 hours on one. I bought it this past fall. 160 hours may not be alot, but i was allways curious how many hours i could rack up on these. I should have 300 hours on it by the end of this fall.
  9. Frontier-Lawn

    Frontier-Lawn LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,955

    and how did you manage this one?
  10. Charles

    Charles Moderator Staff Member
    Messages: 8,024

    Might help to clean out the Carbon buildup in the muffler and inlet. Maybe not with it losing compression

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