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Shindaiwa EB8520RT opinions? anyone try it?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by peahlybros., Jun 17, 2010.

  1. peahlybros.

    peahlybros. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    Hey guys,

    Time for me to add another blower to my fleet and I came across the EB8250... apparently it is the biggest baddest blower on the market right now. I was going to get either the BR600 or the biggest Red Max. Anyone try the EB8250? What do you think? Is it worth it. I use the BR600 at my other job and it blows like a bastard :weightlifter:, but for some reason I just don't like it, something with the comfort, my shoulders kill me after a few hours.

    Anyone who has any comparisons, opinions, or recommendations for backpack blowers please share.

    While Im at it, does anyone use handheld blowers with their backpack blowers to control piles better? I'm thinking of getting a couple handhelds as well, any recommendations?

  2. Alan0354

    Alan0354 LawnSite Platinum Member
    Messages: 4,450

    Why not EB802, been out for over 2 years and get good review.

    My dealer told me they don't sell a lot of 8520 and that is an under statement. He told me because the bad experience people with the 8510, the new 8520 is not moving. He did not even have feedback to tell whether it fix all the problems of the 8510.

    Question is do you feel lucky??:laugh::laugh:
  3. peahlybros.

    peahlybros. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    the reason I am considering the eb8250 is because it has the biggest stats out right now... i think??? So no one on here has used one?
  4. joed

    joed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,198

    Actually, the Echo PB-770 has the biggest numbers now. It as 765 cfm at the pipe with a 204 mph speed. The Shindaiwa EB8520 has 760 cfm at the pipe at 201 mph. I tried both of the blowers earlier this year and found the echo to outblow the Shindaiwa even though the Echo has a 63 cc engine while the Shindaiwa has a 79 cc engine. The difference wasn't much but enough to notice. However overall, I liked the Shindaiwa unit the best. I ended up buying the Echo PB770. It's been a good blower but nowhere near as powerful as my old Redmax 8000. That's the blower I'd get if I were you.
  5. peahlybros.

    peahlybros. LawnSite Member
    Messages: 115

    thanks joed, maybe I will have to go to some local dealers and try them out myself, any other opinions?
  6. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,028

    No experience with what you are looking at but I had a Shindy years ago but found that parts took forever to come in and when they did they were very pricey. I now have a redmax and the stihl like yours.

    I like the big numbers but reliability is most important to me. My redmax 8001 has been a good machine. My stihl needed a new coil that was covered by warranty but the labor was not. None are bulletproof and everyone has their own likes and dislikes.
  7. genesis215

    genesis215 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 795

    The old specs on the EB8520 were 229 MPH and 813 CFM. Now for some reason they lowered it to 201 MPH and 760 CFM. Same thing with the EB802. Used to be 224 MPH and 762 CFM until the EB8520 came out, and then it dropped from 224 MPH to 211 MPH. Now, it's down to 191 MPH and 730 CFM. I have no idea what's going on. All I can say is demo them all, and decide for yourself. I do know that the BR 600 will will be outblown by the Shindaiwa EB802/EB8520, Echo PB-770, and the Redmax EBZ8050. So if you're looking for the most power look at those last four.
  8. mictrik

    mictrik LawnSite Member
    Messages: 245

    The numbers are a joke. I bet Echo's lying latitude was bit narrower than Shindaiwa's. So upon merging the Shindaiwa numbers were brought into the "virtual reality" the other manufacturers use. Still lies but by less of a margin. In addition they needed to differentiate between the models, especially the 8520 since it carries a higher price tag; they needed to indicate higher performance to justify the cost. Does it out perform the eb802 not unless the eb802 is de-tuned. The Eb-802 as shipped does not generate the hp it's engine is capable of. Removing the spark arrestor cover helps but a high speed adjustable version of its carburetor would allow it to develop its full power. Has Shindaiwa "detuned" the eb802 in order to make room for the eb8520? Can the other components work reliably with acceptable longevity if the EB802's engine producing more power? Who knows...

    Messages: 43

  10. herler

    herler LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 5,139

    I do understand this reasoning and I'll gladly take reviews but somehow I don't think this is going to relieve your shoulder soreness?

    I think it's possible you are tense when blowing, some people try and mentally 'push' the leaves with the blower's nozzle arm, getting all tensed up in the process... It is this tension which creates sore spots, the harder you try and 'push' the leaves with the mind the more tense the arm that controls the nozzle gets, do this for an hour or two and you have yourself an awful sore shoulder.

    Try and relax, let the blower do the work.

    That or you're getting old, I'm finding I have to do frequent stretching exercises throughout the day to relieve cramped up joints, I'm nearing 50.

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