Solo backpack blower

Discussion in 'Homeowner Assistance Forum' started by punisher1, Nov 20, 2003.

  1. punisher1

    punisher1 LawnSite Member
    from NC
    Messages: 20

    I am looking at purchasing a Solo 471 KAT backpack blower. I found a place that you can get refurbished units online, with a full factory warranty for $280. Does anyone have any experience with this unit. I understand it's supposed to be one of the quietest units with an airspeed over 200 mph. Any input would be appreciated.
  2. clemson

    clemson LawnSite Member
    Messages: 1

    What blower did you purchase and how do you like it? I am also looking at purchasing a backpack blower. There are too many manufacturers to pick from. Solo looks like a good unit..but how about Stihl, Husky, John Deere, Echo, etc?
  3. ElephantNest

    ElephantNest LawnSite Bronze Member
    from La.
    Messages: 1,878

    Rebuilt for almost $300.00? I would opt out of that one.

    $150.00 or so more and you can have the best BP blower on the market, new, the Redmax EB7001. This, I can assure you, would be a purchase you'd never regret.
  4. Nw. Shadesofgreen

    Nw. Shadesofgreen LawnSite Member
    Messages: 91

    Ditto on what the Nest says.
    The best bp that you will ever own. As a homeowner is should last a life time if taken care of.
    Good Luck
  5. Jaeger

    Jaeger LawnSite Member
    Messages: 65

    I just purchased a Solo 471 KAT and used it for the first time yesterday. Awesome and deceiving power due to the low noise. Straps are quik release and quality is typical German like build. Sorta like a BMW.
    Clean design. Not a Redmax EBZ7k or 8k, but for $369.00 free shipping, can;t beat it.


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  6. LarryF

    LarryF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,181

    Actually, it would be only $120 more for the Redmax EB7001, and that includes shipping. I just ordered one using a phone number I found in the Commercial Mowing & Maintenance forum. $420 for the EB7001 and $489 for the Redmax EBZ8000. The company, Landscaper Supply, is in Texas, it's phone is 254-753-7900, and the guy you would want to talk to is Travis. He's been selling them to the professional landscapers who post on LawnSite for at least a couple of years. I got the impression many of the pros prefer the 8000, but since mine's going to be used only for my lot, I thought the EB7001 would be more than sufficient, so that's what I chose.
  7. LarryF

    LarryF LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,181

    The Redmax EB 7001 came today. Many thanks to ElephantNest and Nw. Shadesofgreen for their excellent advise. Life will be a lot easier for me this coming fall than it had been in previous ones.
  8. Brendan Smith

    Brendan Smith LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,195

    glad to see you made the right decision. if you need to get another in the future, remember that cfm is more important than air speed.
  9. exmark01

    exmark01 LawnSite Member
    Messages: 30

    i hear that solo gets up to 235mph!
  10. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    It aint MPH that does the work, it is MPH and CFM combined. Say a blower is rated at 100 CFM at 300 MPH, you would get a very small, powerful stream of air that would do nothing. Now lets reverse the equation. You now have a blower that pushes 10,000 CFM at 10 MPH. This would do nothing in terms of blower power, the previous comparison is about that of a large ceiling fan.

    Now lets take the redmax 8000 for example, it produces 900CFM at 210MPH, that is going to do some work right there.

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