Stihl 4-mix blower recall?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Tanaka, May 26, 2005.

  1. Tanaka

    Tanaka Inactive
    Messages: 1,084

    Anyone hear anything about this?
  2. Fareway Lawncare

    Fareway Lawncare LawnSite Silver Member
    from Canada
    Messages: 2,222

    I Heard they Were recalled because they Were Underpowered and Heavier than the BR 420 Magnums which are Underpowered to Start With.

    Where's the Tanaka Bad Boy ?
  3. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,905

    I wasn't aware of any kind of recall, but the three we have are excellent machines..A far cry from the weak br420..If there is a recall that is unfortunate, as the 550 is a pretty good piece..
  4. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 850

    A BR420 can be improved by modding the muffler, which will make it sound like an idling dirtbike, but gain about .5HP I know this because I own tons of power equipment with modified mufflers, and tons of power.
  5. kc2006

    kc2006 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,443

    Interested to hear if there is a recall. I haven't used one tank of gas in my 550 and its already acting up, starts to sputter and power drops off.
  6. chuckers

    chuckers LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 657

    YES there is a recall it is to fix a fuel problem they are having. It is only sucking half a tank.
  7. dcplace2004

    dcplace2004 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 423

    got out within the 7 days while the git'n was good on this underpowered, overweight piece of nonsense...I liked the design though and with others would do the rounded design and cover all the essential components like fuel lines and such...thing bogged down and did not do THAT well on fuel...maybe the 600 will be a little better which has been pushed to July for a possible release--was middle of June at first...
  8. Green Pastures

    Green Pastures LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,457

    I'm buying every peice of two stroke equipment I can get my hands on.

    You guy's realize that it's only like 2 maybe 3 more years before there will be nothing but 4 stroke equipment

    I think that's correct, if not I'm sure somebody will correct me.
  9. txlawnking

    txlawnking LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,905

    My feelings are maybe they really haven't worked all the bugs out of it yet..

    When we first got them, I too was kinda skeptical, but as it wasn't my money that purchased them, I figured what the heck. When we first got them they really did sound like they were about to grenade, but the Grenadio sound kind of declined as we used them more.

    They are hands down the easiest starting blower Stihl has ever made, And while the power isn't earth shatering, it ain't too bad.. I especially like the kill switch that you just tap to kill as well.

    But I feel that they have very good fuel economy, especially considering how small the fuel tanks are.

    Maybe we just got some good one's? I am currious to see how they are doing this time next year..So far they've got probly 60 or so hrs..
  10. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,459

    The 550 replaces the 420 and the performance is approximately the same. The 550 is quieter and has lower emissions.

    The people who mod the exhaust put everyone one step closer to restrictions on blower use. Don't do anything to increase the engine noise on any equipment.


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