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Stihl 550 4-Mix blower

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by Precision, Feb 25, 2005.

  1. Precision

    Precision LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,995

    Just went to the local mower show. They had the new BR 550 on demo side by side with the BR 420.

    I don't remember the exact #'s but the 550 is about 40CFM higher and 12 mph faster. But the important thing was actually feeling the force. Much stronger. I am sure part of it is the concentrator tip. But the exit hole is the same size as the 420, just the tube is bigger.

    Weighs 2# more, but has much better ergonomics and has 4 isolator springs to reduce vibration. Sitting on the table the 420 bounced around while the 550 stayed in place.

    Same list price of $399.95.

    Quieter, bigger fan, half a horse more from the motor (4hp) Roughly 20% more fuel efficient. And it meets 2010 emmissions requirements. So it will be around for a while.

    Only downside for me is I have 2 new 420's.

    The other new one from Stihl is the 500. A low noise unit. $60 more expensive and more like a BR340 in performance. But if you have to have low noise, it is really quiet.

    He said a 600 is coming out in a few months. 4.5 hp a bigger fan than the 550 but he couldn't give any actual numbers yet.
  2. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    I also like what I see so far with the 4-mix blowers.
    The 500 is top notch for a low noise unit.
    The 550 is top notch all around.

    The 600 series should bring forth some real brutes while still having a comfortable and sensable design.
  3. Oldtimer

    Oldtimer LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,459

    The 550 is really a step into the future. I have them in stock but haven't put them into the showroom yet.
  4. Legacy

    Legacy LawnSite Member
    Messages: 160

    4 mix backpack blowers...what's next??? A twin cyclinder Kawasaki backpack to get past EPA??

    I'll stick with my RedMax and Echo 2 cycle blowers thank you! Less moving parts, lighter, more powerful, way less maintenance over time!!
  5. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087

    I think you are wrong about all that you said.
  6. Shadetree Ltd

    Shadetree Ltd LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 390

    After demoing it twice briefly, I will say it seems like a good blower for its power to weight ratio especially for a 4 mix. It is lighter but I don't think you will be able to pry the RedMax 8000 out of my hands until I see the new 80cc 4 cycle Shindaiwa late this year/early next year.

  7. Envy Lawn Service

    Envy Lawn Service LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,087


    What you said right there, to me, that's where it's at! I think you'll be even more impressed with this line as the 600 series rolls out.
  8. Smalltimer1

    Smalltimer1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,223

    And folks, this here is a fine example of pure blind brand loyalty. :sleeping:
  9. dvmcmrhp52

    dvmcmrhp52 LawnSite Platinum Member
    from Pa.
    Messages: 4,205

    It's not brand loyalty.
    The new Stihl backpack has nothing to offer over the old 420.
    I'm a Stihl person and they've heard my views on the subject.
  10. Smalltimer1

    Smalltimer1 LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,223

    The one I tried out was a HUGE difference between it and the 420 I used when I worked with the county a few years back.

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