Stihl Blowers- The BR-340 vs. The BR-420

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by columbiaplower, Aug 5, 2002.

  1. columbiaplower

    columbiaplower LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    im looking to buy a new blower and am trying to deside between the two. Talked to my dealer and he gave me these prices.
    BR340- $280

    I gonna be using these blowers for blowing clippings, leaf clean up, and landscape clean up after instals.

    is it worth the extra $85???????

  2. EHesseyLawns

    EHesseyLawns LawnSite Member
    Messages: 82

    i have the br340 n i love it, no priming or dealer advised me against the br420, he told me to spend my money on the br340 and i'd get just as much satisfaction from it and i have...the br340 is a great blower, i havent had any troubles with it thus far
  3. Richard Martin

    Richard Martin LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,699

    The BR340 just doesn't have the power to move piles of leaves. In fact the BR420C is really underpowered when compared to offerings from Echo, Shindaiwa and RedMax (Shindaiwa). Spend the extra 85 bucks. $365 is a really good price on the BR420C, it lists for $399.
  4. rkbrown

    rkbrown LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 533

    I considered both of these, but my prices were different.

    BR340 - Price: $299, CFM (tube): 447, air velocity: 161 MPH
    BR420 - Price: $399, CFM (tube): 518, air velocity: 172 MPH

    So, my prices differed by $100. My dealer also sells Echo. I wound up with:

    PB602 - Price: $369, CFM (tube): 535, air velocity: 190 MPH
  5. scott's turf

    scott's turf LawnSite Senior Member
    from NH
    Messages: 949

    I have a BR400 and just this spring purchased a shindaiwa 605 and it blows away the BR400. I love it. Much smoother running, better starting, and much more power for less than $100 more. The most powerful blower is worth the money. It will increase production. It is not like going from a 23hp engine to a 25hp. Yes you get more power but does it really make you more money, probably not. The best blower will though. I personally would not get another stihl.
  6. trimmer

    trimmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 293

    I have the Pb-603 Echo and I would highly recommend it. It is easy to start and a good all around blower. We don't do a lot of leaf clean ups around here but I do use it every so often to clean up leaves and it works great. It will do you good for what you just mentioned. I paid 399.99 for it.
  7. geogunn

    geogunn LawnSite Gold Member
    from TN
    Messages: 3,010

    I use the BR-400 and am very happy although it seems a bit hard on plugs.

    forget the 320. power is everything.

    truthfully, I probably ought to look at a biger blower but I just don't have the need right now.

  8. columbiaplower

    columbiaplower LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 462

    ok i knew these were the answers i was going to get, I thank you for trying to steer me in the right set on the stihl. Im just look to know if the diffence between the two is enough to step up to the 420. im buying four of the blowers i deside on. The reason im set on stihl is because i have a buch of there stuff(trimmers, saws, edgers, hedge trimmers) and ive had little problems with any of it.
  9. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    Yes, the difference is enough to spend the extra $$. If your stuck on Stihl then get the 420.

    With that said, I keep the Stihl and Redmax both on the trailer. The Stihl only gets off when we need 2 going for the sake of time. The bigger blowers are faster getting the job done. Time is money. I'm a huge Stihl fan, but the blowers just don't compare.
  10. joed

    joed LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,202

    Definitely go with the BR420. The bigger blowers generate more velocity and air flow thereby allowing you to get the job done faster. That is the key is this business. I have the Stihl BR400 and love the machine. It is 4 years old and has never given me a bit of trouble. For everyday clean up, it is great though it is a bit underpowered during the fall. That is why I purchased the Echo PB650 a few weeks ago. That machine is tremendous and blows the BR400 away.

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