Stihl BR500

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing Equipment' started by Moose's Mowing, Nov 27, 2012.

  1. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,716

    what kind of sthil dealer dosnt stock the br600?
  2. Moose's Mowing

    Moose's Mowing LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 452

    1 out of the 3 local ones to me anyway. one shop is closed on Mondays, the other one had 3 but some guy bought all of them over the weekend so they didn't have any when I needed it.
  3. rlitman

    rlitman LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,763

    Why discontinue the BR500? It has all the same parts as the BR600, and more, so there is no reason it should cost less. I don't need a blower strong enough to push cars down the road, and I like being able to use my backpack without hearing protection, and not suffering permanent hearing damage.

    If it isn't what you want, don't buy it.
  4. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    The BR500 has about 40% less power than the BR600. That's a pretty high performance price to pay just to be quieter. If quiet is important to you then I can respect that, but personally I don't think I could make that sacrifice in performance unless it was mandated by noise regulations....i.e. I had to.
  5. Ridin' Green

    Ridin' Green LawnSite Fanatic
    Male, from Michigan
    Messages: 17,829

    I agree with Darryl.

    Besides, how much more quiet a blower than the BR600 does anyone really need? That's why I keep mine around- for places my 570 might be just a bit too loud.

    Just because a blower doesn't hurt your ears doesn't mean it's not doing permanent damage to them. Some sounds that cause damage to your hearing you simply can't hear because they are out of our range.
  6. Jimslawncareservice

    Jimslawncareservice LawnSite Platinum Member
    from mn
    Messages: 4,143

    That's why on any power equipment for any amount of time I have my head set or ear plugs in.
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  7. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    What? Speak up please!

    I actually have some hearing damage in my left ear from my days working with drilling rigs...140 pound hammer slamming on a steel collar over and over and over, literally thousands of times a day.
  8. lawnboy dan

    lawnboy dan LawnSite Gold Member
    Messages: 3,716

    the low noise 500 must be for the california market. the 600 is allready pretty quiet

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