Stihl BR600 or Redmax 8500 better on fuel?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by smallstripesnc, Oct 11, 2012.

  1. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Since the leaves have started to fall I've been spending more time blowing and my redmax 8500 really seems to be sucking the gas down quick! Just using it for 2 minutes or so to blow grass clippings it doesn't seem to be too bad but when I spend 10 minutes or so blowing it really seems to be eating up the gas.

    Is the BR600 Magnum better on fuel than the Redmax 8500?
  2. lawns Etc

    lawns Etc LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,277

    Stihl definitely better in fuel but not as powerful for big leaf jobs.
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  3. smallstripesnc

    smallstripesnc LawnSite Senior Member
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    Within 15 minutes of use I went through the fuel I would normally make last through the rest of the day and tomorrow. I had to pour gas out of my trimmer into the blower to get through the day. I didn't have time to stop by and get another gallon and the ethanol free station was about 30 mins away.

    Is the power difference really noticeable?
  4. lawns Etc

    lawns Etc LawnSite Silver Member
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    Yes its a big difference when it comes to leaves. Grass clippings not a big deal.
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  5. snapper

    snapper LawnSite Senior Member
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    how much time is on it? Mine seemed to really slow down after i got like 4 or 5 tanks through it. It is thirsty but i seem to get over an hour to a full tank..
  6. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
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    I don't get why people nickle and dime over fuel usage on something like a backpack blower. The 8500 will blow the doors off of anything else on the market and save you a lot of time in the process. Even if it burned $1 more of gas an hour you'd still be way ahead of the game because it blows 15 or 20% harder, saving you time. And sometimes that extra power makes the difference between getting it done and not getting it done...when it's just too wet to use the BR600 you can still work with the 8500. Try to look at the bigger opinion for what it's worth. FYI, I have the Husqvarna 580, whch is a rebadged 8500. I can run mine for 1.25 to 1.5 hours between fill-ups doing leaf cleanups.
  7. MOW ED

    MOW ED LawnSite Fanatic
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    I own both and this is 100% true.
  8. hackitdown

    hackitdown LawnSite Silver Member
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    I own a BR600, BR600-Magnum, and an 8500. The 8500 is way more powerful, but uses way more fuel. I like the comfort of the 600s for everyday work, but the 8500 is a far better fall cleanup blower. It moves piles.
  9. joed

    joed LawnSite Bronze Member
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    I own both the Stihl BR600 Magnum and the Redmax 8500. For everyday use, I like the Stihl better and it is more fuel efficient but for leaf jobs; give me the Redmax 8500. It eats more fuel but it moves leaves way faster than the Stihl would. It does suck up the fuel though but that's the tradeoff. Paying a bit more for fuel is worth it since you do finish quicker with the Redmax.
  10. Darryl G

    Darryl G Inactive
    Messages: 9,500

    I bought my Husky 580 as a cleanup only machine but now my Shindaiwa EB630s just gather dust because I use the Husky on my mowing route too. It saves so many steps being able to blow pavement from 25 to 30 feet away. That's with an additional intermediate tube on it. It works so much better for blowing under my truck and trailer too...just give it a blast under there and it's clean. Of course, it's great for leave cleanups too. I don't really care how much fuel it uses. To me, being able to this is priceless!

    P.S. - The Husky unit has a padded waist belt that makes it pretty comfortable.

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