STIHL Hand Blower Which Model?

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DSLND, Apr 29, 2006.

  1. DSLND

    DSLND LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,205

    Well the other day my old BG55 went out and now is leaking gas everywhere and only will run when being choked on and off so now its time for a new one. I loved the BG55 and the cruise control and thought it had a great amount of power and cant wait to try out the bigger models but i was looking at the 65 but was wondering i would like to end this year w/ all commercial equipment and thought to get the 85 but didnt know if i wanted to spend the extra money. What would u do? Also what is the price on the 85 im thinking $250-275. -Mitch-
  2. tomo

    tomo LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 660

    BG85 excellent
  3. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Ok, I have an bg-55 myself and I think the bg-65 is really the same thing as the 55 except the nozzle tip on the 65 is flat but on the 55 it is round. I spent 10 extra bucks and got the flat nozzle of the 65 to put on my 55, maybe there is one or two other minor differences but I honestly believe the motor is the same!

    As for why I bought the bg-55 is to get inside bushes and behind a/c units and maybe underneath a porch because the backpack is so bulky it always made the nooks and crannies a real pita. Then I started using the handheld for daily grass-cutting and like yourself, am loving it as I find it to be excellent on fuel as well as the other benefits (smaller, lighter) and still it is like an Altoids: curiously strong!

    Anyway, unless you're absolutely wanting to buy the bigger better stuff, why not see if a fuel line needs replacing because today's fuels eat those lines alive and it is a consistent problem with 2-cyclers the world over, the fuel leaks. If, however, you have to try the 85, please let me know how it goes as I may check into it later since the 55 really is a homeowner's model thou boy does it work good!
  4. DSLND

    DSLND LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,205

    My 55 i looked it over and it threw a rod and now wont even turn over so its off to the dealer for me. I think looking at all of Ryan's (GLS) posts over the winter he bought the 85 for getting in between bushes and stuff and i would like to later in a couple of years get a back pack blower for larger areas and have a hand blower for tight areas. My goal for this season is to end it with all commerical equipment and trade in all my homeowners (besides craftsman tractor, need it for plowing and a back up) equipment and have commercial equipment. Also whats the price on the BG85 on a site it said like $239.00 is that about right? -Mitch-
  5. FordManKubotaDreamer

    FordManKubotaDreamer LawnSite Member
    Messages: 90

    I paid $209.00 for mine last fall.
  6. yardmanlee

    yardmanlee LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 898

    Has a sh-85 w/ vaccum attachment and it is great very useful when doing shrub jobs and cant get the clippings out w/ a regular blower or rake
    and can be used as a hand held blower as well cost $245
  7. DSLND

    DSLND LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,205

    I went and picked it up today b/c the dealer had to order it. I decided on the 85 and paid $243.00 for it and its all worth it! -Mitch-
  8. Dashunde

    Dashunde LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 638

    Simple. BG85.
  9. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,370

    Very good choice we like ours a lot.
  10. K c m

    K c m LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,313

    Definatly the BG85. Running it since 01 and the thing hasn't given me one problem and always starts on the 1st pull. Definatly worth the lute.

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