What backpack blower

Discussion in 'Starting a Lawn Care Business' started by Supper Grassy, Sep 1, 2007.

  1. Supper Grassy

    Supper Grassy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,582

    Before you all bash me and say look it it its been posted 100's of times, well i know. I am looking to buy a new backpack blower.

    Brand doesn't matter
    Price i would say $300-$400 But if i need to spend more i will

    Could someone tell me what brand and model they like and/or use and would also reccomend
  2. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,652

    Out of the main brands, get the most powerful one and you won't have to regret it...
    If you need to skimp because you're on a budget then skip the handheld for later, but get the most powerful backpack.
    You can use the backpack season round, it can certainly do anything the handheld can, bit heavier but...
    I didn't have a handheld until my 5th year, it's nice to have for sure but you don't need it, the backpack you do.

    For leaves, it literally boils down to (how many) cubic feet you can move, per minute (cfm).
    The less you can move the longer it takes, a weak backpack eats time, take all day to do one yard worth of leaves.
    I like to have a minimum of 1,000 cfm's (200mph), unfortunately backpacks only get close, but 700+ cfm's at 190-200mph is decent.

    I personally recommend the Stihl br-600 (just over 400 unfortunately, but most will be).
  3. Supper Grassy

    Supper Grassy LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,582

    Ok thanks for the tip

    With that said is $500 more reasonable of a budget?
  4. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,652

    500 should cover it with change left over, I don't remember the exact price but I think 450 should get it out the door tax and all (don't quote me on it, but it shouldn't be over 450 before tax either, I don't think).

    See that's what did it for me, you have to spend at least 300 to even get one, then for 1.5x the money you get at least twice the blower. I have a br-420 and a br-550, they both sux compared to the 600, I don't even use them anymore, sad but true.
  5. lawnpro724

    lawnpro724 LawnSite Silver Member
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  6. stevenf

    stevenf LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,612

    I have an echo PB-610. Shoudl run you about $420.00. I love it
  7. EMJ

    EMJ LawnSite Member
    Messages: 200

    I have a shindawia eb8510 and I love it.
  8. lawnprosteveo

    lawnprosteveo LawnSite Bronze Member
    from Tulsa
    Messages: 1,930

    Shindaiwa EB630 has been a workhorse for me. It is also small enough to use for everyday mowing/blowing jobs.
  9. nmez21

    nmez21 LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 712

    EMJ- Did your shindaiwa run close to $600?
  10. J&T Kiev

    J&T Kiev LawnSite Senior Member
    from N.W In.
    Messages: 416

    In Terms of raw power for clean up's on a big jobsite, the Redmax 8100 is top of the line ( set me back just over 617 tax included). My Echo 755's (very good for general purpose and medium sized clean-ups)ran 455.

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