What brand of trimmer/blower to buy???

Discussion in 'Lawn Mowing' started by DAN NELSON, Jan 28, 2001.


    DAN NELSON LawnSite Member
    Messages: 7

    I have been looking to buy 2 new trimmers and 2 new blowers
    and wondered if anyone has bought any Stihl equipment and
    what you thought of it?? I am looking into the Stilh
    FS 85 RT trimmers ( can add hedge trimmer, pole saw, edger attachments to this model. The price I found on this model is 349.95 for just the trimmer. The blower I am looking at is the BG 85 blower/vac. It has a rating of 459 cfm with a air velocity of 183 mph,weight is 9 lbs. The price on the blower is 199.95. The dealer offered me a 15% discount if I buy within the next 10 days. Any opinions???? I am a junior
    member and have only been on for a few days but I have to say not only is this site jam packed with very good info
    but it in my opinion the best site I have come across dealing with our industry....
  2. Runner

    Runner LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 13,497

    Go with Echo if you just want to be able to quickly and easily start it, have more than adequate power, smooth handling, well balanced, and ease of operation with less operator fatigue, and be as rugged and dependable as you could ever ask for at a real reasonable price for what you recieve. If you want anything different than that, go for a different brand.
  3. rdh

    rdh LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 394

    trimmer i would try one of the 4 cycle resone is if you read
    the latest on the post a bout theme the ones that have them
    like them even if they weigh more they say they save alot
    on fuel and run quiet and start easy
    blower just tell your dealer you want the best it should be orange and white if not go see another dealer
  4. mdb landscaping

    mdb landscaping LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,205

    i have an echo split shaft trimmer and a stihl br400 back pack blower. they both are great machines, and i think nothing beats the stihl back pack. i love that machine. two thumbs up for the echo and stihl.
  5. trimmer

    trimmer LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 293

    Echo has come out with a new back pack blower that can blow 1100cfm at 200mph and only wieghs 19.6lbs

    MIDSOUTH LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 320

    I have stihl fs-83 trimmers and fs-85 trimmers -excellent machines. I prefer my red max eb7000 blower over my stihl br400 blower.
  7. TGCummings

    TGCummings LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 773


    I have the Stihl FS85 string trimmer with the hedge trimmer attachment, and the new BR420 backpack blower by Stihl. Both have been very good to me and I wouldn't go to war without 'em.

    My backup blowers are both Echo handhelds that have been very good to me as well over the years as far as not giving me any insurmountable problems, but they simply don't compare to the power of the Stihl backpack. A powerful backpack blower is an incredible timesaver, I've come to learn.

    I've never used either an Echo string trimmer or any other kind of commercial backpack blower to compare, but I've been real happy with the operation of the Stihl ones I do own, in that's a help.

    Good luck, and welcome aboard!

  8. lawman

    lawman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 199

    All my small stuff like this is Shindaiwa brand, and it is great equipment.
  9. LoneStarLawn

    LoneStarLawn LawnSite Bronze Member
    Messages: 1,415

    Shindaiwa T260s and Shindaiwa EB630s, all have alot of power
  10. 65hoss

    65hoss LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 6,360

    I use all Stihl. Weed wackers, blowers, hedge trimmer, and saw. I will continue to buy stihl. :D

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