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Which blower?

Discussion in 'Mechanic and Repair' started by soilman, Sep 11, 2005.

  1. soilman

    soilman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 106

    The Echo PB-403 would be ideal, if it didn't weigh 20.7 pounds, compared to the PB-260L being 14.5 pounds. (http://www.echo-usa.com/prods_list.asp?Category=POWERBLOWER)

    I am 140 pounds and 5 feet 11 inches tall and wondering if I might have trouble with carrying a 20.7 pound backpack for awhile. I have heard that the 403 provides plenty of power but am not sure about the 260L. The 403 is only about $30 more than the 260L, and I think it is a better value (44 cc's as compared to 25.4) -- but the extra power won't do me much good if I get worn out from carrying it.

    Does anyone use a 260L? Does it provide enough power to lift some dirt and sand, as well as leaves? Can anyone compare it with a 403, which I've heard from several sources has "power to spare." What I want to know, is does the 260L have "sufficient power." I need to clean up after edging sidewalks that haven't been edged for a month or more, as well as to do fall leaf cleanups. Or do you think I will have no problem carrying around the 403? If so -- it is a better value.

    Thanks in advance.
  2. Lawn Masters

    Lawn Masters LawnSite Senior Member
    Messages: 850

    Hey, I once carried a BR400 backpack for 3 hours to clean up a school I mowed, and it didnt tire me out any, so I doubt you'd have a problem with it. but why settle for a 44cc blower? what you SHOULD go with is a 50+cc engine. more power means you get done sooner.
  3. Mike's Yard Services

    Mike's Yard Services LawnSite Member
    Messages: 46

    The 403 should be fine....just be sure to adjust the straps so it is not hanging down to your azzzzzzzzzzz..otherwise, I also have a 260 as my backup, or for my daughter when she's out helping to make a little cash (She is 15,5-6,110). Mike
  4. soilman

    soilman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 106

    Mike's Yard Services, is your daughter able to use the 403? Is it difficult for her? I don't think I'm an awful lot bigger. My wrists are only about 6 inches in circumference, chest 36 inches, waist about 32. No, you don't need to tell me your daughter's measurements, LOL... I don't want to wear myself out carrying around something that is too heavy for me.
  5. ed2hess

    ed2hess LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 14,449

    You are correct about the weight being a big factor in productivity when you are on the small size. Not much available under 20# in the backpack. I like the feel of the Stihl BR420 but it is around 20#, you might check to see if any dealers have the BR400 it was lighter and not bad.
  6. topsites

    topsites LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 21,653

    Put in the 4-liter bmw v-8 engine, much better, more power.
    Come to think of it, just take the 5.0 12-cylinder and go all out, I mean you'd likely get a 1-acre lot FULL of leaves blown off before the engine gets a chance to revv all the way.
  7. soilman

    soilman LawnSite Member
    Messages: 106

  8. lawnmaniac883

    lawnmaniac883 LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,613

    Come to think of it, just take the 5.0 12-cylinder and go all out, I mean you'd likely get a 1-acre lot FULL of leaves blown off before the engine gets a chance to revv all the way.[/QUOTE]

    lol...this would be a great conversion project!
  9. Itsgottobegreen

    Itsgottobegreen LawnSite Silver Member
    Messages: 2,177

    Just get the PB-650. But get a diving weight belt, otherwise you might get blown away. :D
  10. Restrorob

    Restrorob LawnSite Fanatic
    Messages: 11,029

    lol...this would be a great conversion project![/QUOTE]

    Talk about conversation project, Had a customer buy a new push mower from us about 10yrs. ago. They complained about no power, I couldn't find anything wrong with it. Come to find out they had just bought a place that hasn't been mowed in years (grass over a foot tall) After the third time back complaining I snatched the 5hp briggs off and dropped a 12hp on then called them back up. He took one look at that mower and said there's no way I can push that thing across the yard, I said your right and handed him a business card for a commerical service and said have them mow it a couple times THEN you can maintain it. ;)

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