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Old 03-28-2009, 04:36 PM
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Just wanted to get some feedback from you all on backpack blowers. Been looking for awhile and am having a hard time deciding what brand to go with. I already own a good bit of Stihl equipment and have had good luck with it. But recently have looked at the Husqavarna and echo lines since I have dealers near me. I have always been the type of person to buy way more than I need so just looking for some feedback from anyone who has used any of these brands.
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I've got a newer model stihl backpack blower and am very happy with it. In the 3 yrs I've owned it never had a problem. starts right up every time. there was a recall on the blower impeller that the dealer took care of no problem.
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Stihl, Have 5 of them. Most reliable piece of equipment. Change plug and filter every year and that's it.
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I have an older model Echo. Must be 15 years old by now. It has low hours (I'd guess 300 or so) but it's still on the second spark plug in that time. It starts every time I want it to. Works good for cleaning the garage, the barn, and blow drying cars and trucks after washing to avoid those never ending water stains from the mirrors and door handles.

My landscaper has many of them and most other companies use them in these parts.
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Was in the exact same boat as you a couple of years ago. I liked the Echos, and i spent a lot of time with the dealer comparing the Stihls with the Echos. Ended up with a Stihl based on dealer input and the fact that i have several other Stihl 2stroke tools that have performed well for me. I'd say go with the Stihl, but i doubt you'd be disappointed with an Echo.
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checkout the redmax blowers, made by komatsu, buncha different sizes to suit your needs.
very well made, used one commercially for about 3 years and that was the only one that never got serviced
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I have the current model Echo that I bought from the Depot. I was using one of those handheld blowers, got fed up and bought the backpack Echo and haven't looked back since.
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I went from a backpack blower to a walk behind blower and for my needs I am much happier with it. YMMV.
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Did the same a few years ago. Looked at Echo and Husky but went with the Stihl because of past experience with the brand. Haven't doubted my decision yet.
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the best blower on the market right now is a Stihl BR600
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Originally Posted by Mist-Rest View Post
I have an older model Echo. Must be 15 years old by now. It has low hours (I'd guess 300 or so) but it's still on the second spark plug in that time. It starts every time I want it to. Works good for cleaning the garage, the barn, and blow drying cars and trucks after washing to avoid those never ending water stains from the mirrors and door handles.

My landscaper has many of them and most other companies use them in these parts.

got you beat...i have an echo that is probably 20+ years old

i did buy a new one last year just to get more power...4 acres of leaves is a pain in the arse!!!

echo is the choice!
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I have had an echo for 10 years and it blows. Yup real good! Dealer cross threaded the spark plug 8 years ago so I am afraid to pull it out to change it. It starts right up on second pull every time. I do have a commercial stihl line trimmer and had to replace the carb after 4 years $180 same thing happened to my father who owns the same trimmer.
Echo is the only way to go.
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I have sold echo in the past and have the BP650 65cc backpack blows at over240mphs it will blow a brick over a concrete floor that was good enough for me!!
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I went from a backpack blower to a walk behind blower and for my needs I am much happier with it. YMMV.
Likewise, the backpack was just not moving the volume of what I expected it to move. Went with a Giant-Vac.
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You ought to try that new M3nz1e model. I hear its the best blower on the market. It weighs a little over 200lbs so it is definatly a walk behind model

P.S. Dont let that thing get behind you or you'll be sorry.....
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I'll stand in the Stihl line up.
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I have a Husquarvana from Home Depot . Works well starts first pull everytime but is heavier than I would like. I think at the time the Stihl had about the same specs but was quite a bit pricier. I have no idea how it performs relative to the others..I mostly just usually mulch and or blow the leaves into the woods with my lawn tractor anyways....
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I have an 9 yr old Husqvarna - that I changed the plug and air filter last year - first time I have ever touched it maintenance-wise - I use it about 30 hours a year
My brother is a commercial landscaper - had echos for years - got a deal on new Red Max's - has not had a hiccup in 5 of them for 3+ years
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I keep hearing about the redmax line on other forums but am not aware of any dealers near me.
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I have equipment from all three...

Echo hand held blower and gas hedge trimmer

Husq backpack blower, chainsaw and string trimmer

Stihl chainsaw

Neighbor had an Echo backpack, was good but the rubber mounts came loose.

The Stihl chainsaw is by far the oldest...22 years, still runs well.

The one thing I REALLY like about Echo is parts are easily available online down to carb kits and full carbs replacements.

Other than that...I don't really see a great big difference in quality of those three.

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