Leaf Blower Recommendations

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Re: Leaf Blower Recommendations

Post by kaptain_zero » Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:14 pm

No, but Makita is usually pretty good and I have more battery packs than I really need.

I have no idea on the quality of the Ryobi units. I would hesitate to buy into another battery platform, just because a single tool seemed good. Batteries are not inexpensive.

I see you are in Washington state..... that means you get to use your blower pretty much through the entire year which means you won't have to winterize it like I would have to. Perhaps a gas blower might be the better bet for your case. I just wanted to point out the possibility of using a battery powered blower if you have already invested in a particular cordless platform. As for the cost of fuel vs battery.... battery power seems cheap, until you need to buy new batteries and then gas starts to look pretty good.
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Re: Leaf Blower Recommendations

Post by Alan » Tue Jul 31, 2018 3:28 pm

I own a husky BT130 backpack gas blower and like it. It's not too heavy and it's just a hair under budget on Amazon.

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Re: Leaf Blower Recommendations

Post by MasterMech » Wed Aug 01, 2018 5:30 pm

Wet leaves do not generally move well with a handheld blower. If that's what your budget allows, then it is what it is. But I highly recommend a strong backpack type blower for heavy-duty leaf removal. That said, I have both a BR600 backpack and the SH86 handheld blower from Stihl. I use the heck out of the handheld compared to the backpack unless I am doing a scalp/verticut cleanup or some other heavy task. When I lived in NY, the backpack was a must for all the leaves.

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Re: Leaf Blower Recommendations

Post by Foxhound » Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:12 pm

I have the Stihl KM-130R. Plenty of power and dependable.

https://www.stihlusa.com/products/multi ... ents/kmbg/

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Re: Leaf Blower Recommendations

Post by Foxhound » Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:27 pm

I just replied to a post about this from last year before I figured out how to change the order of threads/posts from ascending to descending. Anyway, here's my 2¢.....

I have the Stihl KM-130R. Plenty of power and dependable. Also fairly easy to use with the loop handle on it.

https://www.stihlusa.com/products/multi ... ents/kmbg/

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Re: Leaf Blower Recommendations

Post by g-man » Sun Aug 05, 2018 10:48 pm

@Foxhound I just merged the two topics to avoid this. Thanks.

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Re: Leaf Blower Recommendations

Post by ThomasPI » Fri Jun 28, 2019 7:47 pm

Just kicking this to the top. Any suggestions on cutting back pack blowers ?

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Re: Leaf Blower Recommendations

Post by Tmank87 » Sun Jun 30, 2019 5:37 am

Stihl or Redmax. I've been very pleased with my BR600 Magnum. Had it about 5 years, always starts right up and is quite powerful.

Echo is releasing a new blower that will be the most powerful on the market.
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Re: Leaf Blower Recommendations

Post by RayTL » Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:16 am

If I were buying a new backpack to replace my Echo, I think it’d be the Stihl BR800.

I just got a Makita 36V LXT handheld blower and I absolutely love it. It has a ton of power and it is great for post mowing clean up, porches, you name it. And it comes with four batteries right now. It certainly would not replace a backpack blower, but I love it it for most jobs.
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Re: Leaf Blower Recommendations

Post by ThomasPI » Sun Jun 30, 2019 8:36 am

Thanks much !

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Re: Leaf Blower Recommendations

Post by FlowRider » Sun Jun 30, 2019 2:39 pm

I prefer using the backpack blower.

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I had an Echo PB 1000 handheld, which was adequate for general yard cleanup, and easy to pick up and blow something off in a hurry.

However, it really struggled to move large piles of leaves, so I bought the Stihl backpack blower because it is much more powerful.

The hand held vibrates a lot, and it numbs your hand, even with anti-vibration gloves on. Plus, it can get tiresome using one arm only.

The backpack is more trouble to put into operation, but once you strap in on your back and point at something it is going to get literally blown away.

The thing will move leaves idling....

It takes a lot of the weight off your arms. With anti-vibe gloves on I do not get numb hands at all. I use gel palm gloves riding motorcycles so I wear those, fingerless, when I blow leaves and debris.

I also use it to blow off the mowers when done, dry off the mowers when I wash them off, and I use it to dry off my vehicles when I hand wash them.

The Stihl is an absolute powerhouse.

My Echo died. I rebuilt the fuel system and it ran for awhile. It died again.

Dang thing vibrated my hand so bad I have not tried to repair it again. What that thing needs now is a decent burial. :lol:

My best advice would be to get a Stihl backpack blower. And don’t let your neighbors use it - they need to go buy their own...! ;)

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Re: Leaf Blower Recommendations

Post by The_iHenry » Sun Jun 30, 2019 3:59 pm

I love my echo PB-580T. It has a back fan to keep the operator cool which is an awesome feature. Plus it puts down 200+ mph winds.

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Re: Leaf Blower Recommendations

Post by Wolverine » Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:01 pm

Stihl is the only real leaf blower made. Anything else is nothing but frustration and disappointment.

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Re: Leaf Blower Recommendations

Post by RayTL » Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:06 pm

+1 on the PB-500T, mine works well!
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Re: Leaf Blower Recommendations

Post by ThomasPI » Mon Jul 01, 2019 6:14 pm

Thanks prolly wait for end of season sales and grab one.

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