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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    I thought the same thing. Maybe it is a way of not having to deal with a separate oil supply/oil change?

    I did see a couple of units that stated they were 4-strokes plus one that was propane powered, Damn that has got to cost alot in cylinder bottles (14 Oz. per bottle @ 3-4 bucks each)

    I'll stick with the 2-stroke's for now, they really aren't that bad running 2.8 ounces of oil per gallon (synthetic oil of course) so they don't pollute the atmosphere that much.

    So, I just took the new toy out for a run time test today, almost 2 hours on a tank of fuel (62 ounces) & it still had fuel left. How much left I won't know till I do a refill.

    When I run my John Deere L130 tractor (23 H.P.) I go through about 2 gallons of fuel in that amount of time. I guess I am saving myself some money on fuel, plus I am getting a little bit of exercise with the walk-about using the blower.

    I have around 12 wild turkeys that have claimed my yard as there grousing grounds, I am hoping that I can catch one or two off guard & knock them off of their feet & capture the big bastards for a nice holiday meal. They are fast if you startle them & fly away, but I just might nab a few if I plan my moves correctly using that blower.

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers


    Wow!

    Thanks for the info, they are coming a long way now days in technology.

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    I bought an electric leaf blower for $30 at Wallfart about 10 years ago. First 8 years of service was it was used as a bike drier, last 2 years it was used as a bike drier and for cleaning my yard. Last weekend there wasn't a leave to be found in my driveway and the 15,000 sqft of lawn. 200' of light duty extension cord (don't even notice dragging it around) and 3 hours time is what it took.
    I'm thinking about looking into a gas one during the off season to use for leaves, and keep the electric one just for a bike drier

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Stihl 4-mix engines are bad assness...

    No oil changes. You can run a line trimmer upside down with no fear of the oil running up into the motor. Clean burning and fairly quiet. And far more fuel effecient than their 2-stroke counterparts.

    The BR600 back pack blower is the most powerful and most fuel effecient thing on the market. The blow like a god damn hurricane.

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Old thread but what are you guys using these days?

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    In terms of lawn equipment (lawnmower, snowblower, etc) my theory is "Get the most badass one you can afford if you have space to store it"

    All backpack blowers are basically the same size, so a commercial grade one isn't really taking up more garage space than a homeowner one. I bought an Echo PB770T last fall, paid $469 shipped from Arlington Power Equipment and it was on my doorstep within like 32 hours.
    ECHO PB-770T 63.3cc Backpack Leaf Blower

    I don't regret spending that much one bit, totally worth it, worlds better than my 15 year old Echo backpack. I can do my yard in like 40 minutes compared to 2+ hours. I use it to clean the car if there's <3-4" of snow, sidewalks too if it's a fluffy snow. Looks like you can get it for $450 now. 100% recommend it, wish I upgraded to it years ago it's saved me so much time.

    I also cross-shopped the Stihl BR600/BR700. The performance is basically the same, the Stihl needs the valves adjusted periodically, and my old Echo had been good so I went with the Echo.

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Quote Originally Posted by zxme View Post
    Old thread but what are you guys using these days?
    We got it used (free, actually), so didn’t choose it, but we have the older version of this Husquavarna hand-held. It works well for our relatively small yard.

    Husqvarna Leaf Blowers 125B

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    I'm looking for a BR600 locally but nothing yet (Used)

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Yeah I searched Craigslist and eBay too for a while, everything was beat to shit and still $350.
    Eventually after 2-3 weeks, I realized I could be scannning Craigslist until spring looking for the perfect deal, so I pulled the trigger in a new one. Clicked "buy" about 11:30 on a Monday night, it was at my door about 9am on Wednesday - within an hour of getting home from work I had cleared my backyard and had no regrets. Plus with my usage and good care,
    I expect it to last me 10-15+ years.

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    I have a smaller echo backpack blower. I was thinking about getting something larger but with the kid doing a lot of the work now, the mulch wouldn't survive the onslaught. It's run great for me for a number of years now.

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    another echo 2T back pack owner here. probably 10 years old from Homedepot and still running with zero issues

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Best bang for your buck I hear are the Husqvarna 150 BT which is really a RedMax

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    I have the BR600. Thing is kick-ass.

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    I have an echo, we just got a redmax for my station... I now want a redmax

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Quote Originally Posted by zxme View Post
    Best bang for your buck I hear are the Husqvarna 150 BT which is really a RedMax
    got one about 5 years ago. awesome, never an issue, starts with one pull

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Echo PB 580, 215 mph backpack blower. Awesome for leaves, and when we get the odd dry snow it makes for a good snowblower.


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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Redmax 8500. Got it last year and hands down the best I've ever owned.

    Now do yourself a favor and run truefuel premix in all your small motors. Don't be a cheap bastard.

    I deal with a ton of small motor shops and most of the repair issues all come down to ethanol pump fuel.

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlief View Post
    Redmax 8500. Got it last year and hands down the best I've ever owned.

    Now do yourself a favor and run truefuel premix in all your small motors. Don't be a cheap bastard.

    I deal with a ton of small motor shops and most of the repair issues all come down to ethanol pump fuel.
    The stihl mix is pretty boss too. Also had good luck with the VP cans.

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Quote Originally Posted by FirstDuc-1098 View Post
    got one about 5 years ago. awesome, never an issue, starts with one pull
    Woke up this morning and said screw it i'll buy new..Just got back from Lowes and bought the Husqvarna 150BT for 270 OTD.
    Regarding the premix, that's all I have used in years. My Generator, snowblower, lawnmower and Trimmer all use it and haven't had a starting issue since. I use Powercare and Trufuel brands.

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Quote Originally Posted by zxme View Post
    Old thread but what are you guys using these days?
    I'm still rocking my Husqvarna 180BT which is an older version of the current 580. The thing is still a monster but my leaf load is insane so I've been debating getting a walk behind as well.

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    Quote Originally Posted by Charlief View Post
    Redmax 8500....
    Just bought one of these brand new last week. so happy i did.

    Previously i was using a 33 year old 8hp walk behind and a small echo back pack. My property is all hills and large rocks. A ~140lb walk behind was a major pain in the ass. This redmax blows harder, pushes more, weighs <20% of the WBH and i'm much more agile with it. Small backpack plus new redmax (2 people) took roughly half the time, and that was without having a good plan of attack.

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    Re: If you're into leaf blowers

    RedMax here as well ... think i've had it for over 10yrs ... awesome machine. only thing i've done to it is replace fuel lines. use it for grass/leaves/dirt/snow. consistent, reliable power.

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