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Blowers Battery v Petrol

So my Stihl handheld blower is dying of old age -  at least 20 years :)   I have a Stihl backpack blower so the handheld only does light work.  I am trying to decide what to replace it with as it's only used for a quick tidy up eg after mowing.

I could buy a BG 56 as a straight replacement £190

Or a KM BG attachment £150

Or a battery BG 56  £175 including battery & charger.

Any thoughts or experiences ?

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  • PRO

    i have a bg 86 , km bg and a battery bga 85 all do light work well the 85 is suprisingly powerful and more compact than km bg and quiter than 86 and easier to start

    • Thanks.  The KM attachment seems pricey & not very manouverable. The BGA looks good but it's seriously expensive by the time you have a battery & charger

      • PRO

        yes the battery and charger do add expense on first tool but the strimmer is also surprisingly powerful, quiet and easy to start and the chainsaw is good too, i will be trying a hedgecutter once my petrol one dies

        • PRO

          The KMBG attachment is very reliable  I have had one for five years its the only piece of kit the thieves left in the van for some reason . 

          I sometimes use it like a giant hairdryer to dry long thick grass in an orchard before cutting it with a clients old champion mower .


          • I did read a few reports that the shaft bearings were failing.

            • PRO

              Not experienced this Peter but alot can change in Five years as regards quality with any product .

              • Well it looks like I will buy the same again.  The battery option is just too expensive, the KM too inflexible.

                • PRO

                  Have you considered Echo blowers .

                  • I hadn't but a on a quick look they seem to be the same price as Stihl.

  • I've always bought brand name blowers in the past, stihl, echo, kawasaki etc but this time round a bought a Cobra hand blower just for light spring / summer use for £99 and i'm surprised how powerful it is. I'm now on my 2nd season of use with no faults. I use my echo pb750 in the winter.

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