Which Backpack Blower

Good afternoon all, hope everybody is enjoying their weekend.

After years of holding off i'm finally getting my first backpack blower this year and would love to ask everybody's advice.

I'm probably going Husqvarna or Stihl, though the Makita's look nice but I have zero experience with them. I'm actually a Shindaiwa/Echo man myself, but think I prefer the look of the other makes I've mentioned just for this particular item and the Shindaiwa model is more £££ than I want to spend.

Few questions: What do people here us? Do people have a specific recommendation? What are the downsides to the 4 stroke versions, as they claim to be more efficient? 

Budget is £450 max and i'm not interested in battery powered for this item.

Many thanks to all, Jonathan

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  • PRO
    I would have thought that the main brands blowers will be fairly similar in performance in the same price range? So echo stihl husky etc will all be good.
  • I had NO idea about the angled nozzle/straight nozzle and arm fatigue thing. Can't believe I've only just given the angle the chop now, just as I'm quitting most of my big commercial work doh!

    I'm not a stihl fan but always use a BR600 blower. I've had two, and only bought the second as I left the first at a site! Always starts well, no repair costs. Excellent machines.
  • my echo is the pb700vas per posts. what a powerhouse. and yes its noisy. but i wear defenders. so makes no difference. but i have a echo all the time. afraid the orange and white brand is losing its touch on many fronts. the new 4 mix. horrible bits of kit. many a person i speak to not fans of the new kit.. lot going echo  because well built and its warranty for pro use is a lot longer than 1 year.

    • PRO

      Interesting, manufacture supplied technical stats indicate there is less than 1% difference in air speed and m3 throughput between both machines.

      Engine size differs by 1cc & power difference of 0.1hp between them.

      Warranty 2yrs Echo vs 1 year Stihl - but don't know the exclusions/conditions.

      Sounds as tho' noise levels are in fact similar despite figures.....

      So, is it perception or time to swap?

      • PRO
        For me at least the 2 year would be void anyway as I do my own servicing so the second year would not count unless I paid the £100? To let them change a plug and filters for me!
        • That's a reasonable point as the service's at brand dealers are usually way over priced so worth thinking about.

          Have watched a few videos on You Tube re the Echo and several do mention that it is noticeable quieter than the other similar machines from different brands.

          To be honest I think the top line blower from each of the main players will be good enough whether Stihl, Echo, Husqvarna, Shindaiwa etc. A lot is just preference I think, all have their own pro's and con's.

  • PRO
    Talking backpack blowers, my BR600 has had fuel issues, had a look in the fuel tank and it's got two fuel filters on it? I've only had one on my other BR600's, I've taken one of the fuel filters off and it's now running great, is there any reason why I need two on this machine? Cheers
    • PRO
      Not the same I know but my big mowers have got 2 filters plus a gauze on exit from fuel tank. 1 is a debris filter the second is fine particles and water removal. Could it be the same?
      • PRO
        Funny you should say that mate, I said to a freind that it looked as though one of the fuel filters was full off water and completely blocked, but it looks exactly the same as the 1st fuel filter right next to it?
        • PRO
          Looking at this

          I'm thinking it's just two filters in case you have the machine lopsided on your back meaning no fuel starvation. When one of your filters was blocked it maybe caused back pressure stopping fuel going in the other one?
          Stihl BR 600 Backpack Blower (BR 600) Parts Diagram, Fuel tank
          View Stihl BR 600 Backpack Blower (BR 600) Parts Diagram , Fuel tank to easily locate and buy the spares that fit this machine.
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