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O/T Need leaf blower recommendation.

Discussion in 'Uncategorized Threads' started by almost unemployed, Aug 14, 2007.

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  1. almost unemployed

    almost unemployed TS Member

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    Need a recommendation for new leaf blower. Must be gas powered, hand held. Who has a good one, which ones to avoid?
     
  2. bigben

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    As sauid, Stihl or the expensice echo, the echo is ever more powerfull, about 300.00 incinerate em!
     
  3. deercreek

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    Stihl only or a rake !!!
     
  4. msmith

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    Buy yourself a Stihl and you will not have any regrets. Mine is the older BG75 has been problem free for 12 years and is used almost daily in the summer months. Mike
     
  5. School Teacher

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    ECHO is my choice and I have been using the same leaf blower for over 15 years. I added a second leaf blower this year. I also have an Echo chain saw and two Echo string trimmers. I keep a mower, blower and string trimmer at each of two locations.

    A key consideration is to have a good local dealer who has a service department for the brand you purchase. Over the years, you will need to replace air and fuel filters, lubricate internal parts and change spark plugs. A key to longevity is to use a high quality 2 cycle oil and to drain the fuel after each use.

    I always buy commercial grade machines from a lawn and garden professional type of shop. Commercial models, IMO, have more power and are better made. The models sold in Sam's, Home Depot, etc. may not be as long lasting. They are OK for light use but I like the power and dependability of commercial grade machines.
     
  6. Gargoyle!

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    Stay away from the ECHO brand.We had one and it was not that great. I to have to say Stihl is the best to buy.
     
  7. blizzard

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    My reccomendation is DO NOT buy a Craftsman! Used mine twice and never did get it to start ever again. Upon dis-assembly, I could see why. They are junk!
     
  8. jnoemanh

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    Homelite - junk. Craftsman - worse junk. Stihl - perfect!
     
  9. Doug Mc

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    Do not buy anything Craftsman -- Have you priced any of their parts when and if you have a problem ? -- they are a RIP OFF -- they charge 4 times as much for their stuff -- I will never buy Craftsman again
     
  10. zzt

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    I echo the recommendation for Stihl. I own six of their products including hand-held and backpack blowers. They work very well, every time, for as many hours as I want to use them.

    Regarding Echo products. If you buy them at Lowes or Home Depot you are buying the lower end of their line (created for the big box outlets). If you buy the stuff at your local mower shop (where the lawn service people buy) you get the good stuff.

    I bought a Stihl for my dad almost 20 years ago, because it was the only hand-held blower at the time that didn't vibrate you hand and arm numb. He still uses it regularly. Mine is substantially more powerful, but is still vibration free.
     
  11. Steve NJ

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    Stihl! Little more expensive but the one I have is commercial grade and blows 175 mph!
     
  12. trapshooter1981682

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    Go to your local commerical lawn mower shop. I have a red max but like the shindaiwa eb8510rt. Here is a mail order parts co. that has great service and prices. j.thomas 1-800-828-7980. Call them and get a catalog and a price for a blower. They are in Mich.
     
  15. SShooterZ

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    Echo here.. So far, so good!
     
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    I've had good luck with a Homelite and they're cheap. I've been impressed considering I only paid about $90. I have a Stihl chainsaw that's nice but two Stihl weedeaters have been nothing but trouble.
     
  17. DoubleAuto

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    Stihl. Have one set for string trimming and one larger one set up with a saw blade to cut brush and small trees. Use premium gas (recommended to me by a good Stihl mechanic) and you will have no problems.
     
  18. smartass

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    How do you go about blowing leaves with a string trimmer.
     
  19. Buoy 8

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    Stihl is my choice. Stay away from store brands like Troy Built, most have sealed units that cannot be worked on.
     
  20. honda1

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    Get a Husqvarna backpack blower they are the bast out. I am in the lawn care business and mine has problem free for a long time.
     
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