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Discussion in 'Hand Held Equipment and Tools' started by Jasonrkba, Mar 13, 2019.

  1. Jasonrkba

    Jasonrkba ArboristSite Guru

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    Im going to buy a backpack blower in the morning. Looking at the Stihl BR350. The BR200 is cheaper. Is the cost of the 350 worth the expense? Im using to clear leaves from two giant pin oaks. These things are huge, probably planted when the house was built in 1956 and its almost three acres. Any suggestions on other blowers welcome. I have a bad back, neck, shoulder and elbow so the backpack just makes better since to me. Im trying to keep it under $400. Sorry for the short notice.

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    The vacuum machines work so much better for leaf cleanup.

    When I lived in Idaho I had 2 huge maple trees at the house there. They'd dump leaves like crazy. I was raking up the foot thick of them for the 2nd or 3rd time, when a neighbor a few houses over stopped by and asked if I wanted to see a real machine?

    He came by with the vacuum and had it all cleaned up in 20 mins. It all fit in a couple bags too!


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    Jasonrkba ArboristSite Guru

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    I also have a long gravel driveway to clear. Have you ever tried cleaning the gutters using a blower? That's something else I want to use it for.
     
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    Yes, tried it once. Took me forever to clean all the goop off the side of the house, patio and my face!
    I use a putty knife and a hose now! Might seem slower, but it doesn't spread the mess all over the place.

    I just wanted to mention the vacuum machine. I had never heard or seen such a thing before my neighbor came by. I'd been wasting whole weekends all fall for a couple years cleaning leaves!
     
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    Jasonrkba ArboristSite Guru

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    Lol
    I usually use a ladder and bucket but I'm getting older and everything hurts now days.
     
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    Have you looked at the rolling blowers?
     
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    I have the 600. Works amazing. Jobs that took 3 hours are down to 20 minutes.


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    $500 for the 600. A little out of my price range. I don't think the roll arounds will do everything I need, I live on a farm. I see the husky 150BT IS $299.
     
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    The 600 is better I recommend it. Thank us later.
     
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    Jasonrkba ArboristSite Guru

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    I pulled the trigger on the 350. I dont have the cash for a 600. I got the 6 pack of oil and received a two year extended warranty from the dealer. That way I don't have to deal with stihl, which im not really worried about. I played around with it a little bit this morning and its going to work fine for my use. Thanks everyone guess I had already made up my mind I just wanted to make sure I wasn't buying junk.

    Thanks. Jason IMG_20190314_111754985.jpg
     
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    lone wolf MS 200T King

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    Decent!
     
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    Took me a while to work up the stomach to drop 500. Don’t regret it at all. The local commercial services are all using the 600. Including the guy who also has an echo dealership. Lol. That speaks volumes.


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    Hi Jason

    Nice buy with the BR 350. It has a good 2 Mix engine and an air flow rate with nozzle of 441cf/min. Enjoy it.
     
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    I looked at those when i was looking for a blower a few years ago. I bought the Echo PB-580T for $265 during their 20% one day sale. 510cfm does all i need it to do
     
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