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Leaf Blowers: Gas vs. Battery pack. What you have and is good? - November 12, 2017, 12:09 PM

Anyone have a great leaf blower that you think is the bomb?
My Gf has corded and a battery operated one, and looking for more power... I want one also. I wanted gas, but did not want a carb pack.

This review was pretty good but wanted to see what you guys are using.


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I've had both a Stihl BR550 and BR600. Bought both since I didn't know which one I was gonna end up liking more. Ended up selling the 600 and kept the 550. Starts up on the first pull every time and plenty of power for my just under 1/2 acre with a ton of trees.

Every reputable landscaping company I've talked to recommend the Stihl. Sometimes you'll see Echo but stay away from the Home Depot models, they tend to be a cheaper line than the commercial stuff and I've heard are hit or miss.


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I've had both a Stihl BR550 and BR600. Bought both since I didn't know which one I was gonna end up liking more. Ended up selling the 600 and kept the 550. Starts up on the first pull every time and plenty of power for my just under 1/2 acre with a ton of trees.

Every reputable landscaping company I've talked to recommend the Stihl. Sometimes you'll see Echo but stay away from the Home Depot models, they tend to be a cheaper line than the commercial stuff and I've heard are hit or miss.
2 stroke?
do you have to do anything special to keep it running? end of season do you store it or just set and forget until needed?


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I don't have one but I used to work in landscaping. The gas was better. More power and we carried extra gas, fill and go. No one wanted to be left at a property with the electric. We always ended up having to 'rake and haul'. Even if you could charge at the property on the client's dime you'd have to wait for it and by the time it was charged again we'd be done.

That said, unless you've got a line on e-free gas it's going to get harder and harder to find what you'll need. Batteries have gotten better and a lot of manufactures are getting 'the system' idea. If you can settle on a tool supplier you can use the same battery/charger for a lot of different tools/purposes.

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2 stroke?
do you have to do anything special to keep it running? end of season do you store it or just set and forget until needed?
Yep, 2T. I just throw in some Stabil 360 Marine to every gas tank and forget it. She started right up this fall after sitting for about 9 months.


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I've had the Stihl BR420C Magnum for about 5 years or so. Always starts after sitting all summer. I think the 550 & 600 are newer models. Don't know if the even make the BR420C anymore.

The 420C does good. Like any leaf blower if you wait till all the leaves are off the trees you're just about as well off raking and dragging them out on a tarp because the piles get huge quick.

Best leaf blowers for clearing large areas are the wheeled ones. But they aren't very handy when working around structures.


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Leaf Blowers: Gas vs. Battery pack. What you have and is good? - November 12, 2017, 05:57 PM

Stihl here as well, I use stabil and never have issues.


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I have had a Husky for 3 years now. Whatever their $300 Lowes model is (too cold to go look). I live out in the boonies and literally blow leaves every other day during this time of the year, along with MTB trail work. It works well and hasn't given me any problems.


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I got one of the strongest blowers out there Redmax EBZ8500.It is so strong I can even use it to blow snow.No need for a shovel.I tried many different ones but there not as powerfull as this. I made a video blowing snow.https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GfNxTm27jHA


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I've been using the ego 575cfm battery powered blower (also own the trimmer, mower, and snow blower). Lots of power, very happy with it, and zero maintenance.

Best part of this line up is that most of my purchases came with batteries, so I have a good amount of 5ah batteries (one 5ah can handle my front and rear lawn along with enough for the blower to clear up any clippings).

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id use it mostly for pine needles and deck clearing.
maybe about 1/4th an acre.
Stihl is catching my interest.....


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id use it mostly for pine needles and deck clearing.
maybe about 1/4th an acre.
Stihl is catching my interest.....
If this is for the lake property, wouldn't electric make more sense if it's going to be sitting for periods at a time?

Gas powered blowers are certainly more powerful but needles/deck clearing is a job for almost any grade blower.


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If this is for the lake property, wouldn't electric make more sense if it's going to be sitting for periods at a time?

Gas powered blowers are certainly more powerful but needles/deck clearing is a job for almost any grade blower.
Yeah down in the boonies.
My GF just brought one the other day and used at her house. The biggest problem is the battery life. along with the cost of the batteries.


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For small jobs, I use a corded blower. It's obviously not the most convenient as I have to get out the extension cord, but they're cheap, run forever, and seem to have adequate power that doesn't drop off. No maintenance obviously. If you're only covering 1/4 acre (about the size of my yard) I'd say a corded electric might fit the bill.

If I really wanted to stretch its range, I could break out my little Honda 2000w generator and run it off that.
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Depends on how much property you have.
Anything less than 1/4 but not more than 1/2 acre and there's almost no reason to use a gas blower anymore.

Corded or cordless is the way to go.

Lighter, hearing safe, quieter, no maintenance, no fuel, no need to purge or add Stabil, you're not strapping an explosive to your back.

They're also easier to wield for non-leaf duty, say like blowing dry a car after a wash or clearing out a garage of dirt and dust.


The latest LI-ion packs provide plenty power when doubled up. Ego products seem to be the class of the field.

I chose a Makita because I already have their tools and can use the packs across the entire range.



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