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How Much Is A Petrol Leaf Blower?

Parker 26cc Leaf Blower With Bag
      Parker 26cc Leaf Blower With Bag

 

I’m often asked the question, “how much is a petrol leaf blower”. People are often pleasantly surprised when I tell them how cheap you can buy a petrol leaf blower for!

Our Cheapest Leaf Blower

Our cheapest blower is currently the Parker petrol leaf blower, this leaf blower, mulcher and vacuum, it sells for just £79.99, it has recently been reduced by £10. It actually amazes me how cheap they can make this petrol leaf blower for.

This Parker 26cc three in one petrol leaf blower, vacuum, mulcher and shredder really do offer value for money. I haven’t actually used this particular leaf blower, however, reading the reviews 53% of customers gave the Parker blower five stars. However, to be fair, 23% of people gave the Parker blower just one star. You can see the Amazon reviews here.

I would always recommend buying the best machine that you can afford, but sometimes we don’t have a choice to buy the best. A few years ago I purchased an orbital sander for some do-it-yourself work, I’m not really a do-it-yourself person, or certainly not in the home! However, we were re-decorating the house from top to bottom and to be fair this orbital sander done the job very well indeed and I have no complaints.

Purchase The Parker Petrol Leaf Here For £79.99

 

 

I think because I work in the landscape industry and professionally, I always like to try and have the best machine in a particular category. The Parker blower will probably do the job, but you also stand a chance of having a few problems in my opinion, it’s a risk you take.

I did read an article of a contractor buying a Parker blower and apparently it served him well, especially, taking the cost into consideration.

You Can Read More about the Parker Handheld Petrol Blower Here

 

Chipperfield PRO EBV260 Petrol Blower-Vac
Chipperfield PRO EBV260            Petrol Blower-Vac

Chipperfield PRO EBV260 Petrol Blower-Vac

Our second cheapest petrol leaf blowers is the Chipperfield PRO EBV260 Petrol Blower-Vac which sells for £99.95, which again is an amazing price for a petrol leaf blower.

I believe this is a fairly new petrol leaf blower to the market, however, looking at the reviews, they appear to be very positive.

The Chipperfield PRO EBV260 Petrol Blower-Vac is powered by a 25.4cc air-cooled two-stroke engine, which develops 0.9 hp. With an at a glance 0.65 L transparent fuel tank, you can easily see how much fuel is left in the tank.

It’s always good to use a lightweight and comfortable blower; the Chipperfield Pro petrol leaf blower weighs just 6.5 kg. It comes complete with a adjustable rubber grip shoulder strap that takes the weight off your arms and makes operating much easier.

Airflow is excellent on the Chipperfield leaf blower which has a tapered nozzle which helps to increase the airflow, by forcing the airflow into one place. It also has rubber mounts which protect it when the leaf blowers is placed on the ground with the engine running.

Vacuum mode

This petrol blower vac can be used as a vacuum, it comes with a generous 30 L collection bag. Allegedly, the manufacturer claims that it can reduce the size of the waste by 80%. I guess this depends on how dry the material is as this will make a huge difference in efficiency. As I’ve mentioned in previous posts I always find it much quicker to use these leaf blowers as blowers rather than vacuums. To me, it is far quicker to blow your debris into a heap and then collect it manually.

Features

  • A high-quality but remarkably low-priced blower-vac for all your garden clear-up needs
  • 3-in-1 design – blows, vacuums and mulches
  • Powerful but highly efficient 2-stroke engine with an easy-read transparent fuel-tank
  • Mulching capability saves space in the collector a makes debris simple to dispose of
  • Well balanced with a rubber-grip and shoulder-harness – comfortable and easy to handle
  • Tapering nozzle for high-performance blowing
  • Rubber mounts prevent impact-damage when you set the blower down

Specification

  • A high-quality but remarkably low-priced blower-vac for all your garden clear-up needs
  • 3-in-1 design – blows, vacuums and mulches
  • Powerful but highly efficient 2-stroke engine with an easy-read transparent fuel-tank
  • Mulching capability saves space in the collector a makes debris simple to dispose of
  • Well balanced with a rubber-grip and shoulder-harness – comfortable and easy to handle
  • Tapering nozzle for high-performance blowing
  • Rubber mounts prevent impact-damage when you set the blower down

Would I Buy One Of The Above Leaf Blowers?

So would I buy one of the above leaf blowers? This is a difficult question for me as I have generally used professional equipment and I like to use a quality product that will last me a long time.

Unfortunately, over the years I have seen people by terrible products for the garden which I know will not last for a long time. I also see people buying products that are not right for the garden and just makes the job very difficult indeed.

As with every purchase we make, budgeting and the cost is always of prime importance. I’ve always tried to go for the best machine that I can afford and also buy a machine which will give me many years of service and that has a good ready available parts backup.

When buying a budget machine I would always look at the reviews and the warranty. I know of many people who have brought budget machines and they have given several years of good service. It really comes down to how many hours you are going to use a machine for.

 

Stihl SH86CE Vacuum/Shredder
Stihl SH86CE Vacuum/Shredder

Going Upmarket

If you want to go upmarket, I can definitely recommend you something that will last and that is the STIHL BG 86 C-E Handheld Petrol Leaf Blower. I have owned this particular blower and used many of these leaf blowers over the years. I know of many contractors who use this particular Stihl leaf blower.

The STIHL BG 86 C-E Handheld Petrol Leaf Blower sells for £319, which is also much more expensive than our cheapest petrol leaf blower. However, I know that this leaflet I will give you many hours and years of trouble-free leaf blowing!

If you’re looking for a petrol leaf blower with a collection bag then another good choice is the STIHL SH 86-CE Vacuum Shredder. This petrol leaf blower sells for £369 which once again I appreciate is much more than our cheapest petrol leaf blower, vacuum.

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Toro Pro Force Series Debris Blower

Pro Force Series Debris Blower
Pro Force Series Debris Blower

 

Today we are looking at something slightly different, the Toro pro force series debris blower. I appreciate that this debris blower may not be the right machine for most gardeners, however, it is always good to see machinery in action, that makes life easier!

I am someone who likes to make gardening and landscaping easier, so I’m always looking at various types of machine. If there is a machine that can make life easier, I am all for it!

 

 

Toro Wireless Remote Control
   Toro Wireless Remote                           Control

Toro Pro Force Series Debris Blower

The Toro pro force series debris blower as one of the most powerful machines on the market. It is powered by a 24.6 hp Kohler Command engine, with an electronic governor. The electronic governor sounds like a great idea as I have found on the Kohler engines the traditional governor can be a bit slow to react. The electronic governor should solve this issue. Having used Kohler engines for many years, I’ve noticed was the manual governor that sometimes they can be a bit slow to react you need more power. The range of Kohler EFI engines are now becoming more popular which gives increased efficiency and better governor control.

 

24.6 hp Kohler Engine
     24.6 hp Kohler Engine

 

I think one of the main features of this blower is the fact that it has a “boys toy feature” the fact that it is radio remote. When I say radio remote, this is a towable machine, so the machine isn’t fully radio remote. However, the wireless radio remote allows you to stop and start the engine from the operator’s vehicle. You can adjust the throttle remotely up and down, from low to high revs and vice versa. It also allows you to adjust the blower nozzle 360° from the operator’s seat!

 

Electronic Governor
          Electronic Governor

 

So, in other words, no jumping on and off the operator’s seat to make adjustments, which to me is a very practical feature indeed. I can never understand why manufacturers of ride-on lawnmowers want to have a series of bags to unload. When in theory you should just be able to stay in the operator seat and control everything from the operator’s seat. However, without going too much off track, I appreciate in some circumstances people may need to load the grass clippings into compost bins or something similar.

 

Heavy-Duty Trailer & Tow Hitch
  Heavy-Duty Trailer & Tow                          Hitch

 

Who Needs The Toro Pro Force Series Debris Blower?

Obviously, the Toro pro force series debris blower is more for large estates, golf courses, parks, etc rather than the average garden. However, if you have a garden with a few acres this could be very useful tool for blowing leaves, clearing pathways and driveways. The Toro blower could also be used after scarifying your lawn to blow the moss and thatch into large rows for collection.

What Do You Pull Your Toro Blower With?

The Toro pro force series debris blower is a towable machine which can be towed by the Toro WorkMan or something similar like a John Deere Gator. Compact tractors, quad bikes, ride on mowers can also be used. At 475 lbs in weight, most of the above machines would cope with this sort of weight. The low ground pressure grade tyres help to keep turf damage and ease of pulling to a minimum.

To Conclude

Toro offers two years warranty or 1500 hours, whichever comes first. So they obviously have confidence in their product. As I mentioned this machine isn’t for the average garden but certainly extremely useful for the golf course, large estate or garden and park areas and commercial landscapers.

You can find more garden type leaf blowers here, we have a massive selection from small handheld electric models to larger wheeled blowers.

Specification 

 

  • Air Flow
    In independent 3rd party testing, the Pro Force™ demonstrated greater CFM, or air volume flow, than any single nozzle turbine-type debris blower currently available.
  • Engine
    24.6 hp (18.3 kW) twin-cylinder air-cooled Kohler® Command Pro® with electronic governor
  • Fan
    Axial flow
  • Height
    33 inches (83.8 cm)
  • Length
    79 – 115 inches (200.7 – 292.1 cm) from adjustable tow hitch to nozzle outlet
  • Nozzle Type
    Impact-resistant plastic with 13″ (33 cm) outlet diameter
  • Tires
    20 x 10-8, 4 ply turf tire
  • Warranty
    2-year or 1,500 hour manufacturer’s limited warranty
  • Weight
    475 lbs. (215.5 kg)
  • Width
    48 inches (121.9 cm)
  • Wireless RF Controller
    Engine start, Engine stop, Engine speed, Nozzle directional control

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Stihl BR800 Backpack Blower

Stihl BR800 Backpack Blower
   Stihl BR800 Backpack Blower

 

Today we are going to talk about the Stihl BR800 backpack blower. This Stihl BR800 backpack blower has only been available in the UK for a few months, I believe the BR 800 backpack blower was available earlier in the US.

Stihl BR800 Backpack Blower

I’ve always liked Stihl products and I’ve used them commercially for over 30 years and I am still using Stihl products today.

About three years ago I was starting up a new business. I needed a powerful blower to assist me in the cleaning up process after I had completed a job. The original leaf blower that I owned was a Stihl BG86CE which is a 27 mL handheld blower. It’s a great blower and it’s a machine that I still use today, however, I needed something larger so that I could really move debris quickly.

I decided to purchase Stihl’s largest backpack blower at the time which was the BR600. However, literally a few days after purchasing this blower, the BG 700 came out! If I had of known I would have purchased the BG700 as the BR600 and 700 are identical in physical size, but obviously the BR 700 has more blowing power.

I have to say that I am more than happy with my Stihl BG 600 blower. However, when you know there’s something a bit more powerful on the market there is a feeling that it may be time to go for the more powerful machine.

Stihl BR800 Backpack Blower
       Stihl BR800 Backpack Blower

 

Let’s Compare The Differences In Specification

The BR 600 has a 64.8 cc engine, the BR 800 has a 79.9cc engine, so that is almost 25% larger.

The BR 800 has a 4.4 hp engine against the BR 600 which has a 3.8 hp engine.

To See The Full Specifications, Have A Look At The Chart Below.

Technical data BR 600 BR 800 C-E
Capacity ­cm3 64.8 79.9
Performance ­kW 2.8 3.2
Performance ­hp 3.8 4.4
Weight ­kg 10.2 1) 11.7 1)
Sound pressure level ­dB(A) 100 2) 104 2)
Sound power level ­dB(A) 108 2) 112 2)
Vibration level left/right ­m/s² 2.1/2.5 3) 2.9/2.3 3)
Blowing force ­N 32 4) 41 4)
Air speed ­mph 199 181
Max. air speed with round nozzle ­mph 237 216
Tank volume ­l 1.40 2.00
Running time per full tank ­min 69 79
CO2 ­g/kWh 775 858
Displacement ­cm³ 64.8
Sound power level with metal tool ­dB(A) 108 2)

You Can See My Review On My Own BR 600 Backpack Blower Here.

Weight Difference

There is very little weight difference between the BR 600 and BR 800. The weight difference is approximately three pounds or 1.5 kg. I have to say that I have never found the BR 600 to be heavy on my back. I believe this is because it is very well balanced, and it has an excellent shoulder and waist strap that can be adjusted to suit every size of body.

If I’m clearing leaves with my backpack blower, I will normally run the machine until it runs out of fuel. This normally takes around the one-hour mark. I’ve never thought to myself that I need to get this blower off my back due to the weight or the discomfort of carrying it. The weight really is distributed very well indeed, it’s certainly much easier than using a handheld blower and much more powerful!

Stihl BR800 Backpack Blower
          Stihl BR800 Backpack Blower

 

Start The Engine On Your Back

One of the best features that I like about the BR 800 is the option to be able to start the blower without removing it from your back. This may not sound like the most exciting feature but to me, it is extremely useful.

For example, if your phone rings or a customer comes out to see you, there is no need to remove the blower from your back! With the recoil at the side, you can just simply pull the starter cord without removing from your back, this really is a great feature!

Just remember that when you are carrying out cold start, make sure you don’t touch the throttle lever otherwise this will release the choke and make for difficult starting. It’s a very natural thing to do when you are putting the backpack blower on your back, for some reason we want to touch the throttle trigger!

How Much Better Is The BR 800 Backpack Blower?

I find my BR 600 blower a really great tool for blowing leaves and clearing up in the garden. So I don’t want to run this machine down as its a machine that I really recommend. However, when you know there’s something more powerful on the market for a similar cost and similar type of machine, it seemed a good idea to upgrade. I will definitely be going for the larger BR 800 machine, even though I haven’t personally tried it as yet.

I have seen reviews and videos for the BR800 and they are all praising up this backpack blower. I have used the BR 700 model and although it’s the same engine size as the BR 600, even this offers more blowing power.

Why Choose Stihl?

I know that there are many manufacturers who make good leaf blowers at all different prices. However, I have used and I still use Stihl products today as I like to purchase a quality product that will last and be reliable. Another good plus point is if you have a need to sell a Stihl product, providing the machine is in good order and condition it will hold its value.

Even if you’re not a professional but you want to purchase a product that will last you for many years, I would recommend Stihl products.

As I always mention in many of my posts, by the best product that you can afford, it’s far cheaper in the long run. It’s also nice to use a product that feels well-engineered and works efficiently.

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Billy Goat Hurricane Z3000 Zero Turn Stand On Blower

Hurricane Z3000 Zero Turn Stand-On Blower
Hurricane Z3000 Zero Turn Stand-On                               Blower

 

Today we are talking about the Billy Goat Hurricane Z3000 zero turn stand on blower, this is the largest zero turn stand on blower available. Billy Goat makes a slightly smaller stand on blower which is 23 hp, however, today we will be talking about the largest model which is 35 hp.

The Largest Range Of Wheeled Blowers 

Billy Goat has the largest range of wheeled blowers in the world, the smallest wheeled blower being just 5 hp and then their largest walk-behind model going right up to 18 hp. Briggs & Stratton brought out the Hurricane models, they also make the identical Ferris model which is painted in the Ferris red paint colour. Ferris has been making great zero turn mowers for years, so having owned several Ferris zero-turn mowers I know that these machines are very well constructed and reliable.

Ferris makes the FB 2000 and FB 3000 Hurricane stand on blower, they are, 23 hp and 35 hp respectively.

The Billy Goat Hurricane Z3000 zero turn stand on blower comes complete with headlights, so as the daylight disappears in the autumn you can complete your leaf clearance jobs.

With a 35 hp engine, this blower is the equivalent to about 10 to 12 traditional backpack blowers, which is actually quite amazing, that’s a lot of blowing power. This blower has about 8500 CFM.

 

Billy Goat Wheeled Blower Adjustable                                          Chute

Vent Control

You can blow out the right side, this is a fixed vent which is open or closed, this fan is controlled by the throttle speed. The vent at the front is also the same, it is controlled by the throttle speed.

The left-hand vent is different, all the vents will work providing that the key is turned on. The vents are controlled by a joystick, if you move the joystick to open, they will open. You don’t have to close the vents all the time, you can just move across to the open position and the other vent will close. There’s also a place on the joystick to close all the vents, a very straightforward control feature.

When you want to open the left-hand vent, you basically have a depth gauge which you can see from the operator’s position. This depth gauge will tell you how far the vent is open.

As you can see in the photograph the left-hand vent has complete control, the vent is in two pieces, so as soon as the air blows through both vents will rise up together. Being able to adjust these vents is an extremely useful feature, you can direct the air to exactly where you want it depending on the type of material being blown. If you don’t want all that blowing power blowing out just simply adjust the vent to the required position. All these features are carried out from the joystick control.

 

Briggs And Stratton 35 hp Vanguard                                           Engine

More Features

The 35 hp Briggs & Stratton Vanguard engine has an easy access oil filter, which is always good to know when it comes to draining the oil out of the sump. The oil needs changing after the first 10 hours of use and then I would change every 100 hours of use. It’s always a good idea to keep the oil clean as it is much cheaper to change the oil regularly rather than wear expensive metal parts.

The batteries are housed underneath the engine. The air filter sits on top of the engine and is very easily accessible. Once again, keep your air filter clean as it is so important that your engine does not take any debris in that cause unnecessary wear to the engine.

The Billy Goat Hurricane Z3000 zero turn stand on blower has an hour meter, this is always a good idea as it tells you exactly when you need to carry out an oil change etc. When the machine is running the hour meter will actually tell you the rpm of the engine, you can push a button to switch from rpm to hours.

There is an oil alert light, which is always good to know in case your engine runs short of oil in case it has not been checked recently. I generally like to check the oil every time before I use a machine, it’s better to be safe than sorry.

 

 10 Gallon Fuel Tank

Fuel Tank

The machine has a large 10-gallon fuel tank, which should keep going for several hours work. Unfortunately, and I see this on many machines, it does not have a fuel gauge. Some machines have a simple gauge on the fuel which works on a float system. I am guessing that providing you can find the right size fuel cap, you may be able to purchase an optional float fuel gauge from somewhere.

Although there is no fuel gauge on this tank, due to the large-cap, it is easy to look into the fuel tank. There is no filter to block your vision. Ideally, if you are filling from cans I would use a fuel funnel with a fuel filter on, it’s always good to keep your fuel tank clean and to help stop any fuel problems or blockages.

There are two small oil tanks that need to be checked regularly, make sure you use the correct hydraulic oil and keep the area around the caps clean. These oil tanks normally have around half an inch of oil in the bottom as the rest of the tank allows for expansion as the oil heats up. In normal terms, you shouldn’t need to add any oil as the individual hydraulic motors should all be sealed and should not leak.

Tyres And Speed

The stand on blower has large pneumatic rear tyres and foam-filled puncture-free caster wheels at the front. I always fill my tyres on horticulture machinery with a puncture repair fluid, this has literally saved me hours of downtime.

The puncture repellent normally comes in 1 L bottles, simply remove the valve from the tyre, the tar needs to be at the 10 to 2 position. Then place the spout on the valve and squirt in the required amount of fluid. The manufacturers will tell you how much you need to add. I cannot tell you how much downtime this process and save me. A puncture in a tyre can be so time-consuming and costly.

The speed of the machine is variable, it is powered by two individual hydraulic motors on each rear wheel. The speed is controlled by two levers that give you instant forward and reverse control, zero-turn machines are the most manoeuvrable machines on the market.

This is a commercial machine

This Billy Goat Hurricane Z3000 zero turn stand on blower certainly isn’t for the average homeowner, it is more for the contractor who is doing regular leaf clearing and parking areas.

It certainly is a very efficient machine and with the zero-turn capabilities it makes it exceptionally manoeuvrable, it can literally turn around on itself. Although the traditional walk-behind blowers are great, the 18 hp Billy Goat machine only has one forward speed and no reverse, which is fine, but also this particular machine is far superior and efficient.

With the walk-behind machines you have to pull the machine backwards, however, with this zero turn machine, you have instant reverse on two levers. Although, due to the three air vents, you will probably never need to blow in reverse.

To Conclude

Although this is a new machine the Hurricane design has been around for several years, so it should be bullet-proof. The 35 hp Briggs & Stratton engine is a well-proven engine which is also used on Billy Goats largest vacuum machine.

The fact that this machine is the same as the Ferris gives me a great deal of confidence. I have used and owned several Ferris zero-turn mowers which have been excellent machines. They are built to a very high standard and over the years that I owned these machines I had minimal problems. I was also using my Ferris machines commercially, so they carried out a lot of work.

Specification

Part #
5901810
Engine Power Rating*
35
RPM
2600
Drive Train Type
Dual Hydrostatic
Number of Speeds
Infinitely Variable
Front Tire Size
13
Air Flow (Cubic ft/min)
8500+
Overall Length (in)
65
Overall Height (in)
56
Charging System (amps)
20
Solenoid Shift
Solenoid Shift
Warranty (Balance of Machine) †
Standard: 2 Years | Rental: 90 Days
Engine Fuel Type
Regular, unleaded gasoline
Engine Brand
Vanguard® V-Twin
Displacement (cc)
993
Fuel Tank Capacity (gal)
10
Transaxles
Hydro-Gear® ZT-3100®
Max. Travel Speed
11
Rear Tire Size
22
Air Speed (mph)
165
Overall Width (in)
45
Dry Weight (lbs)
895
Ignition
Flywheel Magneto
Fuse (amp blade)
30
Warranty (Engine) †
2-Year Limited Manufacturer’s Warranty
Operator’s Manuals

Operators Manual

Parts List

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The Billy Goat F1802SPV Self Propelled Force Blower

Billy Goat F1802SPV Self Propelled Force Blower
Billy Goat F1802SPV Self     Propelled Force Blower

 

The Billy Goat Billy F1802SPV self-propelled force blower, I believe, is the most powerful wheeled blower on the market today. It is certainly Billy Goats most powerful walk behind blower. Billy Goat makes several models of wheeled leaf blowers, starting from the smallest model which is 5 hp and the largest model being 18 hp.

It is powered by a Briggs & Stratton Vanguard 18 hp petrol engine which can actually be the equivalent power of seven backpack blowers!

The model in the video has an engine hour meter fitted, which was actually fitted by the owner. I don’t know why more manufacturers do not fit hour meters to the machine, to me it’s very important to know how many hours work a machine has worked as to regard oil changes and servicing et cetera.

The machine in the video has around 150 hours on the clock, it is approximately four years old and it looks like it’s been looked after and kept undercover. To me, it’s always a good practice to keep your machinery clean, serviced and undercover.

What Can Your Billy Goat Wheeled Blower Be Used For?

The Billy Goat wheeled blower is ideal for clearing parking areas, as you can see in the video it quickly moves debris out the way. It’s also good for blowing leaves on lawns and in fields and driveways.

 

Patented Aim N Shoot
            Patented Aim N Shoot

 

Using The Billy Goat Wheeled Blower

The Billy Goat wheeled blower is self-propelled, however, it does not have a reverse gear, so there may be times when you have to pull the machine backwards, depending what work is being carried out. Fortunately, the blower is quite light and pushes very easily backwards and forwards.

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When using the blower on hard areas, for example, driveways and car parks is often easier just to push the blower as the forward speed is quite slow. It is very easy to push on hard surfaces, the forward speed can be used on hills or grassed areas where there is slightly more resistance when pushing.

The Aim N Chute technology enables you to move the chute from the handlebars of the wheeled blower. This is a great feature as it enables you to adjust the chute very simply depending on conditions or the material being blown.

Reliability

On this particular Billy Goat wheeled blower, the only issue the owner has had in four years is a new recoil start cord. Which to me is nothing, however, I would expect to recoil cord to last a bit longer than 150 hours. It’s a very straightforward job to replace the recoil cord, a local dealer can carry out this job in a matter of minutes.

The machine normally starts on the first or second pull which is great. I have actually owned machines with this particular Briggs & Stratton engine, it’s a good engine and easy to start. I believe on the particular engine that I owned had a recoil start and electric start. It’s always good to have the optional recoil start in case the electric start fails! I don’t think electric start is an option on this particular wheeled blower, to me this isn’t a problem as it starts pretty easily and keeps the cost of the machine down.

The front wheel on this particular machine has also been replaced as it is used on hard surfaces and takes quite a bit of the weight. The tyres are foam filled so there is no downtime through punctures, which is a great idea. I’ve spent far too long over the years getting punctures repaired!

Features

The Billy Goat wheeled blower has the air filter mounted on top of the engine, so this is very accessible. Always make sure and keep your air filter clean and take care when removing the air cleaner from the engine. You do not want any dust or debris entering the engine as this can cause unnecessary wear and tear on the engine parts. A few minutes of regular cleaning can save you huge amounts of money in the long run.

The fuel tank is constructed in plastic material, its large fuel tank (approximately 2 gallons) that can give you plenty of work time between refills.

 

Final Thoughts

The Billy Goat wheeled blower has been a reliable machine and is a great way to move leaves. However, if you are using this machine all day can become slightly tiring.

The good news is that there is a Billy Goat stander blower coming out soon, in fact, I think it’s probably out now in the US. I will try and find out more about this machine in the next few weeks.

Specification

  • Engine: Vanguard
  • Performance: 18hp / 13.4kW
  • Displacement: 570cc
  • Drive Type: Self Propelled
  • Output Diameter: 15.2cm
  • Productivity: 3.8x air volume of backpacks
  • Air Velocity: 320km/h
  • Impeller Blades: 16
  • Fan Size: 17″ / 43.2cm
  • Front Tyres: 10″ / 25.4cm x 3″ / 7.6cm
  • Front Tyre Type: Pneumatic
  • Rear Tyres: 13″ / 33cm x 5″ / 12.7cm
  • Rear Tyre Type: Pneumatic
  • Weight: 86kg
  • Length: 143cm
  • Width: 74cm
  • Height: 114cm

Billy Goat Wheeled Blower Manual

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Mitox 26B-SP Select Petrol £99 Leaf Blower

Mitox 26B-SP Select Petrol Leaf Blower
    Mitox 26B-SP Select Petrol Leaf Blower

 

Today we are going to talk about the special offer on the Mitox 26B-SP select petrol £99 leaf blower and the features that it offers.

 

Autumn Is Almost Here

Autumn is almost upon us, the official day of autumn is Michaelmas which is the 29th September. Already the leaves are falling and have been for several weeks, although I think some of this has been due to the dry weather, especially here in East Anglia.

I have several tools that I really value in the garden, which I will be talking about over the coming months. I think probably that one of the tools that I use most in the garden all year round is a leaf blower.

More Information On The Mitox 26B-SP Select Petrol Leaf Blower

 

 

Mitox Leaf Blower
                      Mitox Leaf Blower

 

Although garden blowers are often referred to as leaf blowers they are a tool that I use all year round. The primary purpose of a garden blower is to blow leaves, however, they are great for tidying up in the garden. For example, if I have been weeding a border, I normally just blow the lawn area around the border. I know that traditionally this can be carried out with a rake, but I am someone who likes to take full advantage of mechanical power!

Another great purpose that a leaf lower house is blowing down machinery after use, it’s a great way to keep your machines clean and free from dust and grass etc.

A Budget Petrol Leaf Blower For £99

The Mitox 26B-SP select petrol leaf blower is a budget petrol leaf blower which sells for just £99. I appreciate that there are cheaper electric models available, however, I would much prefer to spend a few more pounds and something that offers the freedom of a petrol leaf blower. For me, there is nothing worse than having an electric cable trailing behind you and getting the lead caught up in various objects in the garden!

If you want to go slightly upmarket, Mitox offers large models with more power and the ability to collect. You can see more of the Mitox leaf blowers here.

Mitox Perfectly Balanced Leaf Blower
      Mitox Perfectly Balanced Leaf Blower

 

Value for money

The Mitox 26B-SP select petrol leaf blower really does offer value for money. It is powered by a 25.4cc 2 stroke petrol engine which generates a lot of blowing power reaching blowing speeds of 155 mph.

The throttle lever offers variable speed operation which is very important when you are blowing in corners or you just want a gentle blow. It also has a lock on feature for blowing larger areas of leaves. It’s important to remember that not all electric leaf blowers have a variable speed feature which can make blowing difficult when you are in tight spaces.

Well-Balanced

Something that I like about these compact handheld blowers is that they are very easy to pick up and use. I personally use a backpack blower which is great as it has more power as I do quite a bit of commercial work. Although sometimes it would be useful just to have a handheld blower which is compact and literally you pull the starter cord and you are blowing straight away. A backpack blower is a little bit more cumbersome, although they definitely have their uses.

The Mitox leaf blower is a nicely balanced machine that is easy and comfortable to hold. This machine has a very good performance at an incredibly low price of £99 for a petrol blower.

 

The leaf blower comes with a long tube which is flat at one end to increase blowing power.

This leaf blower is suitable for blowing leaves, dry grass and moss, sawdust and light hedge clippings.

 

Flat End Blowing Tube
                      Flat End Blowing Tube

 

Mitox offers a one-year domestic warranty and three months commercial warranty on this leaf blower.

View operators manual for the Mitox 26B-SP Select Petrol Leaf Blower

 

Specification

Range      SP-SELECT

Engine        Mitox®

Displacement (cc)        25.4cc

Engine RPM        7,900

Power (kW)         0.70kW

Spark Plug Mitox

Auto Choke Return      –

Fuel Tank Capacity      0.65L

Fuel / Oil Ratio   40:1

Recoil assist        –

Toolless Filter Cover    Yes

Max air speed     69.3 m/s (155mph)

Airflow aspirating        –

Airflow blowing  TBC

Reduction Ratio –

Collector capacity        –

Sound Level (dBA)       110 dB (A)

Vibration Level (m/s2)          10.0 m/s2

Warranty Domestic     1 Year

Warranty Commercial 90 Day

Weight (kg)         5.6kg

Article No. MIBV01

EAN  5060366211750

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Let’s Take a Look at the Stihl BG86C Leaf Blower

Today we are going to take a look at theleaf blower. I believe that this Stihl BG86C leaf blower is probably one of the most popular petrol leaf blowers on the market. I see many professionals using this particular model and also many private houses. I guess this is due to the compactness, power, reliability and the power of the blower for its size.

Stihl BG86CE Blower
                    Stihl BG86CE Blower

 

 

I have personally owned a Stihl BG86C and I have used many of these particular models. If you are a professional or need a decent blower for your private garden, I would strongly recommend this model. If you look after this leaf blower, it will give you many years of service.

 

Stihl_BG86C What's In The Box
       Stihl_BG86C What’s In The Box

 

What’s In The Box?

So in the box, we have the actual Stihl BG86C power unit and three pipes which connect to the power unit. One of the pipes connects to the actual power unit. Simply connect this pipe by pushing onto the power unit and turning until you see the padlock key where it will be locked into place.

You then have the option to choose between a round pipe or a tapered end pipe. I generally go for the pipe with a tapered end as this seems to direct the airflow slightly better than the round ended pipe. Once again just slide the pipe on and just turn until it locks on the tabs.

 

Optional Shredder/Vacuum Kit

 

Stihl does offer an optional shredder/vacuum kit that comes complete with a collection bag for vacuuming your patio or cleaning out gutters etc. Personally, I have used this vacuum kit, it does work but my preference is to use this particular model blower as a blower as I feel it works much more efficiently. I would normally blow leaves into a corner or a particular area and then collect by hand. As the video shows you can purchase large hands which make the collection process easier.

Once again, the collection bag does have its uses for cleaning gutters et cetera and it can be handy extra for small jobs. If I was carrying out a lot of vacuuming then I would go for a larger purpose-built garden vacuum, preferably something like a Billy Goat.

Fuel And Engine

This particular model is powered by a 27 cc engine two-stroke engine which develops approximately 1.5 hp, it certainly has plenty of blow for a model of this size.

It is very important to use the correct fuel mix in a two-stroke engine. Two-stroke engines use a mixture of petrol and oil, if no oil is used the engine will quickly seize up. So it is of utmost importance that the correct grade of oil is used and the correct amount of oil is mixed with petrol.

I actually use the Stihl oil, this is available in sachets, 1 L measuring bottles and 5 L plastic cans. I actually buy the 1 L measuring bottles as I can simply squeeze the bottle and add 100 mL to a litre of fuel.

The fuel mix for two-stroke Stihl engines is 50 to 1.

Keep Your Leaf Blower Clean

As with all machinery, it’s always good to keep it clean, especially around the engine area as you do not want dirt and dust entering the engine. It’s a good idea to check the air filter on your blower regularly. Fortunately, in my experience these blowers do not pick up too much dirt as in general they are not working in a particularly dusty environment.

However, it is a good practice just to clean your air filter every month or so as it only takes a few minutes. It is far cheaper and better to make sure that your petrol leaf blower is not taking in dirty air which will cause unnecessary wear to the engine components.

In the video, this particular blower has been used and there is a small amount of dirt in the fuel tank. I would clean this out with neat petrol making sure that the fuel tank is completely empty before refuelling with a 50 to 1 two-stroke fuel mix. The fuel tank does have a fuel filter within the tank, however, it’s a good practice to keep the fuel tank clean. I normally have a clean rag handy just to wipe away any dirt around the fuel cap area.

Starting The Engine

Fill the fuel tank with a 50 to 1 fuel mix. Prime the engine by pressing the primer on top of the carburettor. I normally press three or four times, you can normally feel when the fuel is coming through. The primer is actually clear so you can actually see when there is fuel coming through. If your leaf blower is new or hasn’t been used for several months it may take slightly more pumps to prime your engine.

On the side of the engine, there is a choke, there are three positions, I must admit I have never used the midway position. I just put the choke on full choke and then pull the starter cord. Please note that on this model if you press the throttle trigger it will automatically release the choke. So from cold starts, be careful not to touch the throttle trigger as it may release the choke without you realising.

I often find that the blower will start first time and on other occasions 2 to 3 pulls of the pull cord. Two-stroke engines can be slightly temperamental, so be careful not to flood your engine with fuel.

Normally once you hear the engine fires, press the trigger and the engine will normally come to life. Two strokes are definitely much more reliable and easier to start than they were a few years ago!

As you can see in the video, this was the first start in eight months and on the fourth pull the blower is running!

Tips For Efficient Leaf Blowing

• Make sure that you are not trying to blow against the wind if possible.

• Don’t try and blow to many leaves at once.

• It’s far easier to make small heaps rather than trying to blow to many leaves all at once.

• Use a large barrow or sack to remove your leaves to the compost heap.

• Large hands as shown in the video are very useful for clearing leaves properly.

• Use a plastic flexible rake for gathering the odd leaves.

• A lightweight tarpaulin with handles at the corners is another useful way of transporting leaves.

• Clear your leaves regularly in the autumn as this is far quicker in the long run.

• Avoid trying to blow leaves that are saturated as this slows the process down considerably. (I appreciate that this is not always possible if we have a wet autumn.)

Happy leaf blowing!

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How To Select The Right Stihl Leaf Blower

 

Stihl BG56CE Blower
                   Stihl BG56CE Blower

 

If you are thinking about purchasing a leaf blower then I hope I can help you select the right Stihl blower. I have used Stihl products for over 30 years with very few problems, in fact, virtually no problems whatsoever. I’m still using Stihl products right now and I will carry on doing so.

Which Blower Do I Choose?

In this video, Stihl will give you a few tips on finding the right blower for your garden or estate, just remember to buy the best blower that you can afford. The more powerful the blower, the quicker you are able to get your work completed.

First Ask Yourself These Questions;

  • How large is the property that I need to clean?

  • What type of material do I want to blow?

  • Are there any noise restrictions that I need to take into consideration in my area?

  • Are there any special features that I require my blower to have?

Now Let’s Take A Look At Each Of The Above Questions

If you live in an urban setting that has minimum areas that need to be cleaned, such as driveways, paths and patios. If you are blowing lite material, for example, dry leaves and dry grass then the Stihl BG55 leaf blower could be a good choice. If you would like to step up to a couple more features then the BG56C offers simplified starting and automatic choke release. Both of these leaf blowers are comparable in power and performance.

 

Stihl BG56CE Leaf Blower
               Stihl BG56CE Leaf Blower

 

The Stihl BG55 leaf blower has a standard starting procedure with a standard on-off switch which needs to be turned to on, before starting. The throttle lever then needs to be locked on by pulling the lever and pushing the button in. The choke lever then needs to be placed in the choke position.

Easy Start Feature

 

                      Easy Start Feature

 

The Stihl BG56C leaf blower has an on-off switch that is always on the on position, to turn the machine off you simply hold the switch down in the off position. So, in other words, you don’t need to turn the switch on before starting your blower as it is always in the on position. You then need to position the choke lever to the on position. As soon as the engine fires after pulling the starting cord and you touch the throttle trigger, the choke will automatically come off.

The easy to start feature enables the user to start the blower with an almost effortless pull cord, making starting exceptionally easy.

I personally use a slightly larger handheld Stihl blower and I have to say starting is exceptionally easy and on many occasions, the blower will actually start first pull.

Moving Up To A Slightly Larger Blower

Stihl BG86CE Blower
                                 Stihl BG86CE Blower

 

if you’re looking for a slightly larger handheld blower, then the Stihl BG86 or the BG86C, these offer slightly more power than the previous models. They are also considered professional models. I would definitely go for one of these models as for the slight extra cost it’s always worth having more power.

Simplified Starting Process

Both of these models feature a simplified starting process as well as an advanced anti-vibration system. On many occasions, I find with this starting process that the blower will start up first time.

STIHL BR600 Magnum Backpack Blower
STIHL BR600 Magnum Backpack Blower

 

Knapsack Or Backpack Blowers

If you have a considerable amount of blower work then it is well worth considering a backpack blower. Using a backpack blower considerably reduces the fatigue on your body as you are carrying the weight on your back. However, although I own a backpack blower, I do like the flexibility of just being able to grab a handheld blower quickly and instantly start blowing. Another plus point of the handheld blower is that it is easy to transport and easy to store. The blower pipe is removable making it exceptionally compact. However, if you’re looking for speed and productivity then you definitely need to be looking at a knapsack blower.

Stihl BR200 Leaf Blower

If you’re looking for ease of operation then the Stihl BR200 leaf blower could be your answer. This has the same engine as the Stihl BG86, which develops just over 27cc. Having the ability to carry this leaf blower on your back is ideal for long time run situations and takes the fatigue out of blowing leaves etc.

Larger Leaf Blowers

Stihl has a large range of leaf blowers, the next model up is a BR350 which offers a bit more blowing power. I personally use a BR 600 which is a great blower for blowing leaves and clearing up after carrying out various tasks in the garden. I will probably upgrade this soon to a BR 800 which will give me an extra 25% blowing power.

The downside of a backpack blower is that they are quite bulky to carry around and store, however, for me, it is definitely worth having the extra power to carry out jobs quickly and efficiently. The knapsack blowers are all similar in physical size so this is another reason for going for the largest model, although on the larger models the engine size and blow power increases. When I purchased my BR 600 this was the largest Stihl knapsack blower, literally a few days after I purchased this model the BR 700 came out and now we have the BR 800! Whether there will be a 900 model in the future, I have no idea! There comes a point when we have to move from a knapsack blower to a wheeled leaf blower or a garden vacuum.

Noise Levels

If noise levels are an issue in your area it may be worth looking at the range of electric blowers or rechargeable battery blowers. However, I personally don’t like the idea of dragging around power lead and being restricted to the length of the lead. I like the freedom to be able to walk around with the blower and not have the issue of an electric power cable.

The other option is to go for a rechargeable leaf blower, however, just remember that batteries do not last for very long before they need recharging. Spare batteries can be an option, but they can be expensive to purchase.

If you would like a petrol leaf blower but the price is too much may be worth looking at this budget petrol leaf blower. It is excellent value for money and reviews are good considering the price. However, just remember that if you are buying a Stihl product it could potentially give you many years of service. I know this for a fact as I have owned many Stihl products over the years and they have carried out huge amounts of work. I always say to people buy the best that you can afford.

Don’t forget to ask yourself the four questions that we started with.

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Review Of The Stihl BG86C Petrol Blower

Stihl BG86CE Blower
Stihl BG86CE Blower

 

Today I am carrying out a review of the Stihl BG86C petrol blower, shredder and vacuum. This is a blower that I have used and owned over the years, this particular blower in the video is approximately five years old. I normally use this Stihl petrol blower at least twice a week and more in the autumn.

You can see my video review below

 

Engine

The Stihl BG86C petrol blower it is powered by a 27.2cc two-stroke petrol engine that delivers 0.8 kW of power, which converts to approximately 1.1 hp.

 

Search Ebay For Petrol Blowers
Search eBay For Petrol Blowers

 

Reliability

As mentioned in the previous paragraph I have never had any problem with any of these Stihl BG86C petrol blowers. These blowers have been totally reliable and completely trouble-free! A few things that I make sure I carry out on a regular basis is to keep the blower clean and to handle it with respect. I make sure and use the correct Stihl 2 stroke oil which is mixed at a ratio of 50 to 1. You can buy sachets that you mix with 5 L of petrol; this is a very convenient way to mix your fuel. I personally purchase my oil in a 1 L squeezable bottle which allows me to add the precise amount of oil to petrol. I cannot stress the importance of getting the petrol and oil mix correct for smooth running and for engine protection.

Another regular maintenance practice that I carry out is to clean the air filter out regularly The filter doesn’t get particularly dirty as the blower is handheld and doesn’t particularly pick up a huge amount of unwanted debris. However, it is highly important that you do keep your engine air filter clean for long-running and smooth operation. I normally clean every couple of months for maximum life.

Stihl Vacuum

The Stihl blower also adapts as a vacuum and shredder, this is not something that I would particularly recommend as I think this particular blower works much better as a blower rather than a vacuum. However, I have tried the blower attachment out on my own patio and it worked okay and I achieved what I wanted. Having said this, it is far quicker to blow your leaves and debris into a corner and pick up manually.

If you’re actually looking for a vacuum I would suggest purchasing a purpose designed vacuum that actually has a much better output. It’s like using a powerful vacuum cleaner outdoors! You can see our range of various garden vacuums here.

The Throttle

At the top of the blower on the handle, there is a throttle lever which can be moved with your thumb and locked on, this is also used to turn the machine off. Underneath the handle, there is a finger trigger which acts as the variable speed throttle as you don’t always need full revs when you are blowing leaves, especially if you’re working into a corner.

Starting The Stihl Petrol Blower

Starting the Stihl petrol blower is very straightforward, although, two-stroke engines have a slightly different technique to starting a traditional four-stroke engine.

As the video shows, turn the choke lever to the start position, in other words, the close position, prime the fuel into the carburettor, this requires three or four pumps and then pull the recoil start. Once you hear the engine fire, take the choke off and the engine will either run or stop. If the engine stops pull the starter cord again without using the choke and it will probably start on the first or second pull. Be careful not to over choke the engine as then become flooded and difficult to start.

Just one point to remember when you are starting the engine, if you touch the throttle lever with your finger it will release the choke. So you may wonder why the engine is not firing properly, but this is probably because the choke has been turned off by accidentally touching the throttle lever, in fact, it’s very easy for this to happen.

Once the machine is warmed up you probably won’t need the choke again, unless you are stopping the machine for long periods.

I’ve never had one of these Stihl petrol blowers fail to start, which is not bad as I have used these machines a lot and also seen many contractors using the same blower, which proves something.

Benefits

  • One of the best things about this handheld petrol blower is the fact that it is very easy to use, very easy to transport and has a very good blowing capacity for the size of the machine.
  • The actual blower pipe can be disconnected from the actual blower which makes the machine exceptionally compact, far more compact than a knapsack blower.
  • Most the time I use a backpack or knapsack Stihl blower which is great, however, they are a bit more cumbersome and take up more space in your truck or van or shed come to that. I like the convenience of just being able to pick this blower up in one hand pull the starting cord and you’re off to work, instantly!

Economy

The Stihl petrol blower is very economical indeed, I guess the fuel tank lasts approximately 45 to 50 minutes and has a capacity of 0.44 L. From my experience, my guess would be that 5 L of fuel would last you all day if you are using the petrol blower continuously.

Final Points

I have worked in landscaping all my working life and this is definitely the most popular blower on the market, literally, every tree surgeon owns one of these Stihl BG86C petrol blowers, which definitely says something!

Stihl BR600 Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower
Stihl BR600 Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower

 

Some contractors prefer the backpack or knapsack machines which obviously have more power but don’t offer the same ease-of-use.

If you’re a keen gardener and want a product that will last you for many years. I would definitely recommend the Stihl BG86C petrol blower as is the type of machine that would last you many many years, providing you have looked after the machine.

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Product Specification

Brand Stihl
Fuel Type Petrol – 2 stroke 2-MIX
Engine Displacement 27.2cc
Engine Power Output 0.8kW
Starting System Recoil with ErgoStart
Blowing Force 15N
Air Speed 89m/s
Collection Bag Volume N/A
Vibration Levels 1.9m/s²
Noise Levels 104dB(A)
Weight 4.4kg
Domestic Warranty 2 Years
Commercial Warranty 1 Year
Power Type Petrol
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Review Of The Stihl BR600 Petrol Backpack Blower

Stihl BR600 Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower
Stihl BR600 Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower

 

I purchased my Stihl BR600 Petrol Backpack Blower back in October 2016 for a new business venture that I was starting. I was looking to purchase the most powerful Stihl backpack blower, and the BR600 was at the time, however, literally a few days after the BR700 blower became available, and now I see that there is a BR800 available! Maybe it’s time to upgrade!

This week we have been focusing on leaf blowing equipment, as you can see various posts I have written on wheeled blowers, petrol blowers, electric and rechargeable blowers and the cheapest petrol blower on the market I believe!

 

Stihl BR600 Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower
Stihl BR600 Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower

 

I was very confident when I purchased the Stihl BR600 as I already own several other Stihl products and over the years I have owned many Stihl products, I have to say that most of the products have been very reliable and have carried out many hours work with very few problems. I have also owned and used many times the handheld Stihl SH86CE Vacuum/Shredder which is a great product and so compact and easy-to-use, I’m guessing that there must have been millions of these little handheld blowers sold.

The main reason that I purchased the BR600 was to make quick work of clearing up after grinding tree stumps. This blower saves me hours and hours of work on the cleanup process. Grinding out tree stumps can be quite dusty work and wood chippings have a tendency to fly a long way, especially if it’s windy. The BR 600 makes short work of moving leaves and other garden debris, it will actually blow mud and dirt off of a lawn, far quicker than raking and sweeping with a broom.

Is It Good?

In one word, it’s a great blower and I would be lost without it! I really don’t think there is anything bad that I can say about this blower! My only disappointment is that had I have known that the BR 700 was coming out I would have purchased that blower as it’s always good to have as much blowing power as possible.

Purchase The Stihl BR600 Petrol Backpack Leaf Blower

 

How Does It Perform?

This blower has an airspeed of 237 mph using the round nozzle, which really sounds quite impressive! The actual weight of the blower is 10.2 kg, which is around 21 lbs in weight. To be fair, I never think anything about the weight of the machine as carrying it on your back with the comfortable shoulder strap makes it seem lightweight. I think the harder thing for me when using the blower for long periods is holding the nozzle, which like everything you do get used to it! Like everything, I look at the work rate more than the effort to use, which overall is minimal.

The BR 600 blower performs exceptionally well on leaves if you have huge amounts of leaves may be worth taking a look at a wheeled blower or a larger wheeled garden vacuum. However, for most people, the BR 600 will be more than enough for the average gardener or landscaper.

As I mentioned earlier, I use my blower for clearing up after removing a tree stump, it is brilliant for making a professional and tidy job. I always like to leave a garden tidier than when I first entered the garden. I can quickly make a big impression with this blower in someone’s garden very quickly indeed.

 

STIHL 4-MIX® engine
STIHL 4-MIX® engine

 

Engine Power

The blower is powered by a Stihl 4 Mix engine, this is a two-stroke engine which runs on a mixture of petrol and oil, the ratio is 50:1. This engine appears to be very economical and develops plenty of power. I probably only fill the fuel tank up every 2 to 3 weeks depending on the workload. The fuel tank holds 1.4 L and has a running time of 69 minutes which is pretty good for a machine with this much blowing power.

The engine power is 64.8cc which develops 3.8 hp.

Features

Anti-vibration system
Anti-vibration system

 

Antivibration System

It’s very important to have a good antivibration system on all your equipment, some of the cheaper models from other manufacturers do not offer this protection. Stihl’s anti-vibration system seems to work extremely well, the padded shoulder and waist straps and the comfortable handle keep vibration to a minimum. The effects of not having a machine with an anti-vibration system can cause long-term effects of the blood vessels of the arms and hands.

Multi-function control handle
Multi-function control handle

 

Multifunction Control Handle

The multifunction control handle makes a very simple to control the BR 600, there is a simple finger trigger to push and a locking lever to lock the throttle when using for long periods. The on-off button is on the same lever.

Starting

I have never had any issues with starting, simply primed the machine, move the choke lever to on and start as soon as the machine fires, turn the choke to the off position and you are off!

Ergonomic harness with hip belt
Ergonomic harness with hip belt

 

Ergonomic Harness With Hip Belt

The harness makes the blower very lightweight due to the padding and the hip belt. I must admit I have never used hip belt as I don’t often use the machine for long periods. Apparently, it does make it easier when using the blower for longer periods.

Good Points

• Despite the weight of 21 lbs the machine feels very lightweight on your back

• Huge blowing capacity (always go for the largest capacity blower you can afford)

• Very economical

• Easy start engine

• Good resale value compared with other manufacturers

• Easy one-handed operation

• Quiet for this type of machine

• Easy to put on your back

Not So Good Points

• To be fair, there aren’t really any!

• More cumbersome than a handheld blower

• You have to remove the blower from your back to start the machine

• Electric start could solve the above issue, however, adds costs and complications!

Would I buy?

I would and I actually own this blower, I will probably upgrade to the larger BR 800 model soon, although this machine does the job perfectly for me.

Always buy the largest blower that you can afford, as the more power you have the quicker the job will be finished.

Remember that knapsack or backpack blowers can be bulky to carry around you may want to look at the range of Stihl handheld blowers and other manufacturers of handheld blowers.

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Technical data

Displacement cm³ 64.8
Capacity cm3 64.8
Performance kW 2.8
Performance hp 3.8
Weight kg 1) 10.2
Sound pressure level dB(A) 2) 100
Sound power level dB(A) 2) 108
Vibration level left/right m/s² 3) 2.1/2.5
Blowing force N 4) 32
Air speed mph 199
Max. air speed with round nozzle mph 237
Tank volume l 1.40
Running time per full tank min 69
CO2 g/kWh 775
Sound power level with metal tool dB(A) 2) 108

1) Without fuel, complete
2) K-factor according to DIR 2006/42/EC = 2.5 dB (A)
3) K-factor according to DIR 2006/42/EC = 2m / s ²
4) Combination of air speed and air throughput

The version(s) available in each country may differ from the above range and specifications; specific details may be subject to change without notice. Please ask your local STIHL Approved Dealer for further information.