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Old 04-17-2012, 01:44 PM
 
Location: Fairfield, CT
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I'm looking to get a new backpack blower. I've used ECHO in the past, but am looking at the Husqvarna 350BT. Any thoughts??
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Old 04-17-2012, 01:50 PM
 
Location: rain city
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Weight.

Lighter is better. Backpack blowers get heavy real quick.

We have an Echo backpack blower, it works fine but weighs about 50 fricking pounds. After 20 or 30 minutes with that thing on your back it is crushing.

I've heard Stihl is lighter. Don't know anything about Husqvarna 350BT.

And I've learned to love power tools that run on straight gas instead of mix, they're much easier to start.

Light weight backpack blower that runs on gas=happy gardener.
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Old 04-17-2012, 02:28 PM
 
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Weight.

Lighter is better. Backpack blowers get heavy real quick.

We have an Echo backpack blower, it works fine but weighs about 50 fricking pounds. After 20 or 30 minutes with that thing on your back it is crushing.

I've heard Stihl is lighter. Don't know anything about Husqvarna 350BT.

And I've learned to love power tools that run on straight gas instead of mix, they're much easier to start.

Light weight backpack blower that runs on gas=happy gardener.
We use (or I should say "my husband uses") an Echo backpack blower. Yup - its a monster but it can also blow the stuff in our yard all the way to Kansas. For power and quality, I think its the best. As for weigh though.... I won't put it on MY back!
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:39 PM
 
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Stihl.

That is my thought on your huskywhatever.

Dejavu? or the Matrix?
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:41 PM
 
Location: Where the sun likes to shine!!
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Stihl
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Old 04-17-2012, 04:49 PM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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I second the vote for a 4 stroke. Especially on something you aren't going to use all the time.
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