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Old 08-18-2012, 02:50 PM
 
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I'm thinking of purchasing a new leaf blower. With so many on the market, I narrowed my selection down to 2, the Stihl bg 86 c-e and the Kawasaki KRH300A. I'm wondering if anyone has had experience with either one of these blowers?

In advance, thanks for your help.
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Old 08-19-2012, 06:56 AM
 
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Stihl

That's all I will use in my landscape business.

With regular maintenance I have multiple blowers, string trimmers, hedgers, chain saws etc that have been running for many years even with daily use on some.

Again these are the commercial models, you might only need a lower priced residential blower to meet your weekly needs.
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Old 08-19-2012, 08:58 AM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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If you don't have other 2 stoke equipment, you might look for one with a 4 stroke engine that way you don't have to fuss with mixing oil and gas just for that one thing. Makita makes a commercial or pro-sumer quality 4 stroke blower.
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Old 08-19-2012, 10:09 AM
 
Location: Amelia Island
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Stihl

That's all I will use in my landscape business.

With regular maintenance I have multiple blowers, string trimmers, hedgers, chain saws etc that have been running for many years even with daily use on some.

Again these are the commercial models, you might only need a lower priced residential blower to meet your weekly needs.

Second this, I learned a long time ago you get what you pay for and Sthil has not let me down yet. Might be a little pricey..............but you will be replacing the inexpensive ones after just a few seasons. I take care of my equipment and it is a nice feeling to know that my Sthil equipment will keep starting time after time.
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Old 08-19-2012, 11:55 AM
 
Location: La Mesa Aka The Table
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Throw the Echo PB251 into the mix also.
5 year warranty plus Echo reliability
Can pick up at Home Depot
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Old 08-19-2012, 03:03 PM
 
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Sthil makes a line of engines on their equipment called 4-mix. It's a two stoke engine that functions like four stoke. They are really good for big projects where lots of power is needed but a little heavier than the regular 2 strokes.

I dont like standard 4 stroke for handheld power tools because of the weight factor, again as a residential consumer you probably wont be cutting or blowing 8 hours a day and lifting the equipment on and off trucks, so this might not be as big a factor.

I personally like the fact that once you mix the oil into the fuel you don't have to worry about oil changes.
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Old 08-19-2012, 03:53 PM
 
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Thanks to all for your knowledgeable advice. I went ahead, based on the unanimous recommendation, and got the Stihl BG 86ce. I liked that I was able to purchase it from a local hardware store. After reading many reviews the same manufactures and models kept popping up as the best of class. Thanks again for helping me make the right decision.
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:01 PM
 
Location: ๏̯͡๏﴿ Gwinnett-That's a Civil Matter-County
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Well it wasn't quite unanimous. I have a stihl chainsaw and I hate it.
I would never buy another stihl based on my experience with this one tool. Much prefer the husqy. Live and learn.
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Old 08-19-2012, 04:52 PM
 
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Thanks to all for your knowledgeable advice. I went ahead, based on the unanimous recommendation, and got the Stihl BG 86ce. I liked that I was able to purchase it from a local hardware store. After reading many reviews the same manufactures and models kept popping up as the best of class. Thanks again for helping me make the right decision.
Best choice OP IMO

Now read the manual and be prompt on the maintenence.
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