ADVrider

Go Back   ADVrider > Fluff > Shiny things
User Name
Password
Register Inmates Photos Site Rules Search Today's Posts Mark Forums Read

Reply
 
Thread Tools Rating: Thread Rating: 2 votes, 5.00 average. Display Modes
Old 04-26-2013, 09:23 PM   #1
duncb OP
Gnarly Adventurer
 
duncb's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2011
Location: AZ
Oddometer: 145
Leaf blower

We have an acre with 5 very messy eucalyptus trees amongst others... Palo Verdes and mesquites. Been looking at a husky or a stihl back pack blower. Anyone used either? I've good things about both.

Cheers d
duncb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2013, 09:58 PM   #2
rapidoxidationman
Easily trainable
 
rapidoxidationman's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2006
Location: The Teton Rockies
Oddometer: 8,354
Stihl dealers actually KNOW the products they sell. Husky not so much.

Try to buy a new Stihl on the net.

I've got 2 Stihl chainsaws, a leaf blower, and a trimmer. Never had one of them in the shop, but did have to get my new chainsaw replaced under warranty: The first day I used it, it didn't like to start when it was hot. Got it replaced, no problems, with a new power head at my local dealer. My old saw (got it in '97) starts every time within 10 pulls and has sawn many cords of wood, built many feet of fence, and carved more than a couple of posts. I've still got the original spark plug in it, and only have to clean the air filter every so often to keep it running.

I'm biased, but my vote is for Stihl.
__________________
Quote:
Patrick:
I know I'm feeling badly when I have no interest in speeding
rapidoxidationman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2013, 10:17 PM   #3
crazydrummerdude
Wacky Bongo Boy
 
crazydrummerdude's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2006
Location: St Louis, MO
Oddometer: 7,573
Stihl is good. I prefer Redmax.
__________________

crazydrummerdude is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-26-2013, 10:39 PM   #4
ragtoplvr
Beastly Adventurer
 
Joined: Oct 2007
Location: S. W. Mssouri
Oddometer: 5,879
Echo is also good if you have a dealer nearby.

Stihl is very good, as is Husky. Echo and Husky is sold in department stores that do not have dedicated service, and are less expensive as a result.

If being able to get it fixed 15 years from now is important, get Sthil.

Rod
ragtoplvr is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2013, 07:34 AM   #5
Dogscout
Been there done that
 
Dogscout's Avatar
 
Joined: Jun 2006
Location: East Tennessee
Oddometer: 1,404
I moved up to a Husky Backpack from an Echo Handheld

Husqvarna 350BT. Got one for Christmas and it rocks. Stihl, Shindawa, Echo, Red Max (kawasaki) are all good brands, and will likely get you what you need.
__________________
Originally Posted by matteeanne
You sir are now denoobified and an honorary member of the secret order of the wtf thread. Well done sir, well done.
Dogscout is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2013, 08:21 AM   #6
fullmonte
Reformed Kneedragger
 
fullmonte's Avatar
 
Joined: Nov 2005
Location: Chattanooga, Tennessee
Oddometer: 5,070
Stihl backpacks are hard to beat. I have used them commercially and as a homeowner. Never had any issues.
__________________
"If you are looking for the typical ride to a restaurant, eat tacos, hold the middle finger over the food, stop and take a picture of a gravel road type ride, you probably won't be interested." - dlrides

"A guy I know was the lead researcher for the University of Utah federally funded study of cellphone and texting use while driving. He found that your twice as dangerous as a drunk while using your cell phone and I think it was up to six times worse if the driver was texting."-dakardad
fullmonte is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2013, 08:39 AM   #7
duncb OP
Gnarly Adventurer
 
duncb's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2011
Location: AZ
Oddometer: 145
Thanks all, it sounds like at this level they're all pretty similar. I had a cheap one from home depot but it never felt strong enough to do a tenth of the area I have now plus it's broken and will no doubt cost over $100 to fix.

Will take a look today, lately it increasingly feels like you choose by color as they're all made in the same factory!
duncb is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2013, 10:12 AM   #8
Jordansdad
Jordansdad
 
Joined: Aug 2010
Location: House Springs Mo.
Oddometer: 102
I own a landscaping business and use nothing but Stihl backpack blowers. Great machines.
Jordansdad is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2013, 10:40 AM   #9
subvet
Beastly Adventurer
 
subvet's Avatar
 
Joined: Feb 2005
Location: middle TN.
Oddometer: 8,589
get Koala Bears. they're much quieter and cuter
subvet is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2013, 04:01 PM   #10
p3ga
Rounding Error
 
p3ga's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2004
Location: The Home for the Terminally Bored.
Oddometer: 941
On Stihl.

Just picked up one of their Kombi units - dealer informed me that if I purchased & used Stihl's synthetic oil, the warranty doubles from 2 to 4 years. I loaded up. This is a 50cc two-stroke - pretty impressive.

And the unit is great; it's not a throw-away like the last two POS units I got from Lowe's or the Depot.

Just got an e-mail from Stihl, there's some sales going on now. Might be time to pounce.
__________________
Phil
Atlanta GA


p3ga is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2013, 04:09 PM   #11
WestTXDR
Gnarly Adventurer
 
Joined: Aug 2008
Location: Wolfforth, TX
Oddometer: 143
__________________
Darrell
2009 Suzuki DR650SE, Black
2008 Suzuki DR200SE, Black, Wife's bike
2002 BMW R1150RT Silver
IBA#22317
KE5EXE
WestTXDR is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2013, 04:11 PM   #12
kobudo28
Beastly Adventurer
 
kobudo28's Avatar
 
Joined: Sep 2005
Location: New Hampster. Live, Freeze and Ride.
Oddometer: 5,855
Stihl! Local dealer is top notch, (Joes Equipment) so is the Stihl line. Chain saw, string trimmer.....yeah, buy with confidence.
__________________
Be yourself, everyone else is already taken.
kobudo28 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2013, 04:58 PM   #13
Fe Man
I am Iron Moran!
 
Fe Man's Avatar
 
Joined: May 2008
Location: Moran Nation, N. Atlanta Outpost
Oddometer: 8,012
Stihl; hands down!

I have two Stihl saws, 028AV and an 041 and I have never had so much as a hiccup! The 041 has cleared enough timber to build the Great Wall of China out of firewood and the 028 has been used like a passed out prom date and starts on the 4th pull every time!

Two Echo blowers, one works OK; the big one has been trouble since day one!

One Echo String Trimmer; has literally disintegrated due to ethanol!

Same care and maintenance all machines...
__________________
2006 Tiger
2008 KLR (hers)
Fe Man is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2013, 09:19 PM   #14
rapidoxidationman
Easily trainable
 
rapidoxidationman's Avatar
 
Joined: Apr 2006
Location: The Teton Rockies
Oddometer: 8,354
On the ethanol thing: My Stihl dealer strongly encourages finding a source of ethanol free gasoline (not hard to do around here, so no biggie). Old fuel (more than 6 weeks old, according to him) will cause problems and he has had to replace rubber parts in carbs from fuel that went stale in even new machines.

Which begs the question: Why the fuck don't the manufacturers - ALL of them - build their products with rubber parts made to withstand the evils of today's fuels??????

Personally, I've never (literally) EVER had a problem with ethanol in any of my gas burners be they car, saw, trimmer, blower, truck, motorcycle, or snowmobile. That said, I do make an effort to treat the Stihl products to ethanol free fuel, more to mitigate the possibility of having a warranty claim disputed should one arise.
__________________
Quote:
Patrick:
I know I'm feeling badly when I have no interest in speeding
rapidoxidationman is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2013, 10:05 PM   #15
xshanex
Studly Adventurer
 
Joined: Feb 2006
Oddometer: 895
stihl fan too even though I appreciate some low dollar stuff. I somehow own the most reliable poulan $120 chainsaw that was ever made . I've had mixed luck with husky line trimmers. Step-dad who beats the crap out of things only owns stihl after using them in the forest service

We use the stihl backpack blowers at work every once in a while. No maintenance really. They just sit there and start when needed no matter how long they've been there sitting on a shelf. They're old as hell too
xshanex is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply

Share

Thread Tools
Display Modes Rate This Thread
Rate This Thread:

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On

Forum Jump


Times are GMT -7.   It's 02:57 AM.


Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.5
Copyright ©2000 - 2014, Jelsoft Enterprises Ltd.
Copyright ADVrider 2011-2014