Over the ten plus years I’ve been in the lawn business, you could always find two pieces of lawn equipment in the back of my truck: a Shindaiwa weed eater and a Stihl backpack blower. I started using them from the beginning and have never wavered since. Both of them possess the most important factors you can find in lawn equipment. They are tough, powerful, and reliable.
Stihl Backpack Blower Features:
- 21 pounds
- Lightweight, padded frame
- Adjustable tube
- Heavy-duty crankshaft
- Smooth, clean design
- ElastoStart handle
- Large fuel tank
- Rubberized grip
- Adjustable straps
Stihl Backpack Blower Review
What do I mean by tough, powerful, and reliable? By tough I mean that throughout a year my Stihl backpack blower will be dropped, rained on, banged around in the back of a truck, and more. A Stihl can withstand that without issues for not just one year, but many. Powerful as in having enough power to blow anything I encounter including heavy damp leaves and debris each fall. And as for reliable, that means each and every time I go to start it it, it runs every time, usually within three pulls.
Currently Stihl makes seven different models of backpack blowers. Most of them share similar features. The lowest priced one, the BR 200, is designed for homeowners and part timers and has the least amount of power (however, more than most other brands) is priced just under $300. The BR 600 is the most expensive, with a price right around $500. This model is intended for commercial use and is one of the most powerful backpack blowers on the market. I’ve mostly used the mid-range models, similar to the BR 430, and they have more than enough power for the jobs I do.
In the past, a Stihl backpack blower was never the quietest or the most comfortable to use. Over the last few years, they’ve put a lot of effort into changing that. Those familiar with Stihl blowers will notice that they have gone away from the square, bulky design they used previously. They have moved on to a more sleek, clean design that won’t get caught on your clothes or in shrubs. They have also made the blowers less noisy, which is a nice benefit since more neighborhood noise ordinances have gone into effect.
Stihl has also made strides to become more environmentally conscious with the equipment that they produce. In fact they boast that their backpack blowers are some of the “greenest in the industry”. Look for the “Caring For Nature” seal on their products. If you see the seal you will know that the blower produces low or no exhaust emissions and is a CARB-compliant unit.
It’s worth mentioning that I have bought as many used Stihl blowers as new ones. In fact that’s what happened with the last Stihl backpack blower I purchased. I had to get a replacement because one was stolen out of the back of my truck. I needed a blower that day to finish my lawns. I checked Craigslist and local pawn shops for a Stihl, but had no luck. I wasn’t in the mood to spend $450 on a new blower since I had just had one stolen. So I foolishly went to Home Depot and bought an Echo for around $250. It finished the job, but I knew immediately it wasn’t capable of what I needed it for. That night I got on Ebay and purchased a rough looking Stihl backpack blower for $100. That was close to 2 years ago and it has worked great since.
I’m not the only one who thinks Stihl offers the best leaf blower available today. All seven of the models receive high leaf blower ratings from lawn professionals and homeowners, alike. Next time you see a lawn crew in your neighborhood, take a look at what kind of backpack blowers they use. More times than not, you will see them using a Stihl backpack blower.
If you are shopping for a backpack blower, then Stihl is the best choice you can make. They will cost you more money up front than other brands, but with their reliance, performance, and durability- a Stihl backpack blower is well worth the cost.