Backpack Leaf Blower Reviews

It is never an easy decision which brand to buy. These backpack leaf blower reviews will help you decide by comparing the top brands.

Brand Weight to Comfort Durability Ease of Value for
  Power Ratio     Start Money
Dolmar BP7600 B+ A B+ A- B+
Echo 751 B B B+ B+ B+
Kawasaki 59CC B+ B+ B+ A A
Makita BBX 7600 B+ A B+ A- B+
Maruyama 59CC B+ B+ B+ A A
Redmax EBZ8500 A B+ B A- A-
Redmax 8001 B+ B B+ B+ B+
Stihl 600 B+ A B+ B+ B+
Shindaiwa EB630 B+ B+ A A B+
Shindaiwa EB802 B+ B+ B+ A- B+
Shindaiwa EB8520 B+ B+ B B+ B
Reviewed by Bob DeStaso Landscaping.

Since I am on a permanent quest to find the best and most powerful blowers to use in my lawn business, I have tried all of these brands for at least one season. All are pretty good. Therefore, in addition to these backpack leaf blower reviews, consider dealer support,resaleability, and standardizing your equipment.

Dealer Support

This is important because even the most reliable blowers occasionally require a repair. Even if you are mechanically inclined, it’s not worth having the blower if you can’t get parts for it. Dealer support varies by location.

Resaleability

The best resale values go to Redmax, Echo, and Stihl, followed by Shindaiwa, then Kawasaki and Maruyama.

For homeowners, who only use the blower once a week, resaleability may not be as important. For them, any of these backpacks should last years with the proper maintenance (ie: changing filters, spark plugs, winterizing).

For Landscapers or other heavy duty users, resaleability is very important. Repair costs can quickly add up even for the most dependable blowers. Therefore, the most cost effective way of owning the latest blower is to...

  1. Buy new.
  2. Keep until the warrantee runs out.
  3. Sell on Ebay. Since it will still be on the newer side, you can still command around 60% of the original price. This is assuming you put some effort into cleaning it up. Wipe it down with WD-40 (light lubricating oil) for a real shine. A few nice digital pictures go a long way. Most used equipment pictures on Ebay look like garbage, so that is your competition.

I often hear guys brag about how they will run their equipment into the ground before buying something new. But the goal is to blow off the property quickly and avoiding frustration in repairs and repair bills.

Standardizing Backpack Leaf Blowers

Like most landscapers and property managers, my ultimate goal is to standardize all my equipment. It is important to standardize because…

  1. Less spare parts you need to keep on hand (ie: spark plugs, air filters). Keeping spare parts for different machines gets expensive and your garage fills up quickly.
  2. You become familiar with common problems particular to that machine. You can fix things on the spot.
  3. You and/or your employees become experts at operating that particular model.



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