Stihl Backpack Leaf Blowers
With autumn on the way, it is time our attention turns to one of the biggest gardening challenges of that season – fallen leaves. There is nothing more boring than raking up masses of leaves, but there are much easier ways to get rid of them. In this article we are going to look at some Stihl backpack leaf blowers, which are undoubtedly one of the easiest ways to deal with leaves! They are also the quickest way to clean up cut grass, so they have a few different uses. Stihl offer quite a few different models for sale, and we are going to look at some of the more popular ones so you can decide for yourself which one will be ideal for you. To start with we are going to talk about which features you should consider, and then moving onto the recommended models section. You can skip to the models over here if you already have a rough idea of what you want.
What kind of features do you need?
Before you rush out and buy the first model you see, there are a few different things you need to keep in mind. Not all blowers are created equal, and you will need to consider what features you will need first. If you haven’t made your mind up on whether you want a backpack style or a handheld model, then there are a few different options to consider.
Now the first main choice you will need to make is deciding whether you want a gas powered, electic or a battery powered unit. In the past, battery powered units generally had quite a short operating time which left them with a bit of a disadvantage. However enhancements in batteries in the past decade or so have really improved the performance you get, and some of the newer models are quite decent. Electric models are also ok, but they do leave you a bit handicapped if you have a big yard to clean up due to the length of the power cord. Gas powered models are undoubtedly the most popular choice though, especially in the professional product range.
Of course none of this matters too much if your mind is set on buying a backpack style model, as Stihl only make gas models of those!
Next up you will need to consider how much engine power you need. Most home models range from about 0.8kW to around 2.5kW for the professional models. The standard blowing force measurements used by Stihl is called Newtons, which is essentially the force required to move 1kg of mass per meter/sec2. You don’t really need to worry about all the maths calculations – all you really need to know is that the higher the Newtons listed, the more blowing force it has! About 10 Newtons is common for home models, while the professional models can get up to the 30 mark.
And lastly there is the weight factor to keep in mind. A smaller engine means less weight, so this could end up being beneficial compared to a larger model. Some of the smaller home models can weight as little as 5kgs, while the professional models can weight in the 10-12kg range. Of course the bigger engines give more power, so you will need to decide whether or not the power benefit is worth the additional weight.
Now lets take a look at some of the more popular models you will find for sale.
Recommended model – Stihl BR200
First up we are going to look at a more affordable model in the home owners range – the BR200. This model is designed for use by your average Joe, and is perfect for those weekend clean up jobs. It only weighs 5.7kg, so it is very light compared to some of the professional models. The 0.8kW engine gives off 12 Newtons of force, which should be adequate for most folks. The backpack harness is adjustable to suit your body, and it has the standard Stihl anti vibration built in. It can hold up to 35.5 oz of fuel, so it should accomplish most tidying tasks around the garden without needing a refill. With a retail price of around $280, this is certainly a good option for the occasional tidy-up task!
Recommended model – Stihl BR450
If you are looking for something with a bit more power and durability, you might want to look at the BR450. This model is more geared towards professional usage, and comes with a number of great features. The engine on this is a more respectable 2.9kW, which outputs 28 Newtons of blowing power! Of course with a larger engine comes a bigger unit, and this one weighs 10.6kg. However the unit does have a ergonomically designed backpack and blower handle, which enhances the user experience and ensures that fatigue is kept to a minimum. Like all other Stihl units, this model is proudly made in the USA which is something we can always get behind. It has the usual Stihl features including an adjustable harness, anti vibration technology, and the multi function control handle. It may cost quite a bit more than the BR200 above with a retail price of around $450, but it is worth considering if you need a more powerful and robust unit.
Recommended model – Stihl BR600 Magnum
And finally we come to one of the top of the line Stihl backpack blowers – the BR600 Magnum. With such a bold name, you can be sure you are getting something good here! This model is designed to provide a huge amount of power, while being very energy efficient. It is 2.8kW motor which outputs a huge 32 Newtons of power. The weight is a respectable 9.8kg, which is almost a kg lighter than the less powerful BR450 above. It has a 47.3oz fuel tank, which means fewer fuel stops thanks to the great fuel economy. If you are needing something that will make light work of any job, then this machine is the ideal one. It is designed for professional usage, but there is nothing to stop you using it as a homeowner. The price tag is around $500, so it is not the cheapest model. However if you want a reliable model that makes short work of any yard work, then this one is certainly worth a look.
So that is a quick look at some of their blowers for home and professional use. Keep in mind that all Stihl blower models are made in the USA, so that is worth supporting. All their blower models come with a 2 year warranty, which is at least a year longer than some of the competitor products. At the end of the day all three of the models are good choices, so it all depends on what your exact needs are. Be sure to shop around to find the best deal, and your new blower will make short work of your yard work tasks!