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Hand held Leaf Blower #4670062
02/18/18 07:01 PM
02/18/18 07:01 PM
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FL USA
doolah02 Offline OP
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FL USA
Looking to buy a good reliable hand held leaf blower. Any recommendations would be appreciated.

Re: Hand held Leaf Blower [Re: doolah02] #4670077
02/18/18 07:15 PM
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NJ
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Echo is the best for the dollar.

Other names are good, Stihl, Husqavarna.

Don't buy at Lowe's or Home Depot.

Make sure you can get parts, many times at the box stores you can't.

Last edited by JLawrence08648; 02/18/18 07:18 PM.
Re: Hand held Leaf Blower [Re: doolah02] #4670108
02/18/18 07:45 PM
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My Echo is approx. 18 years old and has been incredible: I normally don't winterize it and it just doesn't care. changed the plug once. fwiw, I do use echo oil


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Re: Hand held Leaf Blower [Re: JLawrence08648] #4670109
02/18/18 07:46 PM
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ohio
xtell Offline
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ohio
Originally Posted By: JLawrence08648
Echo is the best for the dollar.

Other names are good, Stihl, Husqavarna.

Don't buy at Lowe's or Home Depot.

Make sure you can get parts, many times at the box stores you can't.


Good advice. Landscaping Power Equipment Dealers will be able to give insight as to which brands hold up the best and which brands are serviceable. The price may be slightly higher, but the return on longevity will be the benefit.

Re: Hand held Leaf Blower [Re: JLawrence08648] #4670111
02/18/18 07:47 PM
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Texas
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Texas
Originally Posted By: JLawrence08648
Echo is the best for the dollar.

Other names are good, Stihl, Husqavarna.

Don't buy at Lowe's or Home Depot.

Make sure you can get parts, many times at the box stores you can't.


Home Depot sells Echo as well. And ACE Hardware sells Stihl. Lowe's sells Husqavarna. But like he said, make sure you can get parts for whatever brand you buy.


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Re: Hand held Leaf Blower [Re: doolah02] #4670128
02/18/18 07:59 PM
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FL USA
doolah02 Offline OP
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Thanks everyone. I had an Echo SRM 210 trimmer for 14 yrs before I gave it to my grandson and
bought a Maruyama B30L Turbo.

Re: Hand held Leaf Blower [Re: doolah02] #4670157
02/18/18 08:23 PM
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Those Echo leaf blowers are so easy to start too.

Re: Hand held Leaf Blower [Re: doolah02] #4670275
02/18/18 09:46 PM
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WV
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WV
I have the Echo one HD sells and am totally happy with it. If you have a ton of leaves in the fall, it get a bit hard to carry, but it'll handle almost any chore. I use it mostly to blow off walks and driveways after mowing, and don't like having to put on a backpack just for that. For me, it's ideal.

Re: Hand held Leaf Blower [Re: doolah02] #4670289
02/18/18 09:57 PM
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I don't have a big yard so I've gotten by just fine with a Toro 700 electric blower we bought 25 or more yrs ago. At 140 mph blow speed it has enough power. My neighbor has a big yard and just sucks leaves up with his lawn tractor.

Reliable equipment bought 15-30 yrs ago by the same name mfg's...might not be near as reliable today.


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Re: Hand held Leaf Blower [Re: doolah02] #4670307
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Florida
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Florida
+1 Echo

Re: Hand held Leaf Blower [Re: doolah02] #4670321
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Tanaka/Hitachi (same) can't be beat for general home owner use. Blows away my two Echo blowers. Cheaper too, quality appears the same. Really liked Stihl as well, good power.


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Re: Hand held Leaf Blower [Re: bubbatime] #4670324
02/18/18 10:31 PM
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Originally Posted By: bubbatime
Tanaka/Hitachi (same) can't be beat for general home owner use. Blows away my two Echo blowers. Cheaper too, quality appears the same. Really liked Stihl as well, good power.


I have a hitachi( tanaka) rb24eap it really moves the air. 3 years no problems.

$121

https://www.amazon.com/Hitachi-RB24EAP-2-Cycle-Powered-Handheld/dp/B003VYC31Q

Last edited by spasm3; 02/18/18 10:35 PM.

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Re: Hand held Leaf Blower [Re: doolah02] #4670328
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Waco, TX
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I really, really like my Echo gas leaf blower.


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Re: Hand held Leaf Blower [Re: doolah02] #4670361
02/18/18 11:15 PM
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Columbus Nebraska
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Echo ++++


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Re: Hand held Leaf Blower [Re: JLawrence08648] #4670370
02/18/18 11:24 PM
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New Jersey
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New Jersey
Originally Posted By: JLawrence08648
Echo is the best for the dollar.

Other names are good, Stihl, Husqavarna.

Don't buy at Lowe's or Home Depot.

Make sure you can get parts, many times at the box stores you can't.


At the time I got mine from a local dealer, the same Echo was sold at HD.

Not sure it's still the case.

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