Which blower to buy?

Homechicken(7b/metro-Atlanta)August 1, 2011

I've narrowed it down to either a Stihl BG56 C-E or the Echo PB-255. They're the same price and are comparable in volume and speed of air. I know each brand has their fans, but can anyone compare the two from personal experience? I love the two Stihl machines I own, although I've only had them a short while, and have no experience with Echo. They both have an accessory gutter cleaner system available. Which is better or easier to assemble/use? I borrowed the roofers' Stihl blower, I believe it was the BG56, when they were here last weekend and really fell in love with it. After that and untangleing and fighting the 100 foot extension cord for my electric blower for the gazillionth time yesterday, I'm really thinking about a gas powered one just for the freedom it gives. I've had the electric one for about 15 years and while its a decent machine, I've had it with the cords. I can't stands no more!

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Depending on the model of the elect. it most likely will blow harder or the same Small elect. IMO usually out performs small gas engines. I got BG56 and it hard starting and takes awhile to rev up. Carb has limited adjustments which I suspect it adjusted too lean. Other than that once it got started and warmed up alittle it performs great. I too was on the fence with these two models. I would go demo them and then decide which one works for you.

    Bookmark   August 6, 2011 at 8:56AM
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