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Product Review 3: Leaf Blowers

Stihl Leaf Blowers – German Quality at Bargain Prices – Nov. 2005

“Stihl leaf blowers are a steal,” quips Keith Petersen of The Eardly T. Petersen Company in Westfield. “Many people are familiar with the Stihl name as being the #1 manufacturer of chainsaws in the world; but, most people are unaware that the same Stihl quality and renown goes into Stihl leafblowers.”

Mr. Petersen says, “Our most popular Stihl handheld leafblower is available right now with a Factory Rebate of $20 which nets the cost of this excellent blower down to $129. At that figure, it is price competitive with the more average equipment found in big box stores.”

In recent years, says Mr. Petersen, the leaf blower industry has been striving to make more powerful the handheld and backpack blowers that are so popular with homeowners and so prevalent with commercial users. The end result of this evolution has indeed been more powerful equipment; but, at the cost of extra – in some cases, excessive – weight.

“Handheld blowers are great for sidewalks, patios and small yards,” states Mr. Petersen; “but, for removing leaves off of the lawn the typical choice today incorporating the most versatility with the most power is the backpack blower. One of the very best backpack blowers today is the brand-new Stihl model BR600.”

“A good backpack blower,” continues Mr. Petersen, “provides the power and efficiency necessary to move leaves fast. In addition, it provides an ease-of-use-factor that is simply unattainable with either a handheld blower or a ground (walk behind push) blower. With a backpack blower, the user can blow leaves while moving in any direction and can quickly step into and out of garden beds and shrub areas, as well as the patio, deck, sidewalk, driveway, or the lawn.”

The historical negative to a backpack blower has been the lack of power. The new units are overcoming that; however, they quickly become too big and bulky. “The new Stihl BR600 offers an excellent – perfect, really – balance between high power, and low weight with maximum comfort and mobility. It is a super backback blower and one that can be used by men and women alike. As well, it embodies all the legendary Stihl quality that means it will last almost indefinitely for home use, and some what less than that for commercial use.” J

“Stihl makes a full line of Power Equipment,” adds Mr. Petersen, “including the world’s foremost and best chainsaw, leaf/debris blowers as stated, line trimmers and brushcutters, pole pruners, cultivators and more. Each unit embodies precise German engineering – resulting in superior products that will last many years.”

For questions on leaf removal equipment or any other type of Outdoor Power Equipment, visit The Eardly T. Petersen Company at 224 Elmer Street in Westfield, contact them by phone at 908-232-5723 or by e- mail at; or visit them on the web at Closed Wednesdays and Sundays.