Leaf blower

Discussion in 'Shiny Things' started by duncb, Apr 26, 2013.

  1. jules083

    jules083 Long timer

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    Not sure about leafblowers, but husky is pulling ahead of stihl with chainsaws. It's all I run now, and I have a friend that's a logger and that's all he runs. He said he was lucky to get one year out of a stihl, and he's getting 2 years out of the huskys he currently runs. Either saw gets a new top end every 4 to 6 months, but the stihl just wasn't holding up to the use.

    Granted he brings 2 saws in the woods and averages 3 semi loads per day that he personally cuts. Figure each saw cuts around 500 semi truck loads per year, give or take.

    All typos and misspellings blamed on my phone.
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  2. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    I had to replace a Stihl saw that I'd bought new. I had for several years and had put it through some pretty hard use but, not as long or as hard as with my preveious Stihl, an 041.
    My friend ,that I'd bought it from told me it was because of "lean seize". He said it was becoming common for engines to lose the cylinder plateing due to this condition, which is caused by the ethenol in the gas attracting water and changeing the air-fuel ratio. The solution is to use a mix of ethenol free gas with the proper oil.
    The problem is where to find the gas.
    Stihl was selling gas at their dealers {at a premium price] but my local doesn't carry it.
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  3. rapidoxidationman

    rapidoxidationman Easily trainable

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    I can buy it at the Shervin's Sinclair station in Jackson, Wyoming. Might be a bit long of a drive for you though. Looks like there's only 5 places in Arizona :huh

    Here's a link. Hopefully you'll find a place near you.

    http://pure-gas.org/
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  4. CodeMonkee

    CodeMonkee Geek Adventurer

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    Yup - just got one Friday - the KM130R (2/4 stroke hybrid). Got a pole pruner (chain saw on a pole) and a brush cutter (with 3 different blades) with a screw on string trimmer for the brush cutter.

    Expensive ($700+) but now I only have one machine to maintain, I don't have to carry two or three different machines around my 20 acres and it is more powerful than any of the weed eaters.

    I like Stihl stuff - most or all of it is made well, lasts a long time and most of the dealers seem to know their stuff. Going to get a chain saw too - it will be a multipurpose machine also; going to get a winch, auger and log debarker tool and such for it, so I will probably get one of the more powerful saws.
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  5. CodeMonkee

    CodeMonkee Geek Adventurer

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    http://pure-gas.org/

    I go to a local country general store that has ethanol free gas. They charge a premium for it because they can, but I don't use much of it as I only get it for my tools not my vehicles. I use it for my lawn mower, pressure washer and Kombi tool. I also use it for my Beta Alp which doesn't like ethanol in its tank (rumor is it screws up the tank which is some form of plastic) and I will use it for a chain saw when I get it. All of these things prefer non-ethanol gas.

    Right now I only keep five gallons, but I am going to get some barrels for gas, diesel and kerosene to keep in the shop.
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  6. 1greenmachine

    1greenmachine Long timer

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    I'm lucky that most places here ethanol free premium fuel so yeah its more but I only use maybe 8 gallons all year. I also mix the oil a little rich since my leaf blower usually is wide open the whole time.
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  7. Gillus

    Gillus High Desert Rat

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    Most every Stihl I have had runs like poop for the break in then runs great from then on. I run SeaFoam in the gas all the time and have few if any carb or fuel related problems. Heavy home/light commercial use.
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  8. liquidsmile

    liquidsmile Long timer

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    Stihl is all I use as well. I have the BR600 and I live at the bottom of a hill on an acre.

    This blower rocks. When it rains all my neighbors leaves flow downhill and pile up at the curbs at the end of my driveway. Wet heavy leaves are no match for it.

    I had the 550 before I purchased this one and gave it to my uncle because he was needing a blower. Both have had heavy use and never miss a beat.
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  9. bk brkr baker

    bk brkr baker Long timer

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    Yep, I checked the pure gas site and the closest to me is 50+ miles away. They have quite a few stations listed in Ky. but, most are in the western half of the state.
    I used to go to the local airport to buy 100 octane low-lead aviation gas for my dirt bike. I may give that a try again, with all the new rules at airports , who knows ?
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  10. 12bridn

    12bridn I need throttle therapy

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    They are also great for getting bonfires roaring.
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