SinnFein wrote:Looks real good for $99. I'd be up for this as I need a handheld blower, but I am trying to get away from 2-stroke stuff. Been eyeing the Makita 4-stroke handheld blower.
I got a wheeled unit that just can't get everywhere.
You have one of those yard fan units?
Why do you dislike the 2-stroke stuff? Current 2-strokes usually still have to meet emission standards, and they do, and the 2-stroke motor oil in the past 5 years or so have gotten substantially better. They don't smoke. You can use the motor in any position unlike a 4-stroke. The only 2-stroke I disliked were those 1-stage snowblowers, but I don't think anyone makes them anymore with the closing of the Tecumsah factory.
That said, I have the Makita handheld blower, sort of--I have the John Deere version, which was/is the same thing (yellow plastic not blue but same thing when I got it 2 years ago except the JD cost more and had a shorter warranty (2vs3), same Robins engine and plastic (compared it with a Home Depot Makita version floor model when they sold the Makita (my store doesn't anymore)), bought the JD before I realized Makita was available). I also have a couple Echo 2-stroke blowers, All are nice pieces of equipment.
Just be aware the Makita usually goes for $200, or about $40 more than a comparable 2-stroke Echo, and double the pre-rebate price woot is selling the Hitachi for. I find the Echo blowers lighter, but the Makita is well balanced and easy to use. You will change the oil in a 4-stroke engine that small more frequently than you think too; I find it a bit inconvenient, more so than just adding oil to the gasoline as required for the 2-strokes, but I also start-stop mine frequently which is probably contributing to charring the oil up.
Also be aware that with a 4-stroke, you can't use the engine in every position. Usually not an issue with a blower, but it's something to be aware of with hedge trimmers and string trimmers. I unknowingly tipped over the JD once for 30 seconds when I set it down to take care of a problem and turned my back on it, and it plumed grey smoke like crazy. A 2-stroke you can use in any position as long as air/exhaust aren't blocked and it won't smoke out like that.