Best Backpack Blower Shootout

Best Backpack Blower Shootout

What does it feel like to have Hurricane Irma strapped to your shoulders? Donning any of the leading backpack blowers will give you a close representation. With air velocity exceeding 200 MPH and CFMs reaching for four digits, these monster air movers make short work of leaves and mower shrapnel. So they all blow and none of them suck! Which one reigns supreme? We give you more than just a winner in our best backpack blower shootout.

Shindaiwa - Wet Sand Testing
Shindaiwa – Wet Sand Testing

Many manufacturers make leaf blowers, ranging from handheld to backpack, 2-stroke to 4-stroke, gas and cordless. However, when it comes to the backpack blowing beasts, this list narrows pretty quickly. We the test the seven best in this roundup of the best backpack blowers. Our testing includes real world use in addition to scientific instruments, delivering tons of data. We wrap it up into one little package, just for you.

Shootout – at the OK Corral

Not to spoil the ending, but we’ll give you a snippet of what’s to come. Testing and using the best backpack blowers turned into testing, and testing, and testing, and more testing. Sorry for the redundant redundancy. You could put six of these seven blowers in a drum, shake it up and dump one out. The one that comes out, regardless of brand, will successfully complete your tasks at hand, hence determining the best is a monumental task.

If these blowers were sent into a gunfight against each other, they’d either walk out best friends or all look like swiss cheese. All the great charts and data are below, which we make as objective as possible. We do our best to  conclude with repeatable results, backed up with real data, not just thoughts and ideas.

In the end, we have seven brands in our best backpack blower shootout. Included in the roundup are Stihl, RedMax, Echo, Husqvarna, Makita, Shindaiwa, and Maruyama. Efco was the only manufacturer that declined to enter their trusty steed into the race, so maybe another time. Proceed with caution – you may be surprised!

Don’t Weight on Me

When you have a blower strapped to your back, padded straps make difference, but let’s face it, it’s about the weight. We weighed them all, multiple times, with our digital hanging scale. These are all dry-weight numbers, so no fuel is in the tanks.

STIHL - Lightest of the Bunch
STIHL – Lightest of the Bunch

The Stihl is a surpise, as it weighs in at just over twenty-three pounds. Echo is just behind, with less than a pound separating the two. Husqvarna sinks to the bottom, with the top weight, surpassing twenty-six pounds. Exactly three pounds spans the whole pack. Three pounds may not be a big deal to most. However, if you wear a backpack blower for hours on end, this may weigh heavily on your decision.

Cover Your Ears

No, really, cover your ears! All this great power from the best backpack blower shootout comes at a cost, or several costs. No matter how you slice it, they’re loud. Regardless of ANY that you pick, hearing protection should be worn. ANSI specs require that the decibal – dB(A) – levels are measured from fifty feet away. We measure per the ANSI spec, but we also give you our findings at the user’s ear.

Hearing Protection Recommended - Even with Makita
Hearing Protection Recommended – Even with Makita

Some of the manufacturers claim as low as seventy-three (73) dB(A), however the lowest in our testing was the Makita at seventy-six (76) dB(A). Keep in mind, this small measurement is at fifty (50) feet, so this is only useful data for the bystander. All seven backpack blowers ranged from 101 to 104 dB(A) at the operator’s ear. In short, hearing protection should be used at all times, with any of these blowers.

Note on OSHA Exposure Limits for Sound Levels

OSHA allows a permissible exposure limit (PEL) of 90 dB(A) for an 8 hour work day. After that, the OSHA standard has a 5 dB(A) “exchange rate”. What that means is that when the noise levels increases by 5 dB(A), the amount of time a person OSHA allows for exposure divides by two. Using this calculation, at 100 dB(A) SPL you could only work for two hours without hearing protection. Thus, the goal of hearing protection for an 8-hour work day is to reduce the volume to your ears by at least 20 dB(A) SPL.

One interesting thing to note, the Makita came in as a tie with 101 dB(A) at the operator’s ear. It actually sounds, to the naked ear, like it’s a lot quieter than the others. The tone seems to be much lower, since this is the only 4-stroke in the best backpack blower roundup. More information can be found in our Makita MM4 4-Stroke Technology article.

Performance – Newtons of a Different Kind

This is not our first rodeo here. We know you want to know the skinny on power and performance. Yes, we’ll get into MPH and CFM, but first let’s talk about Newtons. No, we’re not talking about the fig kind, this is all about force. The formal definition is such: one newton of force is the force required to accelerate an object with a mass of 1 kilogram 1 meter per second per second. OK, now that that is all cleared up, let’s make some sense of it.

You may hear the braggings of some about MPH and some about CFM, or both. While we’ll get into the CFM and MPH shortly, let’s keep on the Newton force side at the moment. Again, ANSI sets the standard for measuring Newton force, so we follow suit with our high-fallutin’ scientific instrumentation. Don’t let this be your only interest either, it gets even better.

It’s no doubt why RedMax comes to many minds when the best backpack blower is mentioned. With the Newton force pushing for 40, the RedMax musters 38.9, highest of the bunch. Husqvarna is a close 2nd at 38.2 Newtons. In case you didn’t know, Husqvarna is the mother company for RedMax. Just looking at them tells the tale. While some of the ergonomics and controls may differ, performance is much the same. Again, the story continues with the closeness of this best backpack blower shootout. Only five (5) Newtons separate the top six, from Makita to RedMax. It’s doubtful that one could recognize this difference, without using one right after the other. They will all handle the workload without flinching.

Horsepower or Torque – MPH or CFM?

Now let’s really muddy the waters a bit. So you now know the Newton force, why don’t we dive into airspeed and volume. You’ve probably heard the claims of blowers with 225 MPH and others with 900 CFM. Which is better for work? The real answer is both. We could make a whole article out of this topic. In fact, we did just that. For details, check out our article: Blower CFM and Airspeed: Why Are the Numbers So Far Off? Now, back to finding the best backpack blower.

Blower Bar Chart - MPH Air Speed

Shindaiwa EB802
King of Speed – Shindaiwa EB802

Looking at air speed, we show you three (3) different numbers. The first is the actual MPH as tested, with no correction factors. The second number is the MPH that the manufacturers claim in their specifications and marketing collateral. The third number is the theoretical peak MPH, which is the MPH in a perfect environment, to make it simple. This theoretical number is a corrected calculation from our “actual” MPH, which is part the ANSI equation. Check out the article listed above for more.

Shindaiwa comes out on top with the highest recorded MPH in our backpack blower shootout. We recorded 203 MPH in 90-degree heat and 70+% humidity. You can see that Shindaiwa claims 245 MPH, which is almost exact to our 243 MPH theoretical. This just edged out Echo at 202 MPH. Stihl actually comes in the lowest in MPH at 173.

What in the CFM?

Cubic Feet per Minute, or just the volume of air the blower can produce at Wide Open Throttle (WOT). Again, many misunderstood claims are made in this arena, but we cut the clutter and give you the skinny. Again, more of this can be explained in the full article linked above.

Blower Bar Chart - CFM

Co-King of CFM - Husqvarna 580BTS
Co-King of CFM – Husqvarna 580BTS

Using the actual CFM as tested, again the Husqvarna and RedMax cousins come out on top. The Husky gets 907 and the RedMax squeezes out 916 CFM. Redmax, Echo and Makita achieve higher CFM numbers than their marketing claims for each. Just as we stated in the MPH section, don’t hang your hat on the CFM side either. We still need to look at some real-world testing.

Wet Sandy Swath

So we use our fancy measuring tools to find all the scientific mumbo-jumbo. But, how well do the contestants of the best backpack blower shootout do with real work? If you don’t already know, OPE Reviews is headqaurtered in Central Florida, nestled right in-between Tampa and Orlando. If you want an idea of our weather, it’s pretty much like an armpit. Hot, damp, and sometimes even the unpleasant odor.

We wrestled with the correct medium for testing real world scenario with our blowers. Fallen tree leaves seem to be too easy, so we thought about using wet grass on concrete or asphalt. With most lawn Pros now mulching their lawns, it’s hard to find a truckload of grass clippings. We settled for a better idea. Using a 50-pound bag of wet playground sand for each test, we evenly spread the bag over a 6-feet by 6-feet area, on very porous asphalt.

Blower Bar Chart - Swath Area
Broadest Swath Wet Sand Test

With our area marked out in paint, we also add a red chalk line to ensure the exact starting point for each blower test. Our custom rig ensured that every blower nozzle kept the same angle, as well as the tip was the same height off the ground for each. In the end, the Stihl holds the key to the sandcastle. With an area of 888 square-inches, it nudges out the RedMax and Husqvarna at 840. Keep in mind, this is a general measurement of the widest of the width and longest of the length, multiplied together. Also, each of the blowers were run for the same length of time

Best Backpack Blower Shootout Value

Ok, we’re not going to make you wait for it any longer. Here we discuss the value and how many green-backs that need to be shelled out to add one of these steeds to your stable. Interestingly enough, less than $100 span the most expensive from the most economical. Maruyama and RedMax sit amongst the most expensive at $589, while the Makita and Echo are the cheapest, for only $499.

Best Backpack Blower Shootout Prices
Best Backpack Blower Shootout Prices

While Echo can be purchased from many of your commercial lawn dealers, the Makita can be purchased via online outlets and big box stores. At the same time, the Echo can also be purchased from stores such as Home Depot. Additionally, the rest of the brands are going to be sold through the commercial distributor/dealer, so you may be able to strike a better deal than MSRP.


Best Value - Echo PB770-T
Best Value – Echo PB770-T

More than just the cost of the tool, value also includes the quality of the goods when you purhcase that tool. A higher priced blower may have a better value, simply because the performance and features far outweight the competition. This superior performance may justify the additional cost. In the best backpack blower shootout, it’s actually one of the lowest priced blowers that takes the best value.

Echo is not only tied for the cheapest at $499, but it also leads the pack in value. Makita follows in 2nd by a microscopic difference, with Husqvarna, Stihl and Redmax rounding out the top five.

Work Efficiency – Not Just Fuel Mileage

When we talk about work efficiency, we’re talking about more than just how much and how fast the fuel is used. While this is important, it’s only part of the equation. In addition to the fuel usage, we also need to understand how often the operator of the best backpack blower will have to return to the truck or trailer for a fill-up. This measurement will take into account fuel efficiency and tank size.

6-Ounces of Fuel at WOT
6-Ounces of Fuel at WOT

6-ounce Fuel Runtime TestTo test for fuel efficiency, we emptied the tanks of all the blowers. Next, with the tanks empty, we cranked them and ran them until they stopped running. This ensured that the tanks were empty and the carburetors had no fuel in them either. In the South, we call this “bone dry”. With careful measuring, we added 6 ounces of the same TruFuel 50:1 premix to the fuel tanks, except the Makita. The Makita is the only 4-stroke in the backpack blower shootout, so we added pure 91 octane unleaded fuel to its tank.

With only 6-ounces of fuel in each tank, we primed and started the blowers, immediately taking them to wide open throttle (WOT). This wasn’t a problem, since the Florida heat kept the blowers warm, there’s no need for choking and warming up first. With stop-watches rolling, one by one the blowers sputtered out. First to go was the RedMax, followed by, you guessed it, Husqvarna. The most efficient were the Stihl and Makita. Stihl squeaked out the win on efficiency by seven (7) seconds. Don’t celebrate just yet, wait for the next graphic.

How Far Will a Tank Get Me?

Ok, so we know how long 6-ounces of fuel will last, but we don’t fill our best backpack blower with just 6-ounces. How long can we hold the throttle wide-open on a tank of fuel? Well, we also have the manufacturer specs on the size of the tank, so we take the tank size in ounces and divide by 6. Take that number and multiply times the minutes/seconds the 6 oz. lasted. This gives you the total runtime on a tank of fuel.

Blower Bar Chart - Tank Runtime WOT
Runtime For a Full Tank

Would you look at that?! Stihl went from having the best fuel efficiency to dead last in tank runtime. A full tank of fuel will only last just over fifty-three (53) minutes in the Stihl, while the Husqvarna surpasses an hour and thirteen minutes. The question comes down to whether you want to save $0.50 or make less trips back to the truck or trailer.

The Makita EB7650TH is also a big winner here, since it finishes 2nd in the 6-oz runtime and 2nd in total tank runtime. Even with a smaller tank, Makita’s blower only stops short of the winner by two minutes. Keep in mind, the Makita doesn’t need premix oil either, so you save money there as well.

Feature Set and Ergonomics

STIHL BR 700 StrapsWhile the performance, weight and fuel efficiency testing is quite objective, the ergonomics side does get a bit subjective. We’ll try not to put you to sleep in this section. For the most part, we ran these blowers on our backs to get a feel for comfort, as well as the vibration felt. Some of the blowers vibrate more than others, and some vibrate in the back and hands. Others, just the back vibrates.

All the blowers in the backpack blower shootout include padded straps and a padded back, however some more padded than others. Also, some of the straps are much easier to access and adjust, while others seem more difficult. The Stihl includes big, open finger pulls for cinching the straps, but reaching the plastic adjusters for release can be a pain. Husqvarna seems to have the most comfort, as well as they include a waist strap and chest strap. This waist and chest strap may be a time waister for most. However, if you are part of a large crew, you may run a blower for hours at a time. This being the case, the additional support of the waist and chest strip will be worth the effort to fasten them.

Husqvarna with Waist StrapActive Cooling

One of the features standing out the most is the active cooling felt on your back. As the blower pulls air into the blower housing, air is not only sucked in from the sides with the larger grates. On some of the blowers, there are ports between the users back and where it meets the blower. This pulling of air creates a nice draft to cool your back. The Makita is by far the best at active cooling. Even in the 90+ degree Florida heat, the blower keeps our backs down-right cool. Four of the others make a valiant effort, but the Shindaiwa and Stihl don’t have it at all.

Best Active Cooling
Best Active Cooling

Our shootout feature set includes items such as strap adjustment, cruise control (throttle lock), active cooling, and a starting step. We calculate who does and doesn’t have these features, then we tally them in our nifty computerized spreadsheet. Even with the plethora of data provided below, you’ll have a hard time figuring your favorite

Best Backpack Blower Shootout Final Rankings


Performance is the highest weighted category in our calculations. Newton force, swath size and work efficiency are the major contributors to performance. From there we also consider ergonomics, noise level, feature set, and value into the overall score. Each blower is measured based on 100 possible points.

As we tally up all the numbers, the cream of the crop seems to be six (6) of the seven blowers. Yes, the numbers show a winner, but as stated in the beginning, any of the top six blowers perform well enough to get the job done right. Not only that, the price only varies by $90 on these $500-600 tools.

Well, you’re the Pros, and you want to see the final list, so here goes.

Shindaiwa EB802 2-Stroke Backpack Blower – 7th Place

Shindaiwa EB802 Backpack Blower

  • Shindaiwa EB802 SwathModel: EB802
  • Displacement: 79.2 cc
  • Weight: 25.3 lbs
  • Fuel Capacity: 67.6 oz
  • dB(A) @ ear: 101
  • Max Air Volume: 586 CFM
  • Max Air Speed: 203 MPH
  • Force: 28.0 Newtons
  • Tank Runtime: 1 hr 2 min
  • MSRP: $529.99


  • Shindaiwa Hip ControlsFeels light and nimble
  • Scored the best in Actual MPH – 203
  • Revs quickly
  • Hip controlls with kill switch


  • Finished in 7th position in Force, CFM, and Swath
  • Not the cheapest
  • Vibration in hands and back  when running
  • Least comfortable of the pack

Bottom Line

We’re not big proponents in participation prizes, one should earn the merits of the reward. Such is the case with the Shindaiwa. The EB802 didn’t get last place in a wheelbarrow race, it earned 7th place in the best backpack blower shootout. Let’s face it, this is a small community here. Handheld, cordless, nor electric blowers even stand a chance to be in this ring.

The Shindaiwa is a great blower. No, it doesn’t produce the force or CFM needed to make it king of the hill, but the air speed is high and will work well in the typical lawn debris cleanup. The EB802 has the feel of a very light and nimble blower, and it scored 76.4 in our shootout. Even though the scales didn’t tip this way, the Shindaiwa feels lighter on the back than the Stihl. Also, the RPMs seem to ramp up quicker than any other blower tested.

To find out more information on the Shindaiwa EB802 blower, click here .

Maruyama BL9000-SP Backpack Blower – 6th Place

Maruyama BL9000 Blower

  • Maruyama BL9000 SwathModel: BL9000-SP
  • Displacement: 79.2 cc
  • Weight: 25.7 lbs
  • Fuel Capacity: 71 oz
  • dB(A) @ ear: 102
  • Max Air Volume: 785 CFM
  • Max Air Speed: 189 MPH
  • Force: 35.0 Newtons
  • Tank Runtime: 1 hr 6 min
  • MSRP: $589.99


  • Maruyama Bazooka TipVery solid contender
  • Comfortable straps and back pad
  • Active cooling
  • Easy to use pistol grip
  • Multiple tips included
  • More powerful seat-of-the-pants feel than the numbers show


  • Tied for the Highest price
  • Ranks 6th in Value

Bottom Line

Maruyama is a brand that you may not notice every day, however this is a solid blower and competitor. The numbers weren’t quite at the level of the top three, but the Maruyama BL9000 was scratching at the door. It has all the great features, and even some active cooling. The BL9000 scored 88.0 points in the shootout.

Of all the objective testing and data that has been collected, the subjective feel of a tool (blower) still carries some weight. Even though the data doesn’t show it, the seat-of-the-pants feel of this blower assures you that it’s powerful. This blower, when put to use, has the feel that it’s #1 in power, but the numbers aren’t there. Multiple people pick up the Maruyama BL9000, and they all have the same thoughts after using it. Take our word, and when you use it, you’ll understand. The BL9000 is a beast!

To see the Maruyama for yourself, click here .

Makita EB7650TH Backpack Blower – 5th Place

Makita EB7650TH Blower 5th Place

  • Makita EB7650TH SwathModel: EB7650TH
  • Displacement: 75.6 cc
  • Weight: 26.3 lbs
  • Fuel Capacity: 71 oz
  • dB(A) @ ear: 101
  • Max Air Volume: 732 CFM
  • Max Air Speed: 197 MPH
  • Force: 33.9 Newtons
  • Tank Runtime: 1 hr 11 min
  • MSRP: $499.99


  • Best Active Cooling
    Best Active Cooling

    Only 4-Stroke – no fuel mixing needed

  • Very solid contender
  • Excellent active cooling
  • Comfortable straps and back pad
  • Easy to use controls
  • Two tips included
  • Ranks 1st in Work Efficiency
  • Ranks 2nd in Value
  • Marketing/Performance Claims are spot-on or under-value
  • Lowest price


  • Ranks 6th in Performance
  • Ranks 6th in Weight

Bottom Line

Makita stepped into this gunfight with a gun that others may scoff at, but not any more. The MM4 4-stroke Makita EB7650TH backpack blower may place a few spots back, but it’s every bit worth being at the top. This unassuming-sounding blower gets the work done, even when you don’t think so. Scoring 89.3, the Makita blower is within five points of taking 1st.

The sound coming from the Makita has a lot more mellow tone, which is quite different from the high-rpm screaming 2-strokes. It takes firsthand experience for the brain to engage and realize what this blower is capable of. In addition to performance, the Makita has the best active cooling, by far. At WOT, you can feel a strong wind moving between your back and the blower body

One big attaboy goes to Makita for not claiming numbers that the blower can’t hit. In fact, not only could we hit their claimed CFM and MPH with the same nozzle/tip, but we actually beat one of their numbers. Furthermore, if you hope to one day rid yourself of fuel mixing, then Makita has your ticket. They also have a full stable of OPE tools with the MM4 4-stroke technology.

Makita EB7650TH info here .

Echo PB770-T Backpack Blower – 4th Place


  • ECHO PB770-T SwathModel: PB770-T
  • Displacement: 63.3 cc
  • Weight: 24.3 lbs
  • Fuel Capacity: 68.3 oz
  • dB(A) @ ear: 104
  • Max Air Volume: 761 CFM
  • Max Air Speed: 202 MPH
  • Force: 36.2 Newtons
  • Tank Runtime: 1 hr 08 min
  • MSRP: $499.99


  • ECHO TipRanks 2nd in MPH – within 1 MPH from tying for 1st
  • Tied for 1st for lowest price
  • Ranks 2nd for Weight
  • Strong contender
  • Active Cooling


  • Tip is cumbersome
  • Tip could be better engineered
  • Vibration through back and hands

Bottom Line

ECHO is no stranger to the top of the OPE world. It’s no secret why so many lawn trailers include an ECHO string trimmer, edger, or the complete line from the lawn tool giant. Performance and dependability keep the Pros counting on this brand. When it comes to backpack blowers, the theme doesn’t change.

The ECHO PB770-T controls are easy to use and work flawlessly. Starting the PB770 is easy and performance is impressive as well. Scoring 90.1, this blower didn’t miss by far. Some vibration through the back and handle counted against this blower on the ergonomics scale, and we believe the tip/nozzle design could be help to force and swath testing as well.

Anyone thinking of getting or replacing a backpack blower would not be disappointed in the ECHO PB770-T. In addition to really good performance, the ECHO also carries the smallest price tag. You can find the ECHO PB770-T at your local dealer, some big-box stores, or clicking here.clicking here .

RedMax EBZ8500 Backpack Blower – 3rd Place

RedMax EBZ8500 3rd Place

  • RedMax EBZ8500 SwathModel: EBZ8500
  • Displacement: 75.6 cc
  • Weight: 25.1 lbs
  • Fuel Capacity: 77.8 oz
  • dB(A) @ ear: 102
  • Max Air Volume: 916 CFM
  • Max Air Speed: 181 MPH
  • Force: 38.9 Newtons
  • Tank Runtime: 1 hr 04 min
  • MSRP: $589.99


  • RedMax Back CushionRanks 1st in CFM
  • Ties for 2nd for Swath
  • Ranks 1st for Force (38.9 Newtons)
  • Ranks 1st in Performance
  • Active Cooling


  • Tied for highest price
  • Suffers in work efficiency from smaller tank size
  • A little less comfortable than its sibling, the winner (Husqvarna)

Bottom Line

Setting the standard for backpack blowers for decades is no easy task, and this is just what RedMax does. Many try to reach the heights of the EBZ8500, but most fall short. If it just came down to brute and braun, hands-down, the RedMax wins. Scoring 92.3, it’s only by the slimmest of margins that the RedMax didnt’ finish 1st or 2nd.

In the end, if anyone is looking for a trustworthy and powerful blower, then look no further. You won’t be disappointed in the RedMax. We have a RedMax in the shop that is pushing 20 years old, and it still cranks on every pull.

Check out RedMax here .

STIHL BR 700 Backpack Blower – 2nd Place

STIHL BR 700 Blower

  • STIHL BR700 SwathModel: BR 700
  • Displacement:  cc
  • Weight: 24.3 lbs
  • Fuel Capacity: 47.3 oz
  • dB(A) @ ear: 103
  • Max Air Volume: 903 CFM
  • Max Air Speed: 173 MPH
  • Force: 36.7 Newtons
  • Tank Runtime: 1 hr 08 min
  • MSRP: $499.99


  • Stihl Tube Extender1st for Weight
  • Ranks 1st for 6-oz fuel runtime
  • 1st in Swath test
  • 1st in Ergonomics
  • 3rd in Performance
  • Top 3 in CFM
  • Best controls
  • Easiest starting


  • Suffers from small tank size
  • No active cooling
  • Not the best comfort

Bottom Line

Stihl the one! Whether you are currently a fan, or not, you recognize a difference when you use the Stihl BR 700 backpack blower. It’s obvious that Stihl does their field research. While power and performance definitely winds up top three, it’s some other differences that set it apart from the others. The BR 700 scores a 92.9, which is less than two points from being #1.

One interesting feature on the BR 700 is the throttle lockout for the choke. If the throttle is not in the lowest position, then you can’t fully apply the choke. This helps to ensure that you have the correct starting procedure. Another nifty idea is the locking ring on the supply nozzle. Turn the ring to the right (unlock) and you can extend or retract the tube, then turn to the left for a secure lock. Furthermore, the pistol-grip control can easily be moved and secured using the lever on the bottom side of the pistol-grip.

The Stihl BR 700 didn’t win the CFM, MPH, or the Force (N) categories, yet it had the largest swath, by a ways. Stihl does a great job of putting their performance to work, efficiently. Take a look at the Stihl BR 700 products at your local dealer, or click here .

Husqvarna 580BTS Backpack Blower – 1st Place

Husqvarna 580BTS

  • Husqvarna 580BTS SwathModel: 580BTS
  • Displacement: 75.6 cc
  • Weight: 26.4 lbs
  • Fuel Capacity: 87.9 oz
  • dB(A) @ ear: 101
  • Max Air Volume: 907 CFM
  • Max Air Speed: 179 MPH
  • Force: 38.2 Newtons
  • Tank Runtime: 1 hr 14 min
  • MSRP: $549.99


  • 1st in Work Efficiency
  • 2nd in Performance
  • 1st in Tank Runtime
  • 2nd in Ergonomics
  • 3rd in Value
  • Most comfortable
  • Active Cooling


  • Ranks last in fuel Efficiency
  • Ranks last in Weight

The Bottom Line – For Real This Time

We have finally reached the summit, and the Husqvarna sits atop with a score of 94.6. The days and weeks of testing and information gathering finally draws nye. While the Husqvarna 580BTS sits alone as the victor, with very small changes, there are several below that could easily dethrone the champ. Please understand, this by no way undermines the achievement of the Husqvarna, it just solidifies the hard fight and closeness of this race.

Literally, tenths and hundreths of a point separated many smaller battles in an effort to end this war. It is somewhat ironic that the same brand that was last in the fuel efficiency test, took the victory in the tank runtime test. Kudos to Husqvarna for sacrificing space and weight to provide a bigger tank, which paid off.

There is no doubt that Husqvarna models their flagship blower off the RedMax. In fact, I would argue that you get a more luxurious blower in the orange and gray, at a cheaper price. You can find more information and Husqvarna dealer locations here .

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Benjamin Reaume

This same comparison needs to be done with the Echo PB-8010T, Stihl BR-800C-E, and the Redmax EBZ-8550RH because I would really like to know what the actual MPH and CFM would be on these blowers.

Tim Holbert

There is now a Stihl 800 which needs to be added as well.

Daniel E Webster

Very thorough discussion and review.

Joseph Campbell

This page is incredibly well done! I am looking forward to the “Tesla of leaf blowers” where electric leaf blowers (ELBs) outperform gas leaf blowers (GLBs) from the perspectives of groundskeepers and neighbors. The data compiled here is invaluable and the accompanying discussion is spot on! I am very interested in the source and date of the information in the noise chart in the “Cover Your Ears” section and finding out if there are updates, especially including ELBs measured under similar conditions. More specifically: I seek scientific sound-level noise data from gas-powered leaf blowers (GLB) and electric leaf blowers (ELB).… Read more »

Malcolm O Richardson

Great Work. Extremely helpful.

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