Rated 4.2 out of 5 by 50
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by joemckay Great buy!
I picked this up today for 55% off because it was a refurbished unit at Home Depot. I was going to pay $250 plus for a backpack blower and this one had been returned and discounted. I brought it home, filled it with mixed gas, primed it, and it cranked on the first pull! It doesnt have the blowing force that I expected from a backpack blower, but it had more than enough to blow 3 feet of wet leaves into a pile for mulching later. The best feature is that it is quiet compared to most units of the same design. With it being Christmas eve, I am sure the neighbors appreciated the low-noise. I would recommend this purchase for home owners with under an acre of yard. Love it!
December 24, 2013
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by hawkeye Not enough power
I'll start with the positive: The model is very light, great for someone with a bad back who will be blowing for extended periods of time. The blower started right up right out of the box, was easy to use and was a lot more quiet than my older Echo. It also had a full pad for your back unlike the $300 model.
The downside was that it just couldn't push the leaves once they piled up to approximately a foot or so across the yard. This blower is only good for blowing into piles for pickup, for small yards, yards without many trees, grass clippings, etc. I was very disappointed as I loved everything else about it as mentioned above. I was also perplexed because my old PB300E which had similar specs, 157 mph and 328 cfm, blew those leaf walls right to the back of the yard. The only thing I could surmise on my own, since the ECHO customer service rep had no clue, was that the older model had smaller diameter piping. You would think that 25 years later they would have figured out how to make a lighter weight blower with more power.
To end, I just returned the unit today and have no clue as to what model to purchase now. I was trying to avoid the heavier units at 22 to 23 pounds versus this one which was 13.3. I am going to miss my 25 year old ECHO which was 16 pounds and blew like crazy.
November 16, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JohnS Wish I'd bought this four years ago
I have nothing bad to say about this product. Previously I have dealt with leaves with a rake - backbreaking on my property! Have been using the Echo two to three times a week for a month now. It is easily powerful enough for my purposes; most of the leaves I deal with fall on paved surfaces, or short grass. Easy to assemble, starts easily, not offensively noisy, comfortable to operate. A winner.
November 9, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by beesybee leaf blower
blower is very lite weight and easy to operate. i would only add some way to put unit on and then be able to start it rather than having to start it before putting it on.
October 29, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by JLCLawns Extremely Lightweight, takes alot
This blower has taken a beating over the past 2 seasons. We keep it in the back of my truck during all weather and conditions during the season. After properly being winterized last October it fired up on the 4th pull beginning this season.
Overall a good blower, the problems is that as it ages it gets less and less power, but at this point still enough to us practically. Having the throttle separate from the tube handle is a great design, and using other blowers you realize how nice it is
Also this blower puts very little fatigue on youre back which helps in the long run.
October 12, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by apartmentdue12 quiet
I bought this for my apartment complex and it is perfect. It is not to loud to make residents mad and has the perfect amount of power to blow out my breeze ways and to blow off my streets.
March 5, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by RVN1969 Light and Handy Blower
While not up to professional-grade power or features (or price!) this lightweight backpack blower is a fine choice for the homeowner. It produces sufficient power to do most yard blowing chores yet is comfortable and easy to start. If you are tired of walking around with a blower dangling from your hand this is a great product with quality built-in.
April 30, 2013
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Billybojimbob so far so good, but its early in the fall season
I've had this a week now and if noise is not a issue for you or your neighbors spend the extra $50 for the larger engine. I believe bigger is always better with power tools. If you care about your neighbor's or have noise restrictions in your area this blower has enough power to move dry and wet leaves when it's wide open. The leaves have yet to really fall here in the north east. I've been playing around with this and its done a nice job so far on grass trimmings on the drive, the few wet leaves on the lawn and the rocks we have for a patio.I live where we do not have any restrictions and I sure don't give a dang about my neighbors because they are not doing my lawn care so I kinda regret not buying the larger model just for the time savings I would get with a larger model. If give a chance to review a month from now I will.. so if you need a blower now take my advice bigger is better other wise check back in two or three weeks
October 5, 2014