What makes the Echo PB-265LN so popular? It’s a user-friendly, gas-powered leaf blower with low weight, low noise levels, and comfortable shoulder straps in place of a heavy backpack frame.
In this Echo PB-265LN review, we’re going to tell you all the details about this garden tool and give you our professional opinion on who can benefit the most from this blower.
So read on to find out everything you need to know about this garden tool.
Echo PB-265LN Pros and Cons
Padded shoulder straps
|Cruise-control and variable-speed throttle||
Slightly low power output
Echo PB-265LN Product Highlights
This Echo leaf blower is easy to start and straightforward to operate. It also weighs considerably less than many other blowers with backpack designs.
- 2-stroke gas engine
- Includes the i-30TM starting system
- Hip mounted handle and controls
- Padded backrest and shoulder straps
- Low noise levels
– Echo PB-265LN Review
This lightweight backpack blower has comfortable shoulder straps and an exceptionally low noise level rating, making it an excellent choice for cleaning up small and medium-sized residential yards. It’s also a blower many business owners rely on for part-time use on landscaping, agricultural, and construction worksites.
Gas-powered backpack leaf blowers are often heavy and unwieldy to operate. But this model makes a compelling compromise with the weight issue by eliminating the full backpack frame and adding comfortable, padded shoulder straps.
The engine size, fuel capacity, and innovative starting system give this device plenty of power for clearing debris from large yards, orchards, parking lots, and rooftops. However, this machine does not have air speeds and air volume levels as high as many other gas-powered blowers.
This model is best suited for homeowners and businesses with medium-sized projects. The lower-than-average noise level is a definite plus for operating this machine when you have nearby neighbors you don’t want to disturb.
All users will appreciate the convenience of how the throttle controls are gathered together on the hip-mounted handle.
Echo pb265ln Main Product Features
Here are the essential Echo PB-265LN specs for the engine in this model:
- Displacement of 25.4 cc
- Rotary type carburetor
- i-30 starting system
- 22.3-ounce fuel tank capacity
- Translucent fuel tank
The engine design is high-quality and robust enough for all but the most challenging leaf-blowing jobs. The 2-stroke engine uses a mixture of regular, unleaded gasoline and 2-stroke engine oil in a 50:1 ratio.
You don’t always need full power from a blower like this, and Echo provides a variable-speed throttle, so you can dial in precisely the right amount of power you need for the work you’re doing. The throttle is located on a hip-mounted lever on the left-hand side of the machine, keeping your right hand free to control and direct the blower tube.
It also has a cruise-control switch, so you don’t have to tire out your hand by holding the throttle in place. Variable-speed and cruise-control are features you’ll appreciate if you have more than a few minutes of work or need to clean up various areas like blowing grass from a lawn, cleaning out leaves from planting boxes, and getting debris out of gutters.
– i-30 Starting System
The i-30 starting system is a significant advantage for anyone without much experience using a gas-powered yard tool because it’s approximately 30 percent easier to get the engine going.
We found it starts up reliably with a short, even tug on the starter cord on the second or third pull. In addition, it takes significantly less strength to pull the cord than on most other blowers, making it user-friendly and easier to start for smaller people with less upper body strength.
Another advantage of Echo’s i-30 starting system is getting the machine going after it’s been in storage for a while. If you’ve ever owned gas-powered yard equipment, you know what a hassle it can be to get the tool going after storing it for the winter.
This starting system makes it simple to get the machine restarted after taking it out of storage. However, it’s vital to store the blower with an empty fuel tank to keep the engine in top shape and make it easy to restart the next time you use it.
As with other gas equipment, starting this engine involves setting the choke for cold starts and pulling the cord to get the machine working. It also has an air-purge bulb you press several times to eliminate air from the fuel line and carburetor. Once you’ve started the engine, it’s usually unnecessary to use the choke again if you take a short break.
– Translucent Fuel Tank
The fuel tank capacity is about average for a leaf blower with this size engine, and not carrying too much fuel cuts down on the total weight of the machine. In addition, the translucent tank makes it easy to see how much fuel is in the tank without removing the cap.
This machine runs on regular gasoline mixed in a 50:1 ratio with 2-stroke engine oil, and it’s vital to use the correct type of gas and oil or engine performance and lifespan deteriorate.
The manufacturer does not recommend ethanol and other alternative fuels, and using them can cause problems such as damage to the fuel lines, carburetor, engine gaskets, vapor lock, and overheating. Using the wrong fuel or 2-stroke oil can also invalidate the warranty. For best results with this machine, Echo recommends using their brand of 2-stroke oil.
– Airspeed and Air Volume
The airspeed on the Echo pb265ln is not especially impressive, measuring only 131 mph at the lower setting and 158 mph at maximum. But lower airspeeds can be an advantage depending on what type of work you’re doing.
For example, if you need to blow leaves and twigs from a gravel parking lot, low airspeeds help keep the gravel in place while you get the yard debris blown away. As long as you don’t need to move large branches, pine cones, or other heavy material, low airspeeds are not a problem.
The air volume in the tube is 375 cfm, and high air volume is even more important than airspeed in a blower. The air volume is how much air passes out of the tube every minute, and higher air volumes compensate for lower airspeeds. More air moving through the tube results in more power for moving wet leaves and large piles of debris.
We found that this machine’s airspeeds and air volume were entirely adequate for doing average cleanup at a residential property.
The tubes snap together readily without the need for any tools using Posi-Loc™ connectors.
– Weight, Dimensions, and Noise Level
The overall dimensions of the Echo PB-265LN are 19 inches by 18 inches by 13 inches. These dimensions are about average for a blower of this power rating.
This blower weighs only 13.3 lbs. without gas, making it exceptionally lightweight compared to many other backpack models. Once you fill the fuel tank, the weight goes up to 14.7 lbs. This is still a low weight for a gas-powered leaf blower. The weight of this machine is only about one-half the weight of similar 4-stroke leaf blowers.
People who use this machine are bound to be pleased by the low noise level rating of only 64 dB, which is 20 to 30 dB lower than many other gas leaf blowers. You’ll find this low noise rating especially helpful if you use this blower in a residential setting with neighbors nearby and other noise-sensitive areas.
– Ergonomic Features
The shoulder straps and backrest on this Echo blower are remarkably comfortable with plenty of padding, letting you focus on the work you’re doing without feeling fatigued.
On the left side of the machine, at hip level, you’ll find a short handle that swivels up and down with the variable-speed throttle control located on it. This throttle lever design also adds considerably to the comfort level of this machine.
We also have to mention the low noise levels as part of the ergonomics in our Echo PB-265LN review because less noise also reduces operator fatigue and even lets you comfortably listen to a podcast on earbuds under your ear protection.
– Warranty Information
The 5-year consumer warranty on this product confirms that the manufacturer has a high degree of confidence in the Echo PB-265LN. Many similar leaf blowers only come with a two or three-year warranty.
The fact that this blower also has an option for a commercial 2-year warranty proves that the company has designed this product for use in a business setting and residential use.
Our Conclusions on the Echo PB-265LN
This Echo backpack blower is a suitable tool for anyone getting started with a gas-powered blower for small and medium-size residential or intermittent commercial work.
It starts with considerably less effort than many other blowers, and it’s quiet and easy to use, making it an ideal choice for many homeowners.
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