The Stihl BR 600 is a powerful, gasoline-powered backpack blower with many advantages.
We read the reviews and decided to try it out for ourselves. We like this blower because it’s made for every cleanup job in the city or the country. But does it really clear leaves, sticks, and dry snow?
We did our research in all weather conditions throughout the four seasons to bring you a meaningful review.
Pros and Cons of the Stihl BR600 Backpack Blower
The Stihl BR600 backpack blower has many more pros than cons, so we chose four of the most impressive pros for this list. We mention all the cons we could think of.
|Pros||It’s powerful. It’s rated for a maximum airspeed of 238 mph and maximum air volume of 677 cubic feet per minute. It puts out 4-brake horsepower. This isn’t typical for a backpack blower that weighs only 21.6 lbs.|
|Its anti-vibration system cuts down and controls vibration. Even with the power it produces, you don’t have to work as hard as you might expect.|
|It has an ergonomic carrying frame and an adjustable support harness. This makes carrying the backpack blower around comfortable and easy. We found we could work for more than three hours, in all conditions, without feeling negative effects.|
|The pull-start feature and handheld controls make it ultra-easy to start and control. A smart stop switch prevents the blower from shutting off by mistake.|
|Cons||Stihl says it’s a fuel-efficient backpack blower. We found it wasn’t as fuel-efficient as we hoped it would be. But it’s not bad at all and better than most other large blowers.|
|The BR 600 has a warranty of up to two years, but it may not cover all blower parts.|
|Even though the support harness is a pro, it’s not that easy to adjust if you are wearing winter gear. But then, it’s not comfortable working outdoors when you wear thick, heavy clothes and gloves! So, it goes with the territory.|
The pros we have listed above aren’t the only highlights of the Stihl BR 600 Magnum blower. It’s the ideal machine for homeowners with big landscaping jobs, even though its design is for professional and commercial purposes.
Standard features include:
- Made in the U.S.
- Carries the Caring for Nature seal
- Low-emission, environmentally-friendly engine
- Multi-function control handle that simplifies operation
- Purge pump primer for easy starting
- Throttle trigger lock that returns the engine to the start setting
- Powerful anti-vibration system
- Adjustable support harness and ergonomic carrying frame
- Made for heavy-duty cleanup by pros and serious homeowners
Stihl BR 600 Magnum Blower Review
The Stihl BR 600 is a professional-grade machine designed for commercial use. But it works well for enthusiastic homeowners who need to keep bigger gardens clean and tidy all year round. It’s not heavy and unwieldy like some commercial-grade machines. We found the Stihl BR600 leaf blower is handy for dry snow and ice. We also found that it is excellent for general landscaping cleanups all year round.
We like that it’s built in the U.S, even though the company uses foreign parts and components in most designs. We also like being able to buy locally from dealers who own their businesses and care about good service.
The Caring for Nature seal is a guarantee of environmental consciousness. When you see the seal on Stihl products, you know that they produce low-exhaust or even zero emissions. This includes the fuel-efficient engines in the Stihl BR600 specs. So, by using Caring for Nature products, you reduce your environmental footprint.
The lubricants and oils they use are also eco-friendly. They will biodegrade by 80% or more within 21 days. Better still, the fuel-oil fix they make is like a 2-stroke, but with the benefits of 4-stroke power.
The Stihl BR 600 is also easy and practical to use. It’s not the lightest backpack blower on the market, but it’s a lot lighter than most. The adjustable support harness helps to balance your weight. This support harness will stop you from getting tired.
The anti-vibration system also reduces tiredness. You will find that it makes it a lot more comfortable to keep working. The pull-start mechanism works instantly. And the control handle is super-easy to use once you start working.
Once you’re working, you can choose the speed from the variable control setting. The control adjusts the airflow and gives you ultimate control. There’s even a cruise control setting. Since air throughput is high, it’s essential to be in control.
Life’s a breeze with a blower like this one!
Stihl BR 600 vs Similar Backpack Blowers
Brands that make similar backpack blowers to the Stihl BR600 backpack blower include Echo, Husqvarna, and RedMax.
First, we looked at what is available from other manufacturers.
Then we compared fuel consumption to see whether any of these brands are more fuel-efficient than the Stihl BR600 leaf blower. We found that Stihl outshone them all. Fuel consumption is lower and running time longer!
IAVF Antriebstechnik GmbH, an independent, third-party laboratory, published the data we used for this comparison. They used two-cycle engine oil for their tests.
|Backpack Blower||Fuel consumption (fl. oz./hour)||Running time in minutes|
|STIHL BR 600||43.3||44.3|
|Echo PB 770 T||48.7||39.4|
|Echo PB 755 S||49||39.1|
|Husqvarna 570 BTS||52.7||37.9|
|Husqvarna 580 BTS||60.2||32|
|RedMax EBZ 8500||60.9||31.5|
|RedMax EBZ 7500||51.4||37.3|
The fuel tank holds 47.3 fl. oz, which is average for backpack blower fuel capacity. But if you opt for a Stihl BR 600 Magnum blower, you’ll know that fuel will be costing you less.
Its noise rating of 75 decibels is also standard for similar gasoline-powered backpack blowers. The noise it makes is no louder than a household vacuum cleaner. But since you will be using it strapped to your back, close to your ears, the sound will be more audible. So always wear ear protection whichever backpack blower you choose.
Because the BR 600 has fewer parts and at 21.6 lbs, it is lighter than some other types. This lightweight feature is another factor that makes it easier and more comfortable to use. You will also find it’s easy to remove the air filter cover and clean the blower.
In a nutshell, you’ll find working with the Stihl BR 600 won’t add stress or strain of any kind.
Now, let’s look at some of the standard features in more detail and see how they will benefit you.
Because the BR 600 is a powerful, top-of-the-range model, what is listed as standard adds standout value to the machine.
– Low-Emission Engine
Energy-efficiency is important to Stihl. They have also made sure that a green solution benefits users without sacrificing performance. The low-emission Stihl BR 600 engine is quiet and fuel-efficient. It doesn’t need much maintenance, and it creates low emissions.
Interestingly, Stihl defines low-exhaust emissions for consumers. The definition shows that their powered products are even cleaner than the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) and/or California Air Resources Board (CARB) emission standards demand.
Another feature of this powerful, four-stroke engine is that it runs with a mixture of gasoline and oil (in a 1:50 ratio). Most four-stroke engines have a sump or tank and an oil pump, but this blower doesn’t. The gasoline-oil mix goes into the cylinder head through a bypass channel. This solution provides full lubrication.
Do you care about these technicalities? Even if you don’t, what it means to you is that there isn’t any oil servicing. This means that maintenance is easy. So, when you clean up your garden, you don’t have to worry about the possibility of harming the environment. You can get the job done easily, efficiently, and quickly.
– Multi-Function Control Handle
The controls for the Stihl BR600 backpack blower are on the handle of the machine. You will find that, in effect, they are in the palm of your hand. Your hand never has to leave the handle, so you’re in control all the time.
This is another excellent bonus.
– Purge Pump Primer
The purge pump primer lets you prime the carburetor with fuel, making it easier to start the machine. It also stops you from flooding the blower if you prime it too many times.
We found it worked well, even in ultra-cold weather.
One caveat. Be careful to remove the choke after the engine fires. If you don’t, it can still flood.
– Throttle Trigger Lock
The throttle trigger lock has a built-in stop switch that lets you turn the engine off by pressing a button. Once the engine is off, the throttle lock returns to the start setting without you having to do a thing.
When you want to start working again, your Stihl BR600 leaf blower will be waiting for you to start it up again. No effort is required.
– No Vibrations
We can’t praise the value of the machine’s anti-vibration system enough. The nasty vibrations some backpack blowers produce are enough to put anybody off keeping their garden clean and tidy.
The brilliant adjustable support harness adds value. You will delight in the fact that you won’t have to work so hard, and you won’t get as tired as you do with most other machines.
It really will take a load off your landscaping chores in spring, summer, autumn, and winter, even if it snows.
The Stihl Br 600 Magnum is a backpack blower designed for year-round use. But is it the best blower for you? If you’ve got big outdoor spaces or operate a landscaping business, the answer is definitely yes. If you have a small yard, you’ll do better to get a smaller Stihl blower.
We recommend the Stihl BR 600 backpack blower for anyone who wants to do a pro job with an easy-to-use machine. The price is a little high, but if you’ve got the budget, it’ll be worth your investment.