Stihl gas backpack leaf blower for review
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Stihl BR 200

Type: Gas-powered backpack blower
Blower rating: Excellent

Balance and comfort: Light and very comfortable. To minimize vibration, four springs keep the engine independent from the shoulder harness. The control stick can be repositioned along the blower tube to accommodate the user.

Overall: Packing the same engine size and performance as mid-range handheld blowers, the BR 200 is a small backpack that can be used for hours without the discomfort you'd experience in a handheld blower. A built-in footrest keeps the unit secure on the ground while starting, and pressing the throttle moves the choke for you. Like all the Stihls, this one starts easily with a pull or two.

Specs: 12.6 pounds. 27.2 cc. 35.5-ounce fuel tank. Maximum blower speed/volume at tube end: 132 mph /406 cfm. 70 dB at 50 feet. Two-year warranty.

About $280; STIHL
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