STIHL BR 600 Backpack Blower Delivers Higher Fuel Savings

Study shows landscapers can save thousands of dollars annually
Release Date: 10/1/2013

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VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. — A recent study of backpack blower fuel efficiency by independent research firm IAVF Antriebstechnik GmbH, found that the BR 600 STIHL MAGNUM® backpack blower is up to 38.4% more fuel efficient than competitive models, which can mean thousands of dollars in fuel savings per year. The results of the study were incorporated into an online fuel savings calculator where professionals and consumers can compare fuel costs for a variety of blower models.

“Fuel costs continue to be one of the largest factors affecting the landscape professional’s bottom line,” said Daniel Pherson, product manager for STIHL Inc. “Because of its fuel efficiency, the BR 600 lowers those costs. Assuming the average landscape contractor runs a fleet of 20 blowers over the span of two years, the savings can be tens of thousands of dollars depending on the price of gasoline. The calculator shows just how much users will save by choosing STIHL over competitors.”

The superior fuel efficiency of the BR 600 not only reduces fuel costs, but also provides longer run times per gallon of fuel, which can mean increased labor efficiency. “We have a fleet of more than 40 STIHL BR 600 backpack blowers and run them an average of 20 hours a week per unit, 49 weeks a year. After entering this information into the fuel savings calculator, I found that we are saving more than $20,000 a year compared to blowers from another brand,” said John Round III, president of K&D Round’s Landscape Services in Norfolk, Va.

The IAVF Antriebstechnik GmbH study compared the BR 600 STIHL MAGNUM®, the ECHO PB 770 T, ECHO 755 S, Husqvarna 570 BTS, Husqvarna 580 BTS and RedMax EBZ 8500. To determine fuel savings, users simply input the price of gas in their area, estimated run times in hours per week, the number of units in the fleet, and the estimated operating weeks per year into the calculator.

To learn more about the BR 600 STIHL MAGNUM® and the results of the IAVF Antriebstechnik GmbH study, visit http://www.stihlusa.com/products/technology/br600-fuel-savings-calculator/.

About STIHL Inc.
STIHL Inc. manufactures the
number one selling brand of gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment in America,* as well as the number one selling brand of chain saws in the world. STIHL products are sold through servicing power equipment retailers from coast to coast – not mass merchants. Located in Virginia Beach, Va., STIHL Inc., the headquarters for U.S. operations for the worldwide STIHL Group, exports to over 90 countries around the world; and the majority of STIHL products sold in America are also built in America.* STIHL products sold through U.S. STIHL dealers are for distribution in the United States only. For more information or for the name of a local STIHL retailer, call toll free 1-800-GO STIHL (1-800-467-8445), visit stihlusa.com or text your zip code to 78445.

*A majority of STIHL powerheads are built in the United States from domestic and foreign parts and components. "Number one selling brand" is based on syndicated Irwin Broh Research as well as independent consumer research of 2009-2012 U.S. sales and market share data for the gasoline-powered handheld outdoor power equipment category combined sales to consumers and commercial landscapers.

STIHL is also pleased to support the work of Independent We Stand, the Tree Research and Education Endowment Fund (TREE Fund), International Society of Arboriculture (ISA), the Tree Care Industry Association (TCIA), National FFA, Professional Landcare Network (PLANET), the American Tree Farm System (ATFS), the National Retail Hardware Association (NRHA) and the National Association of State Park Directors.

For information on job opportunities with STIHL Inc., please go to www.stihlcareers.com. STIHL is an EEO and drug-free work environment.

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BR 600 MAGNUM® Specifications - Professional Use
AIR VELOCITY 90 m/sec. (201 mph)
AIR VOLUME With tube: 1210 m3/h (712 cfm)
Without tube: 1720 m3/h (1012 cfm)
WEIGHT 9.8 kg (21.6 Ibs.)
FUEL CAPACITY 1400 cc (47.3 oz.)
ENGINE POWER 2.8 kW (3.8 bhp)
DISPLACEMENT 64.8 cc (3.95 cu. in.)
SOUND PRESSURE RATING 75 dB(A)
Measured per ANSI B 175.2