Been running my Shindaiwa EB221S blower for 4-5years. It was an amazing blower, lightweight, didn't vibrate & reliable. Perfect for the smaller residential work I do. Unfortunately it has some issues now & am waiting for some parts to come in with an unknown timeframe. So I picked up the new Shindaiwa blower, EB252 without question & even looking at it. Wow so disappointed. It almost shakes your arm off & feels very heavy, totally unbalanced & non-ergonomic in your hand. The air intake is on the left so it sucks your cloths in if used with your right hand. Really quite unhappy with it & not really sure what Shindaiwa was thinking. I don't think I could use it for very long in the day with the vibration.
All my other gear besides the mower is Shindaiwa & have all been excellent. So after over 10 years using all Shindaiwa its time for a different brand for the first time. Im looking at the following -
*Husqvarna - 525BX or 125B
*Stihl BG56 or BG86
Im not to worried about the output as my old Shindaiwa was maybe slightly underpowered but perfect for the smaller residential work I do. On paper they all look about the same weight. Wanting it to run smoothly without to much vibration & feel balanced in the hand. Anyone have any feedback on these machines or other brands I should look at? What is parts availability for Husky & Stihl like? What is everyone else running? Only handheld not backpack style.
Thanks for looking & your feedback!