Stihl BR600 Magnum

It might make you look like Cyberman, but we reckon that, besides chainsaws, this backpack blower is the best piece of equipment Stihl has designed.

Stihl BR600 Magnum - image: Stihl
Stihl BR600 Magnum - image: Stihl

The BR600, which won a Reddot Design Award in 2005, is comfortable to use, quiet and fuel-efficient. It also has power that will blow your socks off.

The most powerful of three new backpack blowers from Stihl, it really shows its strength when cleaning large areas. Not only does it sweep fallen leaves but it also shifts heavy beech hedge trimmings and sends conkers into a spin. It is also environmentally friendly.

The BR600 is powered by Stihl’s now famous 4-MIX engine, a four-stroke engine that runs on a mixture of petrol and oil. This means fuelling up is business as usual but you also get all the benefits of a quieter machine with more pleasant emissions. Gone is that shriek associated with two-stroke machines. And scavenging losses are minimised by valves that control gas flow to reduce exhaust emissions.

As a result, the blower complies with emerging stringent emissions standards. It has the fuel consumption of a four-stroke, but with more power.

Despite being a four-stroke machine, the BR600 isn’t a heavy piece of equipment, and it feels light during operation thanks to the padded carrying frame.

Stihl understands that comfort is a key part of getting the job done. The backpack is made using breathable fabrics to minimise sweating.  The engine’s operating controls are integrated into a multi-function handle so that you don’t have to make any awkward movements. And the throttle locks in half and full positions.

Stihl is looking into the possibility of producing a bike-handled version.

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