EGO commercial line -- My thoughts

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There should be a conversation type called "review" or something like that.  Anyway, here are my thoughts on this line.

First of all, when the line actually comes out, folks in the United States can still get access to it if it shows up on Mower Magic; the European EGO products are there and they will ship to the United States.  Would I recommend buying into the EGO commercial line?  Maybe for some people, but me personally, no.  Here is why:

First of all, it is less expensive and more productive to just buy a bunch of 5Ah or 7.5Ah packs and a bunch of rapid chargers kitted with tools like the mowers and the backpack blowers, and it grants faster charge (one hour vs three for the backpack battery), plus, with many 5Ah packs, you could easily use two blowers at once, doubling your productivity.  So buy enough to get you halfway through the day, then when their all discharged, go home and put them on the chargers and get something to eat, then when you're done, the packs will all be charged and you can go back out.  With that said, I prefer that over the backpack battery.

Second, I absolutely do not like the way the blower is designed.  With the small batteries (2Ah and 2.5Ah packs), unless I have my custom tapered attachment on and redirecting the force, the 530 unit fights me enough to make my wrist sore by the time I've discharged the battery.  The unit is front heavy and the force acts like a lever against my wrist and I have to keep pulling it up, and the 575 unit is even worse.  I'm betting that the 600CFM commercial unit will be next to unusable because the tube seems to be longer, which is like making the lever longer, you now have a stronger force that you're up against because the blower puts out more force, and there is no battery at all acting as a counterweight.  I hope there is a counterweight in the back because this thing looks completely unusable ergonomically.  A blower with that much force has to either have a counterweight on the back, or the force needs to go directly against the hand, or in some direction that makes it comfortable for the user.  No, I have never used the commercial blower, but I've used enough of EGO's units to see by just looking at that unit that it will have problems ergonomically.
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@TheAtomTwister...I had the Ego backpack blower,the 530 & the new 580cfm blower. The backpack blower doesn't give you the force that wears your wrist out that you mention with the other blowers. The handheld units will do it but not the 600cfm blower. I still wish Ego would've brought out a more powerful backpack blower. They missed the window of opportunity imo. I wound up buying a Echo backpack blower.
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Yes, you're right about that because the backpack is a totally different configuration.  I want to clarify with that said that this applies to all of EGO's blowers except the backpack blowers. The backpack blowers have a completely different ergonomics problem.  Also, I think EGO has another backpack in the works and it was another 600CFM one, but I think they decided to bump up the power, so release plans changed.  

I've got a Greenworks 80V backpack blower, I scrapped my EGO backpack blower for parts that I'm gonna use to make another blower, and I'm probably going to get a Husqvarna 580BTS.
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I just recently had the Husqvarna 360bts. It can move some leaves big time. However it was really loud. I think it was rated at 97dbs...yikes. I'm sure Ego have plans to outdo the new Greenworks backpack blower that's due out April 12th. Specs are 690cfm at either 165mph or 195mph. I say different mph's because I see it listed different in 2 different places.
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Quite correct about the different speed listings.  The correct one is 165.  Yes, the 580 is loud, but it will make the 360 look small.  It does 40 Newton force (more than double the EGO backpack blower, 908 CFM, 206 mph.  It is still the king of backpack blowers, and yes, I know about the Maruyama, it beats that, it beats the BR-700 forcewise, but not CFM wise, it beats them all.