New Backpack Blower?

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Hi. I’d like to buy the EGO backpack blower, but the air speed is lower than the new 580CFM handheld blower. And would it have a true variable speed trigger.

Are there any rumors about a new, replacement backpack blower?

Thanks,

Dan.

P.s. Our yard is not big, but we have a large number of evergreens that dump needles in the yard, driveway, and cul-de-sac. When using my current gas blower (Stihl BR600) I’m constantly juggling the speed control from barely any air to full speed. It would be a pain to have to fiddle with two or three controls just to get variable speed.
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The CFM is actually more important than the MPH airspeed. The blower and the new 580CFM handheld are going to be almost identical in performance. The only reason to choose the backpack over the handheld is to have the battery weight on your back and not in your hand. 
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Actually, generally, it is Newton Force that is the most important.  CFM is good for moving large piles of leaves, speed is good for moving stuck debris.  They both have their respective uses, which is why I have both high speed (Greenworks) and high CFM (EGO) blowers.  You might be right about almost identical performances, however.  I am not entirely convinced yet that the 580 unit actually reaches 168mph with the tapered attachment.  For that to happen, the cross-sectional area of the front would have to be reduced to 71% of what it is without the tapered attachment if what it is without the tapered attachment is the same as that of the 530 and 575 units, and my tests indicate that you can reduce that cross sectional area to no less than 88% of what it is with only the tube.  If you reduce it any more, the air will back up behind the fan.  With that reduction, the speed will be increased to about 136 mph on the 575 unit.  It makes a difference, but even with my custom tapered attachment that reduces the discharge area to 88% of what it was, my 80V Greenworks units still exceed its speed.  They can make it past 140 mph.  Not much faster, but you can see the difference because they can get unstuck some things that my 575 cannot.

With all of that expressed, the 580 unit blowing at a similar speed will put out about the same force, if not, a bit more, than the backpack blower if the tapered attachment that it comes with increases the speed without reducing the volume by enough to keep the force the same, which would allow the tapered attachment to cause the force to go up.
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Brad,

Thanks for the feedback.

Keeping weight off of my back is a key goal (bad back here). If I bought the backpack, I’d use the the 7.5 battery from my lawnmower. So weight is a consideration. That said, putting the weight on my hips using the hip belt shoud help.

On the other hand, the handheld with the 5.0 battery is lower weight. Using a blower strap would transfer the weight to my shoulder. Lower weight plus shoulder strap might make the handheld a better option.

Another consideration I just realized is ease of handling. Although the lawn and cul-de-sac are open, there are also a lot of nooks and crannies that need to be blown out. My Stihl BR600 backpack is a hassle to get these small spaces. So now, I’m wondering if the Ego handheld might be a better option than the Ego backpack. I.e. a quick grab and go tool.

My Stihl backpack blower is a good tool, but I’m tired of the hassle of getting it out, servicing it (gas and oil), and starting it. Starting it wrenches my back. Not good.

I’m slowly converting to Ego battery tools - lawn mower, string trimmer, hedge trimmer and blower (shortly). The Stihl backpack blower is still there for big jobs like spring and fall cleanup. A new blower should take care of the rest. The only question is which one.

Decisions, decisions...

Thanks again,

Dan.
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We are in the same boat! I started research on a handheld blower and was set on the new 580, until I tried a 575 at the dealer. I did not like the Turbo button at all. Just having to hold it down for a short time was long enough. It seemed that the weight of it hanging on my arm for an extended period of time would also be uncomfortable. I do see the benefit of just grabbing it for use or getting into tight spots, versus the back pack.

The back pack kit seems to be the same price as the 580, AND it has 600 CFM. From what I have read, is that, CFM is as or more important than MPH. There-go, I am frustrated and unable to commit to one or the other. I am leaning towards the back pack, simply because it is about the same weight as the hand held and will most likely be more comfortable and user friendly. 

Any Recommendations???
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I would suggest the backpack for larger jobs, like anything that takes more than one battery to complete, simply based on reduced arm strain; the push back of these blowers can be tiring after a while if you’re using them near their max power.

However, for shorter jobs the handhelds are incredibly convenient! It’s just so easy to grab-n-go. I leave my blower loaded with a battery at all times.

If price is a concern, don’t overlook the 530 CFM blower. It’s an excellent tool, and paired up with the backpack blower you’d have a tool for any situation. As a kit with the 2.5Ah battery it’s super light and easy on the body, though run times are half what you’d get using the 5Ah battery.
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Bud, Blue Angel,

Thanks for the feedback.    While I'm not rich, I make a decent living.   So money is not really an issue.   What I don't have any more is time and strength.  Saving my back, arms, and knees is critical.   Saving time and hassle is equally important.  So I'm replacing many of my tools with easier to use, lighter tools - like an ego blower.

FYI... Bud created a thread that is focused on my quandary - backpack or handheld.  So, I'm responding to Bud in his thread: https://community.egopowerplus.com/ego/topics/what-should-i-get-back-pack-580-or-575-blower.

Thanks,

Dan.
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Thanks for your help. I decided to go with the 580 blower. I used my 21in mower yesterday and loved it however it does drive like a brick. I am sure it will take some getting used to since I've had a riding mower for 30 years.