The Turbo button doesn’t concern me, in fact I like the idea since high speed will be enough to do most jobs anyway.
The backpack blower would be my preference if I was doing larger jobs 20-30 min or more, the thrust from the handheld models can be tiring after a while.
I've never had the backpack style blower, but if you just want to grab it and use it for a couple minutes to clear the driveway, deck, etc, it seems like it would be a pain to strap on a backpack blower. That said, I have used the 530 blower for about 1 hour straight and didn't feel that it was too heavy. Sure, I noticed the weight, but it works so well, I am fine putting up with the weight.
Hi. Bud and I swapped posts in another thread about the backpack blower, but I like this one better because if focuses on the dichotomy: Is a handheld or a backpack better for my (your) needs?
Currently I have a Stihl BR600 backpack and a Toro corded electric that I use for blowing out the garage, cleaning off the driveway and cul-de-sac, and cleaning it the plant beds. We have a few small deciduous trees and an 80+ foot tall Maple (leaves the size of dinner plates). But the huge problem is a large number of evergreens including several large Cedar trees, a bunch of spruce trees, and a 165 foot Douglas-Fir. When we get a wind storm, it looks like a bomb hit this place - leaves, needles, and twigs everywhere! And Fall cleanup is a major hassle for us.
The Stihl and Toro do a decent job, but each has hassles and limitations. Starting and putting on the Stihl backpack typically screws up my back, and it weighs 24.5 lbs with a full tank of gas. The Toro’s cord makes it a major hassle to use in the cul-de-sac, and around the trees and bushes. And, it has limited CFM.
At this point, I’m torn between the EGO 580 CFM handheld and the backpack. While I don't expect either to match my Stihl performance(238 mph and 670 CFM), I think either EGO blower will meet most of my needs.
My take on the two EGOs:
- Pluses for the handheld - Somewhat higher airspeed vs the backpack and potentially easier handling in tight spaces for detail work. Another plus is that it's easier to store than the backpack. Finally, it's lighter than the backpack by something like 5 lbs (I think this is correct).
- Pluses for the backpack - Somewhat higher CFM vs the 580 handheld. It's POTENTIALLY easier to hold because the backpack takes the weight whereas the 580 handheld's is all in your hand. Since I have the 7.5 Ah battery from my Ego lawnmower, the backpack only price is $93 cheaper than the handheld with charger and 5.0 Ah battery.
For me, the options look like buying:
- 580 handheld, battery and charger ($299 at HD)
- 580 handheld + backpack link ($448 at HD)
- Backpack only, NO battery or charger ($206.61 at HD)
- 580 handheld AND backpack only ($505.61 at HD)
The only advantage that I can see with buying option 2 is that the backpack link can be used with other EGO tools. That said, I'm not sure if that benefit is a good enough reason to buy the backpack link.
The only other concern that I have is the user controls. I don't understand why EGO changes their controls constantly. It seem simple to me to have a single VARIABLE trigger. I.e. pull a little bit equals low air speed; pull hard equals high air speed. QUESTION: which trigger control works best for variable air flow - 580 handheld or backpack?
Thanks and regards,
P.s. I'm leaning slightly towards the 580 handheld, battery and charger as an initial buy and then adding the backpack. Or maybe buying both initially and then sending one of them back if I don't like it. Any thoughts?