I'm not sure why it says "No Longer Available" on Epinions because I bought one three days ago. (11-15-08)
Recommend this product?
I have an acre of land with a LOT of trees and leaves and I am(depending on the wind direction) the recipient of my neighbors leaves also.
After much comparison shopping I chose to go with the ECHO 755T. (T is for throttle control on the tube). I've hired lawn maintenance companies for the last several years and it gets kind of expensive to have them clear the land of leaves, so I decided to bite the bullet and get a blower that will actually do the massive job in an efficient and timely manner. This baby fills the bill.
63.3 cc Power Boost Tornado engine ..... 625 CFM (the "important" number), 205 mph air speed, 26 lbs and a 5 year consumer warranty. (other specs can be checked with a quick Google search).
This is E-pinion so I will give my O-pinion.
I'm 61 years old, in fairly good physical condition (no leg, shoulder or back problems) so I thought I could handle the 755 with aplomb. I was right. My only issue was how to sling it up and onto my back. Easy. I just put it up on a hip-high shelf in my shed - backed up to it and put the straps over my shoulders. After a minor strap adjustment I started it up, put it on, walked out of the shed, and cleared my acre in about an hour and a half. The leaves were very deep, even on my 160 foot driveway but it didn't matter. This model will move multiple piles of leaves up to my hips (piles of acorns too) and all at a great distance so I didn't even get my socks dirty! :-)
I'm not saying I didn't discover new muscle groups that I never knew I had (the day after) but it was actually a good feeling and I'm once again - proud of my lawn.
The 755T likes gas. It took me a full tank to do the almost acre of deep leaves, but, to me, it's a none factor. If you live in the country like me, and most of your neighbors use backpack blowers - than clamp on your ear-protection, get an ECHO 755T or H and see your grass again!
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