Independent Research Claims Stihl Backpack Blower Delivers Higher Fuel Savings

A recent study of backpack blower fuel efficiency by independent research firm IAVF Antriebstechnik GmbH, found that the BR 600 Stihl Magnum backpack blower is up to 38.4% more fuel efficient than competitive models, which can mean thousands of dollars in fuel savings per year. The results of the study were incorporated into an online fuel savings calculator where professionals and consumers can compare fuel costs for a variety of blower models.

“Fuel costs continue to be one of the largest factors affecting the landscape professional’s bottom line,” said Daniel Pherson, product manager for Stihl Inc. “Because of its fuel efficiency, the BR 600 lowers those costs. Assuming the average landscape contractor runs a fleet of 20 blowers over the span of two years, the savings can be tens of thousands of dollars depending on the price of gasoline. The calculator shows just how much users will save by choosing Stihl over competitors.”

The fuel efficiency of the BR 600 not only reduces fuel costs, but also provides longer run times per gallon of fuel, which can mean increased labor efficiency. “We have a fleet of more than 40 Stihl BR 600 backpack blowers and run them an average of 20 hours a week per unit, 49 weeks a year. After entering this information into the fuel savings calculator, I found that we are saving more than $20,000 a year compared to blowers from another brand,” said John Round III, president of K&D Round’s Landscape Services in Norfolk, VA.

The IAVF Antriebstechnik GmbH study compared the BR 600 Stihl Magnum, the Echo PB 770 T, Echo 755 S, Husqvarna 570 BTS, Husqvarna 580 BTS and RedMax EBZ 8500. To determine fuel savings, users simply input the price of gas in their area, estimated run times in hours per week, the number of units in the fleet, and the estimated operating weeks per year into the calculator.

To learn more about the BR 600 Stihl Magnum and the results of the IAVF Antriebstechnik GmbH study, visit