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Stihl BR 430 Spec Review

The Stihl BR 430 is a gas-powered backpack leaf blower delivering 500 CFM at 219 MPH. It features a 2-cycle 57.5 cc engine. (Read full specs)

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Features and Specifications

Type
Type Gas-Powered
Handling Backpack
CFM Up to 500
MPH Up to 219
Blowing Force 26 N
Engine
Make 2-MIX
Engine displacement 57.5 cc
Strokes 2
Fuel/oil ratio 50:1
Speed settings Variable
Features
Throttle positionTube
Cruise controlYes
Fuel tank 57.5 fl. oz.
Vacuum No
Misc
Weight 22.3 lbs
Noise rating 76 dB
Tube length N/A
Warranty 2 years
CARB-compliantYes

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Description

When the job runs long, the STIHL BR 430 is right there with you. It has the features you need to get the job done with fewer refuels and less fatigue. Its pro-sized 57.5 oz. fuel tank goes even farther thanks to a fuel-efficient engine that produces cleaner emissions when compared to standard 2-stroke engines. In addition to its anti-vibration system and ElastoStart™ handle, the blower also features back padding, broad shoulder straps and soft rubber grip for enhanced comfort and support. (source: Stihl)

Overview of the Stihl BR 430

The Stihl BR 430 in use

The Stihl BR 430

  • Power: The BR 430 gas-powered blower, manufactured by Stihl, is rated for a max air volume of 500 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and a max air speed of 219 MPH.
  • Handling: By design, this model isn’t the smallest leaf blower on the market. It’s meant to be carried as a backpack so that the bulk of the unit is out of the way and the user’s hands are free to manipulate the nozzle. Its throttle is located on the tube, which allows you to keep your left hand free. At 22.3 lbs, the Stihl BR 430 is within the average weight range of gas-powered backpack blowers.
  • Engine: This blower is fitted with a 57.5 cc 2-MIX engine. Please note that, because the Stihl BR 430's engine is a 2-cycle one, it runs on a mixture of oil and gasoline. According to Stihl, the proper fuel mixture ratio for this blower is 50:1.
  • Speed Settings: For those who wish to have complete control while operating their leaf blower, the BR 430 offers variable speed settings, and moreover, is also equipped with cruise control, which allows the user to comfortably continue blowing at their preferred setting.
  • Noise: With a decibel rating of 76 dB, the BR 430 is neither louder nor quieter than its rivals in the gas-powered backpack category.
  • Fuel Tank: Its tank can hold 57.5 fl. oz., so it falls squarely in the average in terms of fuel capacity for backpack blowers.

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The Stihl BR 430's performance versus other blowers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea how the key specs of the Stihl BR 430 compare with similar leaf blowers.

  • Forced air exiting this blower has been clocked at a max speed of 219 MPH. This puts the BR 430 ahead of the pack as far as air speed is concerned in gas-powered backpack blowers. If you wish to benefit from air expelled at the fastest possible speed, the Husqvarna 150BT and its 251 MPH could be an option to consider.
  • Regarding its air volume, the airflow of the Stihl BR 430 can reach 500 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute), which is on the low end for gas-powered backpack blowers. For the highest air volume, you may want to have a look at the Shindaiwa EB910RT, which boasts with 1110 CFM.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other gas backpack blowers, the Stihl BR 430 is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this blower nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.

2-Mix Engine Technology

Stihl's 2-Mix engine is a more eco-friendly and powerful approach to the traditional 2 stroke engine. It features what Stihl calls "stratified scavenging", which simply means that a layer of air is created between the combustion chamber and the crankcase. This action allows the engine to separate fresh fuel from the exhaust, which in turn minimizes the scavenging losses and eliminates the components of the mix that pose a health and environmental hazard (compliant with European Emissions Directive, Stage II). The 2-Mix engine offers a high torque over a wide speed range, a fuel consumption up to 20% lower than conventional 2-cycle engines, and fewer harmful emissions.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Cruise control
  • 2-Mix Engine
  • High MPH (219 MPH)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (22.3 lbs)
  • Decent tank (57.5 fl. oz.)
  • Acceptable noise (76 dB)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Low CFM (500 CFM)

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About Stihl

Stihl AG & Company KG was founded by Andreas Stihl in 1926. The German company specializes in handheld outdoor power equipment. Over the past fifty years, Stihl has opened manufacturing plants in Brazil, the United States, and China. The German company’s sure and steady expansion has made it a leading provider of in the lawn, forestry, and landscape maintenance industries.

Warranty Information

The Stihl BR 430 is covered under a warranty for up to 2 years. This warranty may not cover all parts of the blower.
For more information about the warranty of Stihl blowers, please consult Stihl's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-467-8445.

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    I have had this blower for about 3 years and would have given it 5 stars if not for the fact that it is uncomfortable to use for any length of time because it doesn’t want to stay on my back. Would it have killed Stihl to put a chest strap on this thing? That’s really all it needs to make it comfortable. As it is, I have to use one hand to pull the straps together to keep it from falling off my shoulders.

    + PROS: Plenty of power and easy start
    - CONS: uncomfortable to use. Needs chest strap to keep it from sliding off shoulders
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