Characteristics Of The Stihl BR 500

The Stihl BR 500 is a gas-powered backpack leaf blower delivering 544 CFM at 207 MPH. It features a 4-cycle 64.8 cc engine.
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Features and Specifications

Type

Type Gas-Powered
Handling Backpack
CFM Up to 544
MPH Up to 207
Blowing Force 22 N

Engine

Make 4-Mix
Engine Displacement 64.8 cc
Strokes 4
Speed Settings Variable

Features

Cordless Yes
Fuel Tank 47.3 fl. oz.
Vacuum No
Mulcher No

Misc

Weight 22.3 lbs
Noise Rating 65 dB
Tube Length N/A
Warranty 2 years

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Description

Overview of the Stihl BR 500

  • Power: The Stihl BR 500 is a gas-powered leaf blower. It sports a max air speed of 207 MPH and a max air volume rating of 544 cubic feet per minute (CFM).
  • Handling: This blower’s backpack functionality makes make it less exerting on the user, even when used for an extended period of time. At 22.3 lbs, the Stihl BR 500 is within the average weight range of gas-powered backpack leaf blowers.
  • Engine: This blower's 4-Mix engine has a displacement specification of 64.8 cc. Stihl's 4-Mix engine is a 4-stroke engine that runs with a mixture of oil and gas. You can find more details about this technology below.
  • Speed Settings: Sometimes you just need a little more power, while other times you may want a little more precision when moving leaves and debris. That’s why the BR 500 features variable speed settings for added control.
  • Noise: As far as gas-powered backpack blowers go, this one is average in terms of noise with a rating of 65 dB.
  • Fuel Tank: With a capacity of 47.3 fl. oz., this Stihl blower is average when compared to other gas-powered backpack leaf blowers.

The Stihl BR 500's performance versus other blowers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea how the key specs of the Stihl BR 500 compare with similar leaf blowers.

  • Upon exiting the nozzle, the air can reach speeds of up to 207 MPH, which is pretty much what is to be expected for gas-powered backpack leaf blowers (the one expelling air at the fastest speed being the Husqvarna 150BT with 251 MPH).
  • As this unit is rated at 544 CFM (cubic feet per minute), it is less powerful than most gas-powered backpack leaf blowers (the biggest expelled air volume belonging to the Stihl BR 700 with 912 CFM).

4-Mix Engine Technology

Stihl's 4-Mix engine combines the advantages of 2-cycle and 4-cycle engines. This award-winning 4-stroke engine runs on a mix of petrol and oil (1:50). For this to happen, the petrol-oil mix enters the cylinder head through a bypass channel in order to offer full lubrication, which avoids the need for parts like an oil pump, sump or tank (which are compulsory for traditional 4-stroke engines). Therefore, there is no oil servicing to do (easy maintenance), the leaf blower is lighter (due to fewer parts) and its overall noise is lower. Additionally, all 4-MIX engines are fitted with a system that considerably reduces the effort needed to pull the starter rope.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • 4-Mix Engine
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent Tank (47.3 fl. oz.)
  • Acceptable Noise (65 dB)
  • Decent Weight (22.3 lbs)
  • Decent MPH (207 MPH)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Low CFM (544 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 500 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. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-467-8445
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