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Stihl BR 500 Spec Sheet

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

Reduce the noise without sacrificing the power. The STIHL BR 500 features a powerful, low-emission engine and specially designed muffled blower tube so that it operates at a quiet 65dB(A). This makes the BR 500 an excellent choice for use in residential neighborhoods or in municipalities with noise restrictions. The blower also includes a 2-position adjustable blower tube, giving you greater control over its powerful air flow. (source: Stihl)

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: 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. At 22.3 lbs, the Stihl BR 500 is within the average weight range of gas-powered backpack leaf blowers.
  • Engine: This blower is fitted with a 64.8 cc 4-Mix engine. 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: Thanks to its variable speed settings, the Stihl BR 500 allows precise control of the air output.
  • 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: It has an average fuel capacity, with a tank able to hold around 47.3 fl. oz of fuel.

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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).
  • Regarding its power, the airflow of the Stihl BR 500 can reach 544 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute), which is on the low end for 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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Where to buy the Stihl BR 500?

According to Stihl's Internet Sales Policy and to the reasons mentioned in their blog, it is not possible or recommended to buy a NEW Stihl product online in the USA. The only way to buy the Stihl BR 500 online is to get it second hand on eBay.

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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