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Stihl BR 430 vs BR 350 - The differences

Further down the page, you'll find some explanations regarding the key similarities and differences between the Stihl BR 350 and the Stihl BR 430.

But before checking out these explanations, here's a table that summarizes the main pros of each of these 2 leaf blowers:

Stihl BR 350Stihl BR 430
Stihl BR 350Stihl BR 430
  • Lighter
  • Less noisy
  • Higher cc
  • Higher CFM
  • Higher MPH
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Common specs comparison

Make & handling

  • As the BR 350 and the BR 430 are both Stihl blowers, they benefit from the same level of quality and attention to detail. Both products have their throttle located on the tube of the blower, which allows you to keep your left hand free.
  • These two products are constructed as backpack blowers, allowing you to comfortably carry their powerful engines and massive fuel tanks.
  • Both products are gas-powered blowers - gas is a reliable power source which you can refill in a matter of seconds.

CFM & MPH

  • In comparison, the Stihl BR 430, with a CFM of 500, beats the 436 CFM of the Stihl BR 350, making it the superior landscaping tool of the two, when it comes to the amount of leaves that can be blown per minute.
  • The Stihl BR 430 with an MPH of 219 slightly exceeds the 201 MPH of the Stihl BR 350. Thus, in comparison, the former expels air at a slightly higher speed, and should do a better job at blowing leaves on grass or lifting wet leaves and debris (acorns, etc.).

Weight & Noise rating

  • The weight of the Stihl BR 430, which is 22.3 lbs, slightly exceeds the 22 lbs of the Stihl BR 350, and will therefore require you to carry around slightly more weight.
  • The noise rating of the Stihl BR 430, which is 76 dB, slightly exceeds the 74 dB of the Stihl BR 350. Even if this difference could seem unsignificant, the former is still slightly more noisy.

Engine specs comparison

  • Both devices have an identical fuel tank size of 57.5 fl.oz. They will therefore require you to refill them at roughly same rates.
  • In comparison, the Stihl BR 430's engine displacement of 57.5 cc is slightly outperformed by the 63.3 cc of the Stihl BR 350. This suggests that the latter consumes slightly larger amounts of fuel per stroke and will provide you with slightly more power.
  • Each of these leaf blowers features a 2-cycle engine. Thus, they both require you to have an oil/fuel mix to operate.

Other features comparison

Vacuum ability

Neither the Stihl BR 350 nor the Stihl BR 430 has the ability to vacuum leaves. Thus, you will require another method of leaf collection.

TL;DR

Stihl BR 350Stihl BR 430
Stihl BR 350Stihl BR 430
  • Lighter
  • Less noisy
  • Higher cc
  • Higher CFM
  • Higher MPH
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