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Stihl BR 500 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 500.

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 500
Stihl BR 350Stihl BR 500
  • Lighter
  • Bigger fuel tank
  • Higher CFM
  • Higher MPH
  • Less noisy
  • Higher cc
  • 4-Mix engine
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Common specs comparison

Make & handling

  • As the BR 350 and the BR 500 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 500, at the CFM of 544, beats the 436 CFM of the Stihl BR 350, making it the superior landscaping tool of the two, as it can blow leaves rather more efficiently.
  • The Stihl BR 500 with the MPH of 207 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.

Weight & Noise rating

  • The weight of the Stihl BR 500, 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 louder Stihl BR 350, at the noise rating of 74 dB, comes above the 65 dB of the Stihl BR 500, and will be more noisy in comparison.

Engine specs comparison

  • The Stihl BR 350's fuel tank has a volume of 57.5 fl.oz., exceeding the 47.3 fl.oz. of the Stihl BR 500. Therefore, you may store more fuel in the device and theoretically operate it longer, if their engines are equally demanding.
  • In comparison, the Stihl BR 350's engine displacement of 63.3 cc is slightly outperformed by the 64.8 cc of the Stihl BR 500. This suggests that the latter consumes slightly larger amounts of fuel per stroke and will provide you with slightly more power.
  • Each of these blowers requires a fuel/oil mix to operate, as the Stihl BR 350 features a 2-cycle engine, and the Stihl BR 500 is powered by the Stihl 4-Mix 4-stroke engine.

Other features comparison

Vacuum ability

Neither the Stihl BR 350 nor the Stihl BR 500 has the ability to vacuum leaves. Thus, you will require another method of leaf collection.

TL;DR

Stihl BR 350Stihl BR 500
Stihl BR 350Stihl BR 500
  • Lighter
  • Bigger fuel tank
  • Higher CFM
  • Higher MPH
  • Less noisy
  • Higher cc
  • 4-Mix engine
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