Nice step up from my Echo 620
I now own three back packs; two Echo's (403 and 620), and now the Husky 560. The 403 was great for a quick clean up of grass clippings and such, while the 620 (530cfm) was purchased a few years ago to push leaves around. After being pretty satisfied with the 620 (runs great, light, and pretty powerful), I figured why not go with a different brand this fall and step up the cfm's. I live on Long Island with a fair amount of oak trees in and around the property, and given the fact that my college age son wasn't around to help me this fall, I figured another hundred cfm's of power would give me a fair shot at the leaf jobs if I work them myself.
I looked at the 570, but got the 560 because it was a great deal, it put out 630 cfm (my target number), and I don't like buying more than I need. Had I needed to constantly move heavy wet stuff, I would have picked up the 570 (or 580), but I wait until the leaves dry prior to my clean ups, so a true comm'l grade unit wasn't a must have.
I must say, I am very impressed with this unit. I can clear my entire property, and the street in front of my house (I just blow everything to the front yard, then across the street into the woods) within an hour. It would take me AND my son 1 hour to do the same job with the 2 Echos! This unit throws out wind so hard that I can blow a huge pile of (dry) leaves clear down my driveway and across the street at walking pace. It strips leaves embedded in bushes and flower beds very efficiently - way better than my 530 cfm Echo 620. The carburetors alone on the Husky's are way more impressive than the cheap ones Echo uses.
Some owners have mentioned an increase in vibration levels with these units (compared to Echo's), which I was somewhat concerned with. You probably would expect slightly more vibes with a larger engine, so I figured an increase in vibration was expected. I must say that when I first threw the thing on my back and throttled up, the vibes were in fact slightly more than the Echo, but only during run up. At wide open it was a non-issue. I use mine for 1 hour intervals, and I think it's pretty smooth running.
I've been living in the same house for 25 years, and I keep the landscaping in good shape. Since I've been working the property with this 560, I've had many compliments on the condition of the yard. People think I've hired a professional to do my clean ups!
December 12, 2013
Very good blower, moves even wet leaves.
Very good blower, glad I bought it, well worth the price. I believe it is quieter than other blowers, however you may still want something for your ears if using it for a long time. The only negative I see about it is the angle of the gas spout make it difficult to put gas into it.
I cannot comment on the durability since I have only had it a few weeks.
November 18, 2013
Husqvarna 560 BTS Blower
I just received this Husqvarna 560 BTS for Christmas and since then we have had 8-10inches of snow. The 560 had no problen at all removing 4-5inches of snow from the sidewalks and driveways. The machine is very powerful and is very well balanced,you do not feel the weight on your back at all. Can hardly wait for it to snow again. I used hearing protectors but it did not seem that loud,I think 74 dba. Appears to be an amazing machine. Great Choice
January 17, 2013
My first back pack blower
This is the first back pack blower i have owned. I have always had hand blowers. We bought a home in the country that has a lot of trees. This blower does a very good job, it really moves the leaves. I reccommend it to get the job done.
December 14, 2012
I've used all different kinds of blowers and this is by far the best. It is not that heavy and has tons of power. It's pretty loud but thats not a problem.
December 14, 2012
Starts first time every time, well balance and fuel efficient
December 3, 2012
Hard work SAVER !!
I'm getting up in age and raking was really getting to be time consuming and Now with this blower my God I cut the time down to nothing at all, and the yard looks WONDERFUL ! The product is easy to use and Easy o start and maintan, What more could you ask for, Good Job in this product !!!
November 3, 2012
This is an excellent blower, eventhough I only use for residental use I appreciate the quality and duribility of the Husqvarna products. I would much rather have a commercial blower that makes quick work of the task at hand, than a cheap small blower that would take two or three times as long to get the job done. Don't let the price sway your decision, it is worth the money and will last.
October 21, 2012