Makita BBX7600N Review

product image of Makita BBX7600N 75.6 CC 4-Stroke Backpack Blower

Our rating: 4.5 stars Very good  

Customer rating: 4 stars 140+ reviews

Price: $499.00        Buy from amazon.com

The Makita BBX7600N is an extra-powerful, 4-stroke backpack leaf blower – it’s easy to start, offers a speed lock function, only it’s a bit more pricey.

Pros:
  • Excellent power
  • Starts easily
  • 4-stroke
Cons:
  • a few complaints (see below)
Key specifications:

Makita 75.6cc 4-Stroke Backpack Blower – BBX7600N

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4-stroke – No Fuel Mixing

man blowing leaves from drivewayWhile the Makita BBX7600N is a bit pricey and rated as a commercial grade unit, thanks to its weight, noise level and ease of use it is suitable for homeowners (with a large yard of course) as well.

One of the main advantages is the 4-stroke engine – users really appreciate that fuel mixing is no longer needed and that there’s almost no smoke or smell. Also, both the fuel consumption and noise are on a nice level – so no annoying high-pitched whine of the 2-stroke machines, some customers mentioned they do not even bother with ear protection.

The assembly is easy, just use some lubricant if you experience problems when joining the tube parts. It comes with padded shoulder straps and back panel which makes it quite comfortable to wear – on the other hand, the Husqvarna 350BT fares better in this regard. It comes with an additional hip belt, doesn’t hang as far off your back and softens the vibrations better – so even if it’s less powerful, it is more suitable for longer working sessions.

Great Power

The handle with trigger and switch

The blowing power is very impressive – the 75.6cc engine offers plenty of air flow to move deep layers and big piles of leaves easily, wet and heavy stuff isn’t a problem neither. And the long tube is very effective for clearing bushes or flowerbeds.

Another great news is that it starts very easily, users report that always on first or second pull. The throttle allows a good control of the power, and even in idle mode there’s enough power for some light tasks. And the tank enables approximately 80 minutes of continuous operation.

A cruise control function is also present so you don’t have to press the trigger all the time – just lock the speed and you’re set.

Negatives?

As with any other tool, even here you can find some reviews mentioning a malfunctioning unit requiring repair or replacement of some part. Keep in mind you cannot return this machine to Amazon and have to deal with Makita directly – on the other hand, customers mentioned that Makita pays all the shipping costs when you send it to their repair center.

Conclusion:  If you are searching for a top power, the Makita BBX7600N won’t disappoint you. Easy to start and equipped with a speed lock – very good choice for any professional landscape contractor or homeowner with a large yard. We can definitely recommend it.

On the other hand, if you need a gas machine suitable even for lighter jobs and cleanup, check out the Hitachi RB24EAP or Husqvarna 125B.

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padded shoulder straps      dealing with large amount of leaves

Specifications:

  • Brand: Makita
  • Type: Gas powered, backpack
  • Air speed: 195 mph (adjustable)
  • Air volume: 526 CFM
  • Vacuum: no
  • Weight: 22.6 lbs
  • Warranty: 1-year
  • Cycles: 4 stroke
  • Cubature: 75.6cc

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Frequently asked questions:

What kind of fuel is required?

The machine is 4-cycle so you do not mix gas with oil. But after adding fuel to the tank don’t forget to fill the crankcase with oil (it doesn’t come with it), for example this one.

Are there any accessories I should buy?

Besides the gas and oil, none.

Is there any maintenance needed?

Gas powered leaf blowers require some additional upkeep like cleaning the air filter or adding stabilizer to the fuel for winter storage – please read our guide (it focuses on string trimmers but most of the points apply to blowers as well) or refer to the user manual for more info.



 

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