We have had a few sunny days in the UK recently, which has prompted us to suddenly remember that there is an uncovered area attached to the property that we haven’t visited for the last six months. We like to call it our garden, but nature has been trying to claim it back as one of its own ever since we moved in. The only way to fight back against mother nature and her unrelenting army of flora is with good quality gardening tools. Thankfully, Stihl have a wide range to tackle a variety of garden dramas.

The BR 600 is a backpack blower. It weighs 10.2kg, but thanks to the ergonomic carrying frame it is more than comfortable to wear. The harness and hip belt are height adjustable and can be tweaked whilst wearing. The hip belt helps to take the pressure of the shoulders and evenly distribute over the body, helping you to work for longer periods of time without becoming uncomfortable. The BR 600 utilises the Stihl 4-MIX engine with four stroke mixed lubrication technology. this runs on a fuel-oil mix just like a two stroke, but it offers all the benefits without the compromises of four stroke power. The Stihl 4-MIX engine creates fast acceleration, with more power, added torque, lower noise, reduced emissions and increased fuel efficiency to help you complete your jobs effectively and quickly. The Anti-Vibration system prevents intense vibration at the handles, which can lead to long-term effects on blood vessels in the hands and arms. By ensuring the oscillations from the machine's engine are dampened, this reduces vibrations at the handles for a more comfortable and stable control. The multi-function control handle is easy to use, thanks to the comfortable thumb-operation control. You don’t have to remove your hand from the handle at any point, whilst the weight balance means it easy to manoeuvre around the garden.

If your excuse for not venturing it the back yard is because it is covered in leaves, fight back with minimal effort, blow them all into your neighbour’s garden and voila! It’s BBQ time. RRP £654

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4.5 out of 5


Powerful blower

Simple to use

High air throughout

Good power to weight ratio

Anti-vibration system

Ergonomic carrying harness and hip belt

4-MIX engine