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Stihl BR200 backpack blower: Our review

The Stihl BR200 backpack blower is a smaller backpack blower that can get your residential job done. As the little brother of the BR350 and the BR600 from Stihl, the BR200 has all the same features but slightly more manageable power. In fact, most of the commercial landscapers you see will have one of these Stihl backpack blowers on the job.

Backpack blowers are an absolute necessity in the landscaping game. If you don’t have one, you might as well rely on the wind to get your job done. Before you go buy any old backpack blower on Amazon, make sure to know what you are getting yourself into. 

If you live in California, sorry – this blower will not be available to you in 2024. Check out our top seven blowers for Californians by clicking here.

Jump ahead:

Leaf blowers: Electric vs. gas

Obviously you have two options when selecting a leaf blower: electric or gas.They are worlds apart in just about every aspect. Electric leaf blowers tend to be cheaper, weaker, and only last a few seasons. As I have mentioned in previous posts, I used to have a Ryobi leaf blower attachment that came on their 3-in-1 tool kit. I have now gone through two of the leaf blower heads in which they start making a high pitch scraping noise when I am using it. 

There are exceptions in the electric leaf blower world. One of those is the Ryobi 40V Brushless whisper series blower. It is quiet, extremely powerful, and built to last. It is, however, one of the most expensive electric blowers you can buy.

Gas blowers are superior in almost every way. They are super strong, last many seasons, and quickly get the job done. The reason you see every professional lawn care person using a backpack blower is because they work extremely well. Let’s dig into that more below.

Stihl’s reputation

Stihl is an industry leader when it comes to yard products, but is probably most known for chainsaws and backpack blowers. The BR200 backpack blower is one of their best selling products because it is something they have completely mastered.

The Stihl family moved to Virginia in the 1970s and opened up their first factory dedicated to a single chainsaw. They have continued to grow and pioneer the lawn care space, most notably with backpack blowers.

Stihl has a great reputation that many commercial landscapers rely on each day. Many residential owners will be more than pleased with their products.

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The Stihl BR200 backpack blower: Feature review

When it comes to backpack blowers, there are only a few things you need to take into consideration. The first is power, then comfort and usability, durability and maintenance, then of course price and value. Let’s get started below.

Power

If you are checking out a backpack blower, then you probably need something pretty powerful. The Stihl BR200 backpack blower puts out air at around 150 mph. This is comparable to a lot of other blowers, and definitely on the lower side of backpack blowers. You can find some electric blowers that go this high, but most hover around 100-120 mph.

The air volume at the nozzle is 400 CFM (cubic feet per minute). What this means is that the blower has a slightly more narrow nozzle, making for a targeted, high speed air stream. For example, there are other blowers that have a higher CFM, but a lower air speed. These are ones with big, wide blower nozzles that send a broader air path, but not as quickly.

For comparison’s sake, the BR600 boasts almost 700 CFM, but only blows air slightly faster than the BR350. This is due to the wider nozzle on the BR600. 

My preference is always having a slightly narrow opening to be able to have focused power. Broad openings are great for folks who are pushing a bunch of air across their backyard indiscriminately. 

This engine also boasts 1.1 bhp of power output, which is pretty good for a blower, but on the lower end of backpack blowers.

Usability

Usability is probably the most important feature of any lawn tool. Sure, the blower can have a ton of power, but if it is difficult to use, how on earth are you supposed to get your job done? 

I like things that make life easier. The BR200 makes blowing pretty easy. For starters, it only weighs 12 lbs, which is about the weight of a half of a watermelon or a large newborn. Not bad!

To compare it to the 350, it is about 10 lbs lighter. That makes a serious difference if you are carting it around for a longer period of time.

Another thing I love about the Stihl BR200 backpack blower is the backpack feel. Some other backpack blowers like the Husqvarna series have something that looks like a switchboard on the back with each component nailed in. The Stihl BR series has a super intuitive casing that makes the entire device more compact and easier to wear and store.

Another thing I love about this blower is the slightly offset handle. If you look closely, you can see this right-handed handle is slightly tilted outwards. This helps offset the kick from the blower, making it easy to walk around and get the job done without having to “fight” against it like a firehose or shotgun. 

stihl br200 offset handle
The offset handle allows for easier maneuverability.

Of course, the Stihl BR200 backpack blower has an anti-vibration system and a multi-function control handle, which is relatively commonplace for backpack blowers. 

Maintenance and durability

Not much maintenance is required on these bad boys! You will want to make sure to use a 50:1 oil to gas mixture but otherwise will only have to do the occasional filter and spark plug change.

Stihl BR200 backpack blower
Stihl BR200 blower – nice and compact (and lightweight).

With proper maintenance, the BR200 should last you a few years or further.

Stihl BR200 price

The Stihl BR200 backpack blower comes in at anywhere between $300. It sounds like a lot, but the money you will keep in your pocket after a couple years makes all the difference. Compared to the BR350 and BR600, this is significantly cheaper (at least $100 cheaper than the 350).

Check out our other price comparisons for all lawn tools.

Not to mention, this blower will make you feel like a total badass. It’s truly what is used most often by the pros for a reason. I’d say it’s the F150 of the blower world, but also not too powerful to where your neighbors will cut your head off.

If you’re interested, one of the only online places you can buy it is Ace Hardware. You can click this link to go straight to their online store page, buy it online, then go pick it up curbside.

The official review: Stihl BR200 backpack blower

FeatureStihl BR200Comparable blowers
Difficulty to useEasier to use due to offset handleAverage usability
DurabilityAvg. durabilityAvg. durability
MaintenanceAverage maintenanceAverage maintenance
ValueModerate valueModerate value
For lots <10,000 sq. ftHighly recommendedLess recommended
For lots <1 acreHighly recommendedHighly recommended
For lots >1 acreLess recommendedHighly recommended

Click here to find it for sale at Ace Hardware!