Just bought this new gas blower for $280 Canadian. I opted out of a backpack (BR 420) blower… the prices are just too expensive ($580 CDN) for what I really need.
This model is currently STIHL’s most powerful hand held available. The same motor also powers the BG’s 56 and 66. I recommend the 86 for people that want a more powerful hand held who can’t afford a backpack.