What is the Difference Between the STIHL BR-800 CE and the STIHL 800 X Backpack blower?

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What is the Difference Between the STIHL BR-800 C-E and the STIHL 800 X Backpack blower?

Fall clean-up is coming and it's time to dust off the backpack blower and realize it doesn't start!? No problem, Gilford Hardware & Outdoor Power Equipment has you covered! One of our most asked questions during fall clean-up is... "What is the Difference Between the STIHL BR-800 CE and the STIHL 800 X Backpack blower?" 

Br800 X and BR 800 CE

In this article we will go over what the main differences between the STIHL BR 800 CE and the STIHL 800 X backpack blowers are. Hopefully it will give you a better understanding and help you make a choice on which one to choose. 

BR 800 C-E and BR 800 X, Essentially the Same Blower...

Before going over what is different about these two backpack leaf blowers lets go over what is identical. The BR 800 C-E and the BR 800 X are both the most powerful backpack blower in the STIHL lineup of blowers. 

  • Power Source: Gasoline
  • Blowing Force: 41 Newtons
  • Max Air Velocity: 239 mph
  • Air Volume at Nozzle: 912 cfm
  • Engine Volume: 4.4 bhp
  • Fuel Capacity: 67.6 oz.
  • Displacement: 79.9 cc

Both units are equal on the terms of power. They have the same exact specs for output from blowing force all the way to displacement.  It doesn't matter if you purchase the BR-800 C-E or the BR 800X you are getting the same exact power.

What Makes the BR 800X and the BR 800 C-E different?

It comes down to features. The BR 800X is your standard run-of-the-mill backpack blower with no extra features. It's "bare bones" which does give it less weight compared to the BR 800 C-E 25.8 lbs. vs. BR 800 X 23.1 lbs.

The BR 800 X Features...

  • One convenient location for all controls
  • a portable, fixed-length blower tube for heavy-duty applications
  • S-shaped shoulder straps and an ergonomic handle for user comfort
  • Backplate has a hanging slot for anytime access.
  • The blower tube has a built-in stowaway hook for convenient storage and transportation.

The BR 800 C-E Features all of the 800 X and....

STIHL BR-800 CE Backpack blower gilford hardware

  • Using the left side starter, users can easily start and restart the engine without taking the blower off their back.

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Click the image above to see a video on how to start the BR 800 C-E
  • Accommodate user preferences and working conditions, a telescoping blower tube
  • Cushion for the user's backpack
  • ④ Chest strap and hip belt for added user comfort and a tight fit


What does the "MAGNUM®" Mean for STIHL Products?

MAGNUM® is simply STIHL's designation for all of their "top of the line" products. Most of the larger STIHL Chainsaws will have a MAGNUM® Suffix letting the user know that at that point  and time of manufacturing the unit, It was one of the larger, more commercial-type units. 

STIHL BR 800 C-E and STIHL BR 800 X Backpack blower Price Difference

So if they are so similar then why is there a price difference? The age old saying "you get what you pay for" rings true here. The BR 800 C-E costs more than the BR 800 X simply because you get many more features with the more feature rich C-E than you do with the simple and straight forward X.  

Which STIHL Backpack blower Should I Buy?

This depends on your personal preference more than anything else. The BR 800X is a fantastic backpack blower which allows you to have the high powered blowing power without any of the extra features. The STIHL BR 800X is great for landscapers and professionals who are more worried about maintenance and service in the long haul. Compared to the BR 800 C-E which has more features, meaning more can "go wrong"  In the end it's a personal preference because both of these blowers are sold with a warranty and can be serviced at your local STIHL dealer with ease. 

View the STIHL BR 800 in Action!

The STIHL BR 800 series of Blowers In Conclusion...

If you are looking for the top of the line in terms of blowing power and reliability backpack blower for fall cleanup or year round debris removal, both of these units are a great choice. We have sold many of these backpack blowers and they are reliable and powerful and help you make quick work of just about any job. Check them out today locally at Gilford Hardware & Outdoor Power Equipment *STIHL PRODUCTS ARE SOLD IN STORE ONLY* Thank you for reading and if you aren't from New England please remember to Shop local! 


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