Echo PB580-T Review: Powerful Backpack Leaf Blower

Echo PB580T

The Echo PB580T is a heavy-duty machine designed for ultimate performance.  It rings up at a lower price point than some of the other commercial grade products on the market, but still delivers both high MPH and plenty of CFM to move even large piles of leaves and debris.

This Echo PB580T review will tell you a little bit more about what this backpack leaf blower can do for you and help you decide whether it’s the right solution for you and your needs.  If you’re looking for more power check out our backpack leaf blower reviews for commercial grade models.

Pros:

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to start
  • Comes fully assembled
  • Lightweight
  • Automotive-style air filtration system

Cons:

  • Assembly can be difficult when changing out parts
  • No easy place to hang tubing for storage
  • Instructions are difficult to read

Performance

The Echo PB580T can be used for either residential or commercial use because of its exceptional power.

While gas blowers area bit more complicated than electric models; the Echo is easy to use, it has tons of power, and can move just about anything you want.

echo pb580 blower

Air speeds of 215 miles per hour will take care of leaves, rocks, sticks, and dirt.  It’s a great tool for commercial users, but is also easy enough for beginners to use it on their own property, too.

This Echo model is lightweight, but once you fill it with gas, you may find that it’s heavier than most other gas-powered backpack leaf blowers.  If you’re looking for an extremely light solution for leaf blowing, check out an electric leaf blower.

With a two-stroke engine, it’s important to find the right ratio of gasoline to oil.  You can mix them yourself or buy pre-made solutions if you don’t want to deal with the added hassle.  However, pre-made solutions can be expensive, and some people don’t like keeping up with the maintenance.

The 58.2 CC engine isn’t the largest on the market, but it produces plenty of power for its size and is a reliable companion when cleaning up after a storm, even if you have a large yard with a lot of trees; it can turn a six-hour job into a two-hour job.

Comfort

The shoulder straps on the Echo PB580T are reinforced for comfort and durability.

While it’s not the lightest machine on the market, the padding on the straps and back pad do an effective job of distributing the weight.

I felt like I had plenty of protection on my shoulders and upper back, which enabled me to carry the leaf blower around my property for a couple of hours without feeling too much discomfort or fatigue.

comfortable straps on the PB580T

The straps are easily adjustable and designed to fit many different types of users.  Whether you—or your yard—are big or small, the Echo PB580T is comfortable to wear during extended usage.

Maintenance

The downside to this particular model and other gas-powered leaf blowers is that you have to put some maintenance into it.  With electric leaf blowers, you can power it up at the beginning of the season without running into any issues from it sitting dormant all winter.

With the Echo PB580T, you need to make sure you empty the gas after you use it for the last time each fall, and store it empty in the winter.  It’s best to consult your user manual for other tips on how to store and operate it efficiently; you may need to clean the air filter as well, and keep it dry.

This Echo PB580T review sheds some light on what we love about this Echo product.  It gives you commercial-grade power, but at a more affordable price than some of the other commercial-grade leaf blowers on the market.

The Echo PB580T is a high-quality, durable leaf blower that will last for years if you store, maintain, and use it properly.  Whether you need to move large piles of leaves, rocks, or sticks, this machine can do it all.

Key Specifications

The most important specifications of the Echo PB580T are what give it plenty of power and make it a fantastic backpack leaf blower.  You’ll enjoy superior performance and a feature-rich piece of equipment.

  • Two-stroke engine
  • 58.2 CC
  • 215 MPH
  • 510 CFM
  • 22.6 lbs
  • 62-ounce fuel tank volume
  • 70 dB(A)
  • Cruise control
  • Vented back pad
  • Owners Manual

Final Thoughts

The Echo PB-580T offers a great balance of commercial power and performance at a very reasonable price.  If you're looking to step up to a backpack blower with plenty of power to move large volumes of leaves and debris this is a great option.

About the Author Jason

Jason is a work from home dad who has a passion for DIY projects, yard work, and SEC Football. His background is IT, but he's always fancied himself as a part-time ship welder, landscaper, and short order cook. During the week he can be found on his laptop 10 hours-a-day, but on the weekends he escapes to the local DIY Cave to play with REAL toys.

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