Add the most powerful Stihl backpack blower to your team
The BR 800 is the most powerful Stihl backpack blower, delivering a maximum air throughout of more than 2 000m³/h of air volume and a maximum air speed of 97m/s. It can play an important role in your fire management programme by clearing hard-to-reach areas of potentially flammable organic material like leaves and grass. This would otherwise have to be done manually, which is time-consuming and labour-intensive. Stihl’s BR 800 is also more comfortable to use for extended periods than hand-held tools and has an excellent power-to-weight ratio and anti-vibration system for reduced user fatigue. The BR 800 has side-start technology so operators don’t have to remove the backpack to restart. The telescopic tube is easily adjustable without tools for various user heights.
Blowers have been used by the United States Forest Service to help fight wildfires since the late 1960s. They are also used by Australian fire fighters, who, working on the driest continent on Earth, have plenty of experience. According to an article in FirefighterNation, “The primary application for blowers is in situations where hand tools, such as rakes and beaters, would be the only other options. As a rule of thumb, if the flame height or intensity is greater than what you could tackle with hand tools, you should not try to use a blower. They are not a substitute for hose reels, Class A foam or CAFS. However, there are some situations where blowers can take a lot of the manual labour out of preparing fire breaks, attacking small fires or patrolling control lines.” Note that proper training is essential when using a blower, especially focusing on fire behaviour.
While no blower is a stand-alone fire management tool, the BR 800 will revolutionise your fire management programme.
Contact: Duncan Fryer
Andreas Stihl (Pty) Ltd
Cell: 079 895 0020