Makita 4-Stroke Hip Throttle Backpack Blower

Last updated date: June 6, 2019

DWYM Score
9.4

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We looked at the top 1 Backpack Blowers and dug through the reviews from 10 of the most popular review sites including BestReviews, Yard Care Life, A Top Daily, Top Ten Review Pro, Leaf Blower Guide, Best Plus Reviews, Blower Specialists, Review Wind and more. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Backpack Blower you should buy.

Overall Take

The padded shoulder straps and comfortable design on the Makita 4-Stroke make it easy to use, even during marathon work sessions. The horsepower and torque is comparable to noisier 2-stroke blowers. Thanks to the engine design, users can simply add gas or oil as needed and get to work — no mixing required. In our analysis of 126 expert reviews, the Makita Makita 4-Stroke Hip Throttle Backpack Blower placed 1st when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note June 12, 2019:
Checkout The Best Backpack Blower for a detailed review of all the top backpack blowers.

Expert Summarized Score
9.8
10 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
7.4
28 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Provides exceptional power that works for residential and commercial applications. Harness sports lumbar support and padded shoulder straps for optimal comfort.
- BestReviews
No fuel mixing helps this blower to idle smoother, run quieter, have lower emissions, and provide users with easier and quicker starts.
- Yard Care Life
Large paddded shoulder straps and back panel are designed for fatigue free work even for under long term use.
- Best Advisor
It comes with perfect padding shoulder straps to better support your shoulders while doing the job.
- A Top Daily
The mechanical-automatic engine decompression allows easy and quick starts while the anti-vibration heavy-duty mounds places between the engine and the frame allow for better operator comfort.
- Top Ten Review Pro
The straps and backrest offer fantastic support and mold perfectly to the body.
- Prime Reviews
Thanks to specially engineered components, the MM4® 4-cycle engine delivers high horsepower and torque (almost comparable to 2-stroke engines).
- Leaf Blower Guide
The best part of this leaf blower is its versatility. You can use it as a backpack leaf blower as well as a handheld blower.
- Best Plus Reviews
We feel that the best feature is the 4-stroke engine, because we never liked having to mix the fuel and oil together before using it. With this engine, we can simply add the fuel and start removing the leaves and debris from anywhere.
- Review Wind
What experts didn't like
It's pricey, and the warranty is only good for one year.
- BestReviews
On/off button and throttle are located too close to one another.
- Yard Care Life
Rather high fuel consumption rate.
- Best Advisor
It's quite heavy.
- Leaf Blower Guide
The Makita EB7650WH is heavyweight.
- Best Plus Reviews
Can be too large for smaller people to wear comfortably.
- Review Wind

From The Manufacturer

Makita's 75.6 cc MM4 Hip Throttle Backpack Blower (EB7650WH) combines a cleaner-burning 4-stroke engine with quieter operation and the convenience of no fuel mixing. Makita’s 75.6 cc MM4 Hip Throttle Backpack Blower (EB7650WH) combines a cleaner-burning 4-stroke engine with quieter operation and the convenience of no fuel mixing. The cleaner-burning, fuel-efficient EB7650WH is a true step-up from older 2-stroke motors. For added convenience, the EB7650WH includes a hip throttle with cruise control and on-off switch. It’s engineered for commercial lawn and garden work, and is ideal for any professional seeking a best-in-class backpack blower. The EB7650WH is powered by a 75.6 cc commercial-duty 4-stroke engine that requires no fuel mix and will deliver commercial duty performance with a maximum air speed of 200 mph and a maximum air volume of 670 cubic feet per minute. The mechanical automatic engine decompression is engineered for quick and easy starts, with heavy duty anti-vibration mounts between the frame and engine for improved operator comfort. The EB7650WH is compact with less weight (only 24.1 pounds) with wide padded straps and padded back panel for operator comfort. In addition, the large capacity muffler ensures quiet operation at 76dB(A). Engine seizure due to improper fuel and oil mixing is one of the most common failures of 2-stroke engine power equipment. Makita has a better solution with MM4 4-Stroke Engine power equipment including backpack and handheld blowers, a mist blower, string trimmers, brush trimmers, hedge trimmers, edgers, telescoping pole pruners and couple-shafted products. For hardscape applications, Makita created the world's first 4-stroke engine power cutter with the 14-inch EK7651H. These efficient 4-stroke engine solutions go beyond exceptional tool performance, as they require no fuel mixing so users require only one gas can for all of their power equipment. They're engineered to run quieter, idle smoother, have lower emissions, and give users quicker and easier starts.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Makita 4-Stroke Hip Throttle Backpack Blower
Overall Score: 9.4
Expert Reviews: 10
2. Husqvarna Professional 2-Cycle Backpack Leaf Blower
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 27
3. Greenworks PRO 80V Cordless Backpack Blower
Overall Score: 8.9
Expert Reviews: 6
4. Poulan Pro 2-Cycle Backpack Leaf Blower
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 21
5. Husqvarna 2-Cycle Handheld Blower
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 15
6. DEWALT 40V Max Lithium Ion Backpack Blower
Overall Score: 8.3
Expert Reviews: 6
7. EGO V Backpack Blower
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 4
8. Troy-Bilt 4-Cycle Backpack Blower
Overall Score: 7.7
Expert Reviews: 15
9. Troy-Bilt 2-Cycle Backpack Blower
Overall Score: 7.0
Expert Reviews: 4
10. Ryobi 2 Cycle Gas Backpack Blower
Overall Score: 7.0
Expert Reviews: 8

An Overview On Backpack Blowers

  • If you’re already committed to getting a backpack blower, it’s easy to be swayed into getting the most powerful model for the cheapest price. But if you want to keep your neighbors on your good side, consider the efficiency. Backpack blowers can be extremely loud, and in a crowded community, that might greatly limit the time you can use it without making enemies. Be sure to check the decibel level on the blower before you buy. Gas models tend to be the noisiest, but there’s a lot of variation on that statistic.
  • If you’re buying a cordless, electric powered blower, take a moment to read through the parts. It’s not a given that your battery will be included. They can cost more than $100, and that’s not even including the charger. Even so, you may still come in cheaper than the higher-end gas models. If your lawn is especially big, you may want to consider investing that extra dough in a second battery to swap into your blower when the first one runs out of juice.
  • Weight is also a big consideration, particularly for older users. Electric backpack blowers might weigh 10 pounds or less, while gas blowers can top out at more than twice that for 4-cycle models. Their extra power might get the job done fast, but you can expect to tack on some extra minutes if it’s too unwieldy to use. Some of that can be mitigated with solid design that distributes the weight evenly.
  • Accessories can be a huge plus, turning a simple leaf blower into a versatile cleaner. Many blowers come with at least one interchangeable nozzle. Flat tips are good for blowing a wide swath of loose leaves and debris, while rounded ones can help break up deeply embedded or wet leaves. Other handy add-ons include leaf bags to hold all that mess, or gutter kits.
  • You may be used to mowing the lawn in comfortable clothes, but leaf blowers require a little more caution. No matter how adept you are at using them, there will be loose debris flying around. Don’t forget to wear safety goggles and perhaps a breathing mask — and for long-term hearing protection, a pair of earbuds is a must.
  • Depending on where you live, your leaf blower might only get used a couple of months out of the year. Don’t let that be the only time you turn it on. To ensure that your blower keeps operating at peak efficiency, run it once a month in a well-ventilated area.

DYWM Fun Fact

Did you know your blower can be used for a lot more than just displacing leaves? Apart from the the obvious off-season tasks like cleaning gutters and clearing driveway snow, you can also use it to thread wire or cable through pipes. Just attach a light weight to one end of the wire and blow it through the pipe. Blowers are also great for the occasional cleaning of dryer vents — just a quick blast, and they’re good as new.

The Backpack Blower Buying Guide

The sight of auburn leaves on your lawn in the morning is a refreshing calling card of nature, reminding you that fall is here in all its multicolored splendor. It’s also a sign that you’ve got a hefty dose of yardwork coming up.

If that yard is big enough and those leaves are plentiful enough, you’ll probably want to trade up from that lightweight handheld leaf blower. When you want a yard cleaned up quickly, there’s nothing like the power of a backpack blower. The heftiest ones can even handle more than one season of yardwork by blowing snow off your driveway or getting rid of branches and other light debris.

There can be a wide range of efficiency in backpack blowers, but the power source is one of the first things you’ll want to look at. And while electric blowers are an increasingly popular choice, gas-powered models still have plenty of upsides.

When it comes to electric blowers, you’ll find corded models at the lower end of the spectrum on price. It’s easy to see why, as these units not only leave you tethered to a power cord but generally supply less power. Cordless electric blowers won’t necessarily sacrifice any of that power for the convenience of free-roaming operation, but they may have less runtime depending on the battery.

Gas-powered blowers can be a little intimidating for those who haven’t handled them before, but the Big Bad Wolf has nothing on their strength. They operate on the same general type of internal combustion engine you have in your car (or more likely, your lawn mower), and those engines can be divided into a couple of types: 2-cycle and 4-cycle.

You might see them also referred to as 2-stroke or 4-stroke, but it means the same thing. Those numbers are the amount of strokes (or cycles) needed to complete the process of combustion and exhaust that turns gasoline into energy. Without getting into the mechanical weeds, suffice to say that 2-stroke engines get that process done quicker and dirtier. It translates into an engine that’s not only light but powerful and cheaper to boot. On the downside, 2-stroke engines tend to be louder and less efficient, resulting in more pollution. Most engines of this type also require a precise mixture of oil and gas that goes into the same intake chamber, but you can usually buy this fuel pre-mixed.

On the other hand, 4-cycle engines are more like your car. The gas and oil are loaded into separate tanks. With more moving parts to deal with, these engines are heavier but more fuel-efficient, saving you money in the long run on gas. In either case, you can get a good measure of your engine’s output by checking the displacement volume. On the high side is 40 cc’s or more.

Electric or gas-powered, you’re going to want to know how powerful it is. Any backpack blower is liable to pack a lot more wind than a handheld model, but exactly how much is enough? You’ll see blowing power measured in two ways: MPH (miles per hour) and CFM (cubic feet per minute). MPH, of course, is a measure of wind speed, but that won’t mean much if there’s only a trickle of air coming out of the nozzle. CFM is a measure of volume, and it’s an equally important part of the equation. For backpack blowers, MPH might range from 100 to 300 or higher, while CFM varies from 300 to 700 or so.