Echo PB-260L Backpack Leaf Blower Specs

If you’re buying a used Echo PB 260L leaf blower, or own one that needs some TLC, here are some tips and information to help you maintain and repair it.

The PB 260L model of backpack-style leaf blower was manufactured by Echo Incorporated starting in 2006. At the time, it was an affordable alternative to full-size blowers while being more powerful than hand-held units.

Echo PB 260L Blower Specs

Echo PB 260L Specification
Length 14.8 in. (37.59 cm)
Width 16.1 in. (40.89 cm)
Height 18.1 in. (45.97 cm)
Weight 14.7 lbs (6.67 kg)
Engine Type Air-cooled 2-stroke
Displacement 25.4 cc
Bore 1.34 in. (34.03 mm)
Stroke 1.1 in. (27.94 mm)
Carburetor Walbro (w/ diaphragm)
Ignition Flywheel w/ magneto
Spark Plug Type NGK BPM-8Y (0.26 in. gap)
Exhaust Muffler w/ catalyst
Fuel Mixture 40 to 1 (gas/oil)
Fuel Capacity 20.3 oz. (0.58 Liters)
Idle Speed 2,400 – 3,200 RPM
WOT Throttle Speed 7,000 – 9,000 RPM
Max Air Speed 155 MPH (249 KPH)
Loudness 65 dB @ 50 feet

Echo PB-260L Leaf Blower

PB 260L Starting Procedure

To start your Echo PB 260L leaf blower, move the throttle lever to the start position. Make sure the choke is in the ‘cold start’ position. Press the purge bulb repeatedly until fuel moves through the return(clear) line, and 4-5 times more per the manufacturer’s recommendation.

Next, pull the recoil handle outward until 2/3 of the length of string is visible and return it gently. If the unit didn’t start, try again. You’ll need to re-prime the carburetor with the purge bulb after every 5 pulls.

Once the engine is running, return the choke lever to the off position.

To shut off your PB 260L blower, move the throttle lever to the “détente” (ready) position, wait a moment to settle the idle speed, then move the throttle lever to the off position.

Troubleshooting your PB 260L leaf blower

I find my PB 260L blower to be very durable. It requires routine maintenance once per season, and occasionally a carburetor cleaning, but it is otherwise a dependable model.

If you have issues with your leaf blower that are preventing it from starting or functioning properly, refer to the troubleshooting guide for possible solutions.

Spark Plug for the PB 260L

The PB 260L model of leaf blower uses an NGK BPM-8Y spark plug (BPMR-8Y in Canada). You’ll need a t-wrench and a feeler gauge to remove, inspect and replace the spark plug.

Spark plug gap should be set to 0.65 mm(0.026 in.). PB 260L spark plug torque should be set to between 130-150 in. lbs.

Is the PB 260L Echo blower any good?

375 cu ft. of airflow from a backpack blower in this price range was a good deal. Replacement parts are still readily available for the PB 260L and, if well maintained, it is still a good blower today.

Where can I get a PB 260L manual?

Echo industries offer a free PB 260L maintenance manual in PDF format online, it’s located on their official site at echo-usa.com.