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|
|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|
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.