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Zero emissions. Lightweight and quiet. Inexpensive to operate and maintain. Those are some of the best reasons to use a battery-powered cordless leaf blower. Forget the gas-powered monsters if you have a small yard or deck to maintain. Let’s take a look at these three kits from Makita to see which one will be the best for you.

Makita XBU01Z 18V X2 LXT Lithium-Ion (36V) Cordless Blower (Bare Tool Only)

Makita XBU01Z

Makita XBU01Z

You need to move leaves around the yard? Put down the rake and pick up the Makita XBU01Z blower. It puts out a top power of 208mph wind so cleaning up after mowing or a storm is easy to do. The tapered nozzle helps you pinpoint the air flow just where you need it most.

It comes as a bare tool only, no batteries, no charger. But if you operate it on low with two 5.0Ah capacity 18V LXT batteries, it can run for up to 28 minutes. It has two power settings so you don’t need to blast the flower beds as hard as you do the driveway and sidewalks. At full power, you can expect the battery to drain in about ten minutes.

But even at its maximum power setting, the XBU01 creates just 60.6dBA of sound pressure. You won’t need hearing protection to use this blower, and you won’t wake the neighbors.

It measures 36-1/4-inches long, or just a hair over three feet. It weighs only 8 pounds, and that’s after you slide on the battery packs. It’s so light that the kids can use it, and so can persons with less mobility and strength.

If you already have at least two Makita 18V LXT battery packs, buying this bare tool kit may save you some money. Since it’s a high-drain machine, it’s best if you use the highest capacity batteries you can, preferably 3.0Ah capacity and above.

More features of the Makita XBU01Z blower:

  • Bare tool only
  • Covered by Makita’s 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee and 3-year warranty

 

Makita XBU01PM 18V X2 LXT Lithium-Ion (36V) Cordless Blower Kit

Makita XBU01PM

Makita XBU01PM

If you don’t have higher capacity Makita 18V LXT batteries, or if the ones you have are busy running other tools, the XBU01PM kit can solve the problem. It contains the XBU01Z blower plus two battery packs and a dual port charger. The charger can refill both batteries at once in about 40 minutes.

These 4.0Ah capacity lithium-ion batteries are a great choice for running the blower. They are lighter in weight than nickel metal hydride batteries. They don’t suffer from memory effect so you can refill them whenever you take a break. You don’t have to run them dry first.

They work well in the cold, but need to be protected from too much heat. The Star Computer Protection Controls in the battery, the tool, and the charger help condition the battery packs to avoid over-discharging and overheating while they run the tool and while they recharge. The average lifetime of a lithium-ion battery is three to five years before it needs to be replaced. If you need to store your batteries, like during winter months, leave them with about a 40 to 50% charge instead of filling them up all the way first.

One note about capacity. The 4.0Ah rating doesn’t equal 4 hours of runtime. Each amp-hour is about a 30% increase in how long a battery runs on a single charge. A tool that operates for ten minutes on a 2.0Ah battery should last about 13 minutes on a 3.0Ah battery. The 4.0Ah battery packs in this kit will probably run the blower about 15 to 20 minutes on the low power setting.

More features of the Makita XBU01PM blower:

  • Comes with two BL1840B battery packs and the DC18RD charger
  • Battery packs have LED indicators showing the approximate amount of charge
  • Covered by Makita’s 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee and 3-year warrantyplus 1-year warranty on the batteries

 

Makita UB360DWB 36V LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Blower Kit

Makita UB360DWB

Makita UB360DWB

Does this blower look familiar to you? Yes, it’s the same one as the other two we described above. There are only two differences. One, it operates off a 36-volt battery pack instead of two 18V packs. And two, the battery makes it a little lighter to handle. With the single pack, the UB360DWB blower weighs only 6.8 pounds. The rubberized soft grip handle makes it easier to hold and control.

The battery pack has an LED status indicator to show you at a glance how much charge is left. If you happen to have a 36V hedge trimmer, chainsaw, or rotary hammer made by Makita, you probably have the same battery pack already.

The blower, the 36V battery, and its charger have the same Makita Star Protection Computer Controls to protect against over-discharging, overheating, and overloading. Keep in mind that Makita considers your warranty void if you’ve used an imitation or non-brand battery or charger with one of their tools.

Since this blower has the same features and power as the other leaf blowers we’ve described above, the lighter weight may be its best selling point. While it’s not ideal for clearing large yards, it’s perfect for touching up the patio or the deck or clearing the walkway and driveway after mowing.

More features of the Makita UB360DWB blower kit:

  • Comes with 36V battery pack and charger
  • Covered by Makita’s 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee and 3-year warranty plus 3-year warranty on the battery, too
  • Rated for a maximum sound pressure level of 86dBA, 30% less than a typical gas blower

 

Recommendation

If having the lightest weight leaf blower possible is important to you, consider getting the Makita UB360DWB. It comes with a 36V battery pack that shaves almost two pounds off the total weight of the tool. The same 36V batteries are used in other Makita cordless power tools like a chainsaw, hedge trimmer, and rotary hammer.

If you prefer to stay within Makita’s 18V LXT battery pack ecosystem, take a look at the XBU01Z and the XBU01PM blower kits.

The XBU01Z is bare tool only. That fact may save you money if you already have 18V LXT batteries on hand.

The XBU01PM comes with two batteries and a two port charger for quick refills. Consider getting this one to expand your selection of batteries and rotate between them for longer life.

Click here to purchase Makita XBU01Z on Amazon.com!

 

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Click here to purchase Makita UB360DWB on Amazon.com!

 

 

 

If you’ve resisted buying a leaf blower because they are noisy and smelly, check out these cordless battery-powered leaf blower kits from Makita. You may decide to put your rake away after all. Let’s take a look at all three offerings to see which one will be the best for you. (Hint: one of them includes a cordless chainsaw, too.)

Makita XBU02Z 18V X2 LXT Lithium-Ion (36V) Brushless Cordless Blower, Bare Tool Only

Makita XBU02Z

Makita XBU02Z

The Makita XBU02Z cordless blower comes as a bare tool only. That means there are no batteries or charger in the box. But since it runs off two 18V LXT lithium-ion batteries, you could save some money. These batteries are commonly used to power other Makita cordless tools like drills and drivers.

Makita says if you run this blower off BL1850 18-volt 5.0Ah batteries, you’ll get about 29 minutes of operating time. Of course, the batteries included in the kit are 4.0 amp-hours, not 5.0. Users have commented that you can expect at least 15 to 20 minutes’ runtime if you don’t use it the whole time on the highest power setting.

There are 6 power settings total that you control with a dial and the variable speed trigger. Use the lower speeds to blow dry grass clippings. Crank up the power to a maximum of 120mph wind or 473cfm to move leaves. Even when it’s working hard, the blower only generates about60.2dBA of noise. That’s about the same amount of sound during an animated conversation.

The quiet, efficient power of the XBU02Z comes from its brushless motor. Brushless motors run cooler and longer on one charged than carbon-brushed motors. They also have a longer lifetime overall.

The XBU02Z is safe from dust and moisture because it has Makita’s XPT protective seals inside. It weighs only 9.9 pounds with batteries onboard and it measures 38-3/4 inches long. You can extend the nozzle for pinpoint focus or collapse it down for storage.

More features of the Makita XBU02Z cordless blower:

  • Covered by Makita’s 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee and 3-year warranty
  • Bare tool only, no batteries, charger, or other accessories included

 

Makita XBU02PM 18V X2 LXT Lithium-Ion (36V) Brushless Cordless Blower Kit

Makita XBU02PM

Makita XBU02PM

In the prior review of the bare tool XBU02Z blower, we mentioned that it runs for about 29 minutes on two BL1850 18-volt batteries. With the XBU02PM, you can test that yourself. It’s the same blower, but it comes in a kit with two battery packs and a dual port charger.

If you don’t have 18V battery packs, or yours are already busy powering your other Makita cordless tools, this kit is a nice deal.

Lithium-ion batteries are a great choice for power tools. They are lighter in weight than earlier generation nickel metal hydride batteries. They don’t suffer from memory effect so you can top them off when you take a break. You don’t have to run them dry first. They tolerate the cold well, but need to be protected from too much heat. The Star Computer Protection Controls in the battery, the tool, and the charger help condition the battery packs to avoid over-discharging and overheating. Combined with the brushless motor in the blower, you’ll get the longest runtime possible.

More features of the Makita XBU02PM cordless blower:

  • Covered by Makita’s 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee and 3-year warranty plus 1-year warranty on the batteries
  • Comes with two 18V 4.0Ah batteries and a two port DC18RD charger

 

Makita XT274PM 2 Piece 18V X2 LXT Lithium-Ion Cordless Combo Kit

Makita XT274PM

Makita XT274PM

If you want a cordless chainsaw as well as a leaf blower, the XT274PM kit may be exactly what you need. It combines the X2 saw with the same blower we reviewed in the section above. Plus, it includes two 18V 4.0Ah lithium-ion batteries and a two-port charger.

The X2 chainsaw uses 36V of power from the two batteries together. It spins the chain up to 1650 feet per minute for cutting limbs and clearing brush. The guide bar is 12 inches long, perfect for lots of small jobs around the yard.

Even though it’s a power saw, the XCU02Z only makes 89dB(A) of noise, quite a bit less than the average gas-powered chainsaw. The blower is even quieter with just 60dBA of sound pressure.

The x2 chainsaw has a rubberized soft grip handle that reduces vibration to tire you less as you use it. The chain brake activates with pressure on the front hand guard for safety and the electric brake stops the chain when you release the trigger, too.

The saw weighs just 10.1 pounds even with the batteries onboard. The blower weighs a little bit less. What they don’t offer in power they make up for in portability and convenience.

While you’re working hard, the Star Protection Computer Controls keep the motors on both the blower and the saw from burning out on tough jobs. The same system is embedded in the batteries and charger to extend the lifetime and runtime of your batteries.

The X2 saw and the blower are both protected from dust and moisture by Makita’s XPT, or Extreme Protection Technology. This sealed system shields sensitive electronic components inside the tools.

More features of the XT274PM kit:

  • Covered by Makita’s 30-day money-back satisfaction guarantee and 3-year warranty plus 1-year warranty on the batteries
  • Comes with two BL1840 18V 4.0Ah batteries and a two port DC18RD charger

Recommendation

If you want an all-in-one yard care setup, you may appreciate the convenience of having both a chainsaw and a blower in the Makita XT274PM kit. It comes with the batteries and charger you need to power it. It’s perfect for yard cleanup after storms, after mowing, almost all year round.

If you already have at least two 18V LXT lithium-ion batteries from Makita, you could save money by purchasing the bare tool XBU02Z kit. It contains the cordless chainsaw and no accessories. But keep in mind that if your batteries are more than a couple years old, or of a smaller capacity than 4.0Ah, you’ll probably have a short runtime.

You may end up saving yourself money and frustration by getting the XBU02PM kit that contains both the saw as well as new 4.0Ah battery packs and a two-port charger. The charger can refill both batteries at the same time in under an hour.

Click here to purchase Makita XBU02Z on Amazon.com!

 

Click here to purchase Makita XBU02PM on Amazon.com!

 

Click here to purchase Makita XT274PM on Amazon.com!

 

 

 

Raking is a pain. Save your back by using one of Toro’s powerful leaf blower vacuums to remove leaves, debris, and clippings from your lawn. Both of these models are quieter and pollute less than a gas blower, but they put out hurricane-force air flow. Let’s look at them both to see which one is the best for you.

Toro 51609 Ultra 12amp Variable-Speed (up to 235) Electric Blower/Vacuum with Metal Impeller (Discontinued by Manufacturer)

toro 51609

toro 51609

This leaf blower puts out a top air speed of 235mph, and that’s enough to move wet leaves out of your way. (That’s only a little less power than the 51619 described below.) If you prefer to vacuum up debris, the serrated magnesium impeller mulches it into bits before it packs the bag full.

 

The mulching function works so well you’ll only use 1 bag where before you would’ve needed sixteen to fit the same amount of debris. It’s good that the collection bag comes with a shoulder strap because it gets heavy fast. The powerful vacuum moves up to 390 cubic feet per minute of air, and it may suck up small branches that can jam the impeller. But it’s simple to clear. Unplug the blower, then pull off the vacuum tube and unlatch the bottom grille. Then clean the impeller blades. No tools are needed.

 

It’s easy to switch between blower and vacuum modes without tools, too. Just release the latch on the bottom and move the tube from the blower side to the vacuum port underneath. Then mount the bag where the blower tube was.

 

The 51609 comes with multiple attachments to help you reach into crevices, direct a narrow stream of air, or blow over a wide area at once. The long handle on the blower gives you plenty of space to hold it so you can use two hands at once. The variable air flow dial lets you select just the amount of power you need for blowing and for vacuuming.

 

More features of the Toro 51609 Blower/Vacuum

  • Toro offers a 2-year full warranty
  • Weighs 7.5lbs
  • 12Amp motor
  • Has a cord storage hook to help store an extension cord
  • Use up to 12AWG 150ft extension cord

 

Toro 51619 Ultra Blower/Vac, Red (Corded)

toro 51619

toro 51619

Why would you consider the 51619 blower when the 51609 we described above seems like a great tool? Mainly because Toro made this newer blower even more powerful. If you live where you have storms that send down a lot of debris onto your yard, you may find the 51619 even better suited to your needs.

 

The top air speed on this machine is 250mph, making it capable of moving larger sticks and heavier leaves. The air power is controlled by a variable speed dial.Oddly, the 51619 moves a lower volume of air than the other blower, only 350 cubic feet per minute. But the larger metal impeller does more shredding and mulching than before. There’s also a nice improvement on the collection bag—a zippered bottom. You don’t have to take it off the machine to empty it.

 

The 51619 includes the same kinds of attachments to control where you blow and what you vacuum. It has the main tube for general use, a power insert to help move debris into piles, and a concentrator to clear cracks and do edging. It weighs a little more than the other blower, but comes with the same convenient shoulder strap for the collection bag and cord wrap.

 

More features of the Toro 51609 Blower/Vacuum

  • Toro offers a 2-year warranty
  • 12Amp motor
  • Has a cord storage hook to help store an extension cordand a retention loop to retain the extension cord in place while in use
  • Weighs 8.5lbs
  • Use up to a maximum of 12AWG 150ft extension cord

 

Recommendation

 

Although there are rumors that Toro has discontinued the older 51609 model, it is still listed as a current tool in their lineup online. This could change at any time, of course.

 

If you prefer the highest air speed available, get the 51619, the newest model. You’ll have the larger metal impeller that does an even better job at mulching leaves and debris. It weighs a little more, but it comes with a zippered collector bag that makes it easy to empty.

 

If air speed isn’t important, but weight is, get the 51609. It weighs a pound less and still has plenty of power to clear leaves and more.

 

Click here to purchase Toro 51619 on Amazon!

 

 

 

Cleaning up leaves, grass clippings, and yard debris takes a long time if you have to rake it all by hand. Then again, not everyone appreciates the noise and stink of a gas blower. But there is another way. Let’s take a look at these two electric leaf blower/vacuums from WORX and see which one will be the best solution for you.

WORX WG505 Electric TriVac Blower/Mulcher/Vacuum

worx wg505

worx wg505

As WORX points out, the WG505 weighs about as much as a gallon of milk, but it’s balanced, so it feels easy to control with just one hand.It’s quiet to use, running at just 70dB. You don’t need to wear ear plugs, and you can have a conversation while operating it.

The blower has adjustable air speed from 75 to 210mph. There is a knob mounted on the barrel that controls it. Clean up the flower beds without damaging the plants, and move wet leaves, too. Round up all the debris, then attach the bag and flip the switch to vacuum.

The vacuum is strong, moving up to 350 cubic-feet-per-minute of air. Translation: it sucks up to 14 gallons per minute. It comes with a nylon collection bag that has a shoulder strap that makes it less of a burden to carry while vacuuming. The bag holds just over a bushel, but keep in mind that’s a bushel of mulched material. It’s going to be compact, so the bag gets heavy.(As a reference–a bushel of un-mulched grass weighs 14 pounds.) If the suction goes down too much, empty the bag, because that’s where the air is being drawn into the vacuum.

The mulching happens automatically with the vacuuming. It works at a ratio of 16:1. This means sixteen times more debris fits into just one bag. See what I mean about it getting heavy? (For even more mulching power, see the WG509 below.)

A metal impeller does the mulching. It grinds up what is sucked up by the vacuum before it hits the bag. If there is a jam, just turn off the motor and pop open the blower. No tools are needed. The tube comes off easily, too, for cleaning or storage. The tube is angled, so it goes under cars and porches without the user having to bend over.

More features of the WORX WG505

  • WORX offers a 2-year limited warranty
  • Weighs 8.6 pounds
  • 12Amp electric motor
  • Not recommended to use more than 150 feet of extension cord

WORX WG509 Electric TriVac Blower/Mulcher/Vacuum

worx wg509

worx wg509

The main difference between the WG509 here and the WG505 above is that this model is a mulching monster! It works at a ratio of 18:1. Yes, that means it holds the equivalent of 18 bags of debris cut down into little bits in just one bag. It works this miracle with an additional part: a metal shredder blade. The blade first shreds debris, then the impeller behind it mulches it down even tinier.

The WG509 also comes with a nylon collection bag with shoulder strap. It sucks up to 14 gallons a minute, or 350cfm, in vacuum mode. If the suction seems weak, it’s time to empty the collection bag.

Switching back to blower mode is simple—just pop off the collection bag and flip the lever. Control the air speed with a dial on the handle (instead of a knob on the barrel like the WG505). It goes from a “gentle” 75mph up to over hurricane-force wind at 210mph. The angled tube cuts down on having to bend over to clear under porches and cars.

More features of the WORX WG509

  • WORX offers a 3-year limited warranty and 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Weighs 9.3 pounds, heavier than the WG505
  • 12Amp electric motor
  • Not recommended to use over 150 feet of extension cord

Recommendation

If you are making use of mulch, the WG509 is the one to get. The smaller bits that it produces degrade even faster in compost piles and on the lawn. The offset is that it’s almost a pound heavier than the WG505. That could make a difference if you have a lot of yard to clear.

If you would like to keep your blower/vac lightweight, get the WG505. It’s quiet, simple to use, and it gets the job done.

Click here to purchase WORX WG505 on Amazon!

Click here to purchase WORX WG509 on Amazon!

 

 

 

Raking leaves and clearing branches can be back-breaking work. What if you could blow all that debris away, vacuum it up, and quickly mulch it with just one tool? Black & Decker has the solution for you. These two hand-held electric blower/vacuums are versatile and powerful. Let’s look at them both and see which one will be best for you.

Black & Decker BV5600

Black & Decker BV5600

Black & Decker BV6600

Black & Decker BV6600

Black & Decker BV5600 High Performance Blower/Vac/Mulcher

Let’s start with the BV5600. If you need to clear matted-down leaves or remove pine needles in between rocks, it can do that with ease. It blows out air at a top speed of 250mph. The lower speed setting is fixed at 180mph, a bit gentler so you don’t uproot the flower beds. Choose between the two speeds with the turn of a dial. (If you would prefer more speed control than just high or low, look at the BV6600 below.)

If you want to vacuum debris, it only takes a few seconds to pull off the blower tube and pop on the vacuum tube and collector bag. No tools are needed. The BV5600 automatically mulches as it vacuums, grinding leaves and grass clippings into smaller bits. The collector bag can hold up to 1.5 bushels, or about 20 pounds of grass. Since the BV5600 itself weighs about 8 pounds, it gets pretty heavy while vacuuming. Black & Decker says that the suction power decreases as the bag fills, so if it’s not working as well, empty it.

The body of the blower has two handles for better control. There is a cord retainer to hold the extension cord firmly in place so it doesn’t come unplugged unexpectedly. The 12Amp motor isn’t terribly noisy—just a little louder than two people talking on the street.

More features of the Black & Decker BV5600

  • Mulch ratio of 16:1, meaning debris that would fill 16 bags fits into just one
  • Comes with vacuum and blower tubes, nozzle and concentrator to tightly focus air discharge, and reusable collector bag
  • Reusable collector bag is hand-washable
  • 2-year limited warranty

Black & Decker BV6600 High Performance Blower/Vac/Mulcher

The Black & Decker BV6600 is similar to the BV5600 above but with a few handy differences. For one, the speed selector is variable. It ranges between a relatively gentle 140mph up to the maximum of 250mph. Instead of choosing just the high or the low speed, the user raises or lowers the speed gradually by turning a dial.

A second difference is in the attachments.The BV6600 comes with a narrow rake attachment for the vacuum tube, and a disposable collector bag instead of only a reusable one. The disposable bags that Black & Decker sells are made of Polyactic acid, cotton, and hemp, so they are 100% biodegradable and compostable.

The third difference is the detachable shoulder strap and cushioned rear handle which make the BV6600 more comfortable to use. This blower/vacuum weighs 8.1 pounds, the same as the other described above. That means it starts getting pretty heavy while vacuuming, so the shoulder strap is a welcome addition. The bag can hold up to 1.5 bushels, or about 20 pounds of grass clippings, and it mulches while it vacuums. Black & Decker says the mulching works at a ratio of 16:1, so it fills the collector bag just once instead of needing 16 bags. If the suction seems to be getting weaker, empty the bag.

The 12Amp motor runs at about 68dB(A), or a little louder than a normal conversation on the street. This is about average for leaf blowers in this class.

Finally, the BV6600 has a 12Amp motor like the other model above. Black & Decker recommends using not more than 150 feet of extension cord because of the current needed to operate it. To keep the cord from coming unplugged, use the built-in cord retainer on the blower.

More features of the Black & Decker BV6600

  • Comes with vacuum and blower tubes, nozzle and concentrator to tightly focus air discharge, rake attachment, shoulder strap, and collector bags (disposable and reusable)
  • Reusable collector bag can be washed by hand
  • 2-year limited warranty

 

Recommendation

Both of these blower/vacuums make yard work much easier for homeowners, and they are not as noisy or messy as gas-powered blowers. They need little maintenance. Choosing between these two models comes down to two criteria: air speed and accessories.

The BV5600 is just the basics. It has only two speeds: high and low. There are no extra attachments or accessories beyond what it needs to operate. If you want a powerful hand-held blower that vacuums and mulches and you don’t need the extras, get this model.

The BV6600 comes with a variable speed selector dial that ranges between 140 and 250mph. If you have flower beds and other delicate areas where you need to blow away debris, this model would be the better choice. It comes with a shoulder strap for comfort and a rake attachment to make vacuuming easier.

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If you want to move leaves, fallen branches, and debris without having to break your back raking, you’re in the right place. These two backpack blowers will make hours of work fly by. Both are great for homeowners as well as lawn care professionals. Let’s look at them both and see which one will be best for you.

husqvarna 350bt

husqvarna 350bt

husqvarna 150bt

husqvarna 150bt

Husqvarna 150BT 50.2cc 2-Cycle Gas Backpack Blower

The 150BT has the faster air speed of these two models, a whopping 250 miles per hour. That’s about a 100 miles an hour more than a Category 5 hurricane wind! Owners have commented that blasting that much air moves debris effortlessly…and may result in damage to windows and paint on vehicles if you point it at gravel near a home or vehicle. It’s powered by the X-Torq engine: a 50cc 2-cycle gasoline engine with 1.6kW of power.The X-Torq engine is designed to use fuel more efficiently and reduce emissions by more than half. This makes it CARB-compliant for use in the state of California.

A handy feature is the air purge that removes air from the fuel system and carburetor. That makes the blower easier to start. The transparent tank holds up to 1.25 liters of a gas and oil mixture. Husqvarna says this amount of fuel will last for about three hours of use. The usual consumption rate is about 16 ounces per kilowatt-hour (kWh). They recommend using their own proprietary blend oil. If the owner does this, Husqvarna may double the life of the warranty to four years instead of two.

This blower is not terribly noisy compared to others in its class. It rates about 94 decibels at ear level while it is being worn on the back. Of course, Husqvarna recommends ear and eye protection while at work with it.

The 150BT weighs almost 23 pounds when fully fueled, but the padded shoulder and hip straps hold it securely on the user’s back and distribute the weight. It’s comfortable enough, but there aren’t a couple of Cadillac-style extras like there are on the 350BT described below.

More features of the Husqvarna 150BT leaf blower

  • Air flow 434 cfm (cubic feet per minute)
  • 2-year parts and labor warranty
  • No vacuum option

Husqvarna 350BT 50.2cc 2-Cycle X-Torq Gas Powered 180 MPH Midsize Back Pack Blower (CARB Compliant)

The Husqvarna 350BT has some nice touches that make it even more attractive to those who need to use it for hours at a time. For one, it has vibration dampeners between the engine and the chassis. That makes it a lot more comfortable to wear and control. The handle with the throttle is ergonomically designed and adjustable. The handle also has an integrated cruise control so the user doesn’t get as fatigued holding the trigger all the time. These extras make this blower like a Cadillac to use.

The maximum air speed is 180mph, slower than on the 150BT, but still plenty powerful. The rest of the specifications are about the same as on the 150BT above. The 350BT has the X-Torq engine that saves fuel and reduces pollution. It needs a gas and oil mixture to operate. Husqvarna has a specific fuel ratio listed in their manual, and they say to not mix up more than will be used in a month’s time. Fortunately, the 350BT can operate for about three hours on the 1.25-liter tank. It’s easy to see when it’s time for refueling because the tank is transparent.

Husqvarna recommends using eye and ear protection when operating the blower. It hits about 104 decibels, too loud for sustained use. (Think motorcycle or snowmobile loud.) The maximum rpm is 7500, and it reaches 1.6kW of power.Users have commented that the 350BT moves wet leaves and branches easily even though its top air speed is lower than that of the 150BT.

More features of the Husqvarna 350BT leaf blower

  • Air flow 494 cfm (more than the 150BT)
  • 2-year parts and labor warranty
  • No vacuum option

Recommendation

Both of these backpack blowers are great for taking care of large yards. They are excellent tools for both homeowners and groundskeepers, anyone who has to manage large areas with fallen leaves and debris.

If you have a need for high air speed, the 150BT has the highest between these two blowers.

Meanwhile, the 350BT is made for comfort. It’s relatively the same in power as the 150BT, even with the lower air speed. If you need to do a lot of cleanup, the vibration dampener and ergonomic handle with cruise control makes your work so much more pleasant and easy.

 

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