Updated 29 Jan 2016

Black & Decker

GWC3600L-XE

Snapshot: This Black & Decker GWC3600L-XE battery-electric blower vac weighs 2.4 kg. How well does it perform?

GWC3600L-XE
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$349

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Test results

Overall score
50
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Easy to convert from blower to vacuum.
  • The controls are excellent to use.
  • Long run time.
  • Short charge time.
  • Lightweight.

But

  • Below average leaf blowing and vacuuming performance.
  • Just OK to use overall.
  • Narrow vacuum tube blocks up constantly.
  • Clearing a blockage requires the vacuum tube on the ground.

How we test

Overall score includes:

Performance (70%)
Ease of use (30%)

We evenly spread 5kg of leaf litter (including bark and twigs) over a car park. We then timed how long it took each model to blow the material into a pile, be converted to a vacuum, and then vacuum up the pile.

We checked how easy it was to use the controls. As well as turning them on and off, we assessed how easy it was to do the blower-to-vac conversion and empty the collection bag.

We looked at how easy each model was to use for blowing plus vacuuming. We also scored them for vibration.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$349

Specifications

Power
Battery-electric (cordless)
Blockage clearing
Hard
Run time/charge time (minutes)
26/60
Blow/vac conversion (seconds)
30
Noise blow/vac (dBA)
81/60
Weight (blower/vac) (kg)
2.4
Claimed bag capacity (L)
17.5

Features

Nozzle types
Swappable
Nozzle wheel
No
Metal/plastic impeller (fan)
ns
Engine/battery (V/Ah)
36/1.5

More Info

Notes

Blower vacuums in our database have been tested to a different method than leaf blowers.

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