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Performance (70%). We spread a 5kg leaf mixture consisting of gum leaves and small twigs evenly across an area measuring 5m x 4m. On a windless day, we use the blowers to completely clear the mixture from the marked area. High performance scores are awarded when a blower clears the area quickly, leaving no twigs behind. Vacuuming scores for blower vacs are based on how quickly each model hoovers up 1kg of mixed leaf/twig material, and 2kg of leaf material only. We also measure the noise at the operator’s position and at a distance of 7.5m.
Ease of use (30%). We assess how easy each model is to wield based on its overall weight and balance. We also consider levels of vibration and ease of operating the trigger. For blower vacs, we measure the time it takes to convert from blower to vacuum mode, and how easy the bag is to empty.
23 May 2018, Gavin S.
Product use: 6 months or more
Cheap, performs well. Purchased from Bunnings.
I had the slightly more expensive ($220) Blower Vac Kit that has a bigger fan and rated at 320km/hr
The blower only featured in your review has a smaller fan and is only rated at 270km/hr.
On the Bunnings website is featured a Homelite Black Blower Vac priced at only $129 and the product description says it is rated at 320 km/hr, but if it only has the small fan then I am cynical of this figure.
Differences between my 320 km/hr version and the one in the Consumer feature is the lack of a rear knob handle, and the small fan and nozzle.
Lasted 8 years before the motor blew which is reasonable I guess.
Preset throttle not as convenient, and the carb and throttle and as a trigger throttle. Homelite calls it a cruise control as your finger doesn't have to hold the trigger. So it may be a plus.
(New model has a different aircleaner and choke assy, and the throttle and primer bulb are at a different angle in relation to the engine, compared to my old one) (Not a Con but I ran out of typing space in the Pros).
May consider buying cheaper unit for the motor and changing it over to my bigger fan on my broken Blower/Vac.
Yes, I recommend this product.
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