Updated 29 Jan 2016

Ryobi

RBV3650

Snapshot: This Ryobi RBV3650 battery-electric blower vac weighs 5.7 kg. How well does it perform?

RBV3650
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$459

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Test results

Overall score
61
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Easy to use overall.
  • The controls are excellent to use and the throttle can be locked in any position.
  • Very easy to convert from vacuum to blower by flicking a lever.
  • Very little vibration, hardly noticeable.

But

  • Just OK leaf blowing and vacuuming performance.
  • Nozzle blocks quite often when vacuuming.
  • Clearing a blockage requires banging the vacuum tube on the ground.
  • Short running time.
  • Long charge time.
  • Heavy (for a battery model).

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
$459

Specifications

Power
Battery-electric (cordless)
Blockage clearing
OK
Run time/charge time (minutes)
15/180
Blow/vac conversion (seconds)
Switch
Noise blow/vac (dBA)
85/69
Weight (blower/vac) (kg)
5.7
Claimed bag capacity (L)
45

Features

Nozzle types
Fixed
Nozzle wheel
Yes
Metal/plastic impeller (fan)
Metal
Engine/battery (V/Ah)
36/5.0

More Info

Notes

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

Availability

Bunnings only.