Updated 29 Jan 2016

Victa

Vac & Blow Electric VBE1500A (wheeled)

Snapshot: This Victa Vac & Blow Electric VBE1500A (wheeled) mains-electric blower-vac weighs 10.7 kg. How well does it perform?

Vac & Blow Electric VBE1500A (wheeled)
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$389

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Test results

Overall score
78
Performance
?/10
Ease of use
?/10

Good points

  • Very good leaf blowing and vacuuming performance.
  • Easy to use overall.
  • The controls are very easy to use.
  • Very easy to convert from vacuum to blower by flicking a switch.
  • On wheels so it’s easy to push around (on flat ground).

But

  • The power cable limits your range and is annoying to drag around.
  • Heavy and on wheels so it can’t be used on rough or steep terrain.
  • The wheels dig into softer ground so it’s more difficult to use on grass.

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
$389

Specifications

Power
Mains-electric
Blockage clearing
Easy
Run time/charge time (minutes)
n/a
Blow/vac conversion (seconds)
Switch
Noise blow/vac (dBA)
84/85
Weight (blower/vac) (kg)
10.7
Claimed bag capacity (L)
not stated

Features

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

More Info

Notes

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

Availability

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