Best Leaf Blower Vacuum Mulcher

Best Leaf Blower Vacuum Mulcher – People have the idea that using a leaf vacuum is a lot like vacuuming indoors, as if you just move smoothly along leaving a clean path behind you. It’s not that simple. If that’s what you want, a lawn mower with a bag works better. Leaf vacuums do have their place in cleaning up yard debris in the great outdoors, but it’s up to you to find their optimal use.

Our test results show they are more effective at removing leaves from hard surfaces than a lawn. For example, they work well at removing leaves from concrete, pavers, flag stone, brick, and asphalt.

ROUND UP

1.Toro 51619

If you’re looking for an efficient and effective combined leaf blower and vacuum, this model from Toro could be worth investigating. It is one of the most powerful models available and delivers enough air or suction to deal with any yard-clearing tasks you set it to.

It features variable speed in both blowing and vacuum modes. You can set it to full power when you need to clear large amounts of leaves or debris, but you can also slow it down when you need to clean around more delicate areas. Maximum speed is an impressive 250mph.

2.BLACK+DECKER

This electrical corded 3-in-1 blower, vacuum and mulcher from well-known brand Black+Decker is designed to help with all aspects of cleaning the leaves from your yard.

It is multifunctional and has plenty of useful features that will make it a welcome addition to your collection of garden tools.

This machine is not just designed to vacuum leaves – it can also blow them or suck them up and reduce them to mulch. This gives you maximum flexibility over how you deal with the piles of dead leaves each fall.

3.BLACK+DECKER (BV6600)

If you like the sound of everything the Black+Decker BV3100 above can do but you feel you need just a bit more of everything, the BV6600 is a possible alternative. It is designed to do everything the smaller model can do but just better and more powerfully.

It features the same 12amp motor but can deliver speeds of between 140mph and 250mph. This extra kick will help you clear leaves lying in extra-thick patches, making it more suitable for larger yards or gardens with heavier coverings of leaves.

4.WORX WG512

This Worx is, hands down, the easiest machine to switch from blower to vacuum. Its tube stays put. You simply turn a dial on the machine’s side to rotate the motor 90 degrees. Easily slip the vacuum collection bag into place over the impeller; just press on the bag’s small spring-loaded collar and release when it’s seated. We timed it as taking less than 20 seconds.

It’s a brilliant piece of engineering. And this Worx is no slouch when it comes to scooping up dried leaves. Its 12-amp motor is up to the job. Still, it won’t compete with the gas-engine machines, particularly with damp debris or when loads of twigs are mixed. Also, you do notice that cord drag as adding to the machine’s weight once its bag starts filling up, and with dried consistently shaped leaves, it can fill that bag in minutes.

5.Greenworks

The Greenworks proves how far 40 volts will take you today.  A long way, as it turns out. We ran out of leaves before its battery ran out of juice. We see this machine as filling a role in conjunction with the trimmer and mower—the mower handles the grass and some leaf bagging, the trimmer cleans up the edges. You blow the remaining leaves into a pile and quickly switch to vacuum mode by flipping down the impeller hatch, detaching the blower tube with a simple press on the detent.

Then click the oval-shaped vacuum tube into place over the impeller. The debris bag has a stubby collar on it that clicks into place where the blower tube was located. Vacuum up the leaves, and you’re done. This is a great little blower-vac, but we don’t see it as being fast enough for a yard full of leaves. It did prove ideal, however, for small cleanup.

6.Husqvarna 545119801

The Husqvarna is very well built, starts extremely easily (with one pull), and handles dry leaves with a vengeance. It did clog, however, when gathering damp mixed debris, such as oak leaves and pine needles. We were mystified by that, since it has more than enough airflow. We suspect that its vacuum tubes, which are slightly narrower and longer than others, may be the culprits. A deal breaker? No.

We did have a beef, however, with its bag attachment, which is by means of a heavy-duty spring sewn into the bag’s collar. Its grip on the discharge tube is so tenacious that once attached, the bag cannot be easily removed. You end up lugging the filled bag and the machine to dump the shredded contents. Given that a bag of shredded debris weighs anywhere from 5 to 12 pounds (according to our tests), that’s inconvenient.

7.Echo Starter

The Echo is an outstanding machine and nearly as clog-resistant as the Stihl. It handled dry and uniform debris easily, gobbling it up at full throttle, quickly filling its bag. It fell behind the Stihl only in the mixed- and damp-debris tests. But, frankly, the difference in power between the two is small.

Conversion from blower to vacuum is fast and easy. In this respect, it was the best of the three gas-engine machines. To remove the vacuum tube, grip the large plastic lugs molded into tube and twist it off. The debris bag, held with a large Velcro strap, is easy to mount and empty. The machine received only one small demerit, and that was for the fixed-position sliding on/off switch.

WRAP UP

Best Leaf Blower Vacuum Mulcher – To some degree, they work on decks but, you’ll find it’s easier to blow off leaves and debris rather than trying to pull out material that’s stuck between deck boards.

Vacuums work pretty well on small patches of grass, but for larger areas, you’ll find it more effective to rake up a small pile and then vacuum that up. They also work well at getting leaves out of corners, removing them from between bushes, and from behind outdoor objects, such as a central air conditioning unit.

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