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Fall is finally here and with it comes the leafy invaders from what was once a shady refuge — now turned lawn care enemy.  Cleaning up fallen leaves in the yard is a big part of lawn care in the fall, but it doesn’t have to be a nightmare. One of our favorites is the leaf blower: it’s loud, moves stuff around fast, and (best of all) does a great deal or work without requiring you to pick up a rake.  In short, the leaf blower is your fall weather friend. 

The Super Blower Vac from Toro has a list of impressive features like 225 MPH max air speed, a blower mode CFM of 270, a vacuum mode CFM of 375 and a 3-in-1 combo that shifts the unit from blower to vacuum to leaf shedder — reducing 10 bags of leaves into 1. According to our professional lawn-care friends, it’s a good, well balanced unit with some pretty decent power for use around the home base.

Before you go out and start comparing other units with gobs of power that could blow leaves across the county line or suck the Tin-Man through a keyhole, just try and keep in mind that you may not need such a unit to get the job done.  Ratings like MPH can be a bit deceiving if you don’t take into account all other factors such as the size of the nozzle and the cubic feet per minute (CFM) of the unit as well.

The nozzle of a blower could be reduced to the size of a coffee straw and blow air at 350 MPH. This would look great printed on the side of the box, but would amount to squat around the lawn — unless you have a great deal of cracks in the driveway you need cleared out.  Conversely you could have a unit that had a nozzle 12 inches round and not be able to do anything but blow dust particles about with high CFM but not much power.  The most powerful blower will be one that maximizes both MPH and CFM.

So be sure to do your homework when selecting a blower for your lawn needs.  Balance is what you’re looking for and units like the Super Blower Vac are specifically balanced for home use.  A simple trip around the neighborhood will tell you that while leaf blowers are popular, there’s much opinion out there on what makes a good choice.  Just ask any DIY lawn man and they will have a strong opinion one way or the other.

Street pricing starts at around $65

Super Blower Vac [Toro]
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One Response to Finds: Super Blower Vac

  1. Matt says:

    This is a great product! I have had mine since 2002 and it has received and handled much abuse. This year I finally changed out the impeller of the unit for $9.99. (probably didn’t “have” to but the impeller is plastic and does wear). The new-er impeller is an improved design from the ’02 one and the unit is better than new. The claims of 10 bags to 1 is true! The mulching is very good. My only complaint is that if the leaves are wet the unit has a hard time handling it and may clog frequently, so just wait for dry weekends and you will be very happy with this cheap effective unit!

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