Review of Toro 51609 Ultra 12 Amp Variable-Speed Electric Blower/Vacuum with Metal Impeller
Reviewed on: February 24, 2014
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Pros & Cons
The Toro 51609 Ultra Blower Vac delivers all the power and versatility you need to tackle every clean-up chore. This electric blower vac offers a Magnesium impeller with serrated blades for very good mulching performance and an infinite variable speed motor for better control and ease of use. The 235-mph air stream clears debris, sticks and large, heavy leaves. It converts quickly to a vacuum without any tools and reduces leaves up to 16 bags to 1. It comes with a cord storage hook to allow convenient storage of the electrical cord with the blower.
However, many user reviews mention that the zippered bag makes it hard to empty into leaf bags. Also users find it hard to drag this blower around with a long extension cord. Some users find the cord storage hook to very small.
Overall, the Toro 51609 Ultra 12 amp Variable-Speed Electric Blower/Vacuum with Metal Impeller is a great 3-in-1 tool for yard, garden and patio cleanup. It has plenty of power and is well worth the price. It comes with a 2-Year Full Warranty.
This blower includes multiple inserts for multiple applications.
- Main Tube - moves debris away from house, shrubs, etc.
- Power Insert - moves debris into wind rows and creates piles
- Concentrator - moves debris out of cracks, edging and moves stubborn leaves
- Leaf Shredding Reduction:16:01
- Nozzle Velocity: Max. Up to 235 mph (378 kph)
- Weight: 7.5 lbs. (3.4 kg)
Review Group #: 1
Good blower with excellent power for blowing leaves or vacuuming into bag • Includes a vacuum bag to convert it into a vacuum • Don't expect to vacuum up wet leaves as it may quickly clog up the tube
Review Group #: 2
Excellent powerful machine • Well worth the price
Review Group #: 3
Has a 3-speed dial to adjust the motor speed • Variable speeds allow for better control in both blower and vacuum modes • Offers a rugged metal impeller
Review Group #: 4
Works really well • Easy to change from Vac to Blower • Extremely powerful blower • Very easy to change attachments • The variable speed control is great • Saves a lot of working from raking • Can reach corners that you can't access with a rake • Mulches extremely well • Easy to handle • Much better in the plantings than a rake
Review Group #: 5
Need long electrical cord to drag around • You need a good electrical cord to power this 12-amp leaf blower • Toro's cord coiling hooks are useless for a reasonable heavy-duty cord
Review Group #: 6
Zippered bag makes it hard to empty into leaf bags • Vacuum attachment is quite easy • The detachable bag very easily disconnects for emptying in a garbage bag • Strong motor and well fit plastic attachments
Where to Buy
Amazon.com Rating: 4.40 stars from 2982 reviews, Price: $81.48
HomeDepot.com Rating: 4.30 stars from 788 reviews, Price: $74.97