Owners call the Black & Decker LSW36 one of the better corded leaf blowers because of its combination of durability and performance. Its 36-volt battery provides enough oomph for light-duty jobs, and six power settings balance power and battery runtime. The LSW36 includes an impeller and collection bag to vacuum and mulch, but many reviewers say these features don't work as well as the blower.
Blower mode works better than the vacuum. The Black & Decker LSW36 does a good job of blowing sidewalks and cleaning up leaves, but it's not powerful enough to move wet leaves or heavy yard debris, experts say. Its unique Power Command system boasts six different settings ranging from maximum power to maximum battery runtime. The high setting is best for most sweeping around the yard, according to users, and lower settings are handy for flowerbeds and garage floors. The LSW36 also converts to a vacuum, mulching and collecting leaves in a bag, but most owners say this mode isn't as efficient.
Quiet, simple operation. Reviewers say the LSW36 is well balanced and quieter than most other blowers. Weighing less than 7 pounds, it's "very lightweight and handles easily," posts an Amazon.com user. The tool has a handy on-board battery life indicator, and most owners say the battery runs long enough to finish their chores, about 15 to 30 minutes. However, a few complain that the air intake port tends to pull in clothing due to its awkward placement.
Trustworthy brand, solid warranty. Black & Decker's full warranty covers the LSW36 for three years and includes a 30-day satisfaction guarantee policy that far surpasses the typical two-year warranty. User reviews are strong, although a few are disappointed that the airflow isn't stronger or the battery doesn't last longer. Those who already use other Black & Decker 36-volt cordless tools can use the same battery and charger for the LSW36, and the blower can be purchased without those components for about half the price (Est. $70).
Out of the half-dozen cordless leaf blowers with a significant number of reviews here, the LSW36 is the highest rated. About 115 owners give it 4.4 stars out of 5.
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The Black & Decker LSW36 is also the top-rated cordless leaf blower at HomeDepot.com, earning 4.4 stars out of 5 from about 40 owners. Most say this blower is good for moving dry leaves and sweeping dirt, but isn't powerful enough for lots of vacuuming or tidying larger properties.
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