For a quick daily once-over on the driveway, patio or deck, reviewers and owners recommend the 18-volt cordless Black & Decker NS118. It doesn't vacuum leaves, but it's quiet and very light, and it is eco-sensitive. The main drawback is that work sessions are limited to about 10 or 15 minutes at the time; after that the battery will need about three hours to recharge. If you have other Black & Decker Ni-Cd battery-powered tools, however, the batteries are interchangeable. The warranty is for two years. If you don't mind using a corded model, the Toro Power Sweep 51585 (*Est. $35) offers similar power for less money.
We found a professional review of the Black & Decker NS118 cordless leaf blower at ConsumerGuide.com, where it's rated for performance, ease of use, features and value. About 390 owners rate and review this blower at Amazon.com, providing detailed comments about their experiences. Epinions.com, HomeDepot.com and AceHardware.com are other good sources of owner reviews.
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Editors say the Black & Decker cordless leaf blower is quieter than most but is more suitable for paved surfaces than for heavy-duty yard work. The blower performs well and earns top marks for ease of use, but it scores lower for features and value. It gets an overall rating of 4 out of 5.
Review: Expert Review: Black & Decker NS118 Cordless Blower, Editors of ConsumerGuide.com, April 23, 2007
The Black & Decker NS118 leaf blower is reviewed by about 390 owners here, and they give it an average of 4 out of 5 stars. A typical review is this one: "What I really love about this blower is that I don't have to deal with cords, gasoline, oil or fumes. It is lightweight, easy to store and a pleasure to use. Definitely recommended." One owner notes that it no longer comes with two batteries -- a significant drawback for some.
Review: Black & Decker NS118 18-Volt Cordless Electric Broom Hard Surface Sweeper, Contributors to Amazon.com
More than 35 people have posted reviews of the Black & Decker NS118 at Epinions.com. They give it an overall rating of 4 out of 5 stars. Most owners say they are very satisfied with this blower. The main complaints are about the run time of the battery. Some say they have two batteries so they can work for longer at a time.
Review: Black & Decker Cordless Blower (NS118), Contributors to Epinions.com
About 30 people review the Black & Decker NS118 leaf blower here, giving it an overall rating of 3.6 stars. Most owners seem satisfied, although a few complain about the short battery life.
Review: Black & Decker 125 MPH 145 CFM Cordless Electric 18 Volt Hard Surface Sweeper, Contributors to HomeDepot.com
There are only a small number of owner-written reviews here for the NS118 blower, but all are positive. Owners say the Black & Decker blower isn't powerful enough for big jobs, but it definitely beats a broom for hard surfaces.
Review: Black & Decker Cordless Blower (NS118), Contributors to AceHardware.com