Reviewers say the Husqvarna 350BT is a terrific blower choice for those with large properties. In expert comparisons, its low-vibration, low-emission engine -- which meets California's tough air-quality standards -- is found to start easily and run smoothly. Extras like a variable-speed trigger and padded harness add to its value, and the "cruise control" feature lets you set the speed for less fatigue during extended use. The backpack leaf blower has a two-year warranty.
Extra powerful for large yards. In professional tests, the Husqvarna 350BT proves to be one of the most powerful backpack leaf blowers. "It not only moves a lot of air, but the blast from its tube seems unusually productive," says Roy Berendsohn at Popular Mechanics. Users say the 350BT is effective on wet and dry leaves as well as yard debris, dust, cobwebs, snow and even gravel. It also can remove embedded particles from grass. The 50.2cc X-TORQ engine provides good fuel economy and reduced emissions despite its strength and size, reviewers say. We found almost no significant complaints about this model's performance.
Well-balanced and comfortable. The Husqvarna 350BT weighs nearly 23 pounds, but users say the harness distributes its weight evenly. Padded shoulder straps, adjustable handles and a hip belt make it "the most comfortable machine" in Popular Mechanics' comparison test. "We were skeptical about its hip belt until we started scaling steep hills and stone walls," says Berendsohn. "If you clear difficult areas, this is your blower." Reviewers also say it's easy to start, and they like that you can lock in the speed. Users will definitely need ear protection, but tests say that it's relatively quiet at distances over 50 feet, a plus for those who want to keep their neighbors happy.
Standard maintenance requirements. Reviewers say the Husqvarna 350BT is well built and should run well for many seasons with standard maintenance. We read very few complaints about breakdowns, and users say this is typical of Husqvarna lawn tools. Maintenance is typical for a gas-powered machine and involves checking and/or cleaning the starter, air filter, fuel tank and cooling system, and replacing the spark plug, according to the manufacturer's schedule. The 350BT has a two-year warranty.
Husqvarna 350BT Reviews
ConsumerReports.org currently posts ratings for 14 backpack leaf blowers, including the Husqvarna 350BT, in this comprehensive leaf-blower report. Editors consider how well each model sweeps leaves and loosens embedded vegetation from a lawn, and evaluate vacuuming capability for those models that offer it. The report also factors handling and noise into final scores.
Review: Husqvarna 350BT leaf blower, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
2. Popular Mechanics
The Husqvarna 350BT ties with two other backpack blowers for first place in this comparison. Testers say it's the most comfortable out of the five models evaluated and features airflow that's powerful and incredibly productive. They also like the hip belt, but find the upside-down purge bulb "a nuisance."
Review: Backpack Leaf Blower Comparison Test, Roy Berendsohn, Not Dated
The Husqvarna 350BT earns a rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars based on reviews from more than 480 owners at Amazon.com. Owners say it's very powerful and reasonably quiet, the padded straps are comfortable, and the engine starts and runs smoothly. There are relatively few complaints, and roughly 91 percent rate the blower at 4-stars and, mostly, higher.
Review: Husqvarna 350BT 50.2cc 2-Cycle X-Torq Gas Powered 180 MPH Midsize Back Pack Blower (CARB Compliant), Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2015
Product expert Marissa Munoz calls the Husqvarna 350BT, "...one of the most powerful backpack gas leaf blowers available" yet "remarkably quiet." She says the harness and controls are ergonomically designed for ease of use. Owners posting here largely give glowing reviews as well, and 96 percent of the nearly 140 that leave feedback say that they would recommend this backpack blower to a friend.
Review: Husqvarna 50cc 2-Cycle Backpack Blower, Marissa Munoz and contributors to LeafBlowersDirect.com, As of September 2015
We found few reviews here for the Husqvarna 350BT than at some other sites, though what's here is very positive. Just over 55 owners grant the backpack leaf blower a score of 4.8 stars, and 95 percent give it a recommendation.
Review: Husqvarna 50.2cc 2-Cycle Heavy-Duty Gas Backpack Leaf Blower, Contributors to Lowes.com, As of September 2015