Reviewers say the Husqvarna 350BT is an unbeatable 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, so you don't need to keep pulling the trigger. The model 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 writer Roy 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. Some call it loud, but others say its noise is reasonable. Hearing protection is necessary.
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. "If you buy the mid-range and high range Husqvarna products, generally speaking you are getting some of the best products on the market," posts one user. 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.
ConsumerReports.org tests more than 50 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: Leaf Blowers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
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 an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from more than 280 owners posting to Amazon.com. Owners say it's very powerful and reasonably quiet, the padded straps are comfortable, and the engine starts and runs smoothly. There were very few complaints.
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 May 2014
Product expert Delulio calls the Husqvarna 350BT, "...one of the most powerful backpack gas leaf blowers available" yet "remarkably quiet." He says the harness and controls are ergonomically designed for ease of use. Nearly 90 owners give the model an average rating of 5 out of 5 stars.
Review: Husqvarna 50cc 2-Cycle Backpack Blower, Joe Delulia and contributors to LeafBlowersDirect.com, As of May 2014
The Husqvarna 350BT is on 10rate.com's list of the 10 best leaf blowers, earning a score of 8.5 out of 10. Editors say it has "incredible power," is "surprisingly comfortable," and is also very easy to start. However, they find it loud and say assembly can be "tricky."
Review: Best Leaf Blowers: Top 10 Rated Leaf Blowers 2014, Editors of 10rate.com, Not Dated