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Husqvarna 350BT

Est. $300
Reviewed
August 2013
by ConsumerSearch
Husqvarna 350BT

Backpack leaf blower

Pros
  • Efficiently sweeps wet leaves, needles, seedpods
  • Padded shoulder straps, hip belt for comfort
  • Starts easily
Cons
  • Loud
  • Might be overkill for an average yard
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Bottom line

With an ideal combination of power and comfort, the Husqvarna 350BT is best for light-duty commercial users or homeowners who have large properties. Its blowing and sweeping performance is first class, according to expert comparisons, with a low-vibration engine that starts easily and runs smoothly. Extra features like a variable speed trigger, padded harness and adjustable handles add to the 350BT's value. Husqvarna has a solid brand reputation and includes a standard two-year warranty.

Performance

Extra-powerful for large yards. In professional tests, the Husqvarna 350BT proves to be one of the most powerful blowers. "It not only moves a lot of air, but the blast from its tube seems unusually productive," says Roy Berendsohn at Popular Mechanics, who gives the tool a perfect 5-star score. The 350BT has a variable speed trigger, which users say gives them a good range of power, and a trigger lock to set the speed. The blower is relatively lightweight, and its 50.2 cc, 2.1 horsepower X-TORQ engine provides good fuel economy and reduced emissions despite its strength and size.

Ease of use

Well-balanced and comfortable. The Husqvarna 350BT weighs nearly 23 pounds, but users say the harness distributes its weight evenly over their shoulders. Padded shoulder straps, adjustable handles and a hip belt make it "the most comfortable machine" in Popular Mechanics' backpack blower 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." It's pretty loud at a so-called neighbor distance of 50 feet away, but the 350BT is still quieter than many other backpack blowers. Even so, hearing protection is a must.

Ownership

Reliable brand reputation. Reviewers say the 350BT runs well for many seasons with standard maintenance and winterization. Overall, Husqvarna has an excellent reputation for its 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 a user at Amazon.com. A few say the initial assembly process can be complicated, and one owner suggests reviewing Husqvarna's online how-to videos for starting and maintenance. Husqvarna covers the 350BT with a two-year warranty that's standard for leaf blowers, but is much shorter than the Echo PB-500H (Est. $300) five-year coverage.

Where To Buy
Husqvarna 350BT 50.2cc 2-Cycle X-Torq Gas Powered 180 MPH Midsize Back Pack Blower (CARB Compliant)

 (283 reviews)
Buy new: $299.95   

In Stock. Eligible for FREE Super Saver Shipping

 

Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

ConsumerReports.org tests 14 gas-powered backpack 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, plus include scores for handling and noise.

Review: Leaf Blowers, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not dated

2. PopularMechanics.com

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 both powerful and incredibly productive.

Review: Backpack Leaf Blower Comparison Test, Roy Berendsohn, Not dated

3. LeafBlowersDirect.com

Product expert Delulio gives the 350BT an A grade, saying it's "one of the most powerful backpack gas leaf blowers available" yet "remarkably quiet." More than 50 owners post comments, giving the tool 4.8 out of 5 stars.

Review: Husqvarna 50cc 2-Cycle Backpack Blower, Editors, contributors to LeafBlowersDirect.com, As of September 2013

4. Amazon.com

The 350BT is one of the few backpack blowers that gets excellent ratings at Amazon.com; more than 200 owners give it an overall rating of 4.6 stars out of 5. Most say it's very powerful, the padded straps are comfortable, and the engine starts and runs smoothly.

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 2013

5. 10rate.com

This list of the 10 best leaf blowers includes two backpack models: the Husqvarna 350BT and the Troy-Bilt TB4BP. Both get a score of 8.5 out of 10. The 350BT earns good marks for its "incredible power," comfortable design and easy-start engine.

Review: Best Leaf Blowers: Top 10 Rated Leaf Blowers 2013, Editors of 10rate.com, Not dated

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