For those who want a corded leaf blower, the Toro Ultra Blower Vac is a standout model. Owners and experts say it has a lot of power. It's also effective at sweeping up wet and dry leaves, clippings and other debris. The metal impeller is larger than in the past and is considered effective at shredding. Though most say it's easy to handle, the few negative user reviews we spotted include complaints that the Toro is heavy. Some say the leaf bag can be awkward to handle, and a few say that it doesn't hold up as well as the rest of the machine.
Powerful corded blower converts to a vacuum. The Toro 51619 Ultra Blower Vac is an update of a well-reviewed and well liked leaf blower, the Toro 51609 Ultra Blower Vac (Est. $85) [B007POATV4], which has been discontinued by Toro but is still widely available at retail sites. TheSweetHome.com says that the changes in this upgrade appear to be minor (pending its own testing) so performance should be similar. The specs show that it features a slightly more powerful motor, capable of moving up to 410 cfm of air at speeds of up to 250 mph. User reviews are starting to come in, and so far it's mostly aces, with terrific performance largely reported both when blowing leaves and sucking them up and mulching them. With a new, larger impeller, mulching leaves and other debris cuts down their volume by about 88 percent. A variable-speed trigger allows users to select the right power level for each job.
Good handling with a few caveats. The Toro Ultra Blower Vac is designed to make changing from blowing to vacuuming mode a breeze. The new model's more powerful performance also brings with it a one pound increase in weight, to 8.5 pounds. While we can't be sure that's why, we did see several user complaints saying that the new Toro is heavy. A nice touch is that when the blowing and vacuuming are done, everything can be stowed inside the vacuum bag, which can then be hung on a wall. At a noise rating of 68 dB, the Toro is relatively quiet, especially compared to a gas model, but still loud enough that wearing hearing protection while using it is a good idea.
Solid internal components. To finely mulch leaves and twigs, the Toro Ultra Blower Vac uses a metal impeller with serrated shredding blades, a durable design that's preferred by experts. The mulch bag and zipper aren't as long lasting, according to user reviews. This is a new model so long-term durability is yet to be established, but the previous version had a good track record, with users saying it was still going strong after several seasons of use. The warranty is for two years.
Toro 51619 Ultra Blower Vac Reviews
Editors have yet to test the Toro 51619 Ultra Blower Vac, but do include the previous version, the Toro 51609 Ultra Blower Vac, which is said to be very similar. ConsumerReports.org looks at how well this and other blowers move leaves, loosen embedded debris, suck up leaves and mulch detritus. Testers also measure how loud the blower is for the operator and someone standing 50 feet away.
Review: Toro Ultra Blower Vac 51609 leaf blower, Editors of ConsumerReports.org, Not Dated
While Doug Mahoney has yet to test the Toro Ultra Blower Vac 51619, TheSweetHome.com does test the previous version and names it their favorite leaf blower. Mahoney adds that the 51619 looks to be the same tool, with only small differences.
Review: The Best Leaf Blowers, Doug Mahoney, May 27, 2015
Amazon.com lists a number of Toro's electric leaf blowers together, and they cumulatively earn a rating of 4.6 stars following more than 1,660 reviews. Digging deeper, we find that the Toro 51619 has drawn more than 170 reviews of its own, with satisfaction that largely mirrors the test of the family -- nearly 89 percent of owners rate it either 4 stars or (mostly) 5.
Review: Toro 51619 Ultra Blower/Vac, Red, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of September 2015
We found more than 55 reviews of the Toro Ultra Blower Vac at Toro's web site, and it earns a rating of 4.4 stars. Reviews are authenticated by a third party, and appear to be uncensored, so credibility is high. In addition to an overall score, users provide subratings for dependability, performance, ease of use and quality.
Review: Ultra Blower Vac (51619), Contributors to Toro.com, As of September 2015
At first glance, the Toro 51619 appears to have attracted more than 1,800 mostly positive reviews, but a closer look reveals that the total includes feedback for earlier versions, going back to as long ago as 2007. Be that as it may, the Toro Ultra Vac/Blower family earns a score of 4.4 stars, with recommendations from 91 percent of owners, though the feedback also includes reviews originally posted at Toro.com.
Review: Toro 51619 Ultra 250 mph 350 CFM Electric Leaf Blower Vacuum, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of September 2015