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Toro Ultra Blower Vac

Est. $75
Reviewed
May 2014
by ConsumerSearch
Toro Ultra Blower Vac 51609

Best electric leaf blower

Pros
  • Excellent sweeping and vacuuming
  • Durable metal impeller
  • Finely mulches leaves and twigs
  • Simple conversion to vacuum mode
Cons
  • Collection bag awkward
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Bottom line

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 considered effective at shredding, and the model gets high marks for its lightweight build and ease of handling. Some say the leaf bag can be awkward to handle. The Ultra Blower Vac comes with a two-year warranty.

Performance

Powerful corded blower converts to a vacuum. The Toro Ultra Blower Vac has superb sweeping and vacuuming performance, and impressively loosens yard debris, reports a consumer testing organization. Owners agree, noting the blower's 235-mph airstream is powerful and, in vacuum mode, it has a lot of suction. "I am able to fill the bag with mulched leaves and twigs in less than five minutes," notes one user. Reviewers also commend the steel impeller, which reduces as many as 16 bags of debris down to one. A variable-speed trigger allows users to select the right power level for each job.

Ease of use

Good handling with a few caveats. The Toro Ultra Blower Vac is designed to make changing from blowing to vacuuming mode a breeze. "It's easy to swap blower or vacuum tools quickly," says one owner. Some users say that emptying the bag is awkward due to a poorly placed, flimsy zipper, and some find the bag rips easily. Even so, these are only minor issues for most owners, as the 7.5-pound Ultra is considered light and easy to wield overall. In one test it's rated very quiet at a distance of 50 feet, but is still loud enough that experts recommend wearing hearing protection.

Durability

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. "I sucked up leaves, pine straw, acorns and several rocks for three hours, and the impeller looks brand new," says one owner. Others agree that the Ultra's impeller is stronger and more durable than one made of plastic. The mulch bag and zipper aren't as long lasting, according to user reviews, but even so, longtime owners say the Ultra still works great after several seasons of use. It comes with a two-year warranty.

Where To Buy
Toro 51609 Ultra 12 amp Variable-Speed (up to 235) Electric Blower/Vacuum with Metal Impeller

 
Buy new: $119.99 $69.97   17 Used & new from $56.66

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Our Sources

1. ConsumerReports.org

Editors test more than 50 leaf blowers, rating each model's ability to 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. The Toro Ultra Blower Vac is among the models tested.

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

2. Amazon.com

The Toro Ultra Blower Vac earns an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars from more than 1,000 users posting to Amazon.com. The vast majority report that the machine is powerful and effective, and many also like its relatively light weight. There are a few reports of breakdowns.

Review: Toro 51609 Ultra 12 amp Variable-Speed (up to 235) Electric Blower/Vacuum with Metal Impeller, Contributors to Amazon.com, As of May 2014

3. HomeDepot.com

With nearly 900 user reviews, the Toro Ultra Blower Vac earns an average rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars on HomeDepot.com. Owners say it has plenty of power, and they like the variable-speed feature, but some find the leaf bag poorly designed. This site includes reviews from Toro.com.

Review: Toro Ultra 235 mph 390 CFM Electric Leaf Blower Vacuum, Contributors to HomeDepot.com, As of May 2014

4. Sears.com

The Toro Ultra Blower Vac earns an average rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars from more than 110 users posting reviews to Sears.com. Owners praise its power and shredding performance and say it's easy to handle. A few complain that the leaf bag rips easily.

Review: Toro Ultra Blower Vac™ And Shredder 235MPH Electric, Contributors to Sears.com, As of May 2014

5. LeafBlowersDirect.com

Product expert Delulio names the Toro Ultra Blower Vac the best corded leaf blower, calling it powerful and lightweight. He also commends the variable-speed motor. More than 30 owners give it an average rating of 4 out of 5 stars, widely praising its performance. A few report mechanical problems.

Review: Toro Ultra Electric Leaf Blower/Vacuum, Joe Delulio and contributors to LeafBlowersDirect.com, As of May 2014

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