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Hitachi RB24EAP 23.9cc Handheld Blower Review

By: Carl Laron on August 29, 2017

Bottom Line

If you want an excellent basic leaf blower, the Hitachi RB24EAP 23.9cc Handheld Blower sweeps with the best of them, according to professional tests and user reviews. It doesn't have vacuum or mulching capabilities, but hundreds of owners praise its blend of power and light weight.

Pros

  • Strong air flow
  • Easy to start and use
  • Seven-year consumer warranty

Cons

  • No vacuuming, mulching abilities
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Breaking it down

Performance

Excels at sweeping. Professional reviewers say the Hitachi RB24EAPis excellent at sweeping -- no surprise given its air moving capabilities of 170 MPH (velocity) and 441 CFM (volume). Popular Mechanics commends its airstream and notes that it "worked well moving soggy leaves and prickly seedpods." Owners widely agree that it's a powerful blower for pushing leaves and debris. The low-emission engine, which passes strict California Air Resource Board (CARB) guidelines, also gets high marks. On the downside, it doesn't vacuum or mulch.

Ease of use

Easy handling, moderate noise. Reviewers like how easy this Hitachi blower is to handle and control, thanks, in part, to this model's relatively light (for a gas blower), 8.6-pound weight. A frequent but minor user complaint is that the air intake sucks in clothing when the unit is held in the right hand. Noise is an issue for those using the blower, and hearing protection is recommended, but it's quieter than some competing gas blowers at distances over 50 feet, so neighbors will be happier. Users love how easily the RB24EAP handles, thanks largely to its variable-speed trigger and large, two-finger throttle lever. Popular Mechanics grouses a little that the blower nozzle is too short, making it tougher to get close to debris. However, overall, reviewers say, it makes quick work of big chores.

Durability

Top-notch warranty. The majority of owners who review the Hitachi 23.9cc Handheld Blower commend its quality construction. The commercial-grade engine in particular draws accolades. Some users complain about problems with the fuel line, but most say those who are mechanically inclined can fix a fuel line easily and inexpensively. Like other gas-powered machines, the Hitachi RB24EAP blower requires regular maintenance, some of which should be done by an authorized service provider. Hitachi offers the best consumer warranty in our report, covering this model for seven years.

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