What every best Leaf Blowers has:
- Sufficient airflow.
- Effective sweeping and loosening capabilities.
- A variable-speed trigger.
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.
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.
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.
ConsumerReports.org tests 20 handheld gas leaf blowers, including the Hitachi RB24EAP 23.9cc Handheld Blower. Editors rate each on its ability to move leaves quickly, loosen leaf particles stuck in the lawn, and vacuum and mulch leaves. Handling considerations and noise are also evaluated.
After testing eight leaf blowers, Roy Berendsohn gives the Hitachi RB24EAP 4 out of 5 stars. The editors like the Hitachi's gas-powered tools and say this blower has an effective airstream and can even move soggy leaves and prickly seedpods. A point is taken away, however, for a too-skimpy air filter and a nozzle that's judged to be shorter than ideal.
The Hitachi RB24EAP leaf blower gets a rating of 4.4 out of 5 stars based on more than 2,100 user reviews. Most are pleased, saying it has lots of power and starts up easily, but some experience problems after a few seasons of use.
More than 1,575 owner reviews of the Hitachi 23.9cc Handheld Blower can be seen on Lowes.com, where it earns a rating of 4.5 out of 5 stars, though some of the feedback was originally posted on the manufacturer's web site. Users say it starts up easily and performs very well. Some complain that the inlet valve is positioned in such a way that it can pull on clothing. Nonetheless, around 95 percent say that they would recommend it to a friend.