What every best Leaf Blowers has:
- Sufficient airflow.
- Effective sweeping and loosening capabilities.
- A variable-speed trigger.
Extra powerful for large yards. In professional tests, the Husqvarna 350BT proves to be one of the most powerful backpack leaf blowers. "It not only moves a lot of air, but the blast from its tube seems unusually productive," says Roy Berendsohn at Popular Mechanics. Users say the 350BT is effective on wet and dry leaves as well as yard debris, dust, cobwebs, snow and even gravel. It also can remove embedded debris from grass. The 50.2cc X-TORQ engine provides good fuel economy and reduced emissions despite its strength and size, reviewers say.
Well-balanced and comfortable. The Husqvarna 350BT weighs nearly 23 pounds, but users say the harness distributes its weight evenly. Padded shoulder straps, adjustable handles and a hip belt make it "the most comfortable machine" in Popular Mechanics' 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." Reviewers also say it's easy to start, and they like that you can lock in the speed. Users will definitely need ear protection, but tests say that it's relatively quiet at distances over 50 feet, a plus for those who want to keep their neighbors happy.
Standard maintenance requirements. Reviewers say the Husqvarna 350BT is well built and should run well for many seasons with standard maintenance. We read very few complaints about breakdowns, and users say this is typical of Husqvarna lawn tools. Maintenance is typical for a gas-powered machine and involves checking and/or cleaning the starter, air filter, fuel tank and cooling system, and replacing the spark plug, according to the manufacturer's schedule. Like all gas-powered garden tools, the makers recommendations regarding fuel and storage should be followed. The 350BT has a two-year warranty.
ConsumerReports.org currently posts ratings for 14 backpack leaf 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, and evaluate vacuuming capability for those models that offer it. The report also factors handling and noise into final scores.
In this report, Roy Berendsohn says that the Husqvarna 350BT is one of the most powerful consumer backpack blowers available, adding "you've got to strap this thing on to appreciate how effective it is." He also calls it the most comfortable machine in this test.
The Husqvarna 350BT earns a rating of 4.3 out of 5 stars based on reviews from nearly 680 owners at Amazon.com. Owners say it's very powerful and reasonably quiet, the padded straps are comfortable, and the engine starts and runs smoothly. There are relatively few complaints, and roughly 88 percent rate the blower at 4-stars and, mostly, higher.
Product expert Dale Vogelsanger calls the Husqvarna 350BT, "...one of the most powerful backpack gas leaf blowers available" yet "remarkably quiet." He says the harness and controls are ergonomically designed for ease of use. Owners posting here largely give glowing reviews as well, and 96 percent of the more than 200 that leave feedback say that they would recommend this backpack blower to a friend.
We found more than 300 reviews here for the Husqvarna 350BT. Though some of the reviews originate at the maker's site, feedback is very positive overall. It earns an overall score of 4.5 stars (out of 5) and earns a recommendation from 98 percent of owners.