What every best Leaf Blowers has:
- Sufficient airflow.
- Effective sweeping and loosening capabilities.
- A variable-speed trigger.
Powerful corded blower converts to a vacuum. The Toro 51619 Ultra Blower Vac is powerful and well liked. The specs show that it's capable of moving up to 410 CFM of air at speeds of up to 250 MPH. User reviews are largely positive, with owners praising the leaf blower's strong performance both when blowing leaves and when sucking them up and mulching them -- cutting debris volume down by about 88 percent. A variable-speed trigger allows users to select the right power level for each job. ConsumerReports.org gives it top grades in all aspects of leaf blower performance, and users and other experts largely agree.
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 a little heavier than some corded leaf blowers, which causes ConsumerReports.org to knock that down a small peg to just Very Good when it comes to handling, and TheSweethome.com grouses about it even more, while still calling the blower "satisfying overall." 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 when heard at a distance, but still loud enough near the user that wearing hearing protection while using it is a must.
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. The warranty is for two years.
Editors have tested the Toro 51619 leaf blower and come away mostly impressed. It's a little loud at the ear, so ear protection will be needed, but otherwise earns ratings of Very good to Excellent (mostly) in all other aspects of performance, noise and ease of use.
TheSweethome.com tests the Toro Ultra Blower Vac 51619 and likes it, but prefers a Black and Decker model for its better handling. Still, thanks to "its leaf-moving power," Doug Mahoney still considers it to be "satisfying overall."
Amazon.com lists a number of Toro's electric leaf blowers together, and they cumulatively earn a rating of 4.4 stars following more than 3,800 reviews. Digging deeper, we find that the Toro 51619 has drawn nearly than 1,100 reviews of its own, with satisfaction that largely mirrors the rest of the family -- roughly 87 percent of owners rate it either 4 stars or (mostly) 5.
We found roughly 225 reviews of the Toro Ultra Blower Vac at Toro's web site, and it earns a rating of 4.3 stars. Reviews are authenticated by a third party, and appear to be uncensored, so credibility is high. In addition to an overall score, some users provide sub-ratings for dependability, performance, ease of use and quality.
At first glance, the Toro 51619 appears to have attracted more than 1,650 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 4.3 stars, with recommendations from 88 percent of owners, though the feedback also includes reviews originally posted at Toro.com.