Rated 3.1 out of 5 by 195
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jefslanscpe117 nice blower after you...
I've read enough reviews about the bvs200. Igot mine a week ago ,brought it home,started but wouldn't get running full throttle. Took it back, got another one,same thing. So heres what you gotta do . You have to turn the low idle adj. on top of the carb,1/8 turn counterclockwise.I usually don't do this until the unit starts to run sluggishly( 6 mo. - 9 mo. after purchase#.Ive had ryobis for the past 8 yrs. and got tired of doing this ritual, butt,alas this is how they all run. so quit killing yourself with all their recommendations, and turn the low idle #if you look youll see an "L" by it. turn it 1/8 turn c/clockwise and listen to it purr. your welcome!
March 3, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by PoulanPROnot Piece of JUNK!!!!
Almost impossible to start and if and when it does start will only run for 5-10 seconds. Wish Id read reviews first. DO NOT WAIST YOUR MONEY. Just a big yellow paper weight. Has not ran more than 2 min's since day it was bought. I will never ever buy from this company again.
December 29, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Chester Poorly Designed
I had a Poulan for years and loved it. I used it both for blowing and vacuuming. After years of hard use, I had to replace it and the Poulon Pro was what was available. This new machine was a huge disappointment. Apparently the designers never actually use their product or heard of the engineering principle of "don't fix it if it ain't broke".. These are my main criticisms;
1) A "U" tube bag insert which is extremely difficult to insert and remove and is ergonomically unfriendly.
2) A bag that zips halfway (??) so that it can only be emptied by pulling out the contents by hand.
3) The bag straps failed prematurely.
4) The gas cap leaks (from day one).
5) A shutoff switch which rather than properly placed is overly protected making it difficult to engage.
Any machine can handle blowing, but vacuuming is hard enough without a machine that is cumbersome and difficult to use. My Pro is only a few years old but I may replace it soon with a model that I don't have to fight with every use.
December 15, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Stacks Bag Redesign Needed
I have had this blower/vac for 3 years now and it starts perfectly every time (if you follow the directions). It has great power, so that helps get the job done quicker. The one item I would change (and require for the next one I buy), is that the zipper needs to extend across the entire bottom of the bag. The zipper ends 3 to 4 inches from one of the sides and is a pain to empty. It creates almost a funnel effect and requires you to reach your hand in the bag every time you need to empty. After 3 years of use, I need to replace the vacuum blade flywheel. It is made of plastic (it is durable) but it does wear out. I am hoping it is not too expensive!! I would purchase this again if they changed the bag design.
October 21, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Derf14 Poorly Engineered Tool
Purchased 1 year ago and used primarily as a blower which was satisfactory except for very difficult to restart when warm and the engine smokes and stalls if tipped to the left .
This fall began to use as leaf vacuum with following results:
Lower vacuum tube deformed (bent inward.)
Bag strap soon broke and bag with only partial zipper is difficult to empty, not to mention that interior fabric holds debris like velcro.
November 12, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by CHEVEN worked great ONLY 1 YEAR !! THEN DEAD
Only good reviews are allowed so I'll write that it was great ....for the year it ran, looks brand new on the shelf, box and all. (that's how new it is)
November 10, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by griffrf Multiple design issues
There are multiple design issues with this blower/vacuum. The first issue is that it is hard to start. The second issue is that if the cap for the fuel tank in not tightened as absolutely tightly as possible fuel will leak from the opening if the device is held in any position except with the fuel cap pointing upward. The third, and to me the most major, issue is the vacuum design and usability. The quality of the strap and the bag are sub-standard. The strap broke within the first 30 seconds of use and the bag tore within 5 minutes of use. The lower vacuum tube does not fit securely into the upper vacuum tube and kept falling out. I had to duct tape it to keep it together. Emptying the bag is very difficult because the zipper opening is too small to allow the collected leaves to fall out of the bag. You literally have to dig the leaves out of the bag. And lastly, because of the manner in which the elbow tube comes out of the body the unit is very difficult to handle when vacuuming. Using this product for leaf collection was extremely frustrating and not worth the effort or price. I would not recommend this product.
November 9, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by Ironhorse Trouble Starting
Out of the box started & worked great. After about 1 hour of use put in garage for several weeks before trying again. Would not start, noted fuel was not showing in the primer bulb. Have since replaced fuel filter, primer bulb, checked fuel lines, now only get a small amount of fuel in the primer bulb & some fuel being returned to the fuel tank, still won't start. Then I cleaned carb, passages, screen etc, same results. I suspect a carb kit would fix.
If you desire to publish this review feel free to delete any or all of the following. Since a carb kit retail cost is approx 1/3 cost of a blower it is not feasible for me to take the chance. Could you furnish me with a kit?
I am well qualified to perform this work since I have decades of experience with internal combustion engines from locomotives, automobiles down to small 2 cycle engines.
October 6, 2014