Rated 4.6 out of 5 by 212
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by LawrenceK Better than the previous model
I own the Ryobi 40V mower, hedge trimmer, string trimmer and both the previous generation leaf blower and the latest model. I like all the tools because they are easy to use and the batteries work well, even though they fade out slightly near the "empty" mark, which is very noticeable on the lawn mower. But no sweat, swap in a fully charged battery and you are back in business. Simple, easy and clean.
My son owns a 36V leaf blower from a competitor and it out-performs this "high performance blower" by quite a bit, but it also cost twice the money. I am happy with Ryobi.
June 27, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by jswobe Works great...for fifteen minutes at a time...
So I like this blower, generally. It's light. It has a lot of power. It's comfortable to hold and operate. The position of the handle and battery do a good job of balancing the unit and aiming it naturally. It will move some grass / debris / dried leaves / etc. Since it is battery operated - and not gas - it's relatively quiet. If you watch my video (below), it's hard to hear it at some points.
The battery life, however, is a little frustrating. It takes over 90 minutes to charge, and it only runs for 15 minutes (running flat out, full speed, no stops / starts). If you are stopping and starting while you move from place to place and then have to walk around something, aim again and then start, it will naturally last longer. 15 minutes is just the one-start, full power, battery maximum.
The blower is good for cleaning up grass and debris after mowing, or for cleaning out the garage once in a while, but it will never adequately blow all of the leaves off of your lawn in fall...unless you have a tiny lawn that can be done in fifteen minutes...in which case you probably don't need a blower for your leaves anyway. My only other issue with the unit is the trigger. It is made of plastic, like the entire tool. While said trigger is fairly thick, I worry that it might break or get damaged. I think I would have preferred a metal trigger and switch and the longevity it offers.
If you're not trying to blow all of the leaves off of your acre-sized lawn, it should suit your needs quite well. Additionally, my kids love it. They think it's a big green toy that they can use to chase each other, their parents, and the neighbor's dog.
July 23, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by MikeB Convenient and comfortable to use
This blower is compact (32” long) and surprisingly powerful for a rechargeable unit. While it isn’t exactly light, it is well balanced and very comfortable to use. You basically use the weight of the unit to depress the trigger (it’s on the underside of the handle) so there is no hand fatigue when using it.
I tested the battery life several times and found that it operates for about 15 minutes of continuous use at full power. This is actually longer that it might sound since you would ordinarily use it on and off at varying power levels. And I found that the claim of a 90 minute recharge is dead-on. It has a series of lights to indicate the remaining battery power, which is useful. Rather than the power gradually decreasing as the battery discharges, it simply stops running when the battery has run its course.
I also have a back-pack style gas blower for the big jobs (I have many trees and must blow my entire yard several times per year). But for quick and relatively small jobs, you can’t beat this Ryobi. You don’t have to worry about gas or adjusting straps or anything, just grab it and go. It makes fast work of blowing off my deck and driveway. It also works well for maneuvering in hard-to-reach places like between bushes and on gutters, where it is awkward to position my back-pack blower. While it does have very good power, I would stop short of saying that its power is comparable to that of a gas machine.
April 4, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by BobC Unique leaf blower...
Ryobi 40 Volt leaf blower kit, Model RY40411. Received through the Home Depot Seeds program.
The Ryobi RY40411 is one of a series of 40 volt, lithium battery powered yard tools, this being one of the newest.
The tool is about 32 inches in total length, and weighs about 8.5 pounds with the battery attached. The blower body is about 6 inches in diameter, with a handle and battery mount above the main fan section of the blower. The blower is rated at 300 cu-ft/minute and a velocity of 155 mph. The description says it’s performance is “like that of a gasoline powered blower”. The 40 Volt battery alone weighs about 3 lbs. This is the hight capacity 40 volt battery, 94 Watt-hour unit, model OP4026. The battery has a 4-LED charge level indicator incorporated into the end of the case that can be checked by pressing the adjacent test button. This same battery is also used to power the Ryobi electric lawn mower, and several other Ryobi yard tools.
The blower kit comes with one battery, and a 40 volt charger, model OP400. A discharged battery charges in about 90 minutes according to the instruction manual. This blower is unique in that it has a “Fan” style bower, rather than the usual “squirrel cage” type. The operating handle has a variable speed trigger switch that allows the unit to run over a range of speeds. When running, it’s noise level is relatively low, which makes it easy on the ears.
In operation the blower performs well for moving leaves and grass trimmings on sidewalks, driveways and such. It provides more power than the 18 volt battery powered bowers, but I would not rate it as powerful as a gasoline powered bower. For use around a home it works very well. The variable speed control trigger provides good speed control, and can be handy when you don’t need a lot of force to move debris from an area. The light weight, instant on, no cranking connivence makes it great for quick on the spot use.
Observations: The 40 volt battery provides ample run time, and plenty of power for the “jet engine” like bower. For my use it has performed well, and it definitely out performs my 18 volt blower by quite a bit. I like the light weight, low noise, variable speed, and ease of use. This is a nice product with a unique design.
As to durability, time will tell. The Blower has a three year warranty. I hope this information has been useful.
March 26, 2014
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by Shortcircuit GREAT FOR REDUCING WORKLOAD
I really like this blower,easy to assemble,has lots of power, very lightweight, and really reduces my workload as it Is so handy and easy to use that I have a hard time getting it away from my wife, and we all know it's best not to argue!!!!!!
October 23, 2014
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by ToolboyNC Ryobi 40v Brushless Blower - Much better than 18v Blower
In 2014 I picked up the 40v Brushless Blower, Brushless Chainsaw, and the Attachment Capable Trimmer.
I already owned a couple of the Ryobi 18v blowers, and the 40v brushless model is certainly much more capable that the 18v models. The blower is powerful and can easily blow out the gutters, garage, and 100' driveway on a single charge. And convenience of no gas, no mix, no smell, and no extension cord make this tool a winner in my book. However, "gas like power" is a serious exaggeration. The unit can be used to clear the leaves from the grass when they're fairly dry for most of the year. But it would be a chore to clear the leaves from the grass in the fall. My handheld gas blower still blows this unit away.
However, my wife won't touch any of my small gas engine tools like the handheld blower. And she has been extremely pleased with the performance increase over the 18v blower she'd been using before. The high capacity battery lasts for 15-20 minutes of continuous blowing, which as I said above is enough to blow out the gutters and hard surfaces at our home. To move on to the yard, additional batteries are needed. Since I purchased the three 40v tools as kits, I happen to have three batteries and three chargers. Cycling these batteries has proven to be adequate for her to clear the entire yard at all times of the year except for the very height of leaf falling (we do live on a wooded lot). Note: even with three batteries one cannot operate continuously. At 20 mins run time and 90 minutes charge time it would take at least 5 batteries to ensure that the first battery used was fully recharged when the last battery is exhausted.
As much as I like the unit, I can echo some of the complaints I've seen other report. First is the trigger, which I've thought would break off at any time since I first used the blower. But my wife and I have used it dozens of times now and it still hasn't broken, so it may be stronger than it seems. Second, I find that the intake gets clogged with my clothing at least once every time I use it. The intake is on the back, and at some point during use I always seem to rest it on my leg for a moment until I hear the blower whine about the clogged airways. On the back is fine, just extend the cage an inch to allow air intake on all sides for that last inch. Lastly, an adjustable or flattened nozzle would be nice. The idea would be to concentrate the airflow into a smaller area thus increasing effective "power".
January 23, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Kenny Problem with cordless blowers
As mentioned previously this cordless blower suffers from the same problem as all battery powered blowers; the battery will drain very fast for anything needing high RPM
I would only recommend this product, if like myself, you have already invested in some of the other tools in this line. I own both the lawn mower and trimmer which work exceptionally well for cordless products
The overall performance of the blower is actually quite good, however as mentioned by others the battery drains very quickly. I used four fully charged batteries to blow out the leaves from my gutters, the driveways and all of the side areas around my house. The limitations of the battery notwithstanding it is great to have the portability to use the blower without the maintenance requirements of a gasoline powered blower
March 9, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by gardner Very pleased
Product is very powerful and the battery sufficient to do real work--lasts a little more than 1/2 hour at full power (can easily clear damp leaves in the lawn), and much longer at half power, which is still more than sufficient to clear sidewalks, patios, driveways. This is just what I was looking for: something quick to grab, frequently, even everyday towards fall, to clear grass clippings and leaves from around the pool and patio without the hassle of an electric cord that can fall in the pool and short out. I also don't have to worry about stale fuel fouling the carburator, and fighting to get a gas engine started.
November 17, 2014