Rated 3.2 out of 5 by 83
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Wids Skip this if you have the 18V blower already.
I have the 40V trimmer, hedge clippers, and lawn mower, and was expecting a lot more from the 40V blower than it provides based on the other tools. I have almost all of the 18V tools, and even though this is supposed to have 25% more CFM and MPH than the 18V, side by side the only difference is the 40V is quieter. If you already own the 18V version of even have 18V tools, save yourself some money and just get the 18V blower. Run time is much better, but it better be since you'll be blowing a lot longer. You'll never use it to move leaves on grass, only good for cleaning flat surfaces. I would like to see at least 180MPH and 200CFM, which should be possible with these batteries, and also as a backpack blower. I would gladly sacrifice battery life for a usable blower with some real power. It does look more impressive than the 18V version, but I don't foresee using it since it seems redundant already having the same power as the blower I have. They should have put in a higher amperage motor or higher pitch impeller, this blower looks impressive in person and on paper, but was poorly executed.
June 25, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by JBAR Finally, exactly what I have been looking for!
I gave up on gas powered equipment long ago and since then have been looking for :
1) a cordless blower that actually holds a charge longer than 15 minutes, and batteries that have a life span of longer than 6 months
2) Just as important to me is the ability to control the blower speed! I want to be able to sweep with the machine and not blow dust into the atmosphere and all over my house.
I have used this blower for 2 weeks now, about 5 days a week and just recharged it today (still showing 1/4 charge!) This blower is very good for everyday sweeping duties...if you want to move large piles buy a rake and keep the dust on the ground! This tool is great, lithium batteries are great...buy it!
April 15, 2013
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by donewithyardwork I like the ability to use anywhere
I bought this a month ago now I dont have to use it as my wife has taken possesion of it.She uses it on the driveway,sidewalks,and even drys my truck after she washes it.I recomend every married man to get one.
July 11, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by S4Esprit A very good blower, but don't expect it to outdo gas blowers
I have three of Ryobi's 40 volt line of yard products, and this is the least impressive compared to the string trimmer and chainsaw. It is identical to Ryobi's now discontinued 22 volt blower, but adapted to accept the 40 volt battery. It does take longer to blow off the driveway compared to my old gas blower, but the ease of use, lack of needing to mix gas and oil, and build quality more than make up for the total hassle the old blower gave me. Add in the fact that it uses the same battery as the chain saw and trimmer, and the purchase was a no brainer. The best way to get the best value from the 40 volt system is to buy the trimmer with the battery and charger then buy other tools without the battery. The trimmer has the smallest markup on the version that includes the battery.
May 5, 2013
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by nosro Adequate
If you already have a 40 volt battery (perhaps from buying the awesome 40 volt string trimmer), this is a good way to make further use of the battery. This doesn't have anywhere near the power of a typical 2-stroke blower, but it is also more quiet and there is no messy oil and gas to worry about. For casual lawn work, such as blowing clippings from lawn edging and mowing, it works, but be prepared to bring the nozzle within 2 feet of the clippings for the clippings to really blow away.
On the bright side, this device further proves how awesome the 40V battery is - I trimmed and edged my lawn with the string trimmer, blew away the clippings with this blower, and trimmed some hedges with the hedge trimmer. And I still had 3 bars out of 4 on the battery reserve indicator.
June 23, 2012
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by Qball Works but could be more powerful
As others have mentioned, this blower works as a blower but it could be stronger. I don't believe it's a limitation of the battery so I don't know why Ryobi made this blower so "weak". Compared to a corded blower, this cordless blower is very weak. But that still didn't make me return it. The trade off I get for "no more cords" and the quick convenience of just popping a battery in it are worth the decreased power. It just means that it'll take a little longer since it doesn't blow as strong, but as many have attested, these new 40volt batteries last a LONG time!
August 17, 2012
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by John Great Tool for the Suburban Homeowner
I got this leaf blower just in time for Fall but waited a few months to write up a review so I could properly evaluate the performance and quality. I use this tool for everything; blowing lawn clippings off the driveway and sidewalk, blowing leaves, and even cleaning out the garage of leaves, grass, sawdust, or anything else that ends up in those hard to sweep corners of the garage. It fits perfect in my hand and is well balanced at the grip handle. As for the battery, I still can't find its limit. I love that I can interchange the battery with my 40V trimmer too. As for the quality, it looks great and runs without missing a beat. No complaints. The 40V system is an awesome alternative to the old stinky 2 cycle gas trimmer that can be heard throughout the neighborhood. In summary, this leaf blower is a versatile tool, has great ergonomics, good performance, and meets all my needs as a suburban homeowner.
December 31, 2012
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by RonS NOT MUCH BLOW POWER but adequate!!
it isn't real powerful like the trimmer but does a good job cleaning drive & walks after mowing. just takes a little longer.
i really like the variable speed when cleaning the garage! I think the battery weights more that the blower but is nicely balanced
June 1, 2012