Rated 3.4 out of 5 by 127
Rated 4.0 out of 5.0 by willwgp Cordless OR Electric, a Great Sweeper
So I have here a hybrid leaf blower. One of the first in the outdoor tooling realm that can work on both corded power and battery. That's cool. It took 10 seconds to set up, so that's a plus for you! Just snap on a couple pieces, and bada bing bada boom, you're ready! The blower includes a battery and charger, GREAT! Do you realize what this means? This means you can use this battery not just with this blower, but with any other Ryobi tool! There's the brad nailer, the saw, the drill ... the possibilities are endless! The battery and charger alone cost quite a bit, so this product doubles as a blower and battery/charger right off the bat! Very handy and useful. As far as power for the blower though, it's not quite as powerful as you'd think. It's more of a sweeper than a blower, in that it doesn't blow grass all over the place, just literally sweeps it along. Now this to me, is a good thing! It gives me more control of where I want the leaves and grass clippings to go without making a big mess. The leaf blower doesn't quite feel like 150 mph, however, the fact that I'm able to make the blower cordless makes up for it. The blower has an on and off switch that is extremely easy to use during operation, and very easy to manipulate with my thumb. It doesn't have a variable air speed switch, though. The Ryobi battery nor the blower have any lights to indicate how much power you have left; we as humans simply like to know these kinds of things, but the good thing about the blower is we can easily and quickly switch the battery out and plug in an electric cord in case we needed just a few more minutes to get the job done. When it is corded, it seems to have a bit more edge in power, which can be heard from the motor in the blower. As for battery life, I've been able to get plenty of clippings from the driveway and sidewalk around my house with ease. I really like the cordless ability, and the control and weight to the blower. It's quite light to carry around. When in operation, it gives off a rather high-pitched sound among an overall mid hum, and then after about 15 minutes it starts to lower the pitch, to indicate the blower is about to die. Charging is easy as one, two, three. There are indication lights on the charger to designate when the battery is charging, and when it's charged.
If you're looking for something to assist with sweeping your yard around in a cordless fashion, this will definitely get it done. Or perhaps for a Ryobi battery and charger? Go to the store and look at how much the battery and charger costs, and then look at the blower with the battery and charger; you will see you're getting quite a good deal in this scenario. Definitely recommend it over the other blowers since it can run on corded and not just cordless, and the battery that comes with it can be used with other tools in Ryobi's lineup.
April 24, 2014
Rated 2.0 out of 5.0 by JoeFamilyHandyman Handy but for hard surfaces only
Bought this blower to make use of the 18v battery system. Used it mainly for sweeping on hard surfaces like the garage, side walk and patio. It works well on hard surfaces but not on the lawn. It just lack the power and air volume to move leaves and small twigs across the grass. While it is very handy to use, the P102 battery will only last a short 5 minutes. The P107 battery lasted 8 minutes. Being that it is also a single speed, there is no speed control to maximize the battery life. I would conclude that this tool is good for quick jobs for hard surfaces only.
May 29, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Mlrwerks Pint size battery
Other reviews have sighted the short run time of this blower, and I have to go along with that.
Ten - 12 minutes of run time and the little guy is exhausted..
Luckily I have other One+ tools with adult batteries, that run for a longer period
Between sharing the full size battery that came with the One+ string trimmer and this blower's baby battery, I am able to do all my trimming and blow clean 65' of sidewalk and 80" of double driveway.
If you need more than 10 minutes of blower run time, I would not recommend this blower unless you have additional One+ batteries or you don't mind pulling out the extension cord.
I consider the corded option as emergency back up, not SOP.
The blower is easy to use and I have found Ryobi products to be good quality, with a longer running battery this blower would be a real rock'em/sock 'em product.
May 14, 2014
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Adam Ryobi 18v leaf blower
Good blower for small amounts of hard surface. The plug-in feature is nice for extended use. Not enough power to do much with the lawn. For larger surfaces, e.g. anything bigger than a small patio or small driveway, it's underpowered and is tedious to use. I returned this one and bought the 40v version. While it is more expensive, it delivers far more power and thus makes it much easier and quicker to clear off any surfaces.
April 26, 2015
Rated 3.0 out of 5.0 by Ravenjas Good For Light Work
Easy to use, no cords. Not much power. Convenient but not a work horse.
April 29, 2015
Rated 5.0 out of 5.0 by DennisJ Very Handy!
One of the nice features of this blower, is that it uses Ryobi's ONE+ system. The same 18 volt lithium-ion battery that I use in my other tools, can be used with this one too. Or you can use the blower with a drop cord. Everything I've done so far, the battery has been all I've needed. I've blown the porches off several times and blew water off of the motorcycle after washing it. My carport stays a mess with the wind blowing leaves, dirt and grass on it constantly, so this is going to be so much better than a broom. Did I mention the pollen? Yep, gotta blow that off too. Another thing that I like, is using the blower to blast all of the dirt and grass off of the mower before putting it away. It sure helps keep things cleaner. Getting what was left from the bales of straw that I had in the back of my pickup was a lot easier job too. I'm a fan of the lithium-ion batteries and the included charger has the battery ready to go in no time. It's a very handy thing to have and comfortable to use too. I should have gotten one of these years ago.
April 25, 2014
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by Mark Ryobi Leaf Blower
Battery life is the issue! Stated in the description that the battery life is about an hour. No way, this is ridiculous! In ten minutes it is DEAD!
April 21, 2015
Rated 1.0 out of 5.0 by sadbattery Hard surface only
I purchased this unit in hopes of not having to purchase a gas/mix unit. I will be returning this and purchasing a gas/mix unit...
The unit itself is bare bones simple to use and is light and easily operable with the battery in. Unfortunately the run-time with the battery is less than 10 minutes and it will lose power very quickly. I have to imagine that the stated 200CFM is when it is running strictly on electric/outlet power.
I was hoping for a decent unit capable of clearing the leaves from our lava rocks & garden areas. This unit does not do that. Even when plugged in it struggles mightily on anything that isn't a smooth hard surface. At that point, might as well purchase a $40 unit as a hard surface blower.
I wanted to avoid having yet another loud and messy gas/mix garden/yard tool but it looks like the battery powered units are not up to the task of clearing leaves from uneven surfaces. Perhaps the units costing over $200 would work better...
April 13, 2015