Rated 4.3 out of 5Â by 1199
Rated 1 out of 5Â by SanS Failed after 1+ year..
Got this blower a year ago. It stopped working couple of weeks ago. Called the warrenty service number. It is still under warrenty so I was asked to contact the local dealer. When I called the local dealer, they are asking for 'proof of purchase'. I have this buggy product at my hand. What better proof do they want? I didn't save the receipt so now cannot get the warrenty service. Very disappointing customer service by this company. If you are buying this product, better save the receipt for couple of years.
June 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5Â by Renodad Great price and function.
I notice this blower at my local HD at a good price.I came home and did the review thing. All was great. I went to my neighbours to mention it to him. Well didn't he have last years model, that was good for me. A great solid unit with quick change attachments and a good size leaf bag and metal blades. I would have liked a zipper on the bottom of the bag for unloading into the HD leaf recycle bags, but have no issues with it on the side opening from the top down. My 2 previous 3 in one's were from a different manufacturer with had plastic blades and they did the trick too but it was more cumbersome.
I am out to giver again today. Late leaf fall this season.
November 14, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5Â by gf630b TORO Ultra blower
I give the blower high scores and the variable speed control for slower blower speeds is awesome. The blower is great for cleaning the eve troughs (while standing on the roof).
The vacuum part is somewhat slow, but then again, this is not the typical 1200 hp diesel powered industrial heavy duty machine that is required to clean 21 acres of leaves in 8 hours.
I find that using this blower / vac ( as well as others in the same class of machines) does not really speed up the work as compared to raking & dumping the leaves into the bag, but the good thing is that using the TORO Ultra is not a labor intensive as the raking with a rake method.
I am still glad that I bought it.
October 14, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5Â by kisel Great Blower Vac
Only used twice- powerful blower easily blew leaves out from walkway, flower beds, shrubs and lawn. Did a great job of blowing twigs and small downed branches as well. Only used the blower feature so can't comment on ease of switching from blower to vac. The blower is not very heavy so you can do the entire yard without taking breaks
November 10, 2013
Rated 2 out of 5Â by Serlin Same as raking
Picked this item up at sale price of $69 - figured I'd give vacuuming leaves a try.
Set-up is pretty straight forward, but as already noted, you have to select blower or vacuum set-up when you put it together. Once you've picked one capability, you'll have to take the item apart a bit, and then reassemble, to change capabilities. Not a show-stopper - just understand you aren't switching capabilities at the flick of a switch. Me - I set it up to vacuum the leaves.
I didn't find the ergonomics that great, and couldn't find a comfort zone - you sling the device over your shoulder to help with carrying the increasing weight, but this leaves the bag bouncing off your thigh or upper leg, and severely limits your ability to manoeuver long vacuum tube. Many times I wanted to 'point' the tube at leaves in front of me, but the whole device was restricted because of the sling on my shoulder. I tried unslinging and just holding the device out in front of me, but that does get tiring quick, and the bag/sling are then bouncing and flopping around uncontrollably and getting in the way. Slung is the way to go, but your flexibility left/right, and forward/back is then limited.
The suction was okay, but to get real good vacuum, you need to turn the power dial all the way up. Picked up dry leaves okay - not great, had to sort of swing/brush back and forth over the leaves most times, which wasn't intuitive given the flexibility constraints outlined above. But it does work on light, sparse leaves. Heavy piles of leaves, or wet leaves take concerted focus and effort, but will pretty much get picked up eventually. But would almost undoubtedly be faster with a rake in heavy leaves. You'll probably start with the vacuum at low or medium but more or less settle on the full setting eventually. Full setting caused annoying vibration numbness/pain in my forearms (average or better build forty year old). And full setting also sounds like a jet engine. I'll be using ear defenders of some kind next time and then just keep it on full blast - still not perfect suction, but obviously best performance point.
Impeller worked great - mulched all the leaves. But the bag design seemed a bit daft to me. Having zipper run along the 'long' seam of the bag means you can't just unzip and tuck and pour into normal size garbage bag. Plus sling is attached to bag and gets in way. Just a silly design when zipper along 'short' side of the rectangular bag would have solved all problems. I gave up transferring the mulch into a garbage bag and just dumped directly in my green bin (no problems with the design if just dumping directly onto land or into a large opening compost / garbage bin).
I spent a couple of hours clearing maybe a light to medium load (about four or five small/medium size deciduous trees with most leaves dropped) of leaves spread over about 60' x 40' of grassy backyard. Probably would have spent same raking.
I wouldn't recommend to friend outright - in fact, I don't even know if I'll be using again much in the future myself - but if someone was interested in buying one, I'd tell them its not going to save much time...its just a different way to pick up the leaves. You may not get raking blisters, but you may still get muscle aches (back) and numbness from the vibration. And I don't see a whole lot of time saving.
October 27, 2013