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Model #51609

Ultra 235 mph 390 CFM Electric Leaf Blower Vacuum

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Product Details

Toro is the #1 rated brand. The Ultra delivers all the power and versatility you need to tackle every clean-up chore. It is the only Toro electric blower vacuum to offer a rugged metal impeller and an infinite variable speed air control. Its blower inserts for multiple applications allows you to tackle any space. The 235 mph air stream clears debris, sticks and large, heavy leaves. It converts quickly to an aggressive vacuum without any tools. This product is covered by a 2-year full warranty.
  • 12-Amp motor for powerful performance
  • 235 mph air speed
  • 390 CFM maximum air volume in vacuum mode
  • Match the power to the task, variable speed motor for better control low speed for hard surfaces and tight areas and high speed for the tough lawn chores
  • New enhanced blower attachments allows the operator to fine tune the air flow to fit the job, use the main blower tube to move debris away from houses and shrubs, add the specialized power insert to create piles and wind rows or blow wet heavy leaves, insert the concentrator to clean out cracks and edging
  • Serrated metal blades on the impeller shred leaves and debris from 16 bags of leaves down to 1
  • Quick-release Latch lets you convert your blower into a vacuum in seconds without tools
  • Weighs only 7.5 lbs. for lightweight use
  • Light weight and low noise only 67 dba
  • When the job is done, attach the cord storage hook and wrap the extension cord around the blower for easy storage
  • 2-year full warranty
  • Note: product may vary by store
  • Return Policy

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Questions & Answers

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Q:how does this compare to the toro model 51575 850 super blower vac
by|Jun 25, 2015
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A:  Dear Valued Home Depot Customer, We reached out to MFG for more information and below is their response. “The Ultra blower is a higher performer (more air volume at higher speeds) than our Super blower today. And the Ultra blower has variable speed control – the Super has only high and low speeds.” Thanks The Home Depot User Generated Content Team

by|Jul 13, 2015
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Q:Will it work if you have landscaping rock?
by|Dec 10, 2014
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A:  Yes, you probably can by simply reducing the variable speed of the motor. This is assuming that your rocks are heavier than what you are trying to remove. Leaves on light sand would probably not be rewarding.

by|Dec 12, 2014

A:  The vacuum should not be used in areas with sharp, pointed or hard objects, such as rocks, which can be thrown through the fabric of the bag. Instead, blow the leaves out of the gravel to an area without sharp or hard objects and then vacuum the leaves.

by|Dec 11, 2014

    A:  I live in Nevada and also have rock. I have never had a problem vacuuming leaves. Although the blower will move rock, the vacuum tube is much larger diameter so has less negative pressure to lift the rocks. I have 3/4 inch rock and don't have any problems. I have been using this model for 6 years.

    by|Dec 11, 2014

      A:  Yes, it can maneuver into tight spaces. It is strong enough to below mulch in flower bends if set at high speed.

      by|Dec 13, 2014

      A:  NO! I would not use it where you have any rocks or gravel. the rocks may break the impeller blade.

      by|Dec 15, 2014

        A:  I think the answer to your question depends upon how skillfully you handle the pickup. In my opinion this is a better blower than a vacuum; I've used it a few times as a vacuum but thought it was not optimum and a little unwieldy. If I had a significant outside vacuuming requirement I'd try to use a small wired shop vac or the cordless shop vac that I just bought for my woodshop. One alternative would be to blow the leaves into a pile (preferably onto a hard surface), then either rake them into a barrel or change to the vacuum mode and suck them up --

        by|Dec 14, 2014
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        Q:Toro model 51609 vs 51618 on "desert landscaping" with small rocks
        by|Dec 9, 2014
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        A:  The vacuum should not be used in areas with sharp, pointed or hard objects, such as rocks, which can be thrown through the fabric of the bag. Instead, blow the leaves out of the gravel to an area without sharp or hard objects and then vacuum the leaves.

        by|Dec 19, 2014

          A:  The ocassional rock? maybe but I wouldn't put a lot of confidence in it. The suction is very strong, but if you hold it away from the ground a little, it will only attract the lighter stuff

          by|Dec 11, 2014
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          A:  I'll provide a biased answer -- I like the blower, but find it awkward to use as a vacuum. As a result, I now rarely use it that way. It would be a supreme hassle for my 5' 2" 105 lb wife to use as a vacuum. Perhaps because we live in Florida, we have a work-around -- I either blow everything into piles and then rake them up, or I blow everything into the grass before I mow the lawn, then use the lawn mower as a mulcher. As far as damage by inhaling solid items, I can only hazard a guess. I bought this item because the impeller on an earlier version failed -- probably from age rather than damage. I've got a replacement part for the old unit, but haven't tried to install it, although it APPEARS to be fairly straightforward. In my opinion, with the new unit if you keep a reasonable distance from the sweeping area it should pick up leaves without too much worry about solid debris. If you put the mouth right next to the pile and pick up a few rocks, I'd expect to have problems. I don't quite understand the reference to cord lock. It works find on my unit and I think it's a necessity to keep from coming unplugged at the unit during operations. In summary, it's a really good blower, but not designed or optimized for primary use as a vacuum, in my opinion.

          by|Dec 11, 2014
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          A:  don't stick the snout right down in the rocks because it will move them around

          by|Dec 30, 2014

          A:  I have never had a problem with the vac sucking up stone, although if it has, I haven't noticed. The steel impeller is quite robust. The blower is a different story. If placed close to the stone, it will move it. As far as your height, that could be a problem. I'm 6'3" and the size (from top to bottom) of the vacuum, is not a problem. It might be a little too big for you to handle comfortably, especially when the collector bag gets full--it can be quite heavy. Remember, you will be vacuuming up the equivalent of eight to ten bags of leaves. Why not give it a try. Home Depot is very understanding and has never given me a problem when returning an item that I found was not suitable for what I wanted to use it for. As I stated in my review, vacuuming beats the daylights out of trying to rake leaves off of stone.

          by|Dec 11, 2014
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            A:  Tuff question! Best advice, DO YOUR BEST NOT TO VACUUM UP ROCKS, NUTS/BOLTS, NAILS, ETC. I have had blowers with plastic and metal impellers. My choice would be METAL. The blowers with plastic impellers showed damage on the impeller and cavity of the blower after sucking up before mentioned objects. The blower with the metal impeller has not shown damage after sucking up before mentioned objects. I believe any blower you buy will have the tendency (cfm) to blow before mentioned objects into/with a pile of leafs/clippings. Attachments for blowers are straightforward and simple. The shoulder strap on the leaf bag is adjustable thus the operators height is not an issue. The cord lock feature is of typical nature to most other portable electric devices. Most of them work okay ?most? of the time.

            by|Dec 11, 2014
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            Q:Does the Ultra 235 have a leaf gutter attachment ?
            by|Nov 22, 2014
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            A:  No.

            by|Dec 9, 2014

              A:  Not that I'm aware of. Here in southern NV, most home do not have gutters, so I didn't need to check that.

              by|Dec 8, 2014

                A:  No. It most assuredly does not. And I could not find anything on the internet that could be used as an adapter. I think this is probably the biggest shortcoming of this blower.

                by|Dec 12, 2014

                A:  No. Aside from leaves in the gutter there is also decomposing leaf matter which needs to be removed by hand.

                by|Dec 13, 2014

                A:  yes

                by|Nov 25, 2014

                  A:  No, we currently do not have an attachment to vacuum out gutters.

                  by|Nov 25, 2014

                    A:  Not specifically, as far as I know. I have used it by climbing up on the roof to blow off leaves and clean gutters from above.

                    by|Nov 25, 2014
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                    Customer Reviews

                    4.4 out of 5
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                    • 4.4
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                    Toro leaf blower/vac has very good strengths, but obvious weak points
                    The product has a good leaf blower, but the feature I am really using this year is the vacuum. The metal impeller mulches well, and allows bags to be stuffed. The blades did an excellent job chopping up pesky items like acorns & branches. It takes a little skill to know just how many leaves to attempt to suck up at one time, too much at once, you can may have to unclog the air flow. The suction balance is excellent though, leaves will get pulled off of the ground, but small stones and dirt are left behind. There is one strong flaw however, and that is the vacuum leaf collection bag. For some who aren't tall, when using the vacuum, once the leaf bag starts to fill it can drag on the ground. When I used it on my paved driveway, the bag frayed a hole after its second use. The zipper is an extreme weak point, and by 3rd use the zipper has started to pull away from the bag and also get stuck. A replacement bag is in my future, but Toro needs to reinforce the fabric & zipper.
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                      • Recommended
                      I use my Ultra blower hard spring, summer and fall. In the winter, it deserves a rest
                      I use my blower hard spring, summer and fall. In the winter it deserves a rest. It's toughness and durability amaze me and I'm thankful Toro places such importance on design and ease of use. I frequently switch from blower to vacuum mode and it's a cinch to make the transition. It appears your engineers have the ergonomics all worked out because the machine is simple to use, comfortable and well balanced. It's powerful enough to handle most all my yard jobs and I would replace it in a heartbeat when the day comes. My power yard equipment has been Toro for over 30 years and I'm sold on Toro quality and durability. One less thing to worry about in this age of hurry up design and throw away tools.
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                      Ease of use
                      With a varying degree of weather, I love using my blower both to push the leaves in the fall into a section of the yard OR to clean up the garage floor from dirt, grime and salt picked up our car tires. The ability to switch from blowing a pile of debris to sucking it up into the large reusable bag is surely a plus. I would recommend this product to anyone in need of a good household tool.
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                      fantastic
                      They don't come better. On maximum drive, it blows pebbles, twigs, ground-down dirt as well as loose leaves. It's a little heavy for a small person who might need to take breaks over an hour-long blowing session. Still, it's great. [P.S. I don't use the vac function and can't talk to that.]
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                        bad blower switch
                        I as many other reviewers was taken on this blower, whose speed control switch failed.
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                        Response from ToroJan 22, 2020
                        Sorry to hear about the switch failure on your unit. The Toro Company does not supply replacement parts for electric components such as the switch, on our products. We are concerned about our customers safety in this process. On the bright side, we offer a FULL two year warranty on defective items. Please take your defective unit to an Authorized service center. You can find the closest one to you at Toro.com/locator. Thank you
                          This model should not be sold!
                          "When it comes to switches, all Toro switches are designed for the life of the machine." A quote from the Toro website. The rotary switch on the Model 51609 is an exception, apparently. After limited use the switch has failed. Sometimes the blower runs then cuts out or stops completely if you adjust the control knob. It is a common failure ignored by Toro who advertises "Performance You Can Count On." Why do you continue to sell this thing & why do you not take responsibility for a flawed design & at the least offer repair parts to fix it?
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                          Response from ToroDec 27, 2019
                          Our Residential use blower/vac products are backed 100% by our 2-year warranty for manufacturing defects, accompanied by a 4.3 out of 5-star rating! Please see an independent authorized service dealer in your area (Toro.com/locator) for a complete warranty inspection. The google reference in your review is referring to industrial sports stadium machines. We will make that clearer. Thank you for your feedback!
                            Another switch gone bad
                            You would think with all the complaints about the switch this company would do something about it. At least offer a replacement part!
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                              Rheostat failed after 3 years of light use
                              After three years of light weekly use, the blower switch failed. The motor works fine, and there are no replacement parts available.
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                                2 bad problems
                                There are 2 things that keeps this tool from 5 stars in all categories. The speed control will eventually fail (I'm on my 2nd unit, both have failed) and the zipper on the bag will come apart. I've probably purchased 5 bags, zipper failure on all. Currently have a new bag on with another one on the shelf. Trying to be real careful with the zipper, but a metal one would probably be better. My blower/vac stopped completely yesterday. I'm going to take it apart and see if it's the speed control switch again. This is a great tool ... when it works!
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                                  Have to throw it away and didn’t not get to use it once
                                  Brand new. 1stme use and it doesn’t work. This was a gift and I don’t have the box or receipt. Plugged it in for 1st time and it does not turn on. Checked the outlet and my extension cord and they are not issue. Extension cord is adequate gauge. Headed to the trash bin.
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