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Toro 51592 Super 12 amp 2-Speed Electric Blower/Vacuum (Older Model) (Discontinued by Manufacturer)
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- 12 Amp electric blower/vacuum easily maneuvers between blowing and vacuum mode
- Leaf shredder reduces 10 bags of leaves to 1 bag
- Equipped with 2-speed motor; compact and well-balanced
- Exclusive cord-lock system holds power cord firmly in place
- Delivers up to 230 mph of air speed
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However it is spring now and the yard needs some cleanup. I thought I would use my Toro as a vacuum and mulch some leaves.
It lasted about three minutes before it suddenly started shaking uncontrollably. Inspection showed that one of the fins on the (plastic!) impeller had broken off. It is now useless as a blower as well.
If you have a choice, go for the more expensive version with a magnesium (metal) impeller:
Toro Ultra 12 Amp Electric Blower/Vacuum #51599.
I am now ordering a replacement magnesium impeller (SKU TOR-108-8967) from M & D Mower in Ohio for $16.96 (shipping $7.95 to NV).
This is the second time where I have bought the cheaper option of two identical products, and the extra $10 would have saved me a lot of headaches.
If I had to rate this as a blower only, it would get 5 stars, no question.
But there are a few things to be aware of:
a) Large leaves (eg. maple) can clog the impeller, and have to the manually cleared from the impeller blades. This doesn't happen all the time, but frequently enough that it bears mention in this review. Smaller leaves, like live oak leaves, are no problem at all.
b) Don't vacuum wet leaves, or you will discolor the collection bag.
c) Don't vacuum twigs larger than about half a centimeter in diameter, or you will break the plastic impeller.
d) Large acorns will break the impeller.
Over blower-vac worked without any problems for two years. Then it started rattling and vibrated really badly, so I guessed that one of impeller fins/blades must have broken, and sure enough one had. When an impeller fin breaks, the blower will still work fairly well (albeit it becomes very loud and vibrates very badly). However the vacuum will not work well at all.
Luckily, a new impeller from Toro runs about $10, and isn't difficult to install. Overall, not a bad buy at all, and I would recommend it. But I wish Toro made the impeller substantially stronger.
Edited on April 3, 2010: There's a solution to the plastic impeller - a metal impeller. Turns out the Toro magnesium alloy metal impeller sold with model 51599 fits the 51592. It is more expensive than a plastic impeller, but works better than the plastic impeller does at mulching leaves that are picked up. It also doesn't jam as easily as the plastic impeller does with large leaves.
Anyhow. I went looking for leaf blowers with no idea that these machines could suck as well as blow. Whether or not I will use the sucking feature, I don't know. I just know the Toros were well rated.
I wanted a blower for one reason. We have this tree in our backyard which I refer to as "The Stupid Tree." It drops these little fuzzy brown balls all over our concrete patio. They are impossible to clean up because they escape between the tines of a rake if you try to rake them, and if you try to sweep them with a broom they smoosh and roll right under the broom.
So I bought this blower and went to work maniacally chasing these little brown balls off the patio and into the yard. I am now a happy girl. Not only is my patio clear of fuzzy brown balls but it is also clean of sand that my son likes to dump here and there. Beautiful. I could have swept with a broom for 2 days and not gotten it as clear as this blower did in 10 minutes.
It is light and easy to hold.
The noise level is no worse than an electric weed wacker or lawn mower. (All of our major lawn implements are electric)
My only complaint is I somehow failed to realize the difference between the super and the ultra is, the ultra has a metal shredder. The super has a plastic shredder. I wish I had realized this and gotten the ultra, but oh well. For blowing fuzzy brown balls and sand off my patio, this works just fine.
I've only used it 3 times only to do some light blowing of leaves and grass.
The motor began to slow and surge ...then began to smoke and spark. Obviously Toro has a quality control problem with these units.
I've had fits trying to get it repaired. I went to Toro's website and local Ace Hardwares store that are supposed to service it are all saying we can't. Since I bought it from Amazon I just can't march back into the store and demand my money back. Be warned..you will have problems if you buy this unit and it needs repair. I will try another brand next time.
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