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32 of 32 people found the following review helpful
on September 21, 2012
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I just assembled this and used it on my front and back porches. The blower is excellent and really pushes out a powerful wind (looked like a whirl-wind around corners) and you definitely want to use not only protective goggles but also a dust mask (I got some particles stuck in my lungs and coughed for about an hour!). It gets the job done, especially in tight spaces where leaves and debris gather.
The vacuum function is much weaker and you have to be right on top of the leaves in order for it to pick up any, and then you have to make sure it doesn't suck up anything more solid or it could damage the plastic blades. Also, sucking up leaves through the shredder creates a dust cloud even though the bag is attached (this another reason why you need to wear a mask).
When I tried to remove the attachments, it took some effort because the parts really lock on. I had to have my friend hold the base while I pulled the bag attachment off. Then, when I tried to empty the bag out, I had to shake it a few times to get out all of the mulch and there is still some caught in there. Plenty of work.
So, I definitely won't be using this TORO for vaccuming anymore. The blower is quite sufficient and the attachments slide on and off much easier. Be sure to aim it correctly, or the leaves/dust will end up right back where you started from.
Overall, I'd say the blower function alone makes this unit worth the price since my porches are now clean.
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10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
on January 20, 2013
After a lot of years and a lot of use my old Toro finally gave up the ship. So I did a lot of reseach on what machine I would buy next and after some real soul searching picked Toro again. I fell it's still the best machine for the money. I also get a kick out some of the bad reveiws. It seems the biggest complaint is the vacumn and that it won't pick up anythig heavier than a leaf. That doesn't surprise me because it's a leaf vacumn. That's what it does and does a good job of it. If it picks up anything bigger it will get jammed in the impeller. The other complaint is the bag won't last, it falls apart. If you just pick up just leaves the it will last. In fact, I've still got the bag from my first Toro which is in perfect condition. One more plus to the machine is, how hard do we use it? We have over two acres with over a hundred and fifty tress. We get enough leaves to fill a dump truck each year, so the macines gets a good workout.
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19 of 22 people found the following review helpful
on November 18, 2012
I bought this as a replacement for a Ryobi blower/vac which I've used for about ten years. I didn't realize how spoiled I was and what a mistake! I used this Toro model once and cursed a blue stream through the two hours I spent trying to make this machine work effectively. I was not happy to see that the impeller blades which create mulch were made out of plastic rather than metal. Then realized after reading the instructions that in order to switch between blower and vacuum modes, you have to remove parts and put others in place! The Ryobi I'd been using only required that I turn a switch, no changing of parts. Getting those plastic parts to disengage to change them out was ridiculously difficult. I had to use a screw driver to remove them and I guarantee those pieces of plastic would not last long when you have to use a tool to disengage them. When I switched to the vacuum function, dirty yard dust flew everywhere coating the entire engine compartment and my clothing. If you're going to use this machine in vacuum mode, better don a mask and goggles! The handle is not ergonomicallty designed and forces you to carry it in a very uncomfortable position while in use. My back ached like crazy when I finished using this. But worst of all, I couldn't get it to vacuum up the leaves, which was why I bought it. Incredibly frustrated, I gave up trying to use it in the beds and raked the leaves out and onto the grass where this gutless wonder could finally vacuum them up. It was not able to pick up anything more weighty than a leaf or a blade of grass. My previous machine could pick up and mulch small garden waste. The vacuum bag on this also has the zipper in totally the wrong place making it amazingly difficult to empty without dropping the entire machine. I'm shocked at the good reviews here. This is a terrible product and I am returning it after the one use.
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on September 7, 2012
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I have been using the same electric blower for more than 10 years. I was really impressed to see the quality in this unit. It is lighter, more powerful, and quieter than my old unit. Nice to see technology moving forward!
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on July 10, 2012
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Just what I was looking for - blow the leaves into a pile and then mulch them straight into the bag. No more bogging down the mower trying to mulch a huge pile of leaves!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on May 9, 2013
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This replaced a blower we had for many years. Love it. Lighter weight and maneuverable. Reliable, so far. My hubby likes his new toy.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
VINE VOICEon January 26, 2013
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Edited and updated Nov 29, 2013: After less than 2 full falls of use, the leaf vacuum bag is falling apart. The end of the zipper has come unstitched from the bag on both sides and the mouth of the bag that attaches to the plastic inlet has come unstitched in several places. This is very disappointing quality. I've used it in what I'd rate as light to moderate home use - probably filled and emptied the bag 20-30 times each of the 2 falls I had it. I also see that Toro updates their model numbers almost yearly, making it almost impossible for new purchasers to compare whether what they are buying now will fall apart in a year. After owning a previous Toro for nearly 10 years as noted in the original review, it's sad to see the quality dropping off so fast. Original review follows.

My previous Toro blower lasted close to 10 years so I have definitely been happy with this brand and style. Through the first summer and fall of use, it seems just as good as the previous one with a few nice upgrades.
First, I like the 2 speed setting which the previous one didn't have. Honestly, I mostly use it on high speed though.
Second, the addition of the little nozzle extensions to focus and provide even more blowing power is nice.
And, the vacuum works great on reasonable size piles of leaves. (This is a home owner light duty leaf vac though, don't think you'll use this on commercial size piles.)
If there's anything I don't like, the safety cover on the fan intake is a little hard to get on right but once you see which direction it goes, it's fine. And, while I like the nozzle extenders, they're so small and removable I'me sure I'll lose them long before the blower itself wears out.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on November 13, 2012
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I got this to blow and suck up the thousands of leaves that fall from my maple tree each year. the blower works terrific. the shredding of leaves to reduce them to less bags is a myth. it does suck them up, but i dont know about reducing 10 bags to 1 or 2 bags. its about the same but it does suck up and blows really terrific-ly-ful!
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on November 13, 2014
My blower is a couple of months out of warranty (of course) but has only been used maybe 10 times. Today the plug on the blower started to melt and smoke. Luckily I have a sensitive nose so I noticed before it burned me or my clothes. Toro customer service wasn't concerned about the fire hazard. Only my lack of a 2 year old receipt. I assumed they would want to see the blower to investigate the cause but nope, apparently they don't worry about safety. I was using a proper outdoor cord. Trust me, avoid this brand.
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4 of 6 people found the following review helpful
on August 11, 2012
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We love this blower. It is nice to be able to reverse it & use as a shop vac. Good value, too; our neighbor paid a lot more for a "fancy" blower, but ours performs better.
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