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WORX TURBINE 12 Amp Corded Leaf Blower with 110 MPH and 600 CFM Output and Variable Speed Control – WG520
- Low Return Rate: 26% fewer returns than similar products
- Highly Rated: More than 95% 4 star and 5 star reviews
- Popular Item: Popular with customers shopping for "electric leaf blower"
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- TURBINE fan technology delivers forceful, high-capacity air volume that is up to twice as fast as professional gas blowers
- Dynamic airflow design and Hyper-Stream nozzle for maximum performance, variable speed control to adapt to your outdoor cleaning challenges
- Very lightweight at 6.4 lbs. to easily control with one hand without getting fatigued
- Power cord retainer for hassle-free leaf blowing
- Includes manufacturer’s 3-year warranty
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Gas blowers can’t match it
Patented TURBINE technology delivers forceful airflow at speeds up to 110 mph, up to twice as powerful as many gas-powered blowers.
No project can stop it
The hyper-stream air nozzle tackles even the toughest conditions and the variable speed control gives you the versatility to switch between lighter and tougher jobs.
Your body will appreciate it
At just over 6 lbs., the TURBINE 600 is light enough for one-handed operation so you can tackle your yard clearing projects without fatigue unlike those heavy, bulky gas blowers.
|WG546 Turbine 20V Cordless||WG546.2 Turbine 20V (2 Batteries)||WG591 Turbine Cordless 56V||WG520 Turbine Corded||WG510 Turbine Corded Metal Impeller|
|Air Speed||60 or 90 mph||60 or 90 mph||up to 120 mph||60 to 110 mph||up to 60 mph|
|Air Volume||225 or 340 cfm||225 or 340 cfm||up to 465 cfm||up to 600 cfm||up to 525 mph|
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The WORX WG520 Blower is a High capacity air volume blower with TURBINE fan technology that delivers a powerful performance with up to 600 CFM. With air speeds up to 115mph and a variable-speed control system allows this blower to tackle any job. The dynamic airflow design forces air in a streamline motion to deliver consistent and powerful results. The 600 CFM is in line with the air volume moved by a some professional backpack blowers, so you know you can get the job done.
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My trial run was an hour of continuous use with matted wet leaves and driveway sand. It quickly became apparent that to be efficient, a blower has to move leaves without being on top of them. Blowing from six inches just makes everything scatter as piles build up. You end up crisscrossing the section you just cleared to deal with the strays. The further your breeze carries, the more direct the flight path of the leaves. This range, and the ability to scour stubborn leaves from the ground, comes from air speed (MPH). At the same time, though, you need a big enough wall of air to move more than one leaf at once. That comes from the size of your pipe. The two in combination determine your total air volume over a given span of time, or CFM (cubic feet per minute).
In physics-land (with spherical cows and turbulence-free pipes, spared from the icy hand of marketing), CFM is the best measure of a blower's power and work capacity. MPH, you can change by varying the size of the pipe; a smaller pipe makes a smaller column of air moving at a faster speed (and more impressive advertising), which is why a lot of consumer-class blowers have tiny nozzles. (I'm looking at you, Sun Joe SBJ601E.) CFM stays the same regardless of nozzle size. In theory.
In practice, trying to cram air quickly into a tiny hole tends to reduce CFM, so blowers that optimize for speeds over about 150 MPH tend to be less efficient relative to their fuel or electricity consumption. Still, if you know either value and the size of the pipe, you can calculate the other (assuming the manufacturer isn't misleading you by quoting CFM at the fan and MPH at the end of the pipe). To get CFM from MPH and the pipe radius, the calculation is (radius^2)*(mph)*(1.92). That's (1.69^2)(110)(1.92) for this blower's 110 MPH and 3 3/8" pipe, with the result arriving right at the rated number of 600 CFM.
Anyway, the Worx has enough volume and speed to blow mounds of wet leaves from six feet and dry ones from ten or more. It's impressively powerful. I was switching arms every few minutes as they wore out from the backward force. Only some really baked-on mud would have benefited from a pipe-reducer attachment. Thanks to ape-like proportions or the secure fit of my spandex leaf-blowing onesie, clothing suction from the rear-directed air intake hasn't been a bother.
I almost bought Toro's highly-rated "Ultra" combination blower to minimize bagging, but the vacuum functionality didn't seem that useful in videos. Maybe it'd be adequate to clean an enclosed deck area or a small yard with a scattering of dry leaves. For a larger yard, it looks like a time sink relative to a standalone mulcher. Likewise the blowing capacity, which, at 410 CFM, trails the Worx by quite a lot.
Cordless tools were also tempting. There's a 20V DeWalt people seem to like that's rated at (a perhaps optimistic) 400 CFM. Because it's a similar design to the Worx, we can compare power directly. DeWalt's standard battery is 20V (or so we'll stipulate; it's closer to 18V) and 5 amp-hours, so we're looking at 100 watt-hours total output. 15 minutes of runtime translates to a sustained draw, best case, of 400W. Assuming 90% efficiency in the brushless motor, that's 360W actually moving air. (When new. Expect a performance drop over time and battery replacements by year three.)
Compare this Worx: 12 amps at 120V equates to 1440 watts sustained, in this case feeding a 2-pole AC/DC motor that's perhaps 55% efficient. 12A is close to the maximum a household device can reasonably expect from a typical 15A socket. Even with nearly half of our power lost to heat and noise, the remaining 790W is over double what the DeWalt can manage: at any given moment, the Worx is doing twice the work. Things go pear-shaped when you try to equate power and blowing efficiency across disparate fan types, but there's no two ways about it: for like blower designs, current batteries can't compare to a fully-leveraged power socket.
And what of gas blowers? The handheld versions have around 1 HP with CFM from 450 to 500. They're usually tuned for higher MPH than the Worx, so they're likely to be a little better with wet leaves and a little worse with dry ones. Backpack blowers up the displacement and make between 1.5 and 5 horsepower. The models that you might find on the back of a professional landscaper can manage nearly 1000 CFM with speeds around 200 MPH. That's a considerable difference, but you pay for it at the checkout and in weight: figure 10 pounds or so for a handheld (relative to 7ish for this unit, plus some cord) and 20 or more for a backpack.
* A motor this powerful benefits from a thick (low gauge) cord for longer runs. You lose a bit of performance with thinner cord.
The generic orange 50-foot extension everyone has is 16-gauge. Feeding a 12A load for 50 feet, it'll have a voltage drop of about 5V. Heavier 14-gauge loses 2.5V on the same run, and industrial 12-gauge, only 1.5V. The scale is linear, so if you double up that 16-gauge cord for a 100-foot run, you'll lop off 10V.
How's that play out here? From a short and fat cable (that the cheesy plastic strain-relief piece won't actually accommodate; just tie a granny knot over the two plugs instead), we'd expect a 1440W draw (12A * 120V, or a bit less because the house wiring itself has some drop). Losing 5V drops the total to 1380W. That's about what I found when I tested the Worx with a watt meter.
12ag / 3 ft = 1423W
14ag / 100 ft = 1352W
16ag / 50 ft = 1351W
16ag / 50 ft + 14ag / 100 ft = 1280W
Minimum draw from the progressive thumb dial was 260W.
For shorter runs, disconnect extensions you don't actively need. Every cable dissipates a percentage of the energy it carries to heat. As above, skinny cables lose more. Coiled on the ground and coupled with a high-load device like the Worx, they can build up enough heat to start melting insulation, which tends to cause sheepish expressions and insurance claims.
* It's loud. Loud enough to merit hearing protection. On an A-weighted scale (approximating human hearing), it makes 82 dB on low and 91 dB on high, outdoors from three feet. Indoors or near a boundary wall, volume jumps by 10 dB and subjectively doubles. While the sound character emulates a vacuum, my Shark only measures 72 dB indoors; you'd have to run over a rat's nest of lamp cords to make one this loud. Amazon has a number of comfortable muffs for less than a Jackson that'll keep your ears intact.
You can find electric blowers with more toys, but none that'll get the job done as fast as this one. It's a bargain at the asking price. I'll update if I catch any reliability problems.
so SPEED as i found is not even close to be the most important factor. rather the most important factor being CFM or how much air comes out the end. an easier way to visualize is to think of a garden hose on full blast as compared to a 12" pipe. even flowing much slower the wider pipe pushing out more air gives you the most bang for your proverbial buck.
so with that in mind i totally ignored all the over-hyped air speeds most put front and center in the product descriptions. most of those omitted any mention of CFM output because if they did nobody would buy them. so instead i looked at output only and having used worx products in the past finally went with this the 600 cfm model. i arrives with but three parts, the cord, a tube extension and the blower unit.
the blower has a nice thumb controlled wheel up front for adjusting output. it can go from super slow barely enough to move anything to full speed with enough air coming out in force to blast 1.25" gravel off the walkway as if it was little more than grass clippings!
on first use i was able to clear the walk of ALL debris, leaves, wood mulch, twigs, landscape gravel. next went down the path where the gravel had gotten into our grass and blasted it out and back where it belongs. absolutely could not be happier with!
-Very small. This product takes up virtually no space in my garage. It's light and easy to hold through long jobs with no problems.
-Hurricane powerful. This thing blows leaves across my big yard, and cleans my garage in a minute or two. I've used the larger, gas powered blowers and this is pretty much their equivalent.
-Comes ready to use! Clip the nozzle on the motor, and it's good to go. About 3 seconds to assemble.
-Uh, crazy super inexpensive. I've owned rakes that cost more.
-Two speeds: close to the leaf pile and far from the leaf pile.
What I don't so much like:
-In a perfect world, this would have a more secure method of securing your extension cord to the blower. (Yes - you need an extension cord to use this product). After all, you drag it around your yard all day, and it's a bit of a pain to keep re-connecting the cord when it comes loose. This is easily remedied by holding the cord in your hand holding the handle or looping it around the blower. Still, it could be slightly more perfect.