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Toro 51609 Ultra 12 amp Variable-Speed (up to 235) Electric Blower/Vacuum with Metal Impeller
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- Toro Ultra 3-in-1 blower, vacuum, and leaf shredder makes completing yard work fun and easy
- Move a substantial volume of leaves and debris with ease with air speeds up to 235 mph and air volume up to 390 cfm
- Variable speed motor for better control; rugged metal impeller creates a fine mulch
- Quick-Release Latch lets you convert your blower into a vacuum in seconds without tools
- Comes with power unit, blower tubes, vacuum tubes, and vacuum bag; 2-year warranty
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|Item Dimensions||14 x 9 x 41 inches|
|Item Weight||10 pounds|
|Manufacturer Part Number||51609|
|Manufacturer Warranty Description||2 Year Warranty|
|Shipping Weight||11.7 pounds|
51609 Features: -Infinitely variable air control. -Metal impeller for mulching. -235 Mph maximum air speed. Product Type: -Hand held. -3 in 1 Blower, vacuum and leaf shredder. Dimensions: Overall Height - Top to Bottom: -16.12 Inches. Overall Width - Side to Side: -8.68 Inches. Overall Depth - Front to Back: -24.75 Inches. Overall Product Weight: -11.9 Pounds.
Powerful and effective, the Toro Ultra 3-in-1 blower, vacuum, and leaf shredder (model 51609) makes completing yard work fun and easy. With air speeds up to 235 mph, and airflow of up to 390 cfm, this electric blower nevertheless is lighter, quieter, and cleaner than similar gas blowers. Featuring a sleek, ergonomic design, it's a tool that is easy to use and will grab your neighbors' attention.
Match the Power to the Task for Better Results
Tackle big cleanup jobs the right way with this powerful blower/vac. A variable speed 12 amp motor lets you select from an infinite variety of speeds between 112 mph and 235 mph. This means that you can use low speeds to clear off hard surfaces and clean up tight areas without making a mess and without sacrificing the blower's high-speed functionality.
Air Speed and Air Volume to Get Yard Jobs Done
Unlike some manufacturers, who simply reduce the size of their blower nozzles to achieve higher air speed ratings without increasing the practical value of their tools, Toro gives this blower/vac the ability to balance between air speed (measured in miles per hour, or mph) and air volume (measured in cubic feet per minute, or cfm) to ensure maximum power and performance.
This Ultra blower/vac offers air speeds up to 235 mph and air volume up to 390 cfm, allowing you to move a substantial volume of leaves and debris with ease. Two different air concentrator nozzle inserts come with the Ultra blower so you can match the correct air volume to the job you are doing. The power insert moves debris into wind rows and creates piles while the concentrator insert moves debris out of cracks and edging as well as moves stubborn leaves. The main tube is great for moving debris away from house and shrubs.
3-in-1 Versatility Makes Managing Tasks Easy
A convenient quick-release latch lets you convert your blower into a vacuum in seconds without any tools, while a metal impeller makes it easy to mulch debris. The magnesium serrated metal blades on the impeller shred leaves and other unwanted debris into a fine mulch that you can use around your lawn and garden, saving money and recycling important nutrients. It also makes it easy to dispose of unwanted yard waste, since the impeller can reduce 16 bags’ worth of leaves to one bag.
Clean and Efficient with Electric Power
Compared with gas blowers, electric blowers are quieter and require less maintenance. They start up instantly without requiring you to master a finicky pull cord. There's no messy gas-oil mixture to worry about, and you don't have to contend with noxious fumes to get a job done.
This high-powered blower/vac weighs in at a very manageable 7.5 pounds, making it easy on your back. It also features a cord hook for convenient storage of the electrical cord. It's backed by a full two-year warranty.
What's in the Box
Toro 51609 blower/vac power unit, blower tubes, vac tubes, vac bag, cord storage hook, and operators manual
Convert from blower to vacuum without tools (view larger).
Even a large yard is easy to clean up with this blower (view larger).
Top Customer Reviews
I researched the following competing models (mainly by reading their Amazon reviews - I do NOT have hands-on experience with these other units):
Black & Decker LH5000 12 amp Variable Speed Electric Leaf Hog Blower/Vacuum - seems like a good unit, but more complaints re: motor longevity and quality of leaf bag.
WORX TriVac WG500 12 amp All-in-One Electric Blower/Mulcher/Vacuum - looks cool, but expensive, poor quality, terrible reviews.
Toro 51599 Ultra 12 amp Variable-Speed Electric Blower/Vacuum with Metal Impeller - well-established, highly-rated unit with >1200 Amazon reviews, 4.5 star average. Was about to buy it, noticed that Toro had just released a newer model...
Which led me to the 51609. The only detectable difference seems to be the inclusion of some new blower nozzle attachments (cord wrap, power insert, and concentrator insert). These are all quite handy and work as intended. The cord wrap is perfect for a 50ft extension cord, anything longer exceeds the capacity of the hook and makes the unit really heavy to carry around. The power insert does help with blowing leaves more easily into rows and the concentrator insert is good for clearing stuck on debris.
Switching between blower and vac is really easy. One thing I notice is that looser shorts can get sucked up against the intake cover in blower mode, but the opening isn't big enough for anything to get stuck or tangled.
The blower speed is adjustable, but for some reason I was expecting more of a range between slow and fast - I think most people will notice that it's more or less two speeds, and the "infinite" adjustability isn't really a major feature.
Works very well to mulch leaves, not super fine, but certainly good enough to simplify bagging or accelerate composting. Metal impeller was a big feature for me, should last a very long time.
Overall, the differences between the 51609 and 51599 are minimal, but the addition of the two nozzle inserts and cord wrap are nice iterative improvements to an already great yard appliance.
To comment on other people's comments... One person said that the extension cord vibrates off. I always knot my extension cord to the blower cord, so this isn't a problem at all. I do this with all of my corded tools. It takes about 2 seconds and saves a lot of frustration.
As others have noted, the zipper is on the wrong (long) side of the bag, so you have to take the bag off to empty it. It sounds like they fixed this design flaw on the newer 51619.
The Achilles heel on this blower is the adjustable speed control dial. Mine worked for a little over 2 years. Now it won't turn off. In the off position, it continues running at low speed. Many people have noted this problem. My previous blower had a 2-position slider switch that worked forever. The dial switch just isn't as rugged. Despite the graphics on the switch, it doesn't provide continuous adjustment, either. As I turn it, I can hear it click twice, which somehow corresponds to 3 speeds: low, medium, and high. Now that I can't shut mine off, I'm going to have to unplug the extension cord every time I want to turn it off, so I'm probably going to be in the market for another blower.
1st one was defective and replaced.
2nd one I wore out last winter. The speed control failed. I bypassed it to the Max setting and use it for mulching leaves.
3rd I am currently using, but can hear the bearings going bad.
4th is in my garage.
This is a tool I can't live without. I use it almost every day in the winter. I live in the snow belt along Lake Ontario. I have 2 little dogs that need a path to their potty. I have had 2 back surgeries since 2012. And we have had 2 extreme winters back to back.
Hi speed motors do not like changing directions at -15 degrees. It's tuff on the bearings. However, that's what it takes to keep my deck and potty area cleared off. And so I abuse the *&%$ out of these blowers.
Oh yes, they work great for yards, gutters, garages, etc. Probably last a lifetime there ... ha ha.
_ Average Joe
Most Recent Customer Reviews
1) The variable speed switch broke - it is cheaply made. It would not turn off, and now will not turn on at all.Read more