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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||9 x 41 x 14 in||9 x 45 x 14 in||20.75 x 15.63 x 9.88 in||20.75 x 15.63 x 9.88 in||20.75 x 15.63 x 9.88 in||11.7 x 40 x 10 in|
|Item Weight||10 lbs||8.9 lbs||9 lbs||14.85 lbs||—||10.8 lbs|
|Maximum Speed||235 miles_per_hour||250 miles_per_hour||250 miles_per_hour||250 miles_per_hour||250 miles_per_hour||250 miles_per_hour|
|Voltage||—||—||120 volts||120 volts||120 volts||120 volts|
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).
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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.
However, thanx to a lovely tree in my backyard that has these weird flowers that turn brown and fill up my yard, I got to use this a lot.
First off, although the suction is really good on this, do not expect to just sit somewhere and be able to get leaves from 5 feet away. It only picks up leaves from right under it. And considering what happens when you lift up tough branches where you are afraid of the impeller inside, you will be glad that it works this way. You want to see what your sucking in rather than have things that would destroy it. It does mulch a lot of stuff but I cannot verify the ration. It does seem like I am saving a lot of bags though.
I do have to pass through every part of my backyard to pick up everything, but if you count the amount of time saved from filling up bags and redoing areas that got blown away, this is amazing.
I am actually looking forward to the fall season to test this out with large leaves rather than the small brown flowers.
As a vac, (what I primarily wanted it for) it did a great job with gathering leaves both on solid surfaces as well as grass on the first go over. It did not, however, readily pick up things like pine needles but that is because they often lodge in the grass. I found that if you do a light rake over first and pull the needles into small, thinned out piles they pick up easier.
As for the weight of the it is light (10 lbs) when you first pick it up but as you might imagine, gets heavier the longer you hold it. Also, you must take into consideration that, as the bag fills up, more weight is added. As a 5-11, 182lb older male I didn't find the weight to be a problem but if you are a smaller woman you might want to dump the bag every so often (I was letting it fill almost completely)
As for the "mulcher", other reviewers have touted the need for a metal impeller and they are 100% correct. This has the metal impeller and it mulched everything that went into the bag. I would think that a plastic impeller could chip or break if a hard object was vacuumed up. This Toro had no problems mulching everything into a fine material that was easily dumped into the trash.
Overall, I am happy with this product and would recommend it to anyone wanting a solid blower/vac for around the house/yard jobs.