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WORX WG520 Turbine 600 Corded Electric Leaf Blower, Black
|Power Source||Corded Electric|
|Item Dimensions LxWxH||40 x 11 x 9.6 inches|
|Item Weight||7.2 Pounds|
|Maximum Air Flow Capacity||600 Cubic Feet Per Minute|
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- TURBINE FAN TECH: Worx engineers figured out how to get a jet engine-type motor inside of a leaf blower. Super powerful, yet not so loud that you’ll think it’s getting ready for takeoff
- TWICE AS FAST AS PRO BLOWERS: Professional-grade gas blowers rely on outdated tech. The Turbine is cutting edge, and spins twice as fast as the blowers used by commercial grounds crews
- 2 SPEEDS FOR DIFFERENT JOBS: Go slow for pavement or tight corners. On the open lawn, switch to speed 2 and see what the 110 mph Turbine can do
- 600 CFM: We named the Turbine 600 after the 600 Cubic Feet per Minute of high-capacity air volume that shoots out of its wide-mouth nozzle. That’s a wide, strong path of air that allows you to clear large areas with fewer passes
- DO IT YOURSELF. DO IT BETTER. DO IT WITH WORX: WORX tools are engineered with cutting-edge technology, and above modern efficiency standards, so you can build a cost-effective tool collection that’s been designed to last
- HYPER-STREAM AIR NozZLE: We didn’t just stop designing once we were finished with the Turbine engine. We added an attachable nozzle, optimized to direct all that volume in a concentrated area for tougher jobs
- ONE-HANDED OPERATION: All the power and only 6.4 pounds The Turbine 600 is designed to be controlled with just one hand. The ergonomic design funnels the wind in a way that’s easy to handle
- EXTENSION CORD RETAINER: The 11-1/2” electrical cord comes with a retainer attached, so when using an extension cord it won’t disconnect, even when it gets snagged
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TURBINE Fan Tech
It’s like having a jet engine that you can carry around the yard. 600 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) produces a thick, powerful stream of air that barrels out at 110 MPH! Yet somehow it’s quieter than gas blowers. It’s a whole lot of tech that Work engineers jammed into one tool.
Even with all that power, almost anyone can use it with just one hand. The TURBINE is designed to pull air from the back and generate the airstream directly down the tube and away from the handle. No wasted motion or energy, so you can control this blower with just one hand.
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|Item Dimensions||40.00 x 11.00 x 9.60 inches||—||16.50 x 11.00 x 7.00 inches||28.00 x 8.50 x 11.50 inches||32.00 x 8.00 x 8.00 inches||—|
|Item Weight||7.20 lbs||2.69 lbs||4.70 lbs||4.70 lbs||3.90 lbs||3.20 lbs|
|Maximum Speed||115 miles_per_hour||—||—||160 miles_per_hour||—||—|
|Power Source||Corded Electric||Battery Powered||Corded Electric||Corded-electric||Corded Electric||Battery Powered|
|Voltage||120 volts||20.00 volts||—||—||120.00 volts||20.00 volts|
600 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) is more air output than any other electric blower on the market. You get the widest, most forceful stream to clear your yard, deck, and driveway of leaves and debris. Designed for larger lawns, or anyone who just wants a really powerful blower at a price that’s impossible to argue with. This 12A Electric Turbine Blower from Worx will get the job done, and then some. The Turbine design gives you gas-like power without any of the side-effects of using gasoline. It’s less expensive, less messy, smells better, and runs much quieter. Its 2-speed control lets you operate it at 60 mph for clearing out tight corners, or 110 mph for when you get out on the open lawn. And the hyper-stream air nozzle is nice when you need even a little more for the tougher jobs. Yet all that tech is lightweight, only 6.4 lbs, so anyone can operate it with just one hand. You don’t need any tools to put it together. And the hassle-free cord retainer prevents accidental disconnection while you’re out in the yard. There’s an awful lot to like about this blower. Even Consumer Reports named it a Best Buy. If you’ve got a big property, it’s a no-brainer. And it’s a smart choice, even if you don’t. Stop making raking the leaves such a chore and get a 600 cfm – 12A Electric Turbine Blower.
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My trial run was an hour of continuous use with matted wet leaves and driveway sand. It fast 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 opening. The two multiplied together determine your total air volume over a given duration, 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 radius of a round pipe, 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 fan 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 under load) 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 device can reasonably expect from a typical 15A household socket. Even with nearly half of our power lost to heat and noise, the remaining 790W is over double what the DeWalt can manage. It's no coincidence that 600 CFM cordless blowers (Greenworks and Kobalt come to mind) have 80V/2.5Ah batteries with twice the DeWalt's capacity. Their runtime at full tilt? The same fifteen minutes, with three extra pounds to lug around from a chunk of lithium that costs more than the blower it attaches to.
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.
As of mid-2020, two other corded blowers are worth a hard look: Toro's F700 and Worx's WG521. The Toro arrived first in 2019 with a hefty 720 CFM rating, a bigger two-arm handle, and a better cord retention mechanism. The WG521 is the response: 800 CFM and 135 MPH (claimed) from a ~4" nozzle, albeit still intended for one arm. All three blowers are beastly and often close in price; pick whichever best channels your inner Tim Allen.
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 an overhand 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
With the progressive thumb dial at the lowest setting, minimum draw was 260W.
For shorter runs, disconnect extensions you don't actively need. Every cable sheds 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.
This blower is also loud enough to merit hearing protection. On an A-weighted scale (approximating human hearing), measured outdoors from three feet, it makes 82 dB on low and 91 dB on high. Indoors or near a 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 few 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.
- large volume of air
- power moving leaves
- no mixing of oil and gas
- adjustible airflow. You don't always want full volume
- not quiet but much quieter that a gas model
- a little heavy
- teathered to a cord
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!