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This tool, as a leaf mulcher, which so far is the only way I've used it, is fabulous. Sucks up the leaves pronto, leaving nothing behind. Fan w/sharp edges inside mulches leaves, leaf stems and even very tiny branches very efficiently. Heavily packed leaves that had gotten wet in the rain came up with a couple of passes, no problem. The bag catcher is the perfect size, because just as it gets full, it's almost too heavy to keep carrying. You can tell when the bag is full very easily by the way the tube stops suctioning, and it sounds a little different. The description of the tool that it mulches down to a 10th of the leaf bulk is probably true. My entire yard of leaves, plus some, became a tiny little pile on the curb! I couldn't get over it. I am going to use some for mulch. The one thing that is going to take a beating with this tool is the bag catcher, so I just ordered another one for $15 as back up. Just be careful when you empty the bag, not to hold onto the canvas and shake and swing it or you might whack the plastic attachment and break it. Instead hold it by the plastic attachment and shake it out.
Why I love it compared to raking? I found it faster and more efficient. I watched my neighbors today raking and blowing theirs leaves, which were going all over the place. Getting the leaves onto large tarps and dragging the tarps to the curb took 3 of them at least 4 hours. I may have taken that long all by myself suctioning my leaves with this tool, and my curb pile is a fraction of theirs. Just seems so much easier and efficient to me.
Not a bad blower for the price. I purchased a reconditioned model and used it a few times. So far so good. It blows the leaves very well. The vaccum is powerful and crushes the leaves well. Be sure to have a big bag next to you to empty out the crushed leaves. The bag does fill up quick. I usually give the blower a quick brush down after use to keep it clean for the next time I use it. I recommended this product to a few of my friends.
The 2 speed motor offers improved vacuuming options. Lower speed reduces stones and large sticks passing through the mulcher Both the blower and vacuuming modes are strong. Leaves are mulched into consistent size -great for garden or flower bed. The shoulder strap used in vacuum mode is too narrow and therefore uncomfortable. Great Value and I am pleased.
I bought one of these to replace a gas blower/vac that I used only for vacumning. It was getting hard to start, I had to pull more than twice to start. I'm 70 and have back problems. When it arrived I could not tell it from a new one. I set it up to vacumn and used it to clean up leafs and yard clippings, it worked so well just as good or better than the gas unit I have. After I finished I went in and ordered another to use as a Blower. Again I could not tell from new and it worked wonderful, the 2 speed works great around the flowers and then I can use the high on the driveway and yard. I highly recommend these units and CPO, I have ordered many items from CPO and have always been happy with the products ordered.
Most impressive about this machine is that the amount of suction seems to be exactly calibrated to leaf collection, without picking up small stones and debris. Works better obviously on dry leaves than wet, but has two settings so can adjust as necessary for the job. I am impressed.
Warranted for two (2) years from date of purchase. This warranty does not cover damage resulting from negligent handling, misuse or lack of reasonable maintenance and care. (Proof of purchase maybe required).