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Gas, corded electric or battery powered?
Determine which power source will best meet the needs of your yard size. If your main clean-up area is close enough to an outlet and you want the power of a gas unit, then a corded electric blower may be your answer. If you are typically cleaning sidewalks, decks and using the blower daily, you may want the convenience of a battery powered unit (checkout lithium ion battery power). When your yard is a ½ acre or larger, and you cannot reach every area with an extension cord, you may want to consider buying a gas blower. All three of these blower styles can provide outstanding power and performance, and each, with several benefits.
- Less noise
- No exhaust
- No emissions
- No mess or smell
- No maintenance
- Start instantly
- Weigh less
- Can be stored inside
Blower only or Blower/Vac?
- Blower-only models:
- Perfect for clearing off sidewalks, decks, garage floors and driveways
- Blower/Vac models:
- Great for clearing leaves from your yard and same chores as above, but you can also vacuum organic debris from your landscaped areas
- Vacuum option allows you to mulch leaves and debris into a finer mulch for compost and reduces the amount of bags used for clean-up
How much power do I need?
- Toro Power Sweep: for light clean-up tasks around the year, sidewalk, and garage
- Toro Rake & Vac: for light to medium clean-up chores and the flexibility to vacuum
- Toro Super or UltraPlus Blower Vac: can handle the toughest, most demanding leaves and yard debris
- To better understand blower power, click here!
Which features do I need?
2-speed motor: allows you to control the air stream for the right amount of blower or vacuum power. You have two choices — low or high
- Blower mode:
- Use on low for better control on hard surfaces or in tight corners
- Use on high for clearing large areas and tougher lawn chores
- Vacuum mode:
- Use on low in landscaped areas to avoid vacuuming up garden mulch or landscape rocks
- Use on high for for mulch larger amounts of leaves and debris
Variable speed motor: Allows you to alter the speed to multiple levels of air flow and very convenient for numerous yard clean-up projects.
The “miles per hour” rating of a blower is an indication, but not the sole factor in creating power. Blower power is a function of both air speed and air volume (see “understanding blower power”). For Toro blowers the higher MPH ratings do correspond with more power.
No tools conversion:
All Toro blower/vacs come with a quick-release latch to easily switch between blowing and vacuuming.
The mulch ratio is a measure of how well a blower/vac mulches and reduces the volume of the debris. A mulch ratio of 10-to-1 means the blower/vac will mulch 10 bags of dry leaves down to one bag after vacuuming. Volume reduction will be less on debris that is high in moisture or densely packed.
A metal impeller will provide better mulching and better durability for aggressive and/or frequent vacuuming.