How To Select The Right Blower For You

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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.

Mulch ratio:
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.

Metal impeller:
A metal impeller will provide better mulching and better durability for aggressive and/or frequent vacuuming.