I debated this purchase because I was also looking at a Stihl with the same features. This one was a bit less, cost wise, and purchasing the premixed fuel gained additional time on the warranty. I am also able to get rid of 2-3 gas cans (different mix ratios) because my chain saw, backpack blower and this unit all require a 50 mix. This blower/vac is SOOOOOOOO much easier to handle than my previous unit (Craftsman) which bit the dust this year. Looked like it had gas line issues, probably due to ethanol in the gas the past few years. I admit that the premix fuel is really expensive, but I will live with it if I can alleviate damage and non-warrantied repairs.
May 27, 2014
Seems very well made
Only had couple months but do like the construction design compared to previous model. I think it is more user designed for maintenance than the other model and works well. Only drawback is a little heavier than the one I had but I would still buy it again!
May 21, 2014
Could be a good product
This WAS my first Husqvarna product.
I ordered this model since it has a vac-kit. Interestingly, I have not located a parts breakdown on-line.
Starts easily - plenty of power - easy to handle - runs great as a blower.
A - Local sales is decent and competitive if in stock item but servicing tech has an asinine attitude.
B - Fuel leak developed a few months after purchase and use. I always drain the fuel if not in use for more than a week. Warranty service was refused 'By Husqvarna' according to the dealer because I used gasoline containing ethanol. I should buy the special pre-mix from them. The same fuel and mix is used in all of my Echo equipment without ANY issues.... 28 and some change to get it repaired. Had been working without fuel leak until a about a month ago and leak has returned. Don't really want to spend the money to get it repaired again.
C - Small twigs may get caught in the ridges of the vac tubes and cause a dam for leaves. Then you have to kill the power, remove the tubes, clear the blockage, reassemble, and restart.
May 20, 2014
1 month with the 125bvx. This is the 6th gas blower in 8 years-
But the first Husqvarna gas blower. My first impression out of the box was impressive. Well designed and built. This blower has quite a few ergonomic additions that I find very thoughtful. The bottom hand grips are beefier and well suited for comfortable holding, both sides. The throttle lock/adjuster for starting throttle control and setting the throttle to a lower speed for a smaller area that requires a lower blower speed is appreciated. The spring loaded ignition switch defaults to "on"; finally, one of those little things that makes using this blower stand out!
This blower looks well built, and on closer examination, is. The motor even sounds well built with plenty of power. The engine is a high compression motor and takes a good arm to provide a strong pull. Suggestion: Don't forget to prime the carburetor... (The squeeze bulb) Follow the instructions, two pulls to get it running. This blower moves an astonishing volume of air with plenty of speed.
I gave it 5 stars because it's a very well built machine. I do find the blower a bit heavy after 40 or 50 minutes of continuous usage, but the blower comes with a wide sturdy shoulder belt to help with longer use.
The leaf mulcher and collection bag is well designed and easy to use. When running at higher throttle, keep loose clothing at least 2 feet away. This blower will reach out and grab loose clothes into the inlet screen that results in stalling the inlet impeller. (A minor side effect of lots of POWER) Makes quick work of mowing cleanup!
Do I recommend the Husqvarna 125BVx to anyone? You Bet!
This is the tool for the bigger jobs. Top quality equipment!
Roger S. Orange county, Central Florida.
April 27, 2014
Engine seizes when operated per manual specs
There were 2 major issues with this blower: 1) a little over a year after purchasing it, the ignition module failed and although the module was under warranty, I still had to pay the labor cost to get it fixed, and 2) after it wouldn't start this spring, I took it to a local dealer and was told the piston had seized and the cost to fix would be more than the cost of a new machine. The mechanic at the dealer told me that the problem was the octane I was using was not high enough (he suggested using 89 or higher). I called Husqvarna customer service after reviewing the manual (which stated 87 octane was OK) to see what they would say and/or do about the problem, after all, I had done everything right but yet had an unfix-able machine. The customer service guy told me that in fact, the octane isn't the problem, it's the ethanol. Apparently, ethanol in the gas somehow strips the oil off the cylinder wall (and again, this is not mentioned in the manual). So here I am with a machine that is barely 2.5 years old and completely broken and Husqvarna's response is "that's too bad, but it is out of warranty". I will never buy Husqvarna again and I don't recommend anyone else either.
April 16, 2014
Turned 3 barrels of leaves into 1!!
Super easy start straight out of the box. Very ergonomic and strong power as a blower. I give it an overall 4.5 if I could. Blower is a 5 but the Vac is a 4 because you have to use extra care not let it clog.
Vac (4 stars):
Clogged on me 3 times in my 1.5 hour initial use. It certainly takes a technique. I never jammed it into the pile of leaves but the power of the vac will certainly take up more than it can digest, especially if any twigs are in it. Recommend you police up your area first for bigger twigs etc and get them out of the way. Blow your leaves into a pile or in a long row up against a fence. Then run the vac about 2-3 inches from the leaves and they'll feed in at a steady stream with no issues. It will eat small twigs nicely, especially if you can adjust to get the ones with a few leaves still attached to go in small end first.
The protective cover for the intake requires a screw driver to open (provided). Not a problem unless you clog the intake tube and then have to take it off to clear the tube and the protective cover slams shut and you don't have the screwdriver. Pretty frustrating. After a couple of clogs on my initial run, I learned to take it off slowly and ease the cover down so it didn't lock, clear the tube and reattach, quick easy pull start and I'm off and running again. Once I had a good technique, it never clogged again on me.
Although it is rated at higher dB (71) than my old one (76), it seems quieter. What I realized later is it has more of a deeper (bass) sound than the higher treble sound of my old blower. Still requires hearing protection.
Initial Vac set up:
Just know that the initial set up will be a bit awkward if you haven't ever used one. After a few tries, it won't be any big deal. I recommend, getting the vac tube on first, then stand up and put the shoulder strap on, then pick up the vac/motor and attach the U-tube, start and do the work.
Wear your dust mask:
I didn't realize how much dust would result from the vac-mulching process. The big white bag prevents a lot of it but it will be all over your arm and shirt if you have any significant amount of leaves to vac. After a 1.5 hour session, I was covered.
Huge difference in the volume of leaves:
I have 6 trees that overload my yard. More importantly, my city leaf barrel (large green with two wheels) isn't enough to collect it all before this vac. Normally it takes filling the barrel and packing it down 3 times, then filling my trashcan as much as I can and I still have enough leaves to fill another green barrel. This Vac mulched all of it down to fit in one green barrel. Yes, all of it in one. Huge space saver and time saver for me.
Before attaching the collection bag to the "U" shaped tube, put the bag on your shoulder just as you would to use the vac and then hold the vac in the correct position. Then make a mark on the bag and tube that shows their correct alignment. This will prevent you from ballparking the alignment and then when you go to use it, there is a slight twist in the bag which reduces the flow etc (I had to take mine apart and reseat it...not an easy task).
The Husky premix fuel that you have to buy for the extended warranty is good stuff but realize that you are paying approx. $28 per gallon for that stuff. It is ethanol free and will be much better on your motor though.
April 14, 2014
Poor design of air intake
The machine works well if held in your right hand. When held in your left hand if it get anywhere near your pants leg, the suction of the blower air intake grabs the material of your pant leg which then blocks the air flow and causes the engine to rev faster.
April 2, 2014
Unit had defective Carb, dealer wound not do anyting for me!
C.H. Waltz & SONS in Pa. Stay away from then!!
February 16, 2014