Overall very positive with a few recommendations for monor improvements...
Overall I am very pleased with my new 150BT Back Blower. This is my 2nd Husqvarna Backpack Blower, my first (the 145BT) has been relocated to our weekend home in the mountains. And although it too has been an excellent machine, the 150BT has a number of improvements with only a few minor characteristics that should be addressed.
The pro’s: 1) The padding and harness configuration of the 150BT is far superior to any backpack blower in its class; 2) The blower tubing offers several staging sections that can be coordinated to configure for length of tubing and blowing patterns for difficult to reach and/or for concentrated blowing; and 3) The engine is not only more powerful than the 145BT and others I know of in this class, but is also must quieter than any blower I have used.
The con’s: 1) Unlike the 145BT, the 150BT is more difficult to pull start; the pull resistance is greater; 2) While the 145BT continues to start on the first pull after many years, the new 150BT requires 2 pulls in warmer weather and up to 3 pulls to start in cooler weather, with full choke engaged and a minimum of 6-8 pumps of the priming bulb, (the 145BT consistently requires only 2-3 priming pumps if any at all on full choke); 3) The multi-stage blower tubing is difficult to assemble and twist into locked position. Admittedly this has the advantage, once accomplished, of preventing the stages from coming apart during use. However, this fact has the additional side-effect of making the blower tube more difficult to change around or reconfigure (e.g. shorten tube or change shape of the last or differently shaped tips); 4) The trigger grip housing is difficult to assemble with the main corrugated tubing coming directly from the blower mechanism on the up-wind side and the staged blower tubing on the down-wind side. Even with the wing-nut completely loosened, it is very difficult to fully insert and evenly seat the tubes from either side into the trigger handle housing; and 5) Once again the difficulty in assembling the upper and lower blower tubing sections with the trigger handle housing would presume that the assembled parts would be secure and challenging to disassemble if necessary. However, even after assembling correctly with the wing-nut tightened completely the lower section immediately down-wind of the trigger handle housing easily comes lose and falls out of the housing fairly easily and often enough to require it to be duct-taped into place.
All in all however, I am still very satisfied with the overall quality and performance of the 150BT and my much older 145BT, (which anecdotally has been relocated and assigned for full 1 acre duty at our weekend home in the mountains, where it continues to operate beautifully with regular maintenance that keeps it running smoothly and prevents unnecessary wear and tear, fuel leakage and extensive emissions from lack of optimum performance.
For the record I will recommend this product to others seeking a blower in this class, and I will purchase another backpack blower for an investment property I own in another state, for which I am contractually obligated to provide all necessary lawn and yard care and maintenance equipment. Living 600 miles away from this property makes it imperative that the products I provide require little maintenance, don’t break down often, perform consistently and otherwise generally take more wear and tear without failing.
November 8, 2012
Plenty of Power for the Price
I have a large wooded lot - old growth mixture of pine maple and oak. the blower performed very well and cut my time from the previous autumn by three days.
November 5, 2012
Great blower - made my yardwork a breeze
Purchased at Lowes for 10% off original price of $299.98. The assembly instructions and diagrams were very poor, and I had to take it back to Lowes for help in putting it together. Took it home again, and this time could not get it started initially. Took it to Sears, another authorized dealer close to my home, and had it started. The starting instructions were very poor as well. I would recommend a revamp of all instructions by the manufacturerto include clear step-by-step procedures with clear diagrams. Overall, the blower is very powerful, quiet and constructed with quality in mind. Made my yardwork of blowing fallen leaves from four (4) forty-foot Ash trees a breeze
November 5, 2012
I bought this blower to handle the leaves on my property. The assembly was straight forward. My only complaint is the one strap keeps loosening while using the blower. No big deal, just a minor annoyance. The blower itself is great, plenty of power, even when working with wet leaves.
November 4, 2012
Light, sturdy and powerful
After Some research I decided to go to Lowe's and pick up a husky I am truly glad that I did. it performs as well as advertised and is easy to operate and was easy to put together. I don't know if it's loud or not I have nothing to compare to, but I did not feel a need to wear headphones. I did have my music headphones in when I used it so take that for what it's worth. Performance wise it is everything I thought. Strong, easy to control and blows dry and wet leaves very well. Pick one up you won't be sorry.
November 4, 2012
Love my 150bt!
I previously worked in landscaping for 2 years so I got spoiled with professional equipment. When it was time to buy my own, the funds just were not there. I previously had a Craftsman wired blower. Due to the amount of leaves we are now accumulating, I needed something powerful and that will last (I am replacing each piece of equipment as I go). Well it time for a blower. I spent alot of time reading reviews and checking manufacturers websites. The performance and value with the 150bt was amazing. Considering the cost of Shindawa, Echo, Stihl- you are able to get equivalent (compared to equivalent models) performance and saving 1/2 the cost! So the 150bt was a no question purchase. Brought it home and read instructions, mixed the fuel, and started her up. The tubes were difficult to put together and lube did make it easier, however, I know they are on there well. Instructions were easy to read and understand. It took a few tries to start the engine the first time but thereafter starts right up. the blower is heavy at first but you get used to it. It does fit comfortably and the shoulder straps are nice to tighten things up (similar to a backpack, pulls the pack closer to you once you are all strapped in). I used to fight the wind to get grass cuttings into the yard, not any more. the previous blower was just not powerful enough. It just dirtied by fresh edging. Leaves are no work at all for this blower (we are surrounded by trees). I cannot attest to durability in all truth because I recently purchased it but other reviews suggests no issues with proper care. I am so glad I purchased a backpack style that handheld except for tight spaces- I kept the corded just in case. Now go out and get one but its addicting. You will find all kinds of thing that you " just hafta" clean. Your significant other will be rolling their eyes.
November 4, 2012
This blower is great for big yards with lots of leaves. Even with a small yard that has a lot of leaves dropping in the fall, its nice to have the weight on your hips instead of in your Hand. Power to spare! I would definitely recommend this product to anyone needing a blower, commercial or residential.
November 4, 2012
Bought this product today and used it for the first time. This is my first backpack blower purchase and now I'm wondering why it took me so long to own one! It was easy to assemble,start and carry around for 2+ hrs.....Cut my normal task in half and did a great job with wet and dry leaves! If you are looking for an entry level blower this one is worth the money!!!
November 3, 2012