Excellent product but not without an issue
I really like this blower. I did extensive research before purchasing (at Lowe's) and the BT150 was the best buy based on price, airflow (CFM) and wind speed. Performance wise it has exceeded my expectations. This blower can move lots of leaves. It is relatively quiet, feels light on the back (two hour sessions are no problem and I wanted a back back blower due to my back issues). Uses more gas than expected (about one tankful per hour) but that's not really a big deal.
Assembly presented one problem, when attaching the throttle lever there is a thumbscrew, a threaded shaft and a cap nut. The thumbscrew would not turn on the shaft at all, eventually turning the thumbscrew (with a pliers) broke the shaft through the cap screw. It is all together but certainly not the way it was intended. Seems to be a quality issue with those components.
Here's the bigger issue... The very first time I used it when I ran out of gas and took it off to refill the gas cap was gone, it had vibrated off. My question to the engineers is, why is this cap not tethered to the tank, it should be!
Fortunately that cap of my Toro fits so that is what I am using for the time being.
I called customer service to complain about the lack of a tethered cap and reached an impersonal and uncaring representative, quite disappointing. I then went to my local Husqvarna dealer (not Lowe's) because that its what customer service told me I should do, and they do not know anything about a BT150 and were unable to assist me in ordering a replacement cap. VERY Disappointing.
At this point I'm thinking of getting a Toro cap since Husqvarna customer service seems to be unwilling or unable to help.
Knowing this, I would still buy this unit because it works so good but I am going to look for a TETHERED cap that will fit it.
November 5, 2011
Very powerful, Quiet, a bit hard to start
This blower is very powerful yet surprisingly quiet compared to less powerful two cycles I have owned. Its very comfortable on the back and mounting it is easy. Once mounted it is easy to use and is an extension of one's arm. Starting is a bit tricky as there is not place to put ones foot on it to hold it steady when its on the ground. Also it takes a few more cranks that it should to start and there is no decompression button on it like my Husqvarna chainsaw. I would really like a gutter cleaning pipe kit for this model as well
November 4, 2011
I just got this on October 28/ 2011 Living in the Pacific Northwest, I have lots of maple trees and cedar's. There was no problem blowing wet leaves. It's very quiet to. The power is great. I love it. Eric
October 31, 2011
Only one feature seems to detract from an excellent blower
Has excellent power but is a little heavy. My main complaint is that the gas primer bulb is located so that it is extremely difficult to reach and prime.
October 28, 2011
My new favorite tool
Just got one of these and I love it. Great power and great on gas, did my whole yard 1.5 acres on one fillup. Was also ver comfortable even though it seems heavy at first.
October 25, 2011
I PURCHASED THIS BLOWER IN SEPT 2009 AND OVERALL AM VERY PLEASED WITH IT EXCEPT THAT IN JUST OVER 2 YEARS I HAVE HAD TO TAKE IT IN FOR SERVICE 3 TIMES BECAUSE OF LOSS OF POWER. AFTER RUNNING FOR AT LEAST 20 MINUTES SOMETIMES IT WILL SLOW DOWN ALMOST TO THE POINT OF GOING DEAD THEN WILL RESUME AT FULL POWER ( HAPPENS
SEVERAL TIMES PER TANK OF GAS ). IT TAKE ME ABOUT 6 HOURS AND ABOUT 3 TANKS OF GAS TO BLOW THE LEAVES AND PINE STRAW OUT OF MY YARD AND WHEN IT SLOWS DOWN IT IS VERY AGGRAVATING
October 25, 2011
Step up in power and quality
Lawn work is not my profession, but my parents are at that age where I take care of their yard as well as mine. I had a 25cc hand held blower which barely took care of grass clippings much less wet leaves. The 150BT starts easy . It takes care of the grass and leaves in less than a quarter of the time using the 25cc. It is comfortable and easy to use. I can't comment on the durability yet as I have only had the 150BT for one month. I noticed a lot of lawn professionals use Husqvarana so I chose to spend a bit more for it versus the lower cost consumer models. It may be too heavy to carry for some folks, especially the elderly or those with back problems
October 23, 2011
Don't purchase a husqvarna blower
I purchased a new husqvarna blower. Started up right away out of the box. However, once warmed up, the unit would not run with the choke off.
After cleaning the plug, checking air filter, etc., I called customer service. Customer service's answer was that it was the EPA's fault as they will not allow the units to be properly set up prior to leaving the factory. I was then informed that I need to take the unit to an authorized dealer for a tune up of the carburator.
I have never heard of a company that produces a product that doesn't work while also failing to back their product.
Based on Husqvarna's poor quality and even lower quality customer service, I can confidently report that I will never purchase another one of their products.
October 21, 2011