Used many blowers and this one is excellent. Blower is ergonomically correct which reduces the amount of strain on your arms as you blow. I have an extremely large backyard and have been able to blow it all with no troubles. Power is acceptable. Once leaves or debris gets to large have to pick up or blower will just blow everywhere. Ear protection is a must with this blower but this is no different from any other blower I have used...who wants their ears ringing after they are done with the job. Only improvement I would make on this machine is some type of starter so you do not have to remove the pack in order to pull start the machine when you need to stop.
August 10, 2013
I own my own lawn care business and I had to upgrade from a handheld to a backpack blower, it was a must and I was going to get a Stihl but their so expensive compared to everything else so I bought this Husqvarna and I love it. I have worked for a lawn service before and I used a Stihl BR 550 and this Husqvarna has just as much power as that one and lighter. Not to mention, a lot more comfortable!
July 4, 2013
Great value, needs a foot peg for starting
Great unit but needs a foot peg for starting. When cool, holding onto the top works fine. After unit is hot, restarting would be easier if there was a peg or something so your foot could hold it down when restarting. Like other reviewers, I agree it would be more comfortable with a chest buckle. Otherwise, great unit, good power, starts right up.
June 27, 2013
Best blower I have ever owned (and I have owned many).
I purchased this because of the Husqvarna name (I already own a Husqvarna chainsaw and a Husqvarna Zero Turn Lawnmowe I am very happy with both) and the ratings on this model were good. I was a little leary at first because the 180 MPH rating on this was the same as some cheaper brands. I learned the very first time I used it, that rating don't mean squat, it is how much air it pushes. Having a bigger diameter tube makes that 180 mph wind much stronger then the cheaper brands using a smaller diameter tube to reach the 180 mph. This baby can push some air moving even wet leaves and small branches with no problem.
When I first put it on my back I found it much heavier then the Homelite back pack blower, but I got use to the wieght real quick, I find it very comfortable to wear. This blower makes a unpleasant chore much easier and faster. The only thing that would make this job easier now is if the leaves disappered when you hit them with the blast of air.
Pros - 1# Easy to start
2# The option of setting the speed where ever you want and it stays there #much easier on the trigger finger) or you can use the trigger like other blowers it you want.
3) It is quieter then any other blower I have owned.
4) It has all the power I will ever need.
5) It has a bigger gas tank and uses less gas, I never have to refill the tank in the middle of a job.
Cons - 1) This is my own fault, when you adust the speed control lever that makes it stay at one speed, I will sometimes push the lever all the way to get top speed and by mistake I will push it the oppisite way and this is how you shut it off. Once this goes that lever goes to the off posistion, no matter how fast you try to push it back the blower will shut off. There is no way to restart it until you unstrap it and remove it from your back #unless you have a buddy near by to pull start it for you while you are wearing it).
2) When running the blower set at a real low speed the motor runs a little rough. This is not a real big deal for me, I never run it at this low of a speed.
All in all it is a great blower.
April 22, 2013
this thing really blows
This is the most powerful blower I have ever used. My friend had some fun by putting it on, pointing it backwards and letting it propel him down the driveway on his bicycle, needed brakes to stop. On the serious side, it cleaned up my yard with many mature oaks in record time last Fall. Only thing I could improve is perhaps the primer bulb could be easier to get to.
February 9, 2013
Another quality product from Husqvarna...the blower is easy to use, powerful, design and quality of materials is great.
February 7, 2013
The blower starts real easy, usually takes one pull. The throttle is excellent. The blower gets heavy after a while and works on the shoulders some. I've adjusted the straps for a better fit and hope that helps.
January 27, 2013
Being in construction my whole life,I can assure you that Husqvarna is a durable,and reliable product. Had hand held blowers before I bought this one,and it's easy to use and Clears the leaves in minutes,instead of almost an hour. Starts great,quiet,and powerful.
January 26, 2013