This was my first and will likely be my last Husqvarna purchase.
Save your money and buy a different brand of blower. I purchased my Husqvarna leaf blower with big expectations given the marketing of the name. I was wrong and am still regretting that decision.
My previous leaf blower was a cheapo unit from THE big department store and it lasted about 13 years. The Husqvarna lasted a whopping 5 MONTHS. I thought that I would spend more money and upgrade to a nicer unit as I thought my old blowers power output had started to drop. The Husqvarna unit never started great and had mediocre performance even compared to my old blower. But the ergonomics and noise level of the Husqvarna was better so I gave my old blower away.
After about 5 months of weekly use, the Husqvarna is nearly impossible to start and leaks gas everywhere when it does start. I took it to Lowes first since that was where I purchased it. They said they would not be able to do anything except send it back to husqvarna for $75 (I passed). I then took it to the local Husqvarna dealer who said "its a fuel system problem and is not covered." An amazing analysis since I had not even set it up on the counter yet. My conclusion is that is a standard response so the "warranty" on the unit is not worth the paper it is written on. I cannot think of many failures that could NOT be blamed on the fuel if that is your scape-goat.
The fuel system claim baffles me even further as I am borderline OCD on maintenance and material and I use good gas and oil, including stabilizer and ethanol treatment when I do have to use blended fuel. I also have a common gas source for all my 2-cycle lawn equipment (all uses same ratio) and it is all still running great including a string trimmer that is 13+ years old, a 8 year-old hedge trimmer and now an old (borrowed) blower.
My owners manual says nothing at all about not being able to use Ethanol blended gas. However, about 80% of the time I do use ethanol free gas as it is better for some of my older equipment; it is getting tough to find so sometimes I do have to use it but I use an ethanol stabilizer during those times.
Yes, I guess I could try running the expensive pre-packaged gasoline mix as recommended below (funny...they did not mention that in the advertising!) and hope they would honor their warranty (but I still doubt it). Or I could go back to that department store and buy a brand that cost half as much, ran great for 12 years and used whatever gas was available without complaint. I have not made a purchase yet but I definitely know which way I am leaning. Hopefully, this review will save someone else some headache.
July 29, 2013
Do your research first
I have had this blower for one year. It ran like a champ for the first summer. Cleaned it up for winter, removed gas and stored away until spring. First time I got it out in the spring, I filled it up and it ran for a few minutes and stalled. I began to notice that it would stall unless the tank was completely full of fuel. The primer bulb was also not filling.
I went online and read all of the disasters. Sure enough it was going to cost me almost as much as I paid for it to get it repaired. I ended up ordering the fuel lines online and fixed it myself for under 20 bucks. It is still very hard to start. It takes up to 20 pulls to get it going, my wife won't touch the thing anymore but I refuse to drop more money on a new one when this one still looks brand spanking new. I have read a lot about the type of fuel and how it rots the lines. Well I only use the expensive husqvarna mix sold n the cans at lowes. Since I don't use the blower too much it is economical for me. However that stuff would get expensive if you used it a lot. Doesn't seem to matter anyway, my fuel lines were completely disintegrated when I took it apart. Good luck to you if you buy this model. I would skip it if I had to do it again.
July 28, 2013
Great little blower...
I don't want to jinx myself, but I did want to leave a review since I see so much negative feedback on this model. Mine is an 2008 model and is still running like a scalded dog, w/ no problems. I just put a new plug in her about a month ago, and that may have been the 2nd plug I ever bought for it. Now I will say I was using fuel additives even before Husky started recommending it, due to me owning a boat and knowing what ethanol can do to an engine. I run a fuel stabilizer in ALL my equipment, and have had zero problems with any Husky product thus far.
July 26, 2013
125b blower - terrible purchase
I used this blower twice a week for approximately 14 months when it suddenly stopped working. I took it to a repair facility who said they would contact Husqvarna and try to do the repair under the two year warranty. There were two problems, a broken internal engine part and the carburetor was bad. Husqvarna agreed to pay for the internal engine part but not the carburetor. The result is my $150 blower cost me another $100 to repair. I followed the fuel requirements exactly as listed in the manual. I called customer support but was told they would not cover anything fuel related! Isn't that like your health insurance not covering your heart? Consumer Reports was wrong about this one!
July 26, 2013
Do Not Buy This
The power is decent and had no problems starting the blower the 1st year. I like the cruise control feature as well. This blower might have 20 hours on it max! Then on the 13th month I tried starting it and fuel started dumping onto the ground through the housing. I assumed I flooded it so I pulled the spark plug out to find it bone dry. No flooding there. That's when I decided to go online and check what others are saying about this blower. WOW it sounds like this is a VERY common problem/defect on this unit. Husqvarna should be ashamed to have their name on this garbage. I sent it in for repair through Lowes warranty dept. today and curious to see if they repair it, and how long will the repair last? I doubt I will ever be able to rely on this junk again. Also the plastic coated kill switch is almost impossible to push when cold out.
July 22, 2013
Please dont buy this blower
I have used several blowers in my life and this was my first Husqvarna. I always remember the name from their high performance chain saws many years ago.
Ever since purchasing this blower I have used the Husqv oil that came with the blower and mixed accordingly. I live in Fl so the grass is mowed every week (no stale gas) and this blower has been to the shop twice already. I start the unit according to the directions which are stamped right next to the choke every time. The unit starts sometimes after tons of effort and fiddling but very rarely does it start right away. The blower has probably been used 30 hours and it runs like it is 20 years old.
Please dont waste your money as you will only be frustrated and exhausted attempting to start the blower.
July 14, 2013
Two years, two fuel lines
Started leaking fuel & hard-starting after 1 year. Fuel line replaced. Now, a year later, the primer bulb just blows air & the unit won't start. Second fuel line replacement.
Clearly this product has a design defect. Obviously someone from the manufacturer reads these reviews - is there any effort to actually fix the problem?
Fool me once - shame on you. Fool me twice - shame on me. Fool me three times - I must be an idiot. The next time this thing doesn't start it's going in the trash.
July 8, 2013
The Husqvarna 125B is an excellent blower and great value!
I purchased my 125B a few weeks ago after my cheap big-box store blower broke. I went to my local Husqvarna dealer Arbor Tech Supply and explained that I needed a handheld blower for around the house that could handle leaves, grass clippings and other small debris. Jessica, the sales person recommended the 125B and told me about the extended warranty. I was sold (especially after my horrible experience with the previous warranty with that other company!) I brought home my new blower and was amazed at the power it had at such an affordable price! I won't be going back to any big-box store again! I love Arbor Tech Supply and my Husqvarna 125B!
July 7, 2013