Just what one would expect from Husqvarna :)
Have used my Husqvarna Blower/Vac many times ~ easy to start each and every time. Powerful enough to move and pile-up the leaves and trash wherever I choose ~ then connect the Vac & Bag accessory and it very quickly picks-up and mulches the pile down to nothing. It's so cool, just unzip the bag into my garbage cans and I'm done in no time. My only regret is that I shoulda bought one years ago.
Thanks Husqvarna :)
February 24, 2012
Vacuum tube prone to clog/hard to insert and remove
The blower works well, but the vacuum feature--not so much.
First, the vacuum tube is hard to insert and remove. This is a problem, because the tube is very prone to clogging when using for leaf removal. Sometimes it clogs after only a minute or two of vacuuming.
You must then remove the tube in order to remove the clogged leaves. The tube is latched to the blower body by latch receptacles that lock the tube to the blower body's latch locks, and lining these up with the tube and the body, and wrestling it into place is a challenge because of this and because the blower cover has a powerful spring to close the cover and has to be held back while doing this or it will snap shut and require a screwdriver to pry the plastic cover off. I am concerned that the cover or cover latch will break at some point when conducting this latter procedure. The quick closure can happen as you are trying to maneuver the latch receptacles on the tube and locks on the blower body into place. Removing the tube is also somewhat difficult at times as the latches on the body and the tube latch receptacles can stick.
Also, the vacuum's leaf bag has a shoulder strap that goes over the tube at the point where the bag and output port of the vacuum tube intersect providing a natural clogging spot since the strap and its placement somewhat restrict the bag opening.
In addition, the fabric of the bag developed a hole about the size of a golf ball near the place where the vacuum tube is inserted into the bag after only a few uses and it appears the bag will have to be replaced soon if it can't be sewn shut or patched. Never had this occur with other brands.
March 17, 2015
good product - got the job done!
I purchased this product after buying a $400 lawnmower last year. I trust your company.
February 12, 2015
Only used a few times before winterizing
For the few times I used it before winterizing, it seems very good. Started very easy. Seems quieter than my last. Nice to have a trigger, instead of my older blower that was a lever-throttle. I'm surprised I like the round nozzle better, though nice to have both included. Used the vacuum kit in December for some leaves that fell late from a neighbor's tree. Blew them into the street, then vacuumed. Worked fine. Can't comment on durability, but I bought the Husqy fuel to extend warranty to 4 years.
January 5, 2015
As expected with any Husqvarna Product, this blower exceeded all expectations. It delivers remarkable performance in a lightweight hand-held unit. The throttle control has a lock which helps eliminate the fatigue found with holding the throttle open. Grass clipping, leaves, and pine needles are all easily blown. Fuel cap is large and easy to fill with the unit sitting level. Both the open and flared tube ends work great depending on the conditions. No one will regret buying this unit. Simply read and follow the included maintenance instructions, and the unit will last a long time.
December 11, 2014
Here's A Better Way To Assemble The Vacuum Accessory
Here's a better way to assemble the vacuum accessory: Referring to the steps shown in "Quick-Start Guide", for step 3 don't mate lower and upper vac tubes now, but just lubricate the end of lower vac tube which will be inserted into the inlet port. Do step 5 as described in the guide but now with just the lower vac tube present it is easier to twist it into the lock position because not having the upper tube there allows you to encircle the lower tube with your body and arms to achieve greater control (by pressing down the tube into port opening) and twisting force, plus you can place your feet around the blower body so that it doesn't turn in opposite direction while you're turning the lower vac tube to the lock position. The next thing to do is mate the upper vac tube to lower vac tube (some lubricant applied to the mating surfaces makes it easy to "seat" the upper tube inside the lower tube, then secure with the supplied screw.
December 3, 2014
Works pretty much as expected.
First off, I'm actually quite satisfied with the product. It is pretty much what I expected, I don't thinks other brands would have been any better. However I'm going to talk about the negatives only for the most part.
This is the first yard blower or yard vacuum I've ever had any experience with. Rakes and brooms are much quieter. Wife has been after me to get a yard blower for quite a while. She usually sweeps the sidewalks after I mow, or begins the raking of leaves as they annoy her quicker than they do me. She suggested the Husqvarna 125BVx recently and it appealed to me as it also mulched and vacuumed.
The assembly was fairly straight forward. I'm a little doubtful about how long the vacuum tube will last where it attaches to the housing. But maybe it will last. Also concerning the attachment of the vacuum tube is the difficulty of opening the fan guard. You really have to pry with a screwdriver to open it, almost to the point you feel you'll break it.
The vacuum tube has ridges molded into it that caught some of the small oak boughs I vacuumed up. A smoother tube inside would elimiate that issue I'd think. The clogged tube necessitated stopping then removing the vacuum tube and trying to remember to put something in the way of the fan guard to keep it from snapping shut, which in turn would require a screwdriver to pry it open again. I think Husqvarna could engineer something better, easier and just as safe. It's such a hassle the way it is, I'd think many will break the latch or otherwise disable the safety guard causing Husqvarna more liability.
Another issue I had was the vacuum bag. There is no re-inforcement around the outlet of the tube that it fits over. Five hours of vacuum operation managed to wear a dime size hole in the bag material about an inch past the outlet tube. Some woven nylon re-enforcement material would have been nice up there.
However all in all, I'm happy with it. It ground up all the oak leaves in my yard quite nicely and left me with some nice material to add to the compost pile. It did well with the little bit of pine straw that is mixed in with some of my leaves, however I did not try it on the section of the yard that is almost exclusively pine straw.
You do have to realize that this is handheld. So I can't say that I like it any better than a rake. But it is superior for getting street gutters cleaned up and sucking up small things like acorns and litter squirrels make when eating pine cones.
November 30, 2014
Great Homeowner's Helper
My wife purchased the 125BVx to replace another brand of blower. I am glad she did. I had just about worked my way into regular Chiropractic appointments just trying to start the other one and keep it running. This blower/vac seems to be the REAL DEAL. Other than a little difficulty in changing-out from blower to vac, I have so far, been impressed by this "Husky". I figure the more I become familiar with it, the easier the changeover will be. As far as starting-up running, it starts smoothly and quickly and runs smoothly. Almost makes you WISH you had more yard work to do just so that you could use it longer! ;-)
November 9, 2014