Does even heavy jobs
Lets start with a short review: I am using a Black & Decker blower/vac since years. This is electrical and does a good job. But the limit is the power supply.
So I was considering to extend our equipment with a new blower/vac. I have looked into the MacCulloch GBV 345 even made by Husqvarna and some others.
It became the Husqvarna. Why?
- Engine 28 ccm (McCulloch 24)
- Easy start (Mcculloch none)
- Husqvarna is for the heavy job
- Dealership in the neighbourhood (spares)
The unit starts really quick due the the easy start function. Some compression is taken off letting the engine run easier.
Conversion from Blow to Vac is simple and just requires some simple steps, however I am just using it for dry leaves to avoid clogging. Good is the second handle at the bottom, this make menoevering easy as vac.
When using it as handheld blower its well balanced and the torque applied to the wrist is small ((The B&D gives a higher one). I am operating it from the hand, my wife prefers the shoulder strip.
The engine is not very loud, surprisingly, only 70 dbA. The B&D is 107! However I operate it with a hearing protection.
Larger areas are quuickly cleaned and in most cases I do not even have to refill the tank. Its very economic.
When lower blowing power is needed, I use the gauge at the handle to trigger the speed. Works very nice.
Even in cold conditions when I am blowing snow, it starts easy. Engine runs somewhat hard for some seconds and runs smooth then.
In any case I opereate the high speed nozzle. Without that blowing is too slow. So attaching this is a must.
Allover I am very pleased with the unit and even my wife runs the unit. I am just stating the engine for her.
November 4, 2014
Hand Held Blower 125BVx
I just purchased a few weeks ago and have used it about three times. Very easy to start and with molded fixture on tube has great power for moving debris from your sidewalks and driveways. This is the best blower I've ever used, even puts backpack blowers to shame with the power emitted from this light little blower. Very happy with purchase just wish it would be a bit cheaper. Although, as the saying goes you get what you pay for.
October 27, 2014
Great Brand, Lackluster Performance
I purchased this product specifically to vacuum leaves and debris from my yard. I am blessed to have many, many oak trees in my yard. As beautiful as fall can be, the leave are horrible. This product is a terrific blower and a very lack-luster vacuum. The nozzle tends to clog way too easily and any sticks, regardless of size, tend to cause the chute to clog, which cause a stop in action, and a dis-assembly of the tube for a cleaning. It doesn't require a great length of time to clean, but when you do it frequently, it becomes irritating and counterproductive. Great Blower, great machine, less than desirable vacuum.
October 26, 2014
The first time I used this after about five minutes it started cutting out and finally quit running. It acted like it was not getting fuel. I thought it might be the pre-mixed fuel (50:1) I bought so I got a different brand from Lowes, which happen to be the Husqvarna brand, but that didn't solve the problem. It did the same thing the next two times I used it. I've only used it three times so far.
I called the number that came with the blower, 1.800.487.5951, because it says to call them and not to return the product to the store. They told me that it sounded like it was probably a carburetor issue and that Sun State Equipment here in Phoenix was their warranty provider.
I took it to Sun State and they said that they had no idea they were Husqvarna warranty provider. They finally made a call and came back and said that they guessed they were. Then they said I could leave it but servicing their own equipment came first and didn't know when they could get to it. They also said that if it needed parts they didn't know where to get them. Needless to say I didn't leave it.
I'm just dealing with it. When it starts cutting out if I set it down and let it idle for a few seconds it seems to be okay until a few minutes later when it does it again. I eventually get my patio and driveway done. And as long as I don't use it that often I can live with it.
Also it's a real pain to switch to vacuum. The panel that has to fold back has a very strong spring and it makes attaching the vacuum tube extremely difficult.
September 11, 2014
Very we'll made
New out of the box the blower started right up using Husqvarna fuel. Ran flawlessly and was comfortable to use. The cruise control placement was very simple to operate with a little movement of my thumb. I had considered a Stilh SH86 but didn't purchase it due to it being 3 pounds heavier and $100 more. I couldn't see that it was worth the extra. I am well please with this blower. I haven't tried the vac yet but I did hook it up and it seemed simple enough. I would recommend this blower and would purchase it again if I were to ever need to.
September 6, 2014
Grass off sidewalks
For for grass off sidewalks has too much power. Keeps blowing off the tubing. Sidewalks does look cleaner over using mower or trimmer.
If those one with no power must have came from a big box stores and not a dealer.
The dealer adjusts the carburetor all equipment for that area. Big Box Stores does not.
September 1, 2014
This blower is absolutely amazing. I only used this blower as my main one for one fall but then i decided to get a backpack unit. This unit is truly a amazing unit. I only use it for the vacuum kit now and absolutely love that. I have no problem picking up hedge trimming with this along with leaves in the fall. Really a good machine.
August 19, 2014
125BVX lacks power
This blower will not run without the choke being on all the time. The carburetor Idle screws are obviously set improperly, and the non standard screws used prevent the owner from making the adjustment. If you use non-standard screw heads then you should provide an adjusting tool.
I purchased the blower from Lowe's. They have no service capability. I took it to a Husqvarna distributor and since I didn't buy it from him he would only do the adjustment if I paid him for the service.
June 17, 2014