Engine seizes when operated per manual specs
There were 2 major issues with this blower: 1) a little over a year after purchasing it, the ignition module failed and although the module was under warranty, I still had to pay the labor cost to get it fixed, and 2) after it wouldn't start this spring, I took it to a local dealer and was told the piston had seized and the cost to fix would be more than the cost of a new machine. The mechanic at the dealer told me that the problem was the octane I was using was not high enough (he suggested using 89 or higher). I called Husqvarna customer service after reviewing the manual (which stated 87 octane was OK) to see what they would say and/or do about the problem, after all, I had done everything right but yet had an unfix-able machine. The customer service guy told me that in fact, the octane isn't the problem, it's the ethanol. Apparently, ethanol in the gas somehow strips the oil off the cylinder wall (and again, this is not mentioned in the manual). So here I am with a machine that is barely 2.5 years old and completely broken and Husqvarna's response is "that's too bad, but it is out of warranty". I will never buy Husqvarna again and I don't recommend anyone else either.
April 16, 2014
Turned 3 barrels of leaves into 1!!
Super easy start straight out of the box. Very ergonomic and strong power as a blower. I give it an overall 4.5 if I could. Blower is a 5 but the Vac is a 4 because you have to use extra care not let it clog.
Vac (4 stars):
Clogged on me 3 times in my 1.5 hour initial use. It certainly takes a technique. I never jammed it into the pile of leaves but the power of the vac will certainly take up more than it can digest, especially if any twigs are in it. Recommend you police up your area first for bigger twigs etc and get them out of the way. Blow your leaves into a pile or in a long row up against a fence. Then run the vac about 2-3 inches from the leaves and they'll feed in at a steady stream with no issues. It will eat small twigs nicely, especially if you can adjust to get the ones with a few leaves still attached to go in small end first.
The protective cover for the intake requires a screw driver to open (provided). Not a problem unless you clog the intake tube and then have to take it off to clear the tube and the protective cover slams shut and you don't have the screwdriver. Pretty frustrating. After a couple of clogs on my initial run, I learned to take it off slowly and ease the cover down so it didn't lock, clear the tube and reattach, quick easy pull start and I'm off and running again. Once I had a good technique, it never clogged again on me.
Although it is rated at higher dB (71) than my old one (76), it seems quieter. What I realized later is it has more of a deeper (bass) sound than the higher treble sound of my old blower. Still requires hearing protection.
Initial Vac set up:
Just know that the initial set up will be a bit awkward if you haven't ever used one. After a few tries, it won't be any big deal. I recommend, getting the vac tube on first, then stand up and put the shoulder strap on, then pick up the vac/motor and attach the U-tube, start and do the work.
Wear your dust mask:
I didn't realize how much dust would result from the vac-mulching process. The big white bag prevents a lot of it but it will be all over your arm and shirt if you have any significant amount of leaves to vac. After a 1.5 hour session, I was covered.
Huge difference in the volume of leaves:
I have 6 trees that overload my yard. More importantly, my city leaf barrel (large green with two wheels) isn't enough to collect it all before this vac. Normally it takes filling the barrel and packing it down 3 times, then filling my trashcan as much as I can and I still have enough leaves to fill another green barrel. This Vac mulched all of it down to fit in one green barrel. Yes, all of it in one. Huge space saver and time saver for me.
Before attaching the collection bag to the "U" shaped tube, put the bag on your shoulder just as you would to use the vac and then hold the vac in the correct position. Then make a mark on the bag and tube that shows their correct alignment. This will prevent you from ballparking the alignment and then when you go to use it, there is a slight twist in the bag which reduces the flow etc (I had to take mine apart and reseat it...not an easy task).
The Husky premix fuel that you have to buy for the extended warranty is good stuff but realize that you are paying approx. $28 per gallon for that stuff. It is ethanol free and will be much better on your motor though.
April 14, 2014
Poor design of air intake
The machine works well if held in your right hand. When held in your left hand if it get anywhere near your pants leg, the suction of the blower air intake grabs the material of your pant leg which then blocks the air flow and causes the engine to rev faster.
April 2, 2014
Unit had defective Carb, dealer wound not do anyting for me!
C.H. Waltz & SONS in Pa. Stay away from then!!
February 16, 2014
Okay for light snow
Blower works slick to blow off light snow up to 1 inch and will even lift snow lightly compacted snow off the sidewalk or driveway. But don't expect to leave it in your garage, it doesn't like to start when cold. It likes a little choke to run when the weather is cold. Been using Husqvarna pre-mix so no mess fill ups is a breeze.
January 9, 2014
Holding a hurricane
This is an awesome blower with vacuum/mulching. It worked great right out of the box. It's lightweight and very easy to start. This thing has power to burn, it's like holding a hurricane. I have a bunch of trees around my house and it's no problem with the 123BVx.
January 4, 2014
No where to go for help!
Bought a 125BV in March 2013. Used it once in March, twice in May. Tried to start in October, but would not start. Took the unit to a certified repair shop and they tell me it is poor fuel. I informed them that I used pump fuel and the husqvarna oil and it was not old. I was then told pump fuel is not good enough and it will not be covered by the manufacturer. Where do I go from here? I had a Poulan for 12 years and thought I would upgrade. Please someone help!Just would like some type of refund or another try on Husqvarna. Dealer will not even submit for manufacturer warrenty because of the type of parts needed for repair.
December 23, 2013
My 11 year old can use it
Replaced my Homelite blower after it broke with this one. Good power and not too noisy. I don't endorse this, but I cam home and my 11 year old had got it out and started it to blow the leaves off the street so he could ride his scooter. Was easy enough to start and light enough he could do it.
The only bad experience of this blower was registering the product on the Husqvarna website. Got the extended warranty for a few cans of fuel.
December 3, 2013