I have only used the blower once, but it performed well. It is a little hard to mount because of its weight and the awkward reach necessary to put the second arm behind the strap. One strap has a tendency to slide off the shoulder, but that may be because the strap isn't tight enough. Some characteristics will have to be judged after gaining more experience using the machine.
January 7, 2014
Outstanding product, but still has room to improve
This blower is very powerful and easy to use, which save a lot of time for me. Although this below has great performance, the blowing tube and belt hook are not properly design. The connected tubes easily take apart during the use. The belt hook has a gap that may cause the hook detach from the blower when lifting the blower. This may result in the blower dropping from the user's back. In addition, the Husqvarna should work with the dealers or retailers to recycle the fuel bottles. It is not a good idea to throw empty fuel bottles directly into a trash can.
January 5, 2014
Have owned 3 of the middle of the road blowers. This one cuts the work in half and when you get finished you are not worn out. Pay a little more and step up to this one.
December 30, 2013
I am pleased with this blower, Easy to crank and has enough power to blow leaves, as long as you keep your pile to a normal size.
December 21, 2013
So far, works as expected. No raking this fall.
I purchased this from Amazon based on excellent reviews there and from a site that collects other consumer reviews. The only thing I found disappointing was the manual, which should be thrown away and done over with larger type, color pictures, and written by someone more familiar with standard English. The drawings are way too small to be very useful during assembly. There is no excuse for such a poor manual in this day and age. The blower has some heft to it and it takes some practice to learn how to start it, put it on, and get moving. Once adjusted, it works very, very well and eliminates the need to rake any leaves. It will move just about any quantity of dry or somewhat-damp leaves no matter now deep. It does take some practice to maneuver around bushes, deck stairs, and other places where leaves get stuck. You need a fairly large space to store it. I do find that the shoulder straps tend to slide off. It would be nice if they were somehow connected across the back, but I don't know how that could be done. Other than that it is very quiet and comfortable to use and gets the job done.
December 18, 2013
Not sure about its durability yet, but after 3 weeks of use on two different residential properties, my wife (age 67_ and I (age 75) love this blower and fight over who gets to use it. It's a little hassle for her to get it on without my help, (she's short) but once it's on, she's fine with it. Starts well, is well balanced, and really blows those leaves!
December 10, 2013
Very Good Machine A Workhorse
I like this product because of it's ease in starting and it's harness. The controls on the tube are easy to use and right where you need them. The muffler system is easy on the ears and the weight is well balanced. I would certainly by another.
December 5, 2013
This product has plenty of power to blow large quantities of leaves easily at full throttle. It can also clear flower beds at low speed without blowing mulch out of the beds. The only drawback is the lack of a chest buckle to keep the shoulder straps in place. Shoulder straps, although well padded and comfortable, tend to slide off the shoulders. The waist belt is definitely helpful. All in all, a great blower so far
December 1, 2013