A 3 in 1 leaf vacuum mulcher that pushes the specifications in almost every dimension is an undeniable benefit to anyone seeking a clean and well-maintained garden/lawn. The Toro 51609 Ultra 12 amp Variable-Speed (up to 235) Electric Blower/Vacuum with Metal Impeller appears to pass this test with ease on paper. And with Toro being a reliable company, it is tempting to compare this product to the top rankers. However, the advanced specifications would also require extensive improvements to the overall design of the machine, and this leaves some room for error. To understand whether the product is indeed free of fault, we need to study the product in detail.
The Toro 51609 is perfect for…..
The high speed of the product ensures that it can be used to remove matted leaves and debris that may be resistant to ordinary blowing/vacuuming. This would be great for users in wet areas, where rain and or moisture is common during autumn and winter.
Compare the Toro Ultra Blower Vac 51609 with similar Toro electric leaf blowers
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Toro 51609 electric leaf blower review
Excellent Speed and Volume
With a top speed of 235 mph, this product easily outstrips the competition in terms of blowing/vacuum speed. As we mentioned, Toro needed to improve the design to make this speed effective, and it has done so by reducing the size of the nozzle tips, thus ensuring that the greater airspeed is concentrated into a small area and does not create a cloud of dust and debris. On the other hand, with a minimum speed of 112 mph, the product achieves a rare balance between pinpoint precision and adequate speed, which is needed for clearing delicate flower beds.
Furthermore, the product comes with a maximum air volume of 390 cfm, which makes it capable of maintaining a powerful flow for a long period without causing the motor to overwork itself. Coupled together, these can remove leaves rapidly from a large area by tackling a large number of small areas with great intensity.
Powerful Magnesium Coated Blades of Impeller
Another modification that the company has effected in the design of the product is to coat the impeller blades with magnesium. Coupled with the serrated edges that these blades possess, such coating makes rapid mulching of the leaves possible. This in turn ensures that there is no blockage of the blades during the heavy flow of leaves.
Convenient Electric Powered Motor with Cord Hook
Coming with an extremely quiet electric motor, the product does not need a pull cord or any complex attachment to start. Indeed, Toro has been provided a cord hook so that the product can be stored away easily.
Great Leaf to Mulch Reduction Ratio With Three Different Working Modes
Although the product manages to achieve very high speeds, the interesting design modifications allow for excellent volume contraction of leaves to mulch, achieving a maximum of 16:1 reduction ratio.
Further, while mulching is efficient, two other modes – vacuum and blower – are equally dependable and indeed, can be switched to from the mulching (or any other) mode without loss of efficiency.
Toro 51609 Ultra 12 amp Variable-Speed Electric Blower/Vacuum/Leaf Shredder is the best choice for users in wet areas, where rain and or moisture is common during autumn and winter.
Pros and Cons
- Great speed with excellent air volume allows for rapid mulching of large volumes of leaves, covering extensive areas with ease.
- Quiet and efficient motor allows for rapid startup and even faster functioning. This is coupled with a cord hook to ensure that the cord can be stored safely when the product is not in use.
- Magnesium coated serrated impeller blades allow the product to handle large volumes of leaves with ease, without creating clogging issues.
- Speed and efficiency are maintained across all three modes, even when modes are shifted rapidly.
- No lithium battery included, thereby limiting the potential of the huge speed and capacity to cover large lawns
While the Toro 51609 Ultra 12 amp Variable-Speed (up to 235) Electric Blower/Vacuum with Metal Impeller could have come with a standard battery (or a lithium-ion one) to truly utilize the potential of the leaf vacuum mulcher to handle large lawns, the features nevertheless make it a great choice for thoroughly covering a large terrain with varied characteristics in a limited time.
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