Efco SA2026 Ergo
Although aimed at the domestic market, this small blower has plenty of power for its size. It's particularly suited to those situations needing a quick rush of air to blast leaves into the hedge bottom or to chase chippings back onto the lawn.
For a domestic or entry-level machine, it is full of useful features. The primer and lift starter provide quick and easy starting. And you are not likely to flood this one accidentally - the lift-starter system disconnects the starter automatically. There's also a throttle lock so air flow can be set to suit the job.
The SA2026 can be converted to a vacuum. For safety, a micro-switch causes the engine to shut off immediately in the event of the cover being opened accidentally or the vacuum tube being fitted incorrectly. The suction fan is fitted with a steel mulching blade to shred the material collected and lessen its volume in the collection bag.
Our testers can feel vibration, but it's not excessive. The VibCut anti-vibration system utilises four rubber mounts to isolate the engine from the handles and the body of the machine.
The review panel
Andre Gardner, grounds manager, Cannington Campus, Bridgwater College
Steve Hasell, machinery lecturer, Cannington Campus, Bridgwater College
Hugh Murray, head greenkeeper, Cannington Golf Club
Ashley Hale, apprentice groundsman, Cannington Campus, Bridgwater
Mark Ekin, horticulture area manager, College of West Anglia, Wisbech
John Tangye, instructor and NPTC assessor, Littlefield Manor Training