Efco SA2062

More of a commercial blower, the SA2062 copes with larger areas and greater volumes of debris.

It gives gusts up to 90m/s and shifts an air volume of 1,200cu m/h. It weighs just 9.4kg and its 61.3cc engine delivers 3.3kW.

The noise levels are low but there is some vibration. One tester says: "I feel some vibration, though not excessive, at the base of the spine. It seems to sit low on the back - I think it needs more padding." For lightness, the backpack frame is made of melt-blown polypropylene.

The SA2062 has an oversized, paper air filter with rubber sleeve connected to the carburettor to enhance efficiency. Controls are well-placed, though we are not sure how useful the restrictor would be. "It might be good when you move debris off a gravel surface and don't want to blow the gravel away," suggests a tester.

A bonus for those tending orchards is the ability to convert it to a professional mistblower for spraying fungicides.

Engine: 61.3cc/3.3kW
Air speed: 90m/s
Air volume: 1,200cu m/h
Fuel tank capacity: 2.3 litres
Weight: 9.4kg
Accessories: Mistblower conversion kit
List price: ex VAT £375
Contact: Emak UK on 01543 687660


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
Centre, Guildford

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