The EGO blower is the new kid on the block and it has attitude. Somewhat chunky in appearance, this machine has muscle yet gives you all the quiet-running, low-vibration, petrol-free operation you expect from a battery powered tool.
The fan in this unit has been inspired by the aeronautics industry and it delivers air velocity in one of three settings: Lo, running at 20m/s; Hi at 33m/s; or Turbo at 50m/s. This gives you the choice of settings appropriate to the job and the option of a longer runtime. You can expect an hour of work in low speed when using the 2.0Ah battery or 10 minutes if using the turbo boost.
The 6.0Ah battery could see you working for up to three hours.
Despite the stocky build of the blower, its balance is remarkably comfortable. Control is simple with a lock-off lever, trigger, speed adjustment knob and boost button. The battery is held securely in place with a locking mechanism.
We like the attention to detail on this blower, such as the two hanging holes that mean you could stow the tool on a shed wall or a rack system in a van.
However, what we do not like is the moment's delay between pressing the trigger and getting a full air blast. The soft start is too soft and when you are in a rush it is just slightly annoying.
Nevertheless, we feel this blower is a good model for contractors with a garden round and small estates needing to clean up in the autumn or after mowing.
Battery 56V lithium-ion
Motor 54V DC brushless
Air velocity 50m/sec (boost), 33m/sec (high), 20m/sec (low)
Max air volume 13.5m3/min, 10.8m3/min, 7m3/min
Sound pressure level 82dB (A)
Vibration level 1.067m/s2
Weight 2.34kg without battery + 1.3kg, 2.1kg or 2.9kg depending on the battery
Runtime 35 minutes, depending on speed setting
Charging time 25 minutes (2.0Ah), 30 minutes (4.0Ah) or 45 minutes (5.0Ah) using the rapid charger - 40 minutes, 80 minutes or 115 minutes using the standard charger
List price £129 (body only) or £229 with 4.0Ah battery and standard charger - including VAT
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Tested This Issue
- Mitox 280BVX
- EGO 56V lithium-ion
- Lawnflite MTD SC4
- Makita DUB362Z twin 18V
Mike Baldwin Director of learning, Broomfield Campus, Derby College
Mark Ekin Course lecturer, Broomfield Campus, Derby College
Leaf blowers are indispensable tools in the autumn, able to clear fallen leaves and debris quickly and with little effort from the operator. But they can have other uses too.
After mowing with a rotary, a leaf blower is perfect for cleaning the pathway and blasting the clippings back onto the lawn. Similarly, following hedge-cutting duties the blower can round up the fallen material for collection and then send any remnants flying into the bottom of the hedge.
Leaf blowers are also great for dispersing water. They are marvellous tools to grab if you need to quickly dry off a park bench or a picnic table. The machines can also be used to dispel dew from lawns, enabling an early start to grass cutting.
In this test we looked at just four models. All are handheld. But we are keen to see whether today's cordless models can match the power of petrol, so we put two petrol units, the Mitox and the MTD, up against the Makita and EGO, both of which take their energy from lithium-ion batteries.
The test was conducted at Derby College's Broomfield Campus and weather conditions were wet. We will return later in the year to test the latest backpack blowers.