But none of our panel has any experience of Efco products. The question of reliability is raised. We look at the construction — it’s clearly a tough machine and the carrying handle is in such a convenient position that many bumps and bangs should be eliminated. So we look at the servicing. Everything is easily accessible and the oversized air filter should help to prolong the unit’s use in dusty conditions.
The smaller handheld SA 2026 is at the opposite end of the scale. With a 25.4cc engine it is much less powerful. It retains the primer and lift starter and has a useful throttle lock to allow the airflow to be adjusted direct from the handle. But the best feature on this blower is its lightning ability to convert to a vacuum shredder. The collector, with shredder blade inside, simply twists onto the side of the machine and away you go.
“It does mean you can blow the leaves into a corner, quickly convert it to vacuum and collect the heap before they blow away again,” says one tester. In vacuum mode the SA2026 picks up leaves but fails with large bits of debris.
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