Husqvarna 125Bx

An innovative, easy-to-manouevre blower , the Husqvarna 125Bx is aimed primarily at the home-owner market

This blower has some clever features. For starters, the air outlet is in line with the fan housing in order that the air stream remains in line with the handle. This eliminates those tiresome giro forces that make some blowers twist in your hand. The result is a unit that is easy to manoeuvre and control.

We also like the easy-to-use cruise control to set the fan speed and Husqvarna's Smart Start system to reduce the resistance on the starter cord by 40 per cent. The 125Bx is also "vac-capable" - this function boasting a 16:1 reduction via a shredder mechanism.

There is some discussion among the testers as to the value of the auto-return stop switch that automatically resets to the "on" position for trouble-free starting. Hasell doesn't like it from a training point of view. "We are always pressing home the rule that machines should be properly switched off while you check them over. I do wonder about accidental starting with this one."

But it has advantages, especially if you are constantly restarting the unit when you are wearing gloves. And you will need to wear gloves with this one.

Husqvarna designed the 125Bx for the home-owner market. And we reckon that is where it will stay because, while the blower doesn't try to twist and turn in your hand, vibration levels let it down. "Power-wise it is very good for its size and easy to use in both hands. The handle is nice and you don't feel as though you are having to fight to hold the unit straight," confirms Gardner. "But the vibration is a big point. I could feel it though my gloves."

Factory-measured levels are recorded as 5.2m/s2 at idle and 11.6m/s2 at full throttle. Sorry, Husqvarna - this just isn't up to your usual high standard.

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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