This is more like it. A commercial blower in the popular 50cc mid-size range, the 150BT has everything we expect of a Husky machine. There's air purge for easy starting. The harness has plenty of padding and includes a load-reducing waist belt to ensure a comfy fit. And there is cruise control so you can set the speed and then take the pressure off the throttle and guide the blower nozzle as required. But what we especially like is the air intake.
Wearing a backpack blower for extended periods can be a "warming" experience. The heat on your back might be welcome in winter but can be unbearable on a hot day. But the 150BT has the air intake between the machine and the operator's back to help keep cool.
We also like the adjustable hand piece - simply undo the thumb screw and slide the handle up or down the blow tube until you find the right length for comfortable work. The angle of the handle can also be adjusted, making this a really comfortable machine.
"This one has more padding than many, and it's simple to control. It doesn't flick out like some blowers, yet the power is adequate. I like the adjustment for the wrist, too. It's a good machine," says Hale.
Right handle vibration is 2.9m/s2 at idle speed and 2.1m/s2 at top speed.
Air speed: 80m/s
Fuel tank capacity: 1.25 litres
List price: ex VAT £304.42
Contact: Husqvarna on 01453 820300
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