Husqvarna 155B and 125BT

If you are looking for a really lightweight backpack blower, we reckon it will be hard to beat Husqvarna's 125BT.

“It’s like wearing an empty knapsack,” says one of our reviewers. Yet this dinky little blower still has the power to give quite a performance. The other tester uses it to shift pine husks off the driveway.
One of our men reckons the crew needs a blower with a bit more force than the 125BT can offer but believes the unit would be excellent for taking the dew off grass prior to mowing. Firing up the 125BT takes very little effort. There’s an air purge for easy starting.
Weighing over four kilos more, the Husky 155B is more powerful. In fact, it’s the most powerful blower Husqvarna offers in the UK. Extra high air speed and large air volume give this machine a good performance. But our testers find there is some sideways thrust.
This is the only model we have come across with two handles. It’s just like a brushcutter “cow horn” handlebar and it helps to keep control of the pipe. However, one reviewer wants to use the same swaying action he employs while brushcutting; but he quickly finds he is twisting unnecessarily. He also has a problem with the throttle — it’s too close to the stop button and he has to restart the machine several times.
It’s 10 out of 10 for the harness. All out testers feel comfortable wearing this machine and they appreciate the wide, padded shoulder straps and the weight-bearing belt. The bit that steals the show, however, is the quick-release device in the centre of the harness — thump it and you can walk away from the machine. That’s peace of mind. And that’s got to be good.

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