Makita BHX2500

The new BHX2500 is a blower that only takes a couple of seconds to convert into a vacuum -- and manufacturer Makita reckons that makes it the first four-stroke vacuum in the business.

There’s no doubting this is a high-performance leaf blower. It clears mountains of leaves quickly and with little effort – and weighs just 4.4kg even with the vacuum attachment.
The impeller is direct-mounted onto the 24.5cc overhead valve petrol engine and generates 10.1cu m of air a minute (606cu m/h). This gives an air-flow speed of 233km/h, which translates to almost 65m/s. That’s powerful enough to send the beech trimmings scurrying back into the hedge bottom and to push leaves into the woodland edge.
A tester finds the BHX2500 easy to start, which makes it surprising that the blower’s starting mechanism isn’t spring-assisted. After a short, gentle pull, the four-stroke purrs into life, and once the throttle is opened and locked, the blower is ready and revving to get on with its work.
It’s nice not having a screaming two-stroke engine, says the tester.  It sounds nicer, the emissions are better, and the handle is really comfy as well.
The handle is single-grip with thumb-controlled throttle and well-positioned press-in lock device.
We are told that the engine has twin-bearing cast-steel crank and chrome bore, which should make it durable. However, you do need to bear in mind that this is a four-stroke machine, so it has a separate reservoir for oil that will need topping up from time to time.
To convert the unit into a vacuum, the blower-tube must be removed, a screw loosened on the intake, the vacuum tube twisted into place and the shoulder bag connected. The vacuum kit costs £50 and is well worth considering for the finishing touches to a clear-up job.


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