Makita RBL500

As a backpack model, the RBL500 is in a different class. But if you are looking to clear a large amount of debris, clean down a football stadium or dry off several hundred seats, this may be a solution.

The RBL500 is noted for its comfort.  This is a blower that sits on the user’s back, enabling the operator to work for long periods. The shoulder straps are wide and well-padded and the weight distribution means you would never know you were carrying well over eight kilograms.
The engine is protected by a strong frame — it should take all the knocks and bumps of commercial life — and there is a useful carrying handle to help lift the blower on and off the transport vehicle.
Our tester finds the blower to be powerful, and the tube is sufficiently long that he is able to stand upright.
Another tester comments: “It’s easy to start this one and I like the way the choke automatically goes off when you reach full revs.
“The controls are well positioned and it’s remarkably comfortable to wear on your back and to use.”

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