Makita RBL500

This blower's got style and comfort. And with its wraparound frame protecting the engine, it should stand up to the knocks of rough use and transport. This one looks good and feels strong.

One of our testers finds the harness especially comfortable. It has wide, well-padded shoulder straps and the weight distribution is so good that you’d never guess the machine weighs 8.7kg. The carry handle is a great assistance when lifting the blower on and off the truck or moving it around the shed.
With electronic ignition, there’s no trouble starting the engine. The choke automatically goes off as soon as the unit is running at full revs. A tester finds the blower powerful. “It’s a good machine — quite powerful and less noisy than those we currently use,” he says.
The controls present no problems to our testers. Mounted on a handgrip, the controls are easy to use and comfortable. No tester reports any vibration. This machine has a professional specification and we reckon it’s a good buy.
All parts are easily accessible and the unit comes with a 12-month warranty.

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