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Monday, November 4, 2013

Toro 51609 Ultra 12 amp Variable-Speed (up to 235) Electric Blower/Vacuum with Metal Impeller

Tis the season for leaf clean up.  I was blowing my leaves into piles and then shredding them.   The shredding is the part that really lights my fire due to the 16x1 compression ratio.   I can get the enormous pile of leaves down to four 50 gallon trash cans and I don't need to bag.   I was thinking to myself how amazing my Toro blower was and how long it has given me good service.  Arrgghh!  I should have realized that was the kiss of death as moments later it died.  Dead, gone to the other side, non-functional!

After a suitable moment of silence I left is sit for the afternoon in hope that it had overheated or "something".   Well after testing on multiple outlets in the futile hope that it was the extension cord or outlet, I concluded it was truly dead.

I researched blowers.  My boys have gas powered ones that they love.  Alas the infernal combustion engine and I have a bad history.  Every time I have gotten a gas powered tool, it has died over what ever season it spent in disuse.   Adding Stabil, draining the tank, etc, none of my hand held gasoline tools got through a season without taking it in for service.   My Toro Blower on the other hand continued to blow (in a good way) year after year.  

I discovered that Toro still makes my blower!  It is red not black but I can live with the color change.   The only upgrade I can see is the metal impeller which is a smart upgrade when that is what does your shredding.   My only beef is that none of the parts or accessories from my old one will fit on the new one.   The new one made short work of the balance of my leaves and looks to be as good or better than it's deceased forbearer.  

When throwing the box away from the original blower I found the UPS shipping date on the box.  November 7, 2001 was the date.   That means that I got just slightly over twelve (count them 12)  years of service for a $70.00 tool with moving parts.  Kudos to Toro for usability and durability.

From the vendor:
Toro Ultra 3-in-1 blower, vacuum, and leaf shredder makes completing yard work fun and easy
Move a substantial volume of leaves and debris with ease with air speeds up to 235 mph and air volume up to 390 cfm
Variable speed motor for better control; rugged metal impeller creates a fine mulch
Quick-Release Latch lets you convert your blower into a vacuum in seconds without tools
Comes with power unit, blower tubes, vacuum tubes, and vacuum bag; 2-year warranty

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