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Husqvarna 150BT Petrol Backpack Blower

Husqvarna 150BT Petrol Backpack Blower

Husqvarna 150BT 50.2cc 2-Cycle Petrol Backpack Blower

Husqvarna is a brand which requires little introduction to anyone with at least some passing interest in power tools for use in the home and garden. This particular petrol powered leaf blower is an excellent example of the company’s impressive pedigree and excellence in delivering tools which offer excellent value for money. It is not only efficient but also designed to offer comfort in real use. And when you throw in Husqvarna’s excellent and comprehensive warranty guarantees on their products, you can be certain that this is a purchase which will prove a great investment down the years.

Independent Rating of the Husqvarna 150BT 50.2cc 2-Cycle Petrol Backpack Blower

In our independent tests, this leaf blower delivered one of the most impressive performances of the year. With all its well thought-out features and performance specifications, this is definitely one of the foremost contenders for the Top 10 best leaf blowers 2015 has to offer. Here is a summary of our evaluation and rating to illustrate why this is the case. As usual, we considered the overall design features, the pricing (value for money to be precise), versatility in performing various leaf blowing tasks as well as the overall fuel and energy efficiency of the leaf blower.

  • Design – 9/10
  • Price – 8 /10
  • Power – 9 /10
  • Versatility – 10/10
  • Efficiency – 9/10
  • Average rating – 9.0/10

Features of the Husqvarna 150BT Backpack Blower

1. 50cc X-Torq Engine

This backpack leaf blower is designed to offer unparalleled performance and yet offer intuitive starts every time. The 50cc engine gives a big grunt as well as capacity to provide lengthy performance in actual use. Moreover, the X-Torq technology means it is much easier to get the leaf blower working. All you have to do is a few tugs and the engine will be purring, ready for any challenge. While I am the first to admit that how easily an engine starts has not much to do with whether the machine itself is worth buying or not but definitely it is a big consideration. However, when it comes to raw power and lasting ability in actual work, there a countable few leaf blowers to match the performance and pedigree of Husqvarna 150BT.

2. 250 MPH air speed

The petrol powered motor at the heart of the Husqvarna 150BT 50.2cc 2-Cycle Petrol Backpack Blower has been optimized to deliver high performance even for the most demanding yard cleaning tasks. Capable of blowing at 250 MPH, the leaf blower will work well not only with leaves but other forms of yard debris as well. Even when blowing leaves stuck together after rain or other forms of precipitation, the leaf blower certainly rises to the task in terms of performance.

3. Load-Reducing Harness

While the leaf blower weighs in at well over 20 pounds with the petrol tank full, it is still a joy to work with. This owes not in a small part to the use of a specially designed load reducing harness. The harness incorporates well padded and wide shoulder straps as well as a hip belt. This special padding as well as the ventilated design of the straps makes it one of the most comfortable backpack blowers we have tested this year.

4. CARB Compliant

If you are like us and love yard equipment which are efficient as well as powerful, you will come to love the Husqvarna 150BT 50.2cc 2-Cycle Petrol Backpack Blower. Certified to comply and even exceed the very strict CARB standard, the efficient motor delivers top grade performance without consuming too much fuel in the process.

Pros

  • Powerful 2 stroke engine
  • Husqvarna’s X-Torq technology makes is easy to start the leaf blower
  • Load reducing harness makes it easy to carry the backpack leaf blower
  • Backed by Husqvarna’s comprehensive manufacturer’s warranty covering both parts and workmanship

Cons

The engine of the 150BT tends to be a little bit louder compared to other leaf blowers we have tested

Bottom Line

The Husqvarna 150BT 50.2cc 2-Cycle Petrol Backpack Blower is one of the most efficient and high performance leaf blowers I have ever tested. It delivers lengthy performance for very little fuel consumed. While Husqvarna could do a better job in reducing the noise of the petrol powered motor, this is no more than a trifling inconvenience.

Makita BHX2500CA Commercial Grade Handheld Leaf Blower

Makita BHX2500CA Commercial Grade Handheld Leaf Blower

Makita BHX2500CA Commercial Grade 4-Stroke 24.5cc Handheld Blower

Powered by one of the most fuel efficient petrololine engines of all petrol powered leaf blowers I have ever tested, the Makita BHX2500CA Commercial Grade 4-Stroke 24.5cc Handheld Blower (CARB Compliant) is powerful enough to suit the needs of the most exacting commercial landscapers. The leaf blower is powered by one of the brand of new generation Makita 4-stroke engines. As a result, you do not need to mix petrololine and oil before using it and, with the Makita’s low compression technology, you end up saving up to 60% of normal fuel with ordinary engines.

Makita BHX2500CA Commercial Grade Handheld Leaf Blower

Makita BHX2500CA Commercial Grade Handheld Leaf Blower

Testing and Expert rating of the Makita BHX2500CA leaf blower

To ensure compliance with the strictest standards, I tested the leaf blower and rated it on the usual comparative scale for all the leaf blower reviews featured on this site . I was interested in getting a good idea about the leaf blower’s design features, its price (value for money), versatility in use, how powerful its motor is as well as overall fuel efficiency. The result of this comparative rating is as detailed below:

  • Design – 9/10
  • Price – 8 /10
  • Power – 9 /10
  • Versatility – 9/10
  • Efficiency – 10/10
  • Average rating – 9.0/10

Makita BHX2500CA 4-Stroke 24.5cc Handheld Blower Features

The Makita BHX2500CA comes with a wealth of features which are suitable for commercial grade landscaping projects. Yet, owing to its ease of handling as well as the affordable, it cannot be considered out of place in a typical homeowner’s garage. Here is a summary of the feature which serve to make this leaf blower such a versatile piece of yard and garden equipment:

1. Robust but Fuel Efficient Engine

petrol leaf blowers are hard to make. You either end up with a powerful, high torque engine but the equipment becomes too unwieldy to lug around. Of course, the manufacturer could end up making the leaf blower a backpack model. But in my experience, lugging a petrololine fumes spewing device on your back is not ideal. Makita have managed to pull off an admirable feat of technical excellence by making a handheld leaf blower which is nonetheless powerful enough to make any blowing task easy and straightforward. The Makita BHX2500CA Handheld Blower is powered by a 4-stroke, 24.5 CC, commercial duty petrololine engine which requires no fuel mixing prior to use. The engine is fueled by a 17.7 ounce petrol tank. By making use of innovative compression technology, the engine is efficient enough even with such an apparently low fuel capacity tank.

2. Lightweight Compact Design

Once you hold the Makita BHX2500CA petrol blower you will be surprised by just how portable it is. Even when the tank is full, you will not have to struggle to carry it with you as you sweep the yard. Weighing at only 9.8 pounds, this is by far the lightest petrol powered leaf blower in its class. The Echo PB 500T leaf blower is a backpack type and, while it delivers more power, it weighs a whopping 20.5 pounds.

3. Low Emissions, Quiet Operation

Makita’s 4-stroke engines are designed to comply with the most exacting standards and guarantee value for money. This is not just about getting the job with the least fuel consumed but it is also about ensuring complete combustion for lowering emissions as well. This 4-stroke ensures the quietest operation so you can go about working your yard without waking the neighbors. But this Makita 4-stroke engine is not only irrepressibly efficient and quieter than anything you have tried before but it is also built to meet the exacting CARB Tier III environmental standards for use in the state of California and elsewhere.

Makita BHX2500CA

Makita BHX2500CA

Pros

  • You do not have to mix fuels before using it
  • One of the easiest engines to start of all the petrol powered leaf blowers we have tested on this site
  • Compact and lightweight design for maximum comfort during use
  • Backed by a powerful engine without making it unwieldy
  • Ergonomic grip makes it easy to hold the leaf blower for many hours on end without fatigue
  • Cruise control feature for continuous operation without fiddling with levers and buttons

Customer Ratings and Reviews

By the time of compiling this detailed review, the Makita BHX2500CA leaf blower had accumulated a total of 273 reviews and ratings on Amazon with an average rating of 4.6 out of 5 stars. It is an impressive profile with the vast majority of reviewers pleased about the quality of the machine itself as well as its amazing performance in operation. As is usually the case with such machinery, there are often some dissatisfaction by customers about shipping or handling. This is certainly the motivation for some of the critical reviews on Amazon. If you want to receive your leaf blower in mint condition, choose express shipping to receive your machine in time and defect free.

Cons

For an item that represents such a triumph of engineering excellence it can be hard to pick any flaws. But nonetheless here is a short list of a couple of things Makita could improve to make the Makita BHX2500CA leaf blower one of the most effective products available online:

  • While buying the leaf blower is easy and straightforward, if you are looking for accessories and parts, the task is not as easy.
  • It is apparent the manual has been translated directly from Japanese to English and for someone who is not very adept with leaf blowers, there are certain instructions which border on incomprehensible.

The Bottom Line

When all is said and done though, the Makita BHX2500CA Commercial Grade 4-Stroke 24.5cc Handheld Blower (CARB Compliant) is still one of the most elegant leaf blowers you can buy. Its versatility of design as well as efficient operation make it a real bargain as well as having one of the best value for money credentials in the industry.