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Best Cordless Blower Shootout


MPH, CFM, and NM

Most everyone has at least some question regarding whether air speed is more important than air volume (and how they relate to each other). Popular opinion swings the way of CFM (cubic feet per minute) with good reason. That doesn’t leave air speed completely impotent. You need both to move debris around.

MPH

When it comes to air speed, Stihl takes the top spot at 168 MPH. Echo (145 MPH) and the EGO 575 (142 MPH) sit a reasonably close second and third. On the other end, Black & Decker and Milwaukee tie for the lowest at 100 MPH and Husqvarna is at 105 MPH.

Best Cordless Blower Shootout Air Speed

*Note: Manufacturer’s listed specs at the highest available power level, including turbo.

CFM

As the number everyone seems to be shooting for, EGO’s super powered model tops the bunch at 575 CFM with Echo and Snapper not far behind at 550 CFM. Black & Decker takes the lowest along with DeWalt’s 40V Max model at 400 CFM. The new DeWalt FlexVolt blower came in at 423 CFM.

Best Cordless Blower Shootout Air Volume

*Note: Manufacturer’s listed specs at the highest available power level, including turbo.

 Newton Force

One way to measure force is in Newtons, a number you can also easily convert to in-lbs of torque for impact tools. Using ANSI standards for testing, we measured the Newton force each blower can muster in wide open throttle (WOT) and turbo if available.

The reason this number is so valuable to know is that it takes both the air speed and air volume and translates it into the amount of force the blower actually produces. In other words, it levels the playing field between MPH and CFM to one number we can compare.

Best Cordless Blower Shootout Newton Force

At WOT, the EGO 575 is the most powerful of the bunch, pushing 17.3 N. Kobalt comes in second at 14.4 N, and Stihl and Makita tied for third at 14.0 N. On the weaker side is Black & Decker at 5.3 N, Ryobi at 6.6 N, and Milwaukee at 8.6 N.

But when you flip it over to turbo for those quick bursts of power, the rankings change a bit. EGO’s 575 still tops the list at 17.3 N (its top speed), Stihl moves up to second with 17.0 N, and EGO’s 530 model jumps up to third with 16.5 N.

A Note About Gas Power

Even though there are some impressive numbers here in our best cordless blower shootout, they’re still trying to reach for Pro level. For the most part, the CFM mark we’re looking to hit is 600, which EGO gets with their backpack blower. For speed, 200 MPH is the ticket, and hitting both numbers seems far off for battery products at this stage in development. In terms of Newton force, high-end commercial backpack blowers can reach up to 40 Newtons. That should give you some perspective!

Want more? Check out how the gas backpack blowers did over at OPE Reviews!

Best Backpack Blower Shootout

Value

Value is more than just how much a tool costs, though that’s part of it. It’s also what you get for the price you pay. In many shootouts we’ve done, some of the most expensive tools are the highest value simply because the performance is so much higher than the rest that it justifies the additional cost.

Coming in at the best value is EGO’s 530 CFM model with a balance of performance and price that no one else can reach. Echo finishes second with Worx in a very close third. Greenworks, Ryobi, and Black & Decker also score very high in this category. On the lower end are Husqvarna, Stihl, and DeWalt’s 40V Max.

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Does anyone have a recommendation for the best cordless yard vacuum?

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The Ego is sold at Home Depot with a 2.5 battery not a 5 as in you test. It sells for $199 as stated. The Kobalt is now $199 at Lowes. So with theses changed would the the Kobalt move up and the Edo 530 move down? At this site the demonstration shows that the Kobalt runs 4 minutes longer than the Ego 530 with the 2.5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWCRPJn5Dm8

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Your tests were the best I have seen on the internet. However, the Ego is sold at Home Depot with a 2.5 battery not a 5 as in you test. It sells for $199 as stated. The Kobalt is now $199 at Lowes. So with theses changed would the the Kobalt move up and the Edo 530 move down? At this site the demonstration shows that the Kobalt runs 4 minutes longer than the Ego 530 with the 2.5: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iWCRPJn5Dm8

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I imagine all these are fine for blowing grass off the drive after cutting, but I suspect most struggle with any signifigant amount of leaves. I have Tanaka 2-stroke 170mph 440 cfm does a decent job, but wouldn’t want any less and most of these are much slower speed and similar cfm. It’s very light and always starts right up. Oh and doesn’t have a molded handle never bothered me and they dinged Echo for this.

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Are you sure that the Husqvarna 436 has a brushed motor? According to the official product page, it is part of their BLDC (brushless) line.

https://www.husqvarna.com/us/products/leaf-blowers/436lib/967252403/
(Check motor type in the specifications area at the bottom)