Last Updated on July 11, 2023
Ryobi 40V Jet Fan Blower Now Includes A Powerful Vacuum Function
If you think shoveling leaves into giant garbage bags is one of the worst parts of Fall cleanup, Ryobi has the answers to your prayers. The Ryobi 40V Jet Fan Blower/Vacuum encompasses the whole leaf-cleanup process—from blowing, to vacuuming, to mulching. Find out how this tool could save you a ton of cleanup time.
Ryobi 40V Jet Fan Blower/Vacuum Performance
This tool is Ryobi’s first venture into the vacuum/blower combination world. They make already one of the best cordless leaf blowers on the market if you want a great combination of power and low noise. The Ryobi Vac Attack leaf mulcher also impressed us with its ergonomic design. The Ryobi 40V Jet Fan Blower/Vacuum (RY404015BTLVNM) fuses both concepts into the best of both worlds. In fact, this tool provides up to 25% more mulching than the Vac Attack, while incorporating a simpler, inline design.
The Ryobi RY404150 has an air volume output of up to 600 CFM and an air speed of up to 100 MPH when using the included speed tip. With that kind of air volume, it produces 16.7 Newtons on high and 8.2 Newtons on low which is great for removing stubborn leaves and debris. Its single-tube inline design simplifies the transition from blower to vacuum mode with just the turn of a dial.
Ryobi tells us it delivers 2 times more power thanks to its brushless motor when you compare it to brushed tools. Plus, using both batteries, you can get up to 30 minutes of runtime on high.
Ryobi 40V Jet Fan Blower/Vacuum Design
At 14.1 pounds in the blower configuration, the Ryobi RY404150 is definitely one of the heavier tools in this category but, that’s par for the course since it’s pulling double duty. Luckily, they include an adjustable padded shoulder harness to lighten the load during extended use for a little extra convenience and comfort.
To switch from blower to vacuum you simply turn a dial. That eliminates the need for extra attachments where you flip the hose out for a vacuum tube. Instead, you just switch modes and attach a bag to the back of the blower. The inline blower tube now acts as the vacuum nozzle.
Compared to similar tools like the Makita XBU04 cordless blower mulcher, which incorporates a vacuum adapter kit with a separate hose, Ryobi’s design is much more streamlined.
How It Works
As for the vacuuming and mulching capabilities, its metal impeller quickly shreds debris and reduces the potential for clogs. It’s also quite the space saver when it comes to yard waste disposal. The Ryobi 40V Jet Fan Blower/Vacuum minimizes downtime spent raking and bagging leaves and they claim it mulches at a rate of 20 to 1. The collection bag holds 10.5 gallons of debris.
Rather than a trigger, it features a variable speed dial that functions just like a cruise control lever like you see on most battery-powered blowers. This lets you control the airflow and maintain that sweet spot while gathering leaves and other yard debris.
- Includes flared vacuum tip for faster cleanup
- Adjustable front handle
- The notched base allows for easy vertical wall storage
- Ambidextrous tether points
Ryobi 40V Jet Fan Blower/Vacuum Price
This tool retails for $369 as a bare tool and $469 as a kit that includes two 40V 4.0Ah batteries and a single-port rapid charger. For added convenience and comfort, they also include a padded shoulder harness to lighten the load during extended use. Ryobi backs the tool with a 5-year warranty and the batteries with a 3-year warranty.
The Bottom Line
Overall, the Ryobi blower vacuum earns two thumbs up from us. The ability to seamlessly switch between modes is a huge time saver, plus, its 2-in-1 design is a great bonus for folks with limited storage space. If you’re looking for an easier way to rid your lawn of leaves and debris this season, you’ll definitely want to keep Ryobi in mind.
- Model: Ryobi RY404150
- Power Source: Ryobi 40V battery
- Air Volume: 600 CFM
- Blowing Force: 8.2 N (low), 16.7 N (high)
- Bag Capacity: 10.5 gal / 1.14 bushels
- Total Runtime: 30 minutes on high (15 minutes per battery)
- Max Air Speed: 100 MPH
- Weight: 11.5 lbs (bare), 14.1 lbs (with blower and 4.0Ah battery), 14.8 lbs (with vacuum bag and 4.0Ah battery)
- Warranty: 5-year (tool), 3-year (battery)
- Price: $369 (bare tool), $469 (kit)
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