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May 6, 2021

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Kobalt 80V Blower Review

Kobalt 80V Blower Featured Image

Editor’s Note: This blower has been discontinued. This review originally published in October 2017.


Kobalt and Greenworks made waves this year in OPE when they unveiled their 80V lineups. This pushes the power in terms of voltage well beyond the 56V platform we saw from EGO and doubles the standard 40V landscaping tools on the market. We already looked at the Kobalt 80V String Trimmer, which boasted several improvements over last year’s model. Can we expect the same from the new Kobalt 80V Blower?

Kobalt 80V Blower First Impresssions

When I assembled the Kobalt 80V Blower, all I could think was “This looks like a cannon compared to the 40-volt version!” The design has straight blower tube with a diameter of around 3 inches and it slightly tapers off for a focused air-flow. Several brands have moved away from that bent end design that creates air flow resistance, so this is good to see. The handle has a textured rubberized material for a secure and comfortable grip.


The on/off and speed control buttons are at thumb’s length away and are indicated by a green LED light. It’s not a difficult task to make adjustments while in use. The blower has an auditory beep that indicates that it is active when turned on. A battery saving feature will turn the blower off at 1 minute when left on and unused. Once turned on again, it automatically resumes at the previous speed setting. It’s a small detail, but I really appreciate not having to cycle back through speeds to pick up where I left off. With the battery installed, the weight is well balanced and manageable making it easy to maneuver in all directions.

Kobalt 80V Blower Specifications

Kobalt 80V Blower Intake
  • Power Source: 80V Max Lithium Ion Battery Pack
  • Motor Design: Brushless
  • Max Air Flow Volume: 500 CFM
  • Max Air Speed: 125 MPH
  • Speed Control: 3 speed settings and variable speed trigger
  • Run Time: up to 70 minutes on low (manufacturer’s rating)
  • Charge Time: 30 minutes (2.0 amp hour battery)
  • Warranty: 5 years
  • Price: $249 (includes blower, battery and charger)

Kobalt 80V Blower Performance

At a maximum of 500 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute) and 125 MPH, the Kobalt 80V Blower is more than enough to clear debris and lawn clippings off my driveway. While Florida isn’t known for its broad leaf trees, our friends to the North can expect to be able to clear their lawn of leaves pretty effectively. 125 MPH speed isn’t up there with the gas leaf blowers, but 500 CFM volume exceeds many. This trade off means that once you get the debris moving, you’ll be able to keep it moving very well as you push it to your desired location. You’ll just need to be closer than you’re used to with a gas blower.

For those of us that are merely looking at post lawn mowing cleanup, the Kobalt 80V Blower is more than up to the task. Grass clippings turn and run as if the Roman army itself were chasing it down. Even pebbles up to the size of a dime that had escaped my flower beds were easily blown back into their proper place. Most any yard debris left on a hard surface will be hard pressed to resist your will.

Kobalt 80V Blower Performance

I like the option of having 3 variable speeds when more power is needed. However, the trade off on high is here run time (as always). It sucks the life out of the battery quickly at the highest speed. This isn’t unexpected as every lithium-ion blower we’ve reviewed suffers at high speed. It’s simply an indication of just how much power is required to create that kind of speed at a high volume.

Kobalt 80V Blower Controls

The strength of the air movement was noticeable when toggling through different speed settings while it was actively being used. As soon as the highest setting was reached it had enough force to push my arm back. Compared to gas powered options it was quiet and did not have any vibrations.

Conclusions

With a max air speed of 125 MPH and max air volume of 500 CFM it is great to know that a cordless battery powered blower can do a good job for moderate applications. Battery life will vary depending on speed setting. However, the battery will be fully charged in 30 minutes. It is well balanced, maneuverable and performs well.

80 volts is tempting as a gas replacement, but I don’t think we’re quite there yet. Run time issues aside, the air speed still needs to come up to make that claim. However, when you compare to the other lithium ion blowers out there, the Kobalt 80V Blower is a compelling choice with the power that it offers. Paired with Kobalt’s 80V mower and string trimmer, you’ll be on a solid platform that is suitable for medium sized yards. If/when we see 4.0 amp hour batteries from Kobalt, I think this will be a line to contend with the top homeowner OPE options on the market.

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Shelly

This is crap. I bought one and it only lasted a year. Went and returned it got another one and it went out . It says battery is charged when I put it in it won’t run I’m guessing switch is out I paid $130.00 for this and not only one went out but two in a year. Will never buy this brand again. So dissatisfied,

Rick

Based on the many disappointing Chinese products that have failed on me I find it hard to believe that this product would be any different. I would wager that the switch and controller would fail first. Still a five year warranty is impressive, but I bet it has many ways to insulate the manufacturer from replacing the failed unit . I will stick to My Makita mm4 4 stroke blower for now. It starts one pull and has the power and reserve to due the job. Why cant an american company make a descent cordless blower. Good job on the… Read more »

Randy R. Rosenberg

Blower works great but the battery and battery charger system is crap and I can’t get any help from Lowes (purchased) or Kobalt. Bought June 2018, went to charge the battery this spring and it would not charge. Called Kobalt like manual said, was advised to return to Lowes for an exchange. Took it to Lowes but they could not exchange it as they no longer stock and they would not give me a refund.
 
Have the same problem with the weed eater/trimmer that I purchased at the same time – charger and battery no longer work……

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