Worx Stakes A Larger Claim In Lawn Care With Unique 40V Cordless Leaf Blower
The main talking point for battery-powered leaf blowers has to do with ever-increasing performance. The WG585 Worx Nitro 40V leaf blower put that conversation on pause (briefly) thanks to its unusual design. We wanted to know more about how useful it is and how that design changes things.
Using the Worx Nitro 40V Cordless Leaf Blower
Worx has been developing a series of battery-powered products across different voltages that all use the same batteries. There are 20V, 40V, and 80V products under the Power Share umbrella that uses 20V batteries in single, dual, or quad configurations. This blower is a 40V product and it uses two batteries to reach the mid-range voltage.
To control the blower, there’s a speed dial and turbo button but no trigger. The speed dial has three settings and even from the off position, the turbo button kicks up to the highest performance level.
According to Worx, you can reach up to 620 CFM and 165 MPH with a top blowing force of 14 Newtons.
To see how the Worx Nitro 40V cordless leaf blower compares, we set up our force meter and charged up the two 4.0Ah batteries that come with the kit. In high, we measured 9.5 Newtons and that kicked up to 12.5 Newtons using the turbo button. Residential handheld gas blowers usually top out around 12 Newtons, so Worx offers a very relevant working force. That said, it’s a long way from the 20+ Newtons we see from the top-performing cordless models.
Worx has an interesting design feature where the nozzle moves forward and back. In the forward position, it pulls more air through openings in the nozzle, prioritizing CFM. In the back position, airspeed becomes the priority. We did notice a difference in blowing force between the two. Shifting to the forward position, it dropped to 8.6 Newtons in high and 11.4 Newtons in turbo.
For runtime, we tested the same pair of 4.0Ah batteries. In mode 3 on the dial (high), it ran for 17 minutes and 38 seconds. Turbo stopped after 11 and 10 seconds.
Another oddity in the Worx WG585 design is the short shaft running between the handle and nozzle sections. It reduces the amount of material the blower uses and helps create a remarkably lightweight design. Bare, it’s just 3.3 pounds and the two batteries bring it up to 6.3 pounds. With a weight that low, it’s very easy to manage.
- Compatible with all Worx 20V Power Share batteries (Power Share Pro batteries recommended)
Worx Nitro 40V Cordless Leaf Blower Price
You can grab the blower for $139.99 as a bare tool or $249.99 with two 4.0Ah batteries and a charger. Worx backs it with a warranty good for an impressive 5 years.
The Bottom Line
While it doesn’t challenge the most powerful cordless models in terms of blowing force, the Worx Nitro 40V cordless leaf blower has some compelling characteristics. It’s a good fit for lawns up to a 1/2 acre and is especially well-suited for folks who want a lightweight option that has the performance of a handheld gas blower.
Work Nitro 40V Cordless Leaf Blower Specifications
- Model: Worx WG585
- Voltage: 40V
- Motor: Brushless
- Max Air Volume: 620 CFM
- Max Air Speed: 165 mph
- Blower Force: 14 N
- Weight: 6.6 lbs with batteries
- Warranty: 5 years