Husqvarna 350BT Back Pack Blower - Pros and Cons From an Owner
About the Husqvarna Backpack 350BT Blower
This is a nice mid range Blower. With a 2.1 HP gas engine - that's CARB Compliant by the way. This doesn't affect me where we live but if you live in California with strict emissions controls many gas powered home tools like mowers, snow throwers, trimmers you wont be able to use because they're not what they call CARB Compliant - However the Husqvarna 350BT is, so you're okay.
Anyway, the 350BT with its 2.1 HP engine is able to generate wind speeds up to 180 miles per hour. Not bad for a mid size blower and enough to blow away the most stubborn yard waste.
It only weighs 26 lbs and is well balanced enough with its hip and shoulder harness and I've found it quite comfortable to use it to clean our fairly large yard even wearing for periods of up to 30 minutes without a break.
They say the X-Torq two stroke is a patented design with less emissions and better fuel economy. I've never owned a Husqvarna backpack blower before so I've got nothing to compare it to - all we can then do is believe Husqvarna on this. I must say for a two stroke its not that noisy - well nothing like my mower anyway. What I like about it too when using it for long term use is that it has a type of cruise control so you don't have to constantly regulate the throttle.
Problems I've had with the Blower
When I first got it it take about four or five pulls to get it to start, but that now has resolved down to a couple so I'll put that down to been brand new and maybe it needs a little running in.
It's a little smoky when running but that's a typical two cycle engine as you're burning oil alongside the gas.
After about six months use it run really rough. Solved though when I pulled the plug out and found a hairline crack in it. I don't think that was the 350BT's fault - once it slipped onto my garage floor when I was moving it and it came down fairly heavily so I think that's what did it. Anyway after spending $3.50 on a replacement its being fine ever since.
Nice comfortable Backpack mount and Throttle Grip for the Husqvarna 350BT
350BT X-Torq Questions?
Does it also Vac?
No. I've had an electric vacuum for leaves and it was the most frustrating tool I've ever owned. It constantly clogged up.
What kind of gas does it take?
Standard two cycle - 50:1 mix with oil.
Is the adjustable handle with the soft grip an option?
Yes, but it has to be bought separately and I recommend it.
How clean is a two cycle compared to a four cycle engine?
Not as clean.
What is CARB Compliant?
CARB Compliant means that it complies with the strict Californian Air Resource Board air pollution standards.
Is a battery required?
No. Just gas her up and away you go.
How much does it weigh?
24 lbs. But with the shoulder harness its well distributed.
Does it come with oil?
Would the Husqvarna 350BT X-Torq Backpack blower be powerful enough to blow leaves off the top of a screen enclosure, using it from inside the screen enclosure - looking up?
Yes it is. We have exactly this type of screen and it works well.
Good points I love about the 350BT Backpack Blower
The Husqvarna 350BT is really well constructed. It says assembled in the USA so I guess its probably made in China. Well everything is these days and the Chinese have come a long way in the last twenty years in regards to quality. About fifteen years ago a good friend who's a furniture restorer bought a Chinese made table saw. It was dreadful and he replaced it a year later with an Italian made saw. Two years ago the Italian saw was worn out so he replaced it with another Chinese made one after asking a lot of other people in the trade what they thought. He loves it and its miles more accurate in its cut than the Italian saw.
Its powerful for its size and fairly lightweight. I've blown gravel away when a truck dumped a load on our driveway. Leaves and sticks for the 350BT are gone in seconds.
Its economical. Its only a tiny gas tank but I get about an hour and a half's use out of the X-Torq before its all used up. Its also reasonably quiet. Not something to use at 7am on a Sunday but I don't have a problem with the neighbors on a Saturday afternoon.
Quite easy to start. Initially took me five or so pulls but now the Husqvarna 350BT's settled down to just a couple and sometimes even just a single pull. Its got a nice easy choke system to use and within about fifteen seconds is fully warmed up.
I bought mine off Amazon for under $300, saving a lot of money from our local stores. They shipped it for free right to my front door and its got a two year full warranty. I've had the odd product go wrong through Amazon but I find their service amazing. Not once have they slipped up and I've had a brand new replacement within ten days of return.