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Ditch Your Rake and Let the Toro 51609 Handle Your Leaves

Updated on September 20, 2013

Fall is one of my favorite seasons and a beautiful time of the year. Unfortunately, the Autumn season also brings the back breaking chore of raking leaves. Well, don't let that pile of leaves in your yard consume your weekend. Ditch that rake and let the Toro 51609 electric leaf blower and vacuum turn that mountain of leaves into a mole hill.

The Toro Ultra 3-in-1 leaf blower is an inexpensive piece of lawn care equipment that can blow leaves, vacuum leaves, and shred leaves at a ratio of 16 to 1. This means that 16 bags of leaves can be shredded down to a single bag.

Don't let the fact that the Toro 51609 isn't gas-powered lead you to believe that it isn't powerful. This blower boasts air speeds of up to 235 miles per hour and has the ability to push an air volume of up to 390 cubic feet per minute (CFM). This surpasses the CFM and airflow of the popular gas-powered Echo PB-265L backpack leaf blower. It is lighter and more quiet than any gas-powered blower on the market. Best of all, this blower's variable 12 amp electric motor runs clean and disperses no emissions into the environment.

You get two different air concentrator nozzles with this blower. The main tube does a fine job of moving leaves and debris away from your home and your shrubbery. Add the power insert to the tube for the focused power to move a volume of leaves into piles for collection. Add the concentrator insert to get the power you need to remove debris from cracks and to move stubborn leaves.

Forget about bagging up that pile of leaves. You can use the convenient quick-release latch to convert this blower into a vacuum in seconds, with no tools required. The metal impeller can make quick work of that leaf pile as it shreds the leaves into a fine mulch which is collected in the included vacuum bag. You can even use this mulch around your flower beds or garden as nutrients for your plants.

If you own a large piece of property and can't have your blower tethered to an electrical cord, then the 51609 may not be right for you. This blower isn't for commercial use either. It is designed to appeal to the average home owner.

We all know that raking leaves can be a strenuous activity. Weighing in at only 7.5 pounds the Toro 51609's light weight and ergonomic design makes it pleasant to use. I won't go so far as to say that it makes yard work fun, but it sure makes it easier. So save your arms and your back, ditch that rake, and let the Toro's impressive 3-in-1 leaf blower tackle your yard.

So what else do you need in order to use an electric leaf blower? Well a long outdoor extension cord is a definite requirements. Rolling out and winding up that extension cord can be a hassle though, so check out the Bayco cord reel that will make this task a breeze.

Coleman Cable 02309 16/3 Vinyl Outdoor Extension Cord, Orange, 100-Feet
Coleman Cable 02309 16/3 Vinyl Outdoor Extension Cord, Orange, 100-Feet

This Coleman outdoor extension cord is recommended because of its 100 ft length. This provides more than enough range to cover most lawns. Use a measuring tape to estimate your maximum distance from your outdoor outlets, and choose an extension cord that will cover that range.

Bayco K-100 150-Foot Cord Reel
Bayco K-100 150-Foot Cord Reel

The Bayco K-100 cord reel eliminates the hassles of using an electric blower. It is sized to handle an electric cord of up to 150 feet in length. Unwinding and rewinding that extension cord can be time consuming and is just a hassle. You can easily roll out your extension cord for use, and quickly wind it up when done. It also makes for handy storage.


Watch this video demonstration of the Toro 51609 and see it in action. This professional video looks at all of the features and benefits of this blower, and shows a live demonstration.

Thanks for stopping by, and a special thanks to Ian Sane for the providing the background image for Creative Commons use with attribution.


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      Ronald E Franklin 3 years ago from Mechanicsburg, PA

      Using a leaf blower looks like it could be fun - kind of like herding small critters into the corral. But I'm not physically able to do the walking required, so I just let my riding mower mulch my leaves. Works pretty well.

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      Fay Favored 3 years ago from USA

      Found this on you twitter page Greg. Missed seeing you there. Good review.