It’s hard not to love the fall season with its more moderate and enjoyable temperatures, seasonal favorites like pumpkin spice and cranberries, and the beautiful display of reds, yellows, and oranges as the leaves start to die away before the winter months. But as nice as those leaves may be to look at while they’re still on the tree, they can be such a hassle to clear away as they start to pile up in your yard or driveway.
This seasonal accumulation of dead leaves has made the hand-operated leaf blower an essential addition to any homeowner’s arsenal of lawn maintenance tools. Today, we’re going to examine the Hitachi RB24EAP and the Husqvarna 952711925 models of gas-powered blowers to see which offers the most relief when clearing away leaves and other debris from your lawn. To help us make our decision, we’re going to compare these products in the following categories: general design features, engine specifications and emissions, and warranty and availability.
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General Design Features
This blower features a handle that is positioned to offer optimal balance along the length of the device, and at a mere 8.6 pounds, it is incredibly simple to operate without getting fatigued. This model features a fuel tank that can hold up to 17.6 fluid ounces of your fuel mixture at a time.
To start it up, you simply engage its power switch, pump its purge primer a few times until you see gas flowing, crank its ignition cable, and press the large throttle button along the handle. You’ll need to mix gas and oil to run this blower’s 2-cycle engine. It accepts a gas to fuel mixture between 25:1 and 50:1 of 89 rated unleaded gas and oil.
Thanks to its inline design, this blower’s weight of 9.4 pounds is well distributed between the engine and the blowing tube, making it easy to operate with one hand without suffering any rotational force being applied to your wrist. The length of the blowing tube is adjustable, giving you more precise control of your blower no matter your height or strength level.
The body of this blower contains a throttle with variable speed control that features a cruise control setting as well as an attachable shoulder strap for even easier usage. No matter what speed you run it at, this model’s Low Vib technology reduces the amount of vibration that it puts out, making it a much less stressful tool on your hands and wrists. It employs a similar ignition sequence as the Hitachi model but uses a 50:1 mixture of 87 rated unleaded gas and oil.
Conclusion: These products share a lot of design similarities, so there aren’t many differences between them all in all. Even though it is slightly heavier than its competitor, the Husqvarna 952711925 offers more comfort during use, making it easier to use it for large-scale projects or longer periods of time.
Engine Specifications & Emissions
Its 2-cycle engine features a piston-displacement of 23.9 cc that is powerful enough to blow air up to 170 miles per hour (when using the included taper nozzle), with a total airstream volume of 441 cubic feet per minute. With this blowing capability, taking care of large piles of leaves or stray lawn clippings is a breeze.
While 2-cycle engines are typically cheaper, more powerful, and lighter, they can ultimately add more polluting fumes into the atmosphere. However, this model’s 1.13-horsepower engine holds the EPA’s highest EDR rating of 300 hours, meaning it has been designed to output fewer emissions than blowers of similar design. This is made possible through its use of PureFire technology, which helps reduce the fume emission during every use.
This blower’s 1.10-horsepower engine is capable of producing speeds up to 170 miles per hour (when the tapered nozzle is attached) and outputs an air volume of 425 cubic feet per minute, giving you plenty of power to move leaves, grass clippings, dirt, and gravel. This 2-cycle engine features a piston-displacement of 28 cc that blows air at 130 miles per hour when using the standard air tube.
This blower has received the lowest EDR rating of 50 hours, meaning that is compliant with the EPA’s emissions guidelines up to 50 hours. While this ensures that the product is safe to sell for public use, it will ultimately give off the highest acceptable levels of fuel emissions to the atmosphere.
Conclusion: While the total speed and volume of air that is blown by these two models are highly comparable, the Hitachi RB24EAP blows the Husqvarna 952711925 out of the water in this category due to its more environmentally conscious engine design. It also provides a slightly larger volume of air at one time.
Warranty & Availability
This blower comes with an unprecedented 7-year warranty for consumers, so you won’t need to worry about the duration of its life. This warranty covers mechanical defects and faults as long as the entire product, as well as a proof of purchase, is shipped to Hitachi for review and repair.
This blower is available for purchase in the United States and can be shipped anywhere in this region. However, shipping of this product is currently unavailable outside of the States, so if you are currently living overseas, you will not be able to have it shipped to your address.
This model comes with Husqvarna’s Limited Warranty, which mostly protects consumers from a very small range of mechanical faults up to two years after the date of purchase. This warranty does not cover any engine or transmission defects, however, and covers a limited range of faults or breakdowns as a result from “normal use” of the machine.
This blower is available for purchase and shipping anywhere in the United States and can be shipped to a select number of international locations. For those living outside of the United States, you can find out if you can have this model shipped to your country by checking Husqvarna’s website.
Conclusion: This one is a bit of a toss-up, given the Hitachi’s superior warranty and the Husqvarna’s superior availability in the world. All things considered, the Hitachi provides the longer guarantee of replacement parts in case of a mechanical failure, giving it the upper hand as far as lifetime coverage is concerned.
And the Winner is…
By easily sweeping two of the three categories (with the third category being a narrow loss), the Hitachi RB24EAP leaf blower stands out as the superior product to Husqvarna’s 952711925 model of the blower. Because the overall capabilities of these two models are highly comparable from a performance standpoint, it makes the most sense to buy a leaf blower that is safer for the environment and covered for a longer period of time.
To put it more simply, the Husqvarna leaf blower will likely serve your needs fine if you won’t be using your blower very often. However, if you’re planning on getting the most use out of your device, the Hitachi blower is the superior choice of the two.