Husqvarna 130BT Backpack Blower: Not Enough Air Flow?
Are you looking for a compact leaf blower to use around your house? The Husqvarna 130BT is small, easy to use and comes with a comfortable backpack harness for maximum stability.
Is this a 4 stroke or 2 stroke?
This Husqvarna has a 2-stroke engine. The engine is the patented X-Torq® and is designed to reduce emissions from exhaust by up to 60% and increase the fuel efficiency up to 20%. The high blowing capacity has a very efficiently designed fan that delivers more air flow and speed.
What if I’m left handed?
This model is actually best suited for right-handed users, as the controls are all on the right side. For this reason, if you are left-handed, you might find it awkward to operate.
Husqvarna make some blowers that have the controls mounted on the left of the frame, which suits people who are left handed. The controls of this one are mounted on the tube, hence the "BT" in the name.
The frame mounted left hand control models are designated "BF" and the closest model with that configuration is the 350 BF which you can find here.
What type of fuel does it use?
The manufacturer recommends using a mixture of 50:1 gas and oil.
Is it comfortable?
The 130BT comes with an ergonomically designed handle that has rubber inserts to make the grip extra secure and comfortable. It also has an extra padded backpack harness that has several adjustments that are designed to fit the contours of the human body. It also has adjustable handles for convenience.
What is the air capacity?
The air flow in the housing is 462.62 cfm; the air flow in the pipe is 374.34 cfm. The air speed is 145 mph, and the air speed with the flat nozzle is 167.77 mph.
What are the engine specs?
The cylinder displacement is 29.5 cm3 with 1.13 horsepower. The max power speed is 7500 rpm, and the idling speed is 3000 rpm. The fuel tank holds 28.74 fluid ounces, and the fuel consumption is 392 g/kWh.
How do I use it safely?
First, make sure that before you start it up to work, you check out the fuel and exhaust lines and ignition wiring for any signs of wear. Also, make sure no leaves or debris is stuck in or around the housing.
Second, make sure you operate it with the provided backpack and the machine in your right hand. Hanging onto it loosely without the harness isn’t nearly as stable. Third, make sure your work area is free of any obstacles, people and pets. Flying debris can damage property, people and animals, so make sure the area is clear. Never blow leaves toward vehicles, houses or people to avoid damage or injury. Also, never work against the wind.
How do I make the job go faster?
There are several things you can do to make your leaf blowing project go a whole lot faster. First, use a broom or a rake to loosen up any clotted or tight debris that may not get blown by the machine. If it’s dusty outside, you can dampen the leaves slightly so you don’t kick up so much dust while working. Speaking of water, you conserve water by using your leaf blower for tasks where you might normally use the garden hose like cleaning off sidewalks, cleaning out gutters, cleaning patios, porches, grills or window screens.
How is it different than the 150BT and 350BT models?
These models are close, but there are some differences. This one has the least horsepower of the three. It is also the lightest in weight. They all come with the ergonomic backpack harness. This one just doesn’t have as much power and some of the higher-end features of the other two models. It’s great for occasionally blowing leaves or grass clippings out of your yard, but if you have a pile of wet leaves to deal with, you might consider going with one of the more expensive models. You're welcome to see our review of the 560BTS here, the Husqvarna 150BT here, and our review of the Husqvarna 350BT model here,
We also have a review of the new 360BT backpack model here.
While it doesn’t have the power of higher priced machines, it still does a good job. One reviewer says it does a great job on blowing pebbles, stones and pine needles off his driveway, and it weighs a lot less than the larger model he used to have.
* Engine: 30cc
* Cylinder Displacement: 29.5 cm3
* Air Speed: 145 mph
* Air Flow in Pipe: 374.34 cfm
* Weight: 14.55 lbs.
* Light weight
* Easy to use
* Plenty of power for home use
While this blower does get 4.5 out of 5 stars and most are happy with the job it does, it doesn’t have the blowing power of larger machines. If you’re just cleaning up grass clippings after mowing or keeping your sidewalk or driveway clean, it works great. However, if you have bigger or tougher jobs to do, you might want to consider a heartier model if it’s in your budget. You can see our review of the Husqvarna 150BT model here, and the Husqvarna 350BT model here.
The Husqvarna 130BT leaf blower is a compact, easy to use, comfortable and light weight solution for cleaning up around your house. Whether you’re tackling leaves, grass or cleaning off your porch or cleaning out the gutters, it gets the job done. While it doesn’t have the power of some larger machines, it also doesn’t have the high price tag. For this reason, it’s highly recommended if you need a leaf blower around the house for occasional or regular use.