Husqvarna 150BT Leaf Blower Review: Powerful Enough?
Are you looking for a mid-size backpack – style leaf blower with a powerful engine? Whether you’re cleaning up your yard occasionally or working around the neighborhood during the fall, the Husqvarna 150BT leaf blower will get the job done.
What type of engine does it have?
The 150BT has an X-Torq® engine that is designed to reduce exhaust emissions up to 60 percent, and it can increase fuel efficiency by up to 20 percent. The cylinder displacement is 50.2 cm3 with a 2.15 horsepower output.
What is its blowing capacity?
This Husqvarna has a high, powerful blowing capacity and a very efficient fan design to deliver high air flow and speed.
Is it easy to start?
This leaf blower has an air purge system that takes air from the carburetor and the fuel system, so it starts easily. Most users say it starts on the first pull, and occasionally it takes two pulls to get it going. One user says if it’s cold, it might take two or three pulls, but if it’s warm it starts on the first try.
Is the harness comfortable?
The included backpack harness is padded and ergonomically designed. It’s designed to shape around the contours of the back for maximum comfort. In one review, a user says he weighs 260 pounds, and it’s comfortable for him to wear. It has many different adjustments, so there’s a very good chance you’ll find it comfortable. Another review from a woman who is 52 years old and weighs 125 pounds says she finds it very comfortable and easy to use.
Does it have cruise control?
It does have a cruise control system. There’s a knob on the throttle that holds the speed.
Does it include a vacuum?
Unfortunately, there is no vacuum or mulching option with this machine, it is a blower only.
What type of fuel does it use?
This blower comes with a 2.6 ounce bottle of oil, and you’ll need to add your own non-leaded gas. One user review says mixing one liter of fuel with 20cc of the oil works very well. The manufacturer recommends a 50 to 1 ratio of gas to oil, it is very important to adhere to this mix ratio.
Extended Warranty Option
You can extend your warranty period on this tool by purchasing oil at the same time as the tool itself. Our link here includes a 6 pack of oil, which will extend your warranty by 1 year to a total of 3 years.
If you purchase this premixed fuel at the same time, you will be able to extend your warranty by 2 years for a total of a 4 year warranty period.
When mixing your fuel, first measure out the quantities you need. Then, put some of the gas into an approved container. Next, pour all of the oil into the gas and mix it well. After that, pour in the rest of the gas and mix it well for about a minute. Make sure you agitate it thoroughly so the two components are well mixed. If you have some left over after filling up the blower, make sure you label the container so you know the mixture and which tool it’s to be used for.
To add fuel to the leaf blower, twist off the fuel cap. Then fill the tank to about eighty percent capacity. Twist the fuel cap back on and wipe off any drips or spillage.
To make the engine last as long as possible, it’s recommended to avoid using raw gas, as it can cause severe damage to the engine parts. Also, don’t use gasohol, as it can deteriorate rubber and plastic parts. Using oil intended for a four cycle engine can cause fouling of the spark plug, sticking of the piston ring and blocking of the exhaust port.
Also, if you’re mix of fuel has been sitting for more than a month or so, it can clog up the carburetor, so make sure to mix up a fresh batch. Of course, when tossing it out, make sure you dispose of it at an authorized repository site.
What is the speed versus volume?
This machine is 150BT and runs at 250MPH. The higher MPH is actually better for moving heavier leaves around or even wet grass. A higher BT like the 350BT model works better for moving large piles of mulch or leaves. This machine also comes with different nozzles so you can adjust the air flow and speed.
What’s the difference between this and the 350 BT model?
The main difference is that the 350 model has a bigger tube diameter, so it has a higher volume of air, but it also has less force. So, you get a higher CFM with a lower MPH. Both are good machines, but the 150 will blast out a more concentrated blast of air but not as quickly as the 350 model.
What is the air flow and speed rate?
The air flow in the housing is 392 cfm; air flow in the pipe is 434 cfm. The air speed is 251 mph, and the air speed using the round nozzle is 214.75 mph.
What if I have trouble getting it to start?
One user had an issue in that the unit wouldn’t start. If this happens, first and foremost make sure the red thumb switch is set to the “on” position. Many users have the best luck if they leave it in the idle position, then prime it, choke and start.
What’s the safest way to operate it?
When you’re using this type of equipment, it’s always a good idea to make sure you’re wearing hearing protection and have some type of safety goggles or eye protection to protect your eyes from flying debris. Wearing protective gloves is optional but may help some users. You might even want to wear a protective mask if the area where you’re blowing leaves is particularly dusty.
Above all, always be sure to read the instruction manual before you get started using it for the first time so you know how to operate it and what all the buttons and switches do.
Make sure there are no people or animals in your path that can get hit by any flying debris. Leaving yourself a good fifty foot radius from where you’re working is a good gauge.
Of course, never lend out your machine to anyone who doesn’t know how to use it. They could end up causing damage to themselves, others or to the machine itself. It may be stating the obvious, but never let children use or play with it.
When should I not use it?
Never use the Husqvarna 150BT leaf blower indoors or in an unventilated area. Fumes from the exhaust need proper ventilation as they contain carbon monoxide, just like a car engine.
Also, don’t use it if you don’t have stable footing. If your balance is off because of a steep hill or incline or if you’re working on a roof, make sure you get your stability before you turn on the machine to avoid falling or other injury. Never use the blower if you are up on scaffolding or a ladder.
It’s also best not to use it if it’s a really windy day, and not just because the leaves you’re blowing may blow back where you don’t want them. If there’s bad weather or it’s a day with heavy wind, it’s best to wait until conditions improve before getting started. This is also true if it’s a really dusty day and visibility is low.
This blower also works best in certain temperature ranges. It’s best not to use it if the temperature gets above 104 degrees Fahrenheit.
How do I get it started?
For safety, make sure everything is in place and tightened well before getting started with your project. Make sure the exhaust line, fuel line and ignition wiring look to be in good shape. Also make sure there are no leaves or other debris stuck in or around the case.
Once you’ve ensured everything is in good working order, push in the primer bulb until you see fuel flowing into the clear tube. While the engine is cool, close up the choke. Then, set the lever position. It has four different positions: Full Throttle, about 1/3 open, idling and stop.
Then, hold onto the blower firmly with one hand. Pull the starter knob with the other slowly until you can feel it engaging. After that, give it a strong pull.
How do I maintain it?
First, always make sure the engine is off and the spark plug is disconnected prior to doing any maintenance on your machine. Check around the ignition wiring, fuel line and muffler to make sure there isn’t any damage that needs to be repaired. Oil or lubricate any moving parts, replace the spark plug if needed, and always make sure the gas and oil are topped off to keep your unit in the best running condition.
How do I store it?
Make sure to store your Husqvarna in a dry space, preferable indoors. Make sure the space is cool and well ventilated. If you’re packing it in for the season, it’s best to perform any maintenance necessary prior to storing it away.
Is it easy to assemble?
There are quite a few parts to this blower that you’ll need to put together after unpacking it from the box. First, you’ll connect the swivel joint and blower with the included flexible hose. The hardware you need to clamp them together is included.
Then, you’ll attach the throttle holder to the swivel with the included screw. Adjust the angle and position to one that’s comfortable to you when you’re working.
Next, you’ll fasten in the throttle cable to the hose. If you choose to attach the handlebar, you’ll do that next. The blower tubes come next. The blower tube twists on, so no hardware is needed for this step.
Lastly, you’ll adjust the harness. Try it on, and tighten the straps on the side so pressure is distributed evenly across your shoulders. Adjust the waist belt until it is comfortable for you, making sure you the weight of the blower is resting on your hip. Tighten the buckle at the front so it is secure. If you choose to not use the waist belt, it’s best to leave it off entirely than keep it hanging loose as its worn.
* Engine: 50cc
* Air Speed: 250 MPH
* Cylinder Displacement: 50.2 cm3
* Weight: 22.5 lbs.
* Fuel Tank Volume: 42.24 fluid ounces
* Fuel Consumption: 455g/kWh
* Spark Plug: NGK CMR7H
* Warranty: 2 years (Extendable with fuel/oil purchase)
* Light weight
* Easy to start
* Comfortable to wear
It seems like the only feature users would like to see in this model is the option of a leaf vacuum in addition to the blower. However, you would usually have to pay a lot more for an option like that, and many users just don’t need it.
If you’re looking for a lightweight blower that is comfortable to wear and starts and runs easily, the Husqvarna 150BT leaf blower is a really good choice. In reviews, it gets 4.5 out of 5 stars with good reason. It’s solidly built, reliable and is great for any leaf blowing job you have to get done.
Remember to also buy this premixed fuel to extend your warranty period.