Husqvarna 350BT Leaf Blower: No Vacuum Option?
Are you looking for a powerful yet lightweight backpack blower that is built to last? If so, the Husqvarna 350BT leaf blower may just be the tool you need. With great user reviews and the long-standing reputation of quality manufacturing, Husqvarna has a hit with this one.
Does this work for a left-handed user?
Unfortunately, all of the controls of this particular model, the tube and throttle are on the right side, so it probably won’t work well if you are left-handed.
There are some models with the throttle mounted on the left hand side of the frame which may suit left handed people better, you can find the 350BF on amazon here.
These models still have the blower tube mounted on the right of the frame.
Here is a useful comparison chart for some of the most popular Husqvarna Backpack Blowers
How loud is it?
The decibel level on this blower is 104 dB(A) and 94 dB(A) at the operator’s ear. Of course, it’s always a good idea to wear ear protection when using a machine such as this, especially if you use it often. To give a better picture of the sound level, one user says he uses ear buds and listens to music when he’s working. He says when the blower is at full speed, it’s hard to hear the music.
Does it have a vacuum option?
Will it work to blow leaves out of flower beds?
Yes, this is a great blower for this job. It has enough power to blow leaves out at about twenty feet away, but that also depends on if the leaves are wet or embedded into the soil.
How far will it blow leaves?
This largely depends on how high your leaf piles are and if they are wet. Of course it takes more force to move wet leaves over dry ones. If you go with the direction of the wind, it does a great job and even pushes small rocks and acorns out of the way.
One user says it easily blows wet leaves out of his grass, rose bushes and ivy.
Does it have cruise control?
Yes – it does come with a cruise control feature. The switch is opposite the throttle switch on the handle.
Does it need batteries to run?
This model operates on a gas/oil mixture only, so no batteries are needed. It’s a 2-stroke gas engine, so as long as you’re using a 50:1 mixture, that’s all you need.
Does it work for blowing snow?
This machine isn’t really made for blowing wet and heavy snow. It seems to work fine for a light powdery coating, but it doesn’t work nearly as well on snow that’s been sitting for a while or is very heavy or wet.
How long will it run on a tank of gas?
It really depends on how you use it. If you run it at full throttle the whole time, it might only last an hour. Just like a car – the more gas you give it, the quicker you will burn fuel.
Can this blow leaves through a screen?
According to user reviews, it works great for this purpose. It will work faster if you blow on the side of the screen where the leaves are, but if that’s not an option, it will blow them through a screen.
Will it work on a gravel driveway?
It works great for this purpose, but you do need to be careful that you’re not blowing the gravel around. Play with your distance to see what it takes to blow away the debris without blowing away the gravel.
What is the oil to gas ratio that works best?
The manufacturer recommends a 50:1 ratio of gas to oil. If you use too much oil, you can expect the machine to smoke, so get as close to the recommended ratio as you can. For example, using 2.5 gallons of gas with 6.4 fl. oz. of oil or 1 gallon of gas with 2.6 fl. oz. of oil would be a perfect mixture. You can find the manufacturers recommended pre mixed fuel here.
What are the engine specs?
The cylinder displacement is 50.2 cm3 with a 2.1 horsepower output. The max power speed is 7500 rpm. The fuel tank holds 42.27 fluid ounces, and the fuel consumption is 455 g/kWh.
How does this work when compared with Echo blowers?
Overall in user reviews, owners like the Husqvarna better than the Echo. They say the Husqvarna fires up in one or two pulls, while the Echo takes three to four tries to get it started. Additionally, they say this one has a smoother operation and is easier to maintain.
Stats Of The Husqvarna BT350
* Cylinder Displacement: 50.2 cm3
* Air Speed: 180 mph
* Air Flow: 494.41 cfm
* Fuel Tank Capacity: 42.27 fluid ounces
* Weight: 22.5 lbs.
* Warranty: 2 years
* Relatively light weight
* Starts easily
* Quieter than other blowers
* Good power
* Cruise control feature
* Easy to assemble
This machine gets 71% 5 star reviews on amazon, but there are a few users who have negative comments about it. One is that the tubes aren’t easy to take apart when you store it. If you have limited storage space and won’t be using it very often, this may be a concern for you as well.
The only other bad thing said of any significance is that users wish the manufacturer had included a vacuum as well as a blower into the design. However, this is kind of like having any appliance that does several different jobs.
The upside is its more versatile and convenient, but the downside is if one function breaks, you may not be able to use any of them. In our opinion, we’d rather see a tool that does one thing and does it very well – and this one does.
Whether you have a lot of leaves, grass clippings or other debris to blow on a regular basis or just need a comfortable machine for occasional use, the Husqvarna 350BT leaf blower is a very good choice. At a reasonable price point with plenty of power, this tool is easy to use, easy to maintain and has a solid build. It works great for regular every-day jobs and is strong enough to blow around small rocks, pine cones and acorns. It even does a good job on wet leaves, which can’t be said for a lot of other models. Overall, it’s a very good investment that will serve you and your home well for years to come.
If you feel that this is not the right choice of blower for you, check our comparison page of popular Husqvarna models here.