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Toro Ultra Electric Leaf Blower/Vacuum

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Grade
Entry Level
Style
Electric
Surface Area
Up to 1/4 Acre
Up to 1/4 Acre
Function
Leaf Collection
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Powerful 12-Amp Electric Motor
Delivers air speed up to 235 mph
Up to 330CFM in blowing mode; up to 390CFM in vacuum mode
Multiple tubes for specialized uses
More than enough power to complete any task
Perfect for clearing sidewalks, decks, driveways and lawns

Infinitely Variable Air Speed Control
Match the power to the task
Low speed for hard surfaces and tight areas
High speed for the tough lawn chores

Metal Impeller
Serrated metal blades shred leaves and debris into fine mulch

16:1 Leaf Reduction
Reduce yard waste from up to 16 bags of leaves down to 1
Use this finely cut mulch in your garden or on a compost

No Tool Conversion
Equipped with a quick-release latch
Lets you convert your blower into a vacuum in seconds

Cord Storage Hook
Allows convenient storage of the electrical cord with the blower


Model
  Model Number:51609
 UPC:021038516097
 ManufacturerToro
 Made in USANo
Motor
 Engine BrandToro
 Starting SystemPush Button
 Amps12 Amps
 Consumer Warranty2 Years
Impeller
 Impeller MaterialMetal
Blower
 Air Speed (mph)235
 Volume of Air (CFM)390
Overview
 Weight7.5 Lbs.
 Consumer Warranty2 Years
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  7 Questions
Q: Is the bag heavy duty, or will it last only a year
by Jim from Texas on December 08, 2013

A: Jim,

I feel the bag will stand up to residential use for 3-4 seasons if you take care of the machine and it's components. It's made from a heavy duty nylon.
by Marissa, Product Expert

Q: how do you attach the leaf blower
by Barbara from Connecticut on November 21, 2013

A: Barbara,

Below I have inserted a link to the owners manual for the Toro Ultra Electric Leaf Blower/ Vacuum. This unit is easily assembled in just a few steps. If you have further questions on the assembly of the leaf blower, you may contact Toro directly at (888) 384-9939.

If we can be of further assistance, please don't hesitate to ask. Thank you and have a great day!

Owner's Manual
by Marissa, Product Expert

Q: What kind of outdoor cord should I use with this blower?
by Paul from Minnesota on November 20, 2013

A: Paul,

Your cord gauge and length is outlined in the owner's manual on Page 3:

Extension Cord Length Minimum Wire Gage (A.W.G.)

100 ft = 14 gauge
150 ft = 12 gauge
by Marissa, Product Expert

Q: I just purchased mod.51609 leaf blower / mulcher
It is a TORO
My question : I have a large gravel area & driveway.
Is this going to be a problem?

by MARTY KLIER from Oregon on November 12, 2013

A: Marty,

Depends on what you mean by problem. I feel the Toro 51609 is a powerful enough blower for most residential applications, but if you are pushing the 45 minute mark with the blower, take a break and let the unit cool down for about 10 to 20 minutes. Your blower will thank you by lasting longer.
by Marissa, Product Expert

Q: I am looking for a blower/vacuum (preferably electric) that is powerful enough to pickup locust tree pods. Would the Toro 51609 do this.
by Verlin Blum from Idaho on November 03, 2013

A: Verlin,

Locust Pods are rather large and from what I can remember the skin is either crisp and hard when dry, or quite leathery when fresh.

You are not going to be able to find any type of handheld vacuum that could handle these pods. You would have to invest in a nice tow or walk behind sweeper, or a pretty pricy litter/lawn vacuum.


by Marissa, Product Expert

Q: which is better to move leaves from grass and bushes

Black and Decker BV3800 12 amp or Toro Ultra 51609

What is your opinion about Husqvarna 125B ?

by Gustv Freedman from Massachusetts on November 02, 2013

A: Gustav,

I feel you will have a more success using the Black and Decker BV3800 over the TORO 51609 moving leaves from your grass to your bushes. The main enemy of the corded units is the thinking that since these units are corded, they will run forever. You have to give them a bit of a break to cool down.

I am a huge fan of the Husqvarna 125B. It is lightweight, and powerful. It really makes a perfect residential gas blower option.
by Marissa, Product Expert

Q: Consumer Reports recommneds this blower which has been improved over its predecessors. Are there any more problems with burned out motors with the latest version of the 51609 model? Would you recommend this blower or is there another one you would highly recommend for a small property? Thanks.
by Bernadette Gill from New Jersey on October 05, 2013

A: Bernadette,

If you legitimately have a smaller residential property, this Toro blower works great. I haven't heard too many issues about this blower at all, and as long as you give the blower about a 20 minute rest every 45 minutes of use, you shouldn't have any problem with the machine overheating.

Many people treat these machines like their gasoline counterparts and will over run them. Let this unit cool and it will last.
by Marissa, Product Expert

Toro 51609 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
Overall
4.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 54.2 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (6)
Durable (5)
Features (4)
High Quality (4)
Light Weight (4)
Cons
Low Quality (3)
Durability (3)
The Lowest Speed Is Not ... (2)
Unreliable (2)
Heavy (2)
87% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
61 Reviews  Sort by 
 
Samuel R.
Landisville, PA
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 1/20/15
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
FEB.
12
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Powerful
I had a smaller blower that didn't clear up my leaves and other debris. When I first used this, it blew so hard that I had to turn it down not to tear up my flowers and grass. It did the work for me and cut a lot of time off the raking.

It mulches great and has saved me from a lot of bags to put out in the recycle bag, because I was able to use the clippings for ground covering.
Samuel Recommends This Toro Product
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Christie K.
Alva, OK
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 3/8/15
REVIEWED
MAR.
30
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Would Recommend It
Easy to assemble, operate, empty, and store. Saved the constant bending and stooping when cleaning out my flower beds. Well worth the money!
Christie Recommends This Toro Product
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Eileen H.
Leesburg, FL
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 3/5/15
REVIEWED
MAR.
26
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
It Works Great. I Would Highly Recommend This.
This product has a lot of power. and we have a lot of leaves. It was great to blow the leaves into piles, but it was too damp to vacuum. We're very happy with this blower. We'll check out the vacuum in a couple of days.
Eileen Recommends This Toro Product
Eileen's Experience With Leaf Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I'm very happy with this purchase!"
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John K.
Mountain Home, ID
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 2/9/15
REVIEWED
MAR.
23
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
New Metal Impeller
I purchased mine because I had used my neighbors and I really liked it. When I saw the metal impeller, I knew I had to have one for myself.
John Recommends This Toro Product
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Wm B.
Ballston Lake, NY
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 5/11/15
REVIEWED
JUN.
22
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Good Machine, But!
I purchased 2 blowers, one was fine , second one had a bad switch but after 2 trips to a service facility I got a new blower.

A little heavy for the ladies to use I'm afraid.
Wm Recommends This Toro Product
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Teri C.
Greenwich, CT
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 5/7/15
REVIEWED
MAY.
28
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Hubby Loves It!
I purchased this as a gift for my husbands birthday. He loves it. He loves everything about it, especially the power that it has. I love it for the brand and the price. Toro has always been a terrific brand, and I will only purchase Toro.
Teri Recommends This Toro Product
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Paula H.
Waverly, GA
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 4/15/15
REVIEWED
MAY.
27
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Toro Ultra Electric Leaf Blower/vacuum
This is a great blower and will handle big jobs. I am a 70-year-old woman with a bad back, and I can't pull or yank on gasoline blowers. I have been using the Toro blowers for 10 years now, and I find them to be excellent and durable - withstanding falls, etc. This blower is a little too heavy for me, however.

If I carry it around for 30-40 minutes, nonstop, I have to quit. I should have purchased the blower a notch under this one, but since I have a small Toro blower, I just switch them... more
Paula Recommends This Toro Product
Paula's Experience With Leaf Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Good selection, service and delivery was about what I expected."
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Richard L.
Janesville, WI
REVIEWED
MAY.
27
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Toro Ultra Electric Leaf Blower
We have owned 3 of these, took one back because it didn't work when unpacked. Product worked great, good blowing, reasonable weight last about 2 years for us. Biggest issue is with switch failure, no replacement part listing. If it hadn't worked so well we wouldn't have bought more.
Richard Recommends This Toro Product
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Richard S
Kennedy Township, PA
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 4/20/15
REVIEWED
MAY.
11
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Toy
So far I love it.
Richard Recommends This Toro Product
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Lawrence M.
Aliquippa, PA
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 10/18/15
REVIEWED
DEC.
25
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Blows Them Away!
This product not only blows away the leaves and other yard debris, but the competition also!

Before making my purchase, I researched several review sites and came away with the knowledge that I would select this model.

I have used other electric leaf blower/vacuums and came away unimpressed with their performance. Not so with this model! It performs as promised and with power to spare.

The attachments are easy to use and the reverse function of blower to vac is quick and easy.
Lawrence Recommends This Toro Product
Lawrence's Experience With Leaf Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"The whole purchasing process was a breeze. The shipping was very fast! I had my product in just a couple of days! I will purchase again from this company!"
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Jan V.
Cottonwood Heights, UT
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 9/8/15
REVIEWED
NOV.
10
2015
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
It's Not Your Daddy's Snow Blower
Why did I wait till the old one broke? Toro learned a lot from the older model I owned. The rotor is made of metal, so you can vacuum up leaves from the bushes without fear a small twig would break it. Yes, I did damage the old one and stopped vacuuming.

The blower air comes out flat (not round like the old one) so it blows over more surface which is what you really need. The smaller attachments allow for higher blowing speeds, while the largest opening will blow leaves off a larger area to... more
Jan Recommends This Toro Product
Jan's Experience With Leaf Blowers Direct
Web Site
4/5

Service
4/5

Shipping
5/5
"Works well. See story above"
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