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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
 DimensionsL x W x H
 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 Joe, 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 Joe, 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 Joe, 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 Joe, 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 Joe, 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 Joe, 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 Joe, Product Expert
Toro 51609 Reviews & Ratings
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Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
4/5
Performance
4/5
Value
4/5
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4.0 out of 54.0 out of 54.0 out of 54.0 out of 54.0 out of 5
Pros
More Powerful Than Other... (1)
This Far Exceeded My Exp... (1)
Easy To Use (6)
Durable (5)
Features (4)
Cons
Durability (3)
Low Quality (3)
Unreliable (2)
Heavy (2)
Difficult To Use (1)
75% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Joe, the Leaf Blower Expert
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Total Reviews
30 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
1397 Helpful Votes
Leaf Blowers Direct Recommended

The Toro 51609 Ultra electric leaf blower is powerful and effective, and can actually make your work a lot easier to finish up quickly.

The Toro 51609 features a variable speed 12 amp electric motor, and will produce air speeds up to 235 mph. This means you can use low speeds to clear off hard surfaces and clean up tight areas without making a mess and without sacrificing the blower's high-speed functionality.

The Toro 51609 is also a leaf vacuum, and will convert from blower to vacuum... more
Joe Recommends This Model
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David B.
Appleton, WI
Total Helpful Votes
20 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
NOV.
10
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Great Blower/vac. Poor Quality Motor.
My Toro electric blower/vac is just 2 years old and has around 15 or less total hours on it. After blowing leaves for just over an hour a few days ago, the motor started to smell hot. I turned the blower off to let it cool & now it will not start again. Checked blower & there was nothing blocking the intake. Its a great product with a poor quality motor.
Pros: Features, Light Weight, Easy To Use, Quiet
Cons: Motor Burned Out After Only Around 12hrs Of Total Use
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Pat S.
Chicago, IL
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 11/9/12
Total Helpful Votes
10 Helpful Votes
Most Helpful Critical Review
REVIEWED
DEC.
01
2013
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Poor Quality
Bought the unit 11/21/12. Haven't used it much. Won't turn off, need to unplug it every time. Part where bag attaches to unit is very flimsy plastic and broke, now bag won't stay on. Bag broke where it attaches to the adapter, at the top of the zipper and at the bottom corner under the zipper. Zipper also jammed and broke at the bottom.
Have had a lawn mower for over 7 years, use all the time and have never replaced the bag. It has no holes and works fine.
Pros: Fast
Cons: Durability, Low Quality, Poor Quality Bag And Connection
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Larry L.
Custer, SD
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 9/29/14
REVIEWED
OCT.
21
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Love It
My lawn was covered with my neighbor's leaves. Now it looks better than it did all summer- green and clean. I used both blower and vacuum. Thanks!
Larry Recommends This Toro Product
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Dennis C.
Kansas City, MO
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 9/2/14
REVIEWED
OCT.
16
2014
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Stopped By Pine Cones!
I have a white pine tree.When I vacuum, the pine cones stop up the vacuum. I had the old gas Toro. This one looks the same, but it's not! I read the manual and it clearly states, DO NOT vacuum rocks or PINE cones!

Can you buy a similar one that will work?

The Toro blower and vacuum are strong and will do the job, if you stay away from the pine cones!
Dennis Recommends This Toro Product
Joe, the Leaf Blower Expert
Product Expert
Dennis,
For larger debris like pine cones, we recommend using a lawn sweeper (tow-behind ideally) or a larger walk-behind or tow-behind litter vacuum. Hand vacuums are generally designed for leaves, grass clippings, and other small debris of this sort.

If you would like to speak with us in more detail about a model that's best suited for your needs, give us a call at (888) 560-6929 or take a look at our Lawn Vacuum Buyer's Guide.
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Jon
REVIEWED
APR.
09
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Pleased!!!
After raking leaves for weeks and got tired of raking, I purchase another brand and was highly irritated in attempting to put the vacuum/blower together. It seemed like I vacuumed over an area for several minutes and picked up hardly anything!! Frustrated I went to Home Depot and looked at the Toro blower vacuum and could not believe the price for such a quality item. I purchased this unit and within 1 hour did over 3/4's of my lawn. I have no complaints with this item,
Pros: Easy To Use, Fast, High Quality, This Far Exceeded My Expectations After Buying Black Decker
Cons: I Have Not Found Any Cons
Jon Recommends This Toro Product
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Doug D.
Harlan, IN
REVIEWED
DEC.
09
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
I Bought The Model 51609
I have used the vacuum part 4 times and so far it has worked very well. In reading other reviews I saw some mention the bag being hard to empty and I have not found that the case. I don't know if my unit is an upgrade and the previous units were made different. The vac has plenty of suction even on wet leaves. The only thing I noticed is that some of the leaves are not ground up as much, but they all burn in the end. I have not used it as a blower yet but the vacuum works very well.
Pros: Easy To Use, Durable, Exceeded Expectations, High Quality
Cons: Heavy
Doug Recommends This Toro Product
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Robert K.
Las Vegas, NV
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 12/3/13
REVIEWED
JAN.
14
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Highly Recommended For The Weekend Warrior
I purchased my first Toro Model No. 51609 Leaf Blower and Vac from a neighbors garage sale. After years of use it finally wore out, so I didn't hesitate to purchase a new one! All the other brand Blower Vacs I had previously purchased were given away as there were none that did the job like the Toro!
Pros: Durable, Exceeded Expectations, High Quality, I'd Buy It Again
Robert Recommends This Toro Product
Robert Would Recommend Leaf Blowers Direct To A Friend
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Leaf Blowers Direct was easy to work with, helpful with information and delivered as expected."
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Michael J.
Richmond, CA
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 11/15/13
REVIEWED
DEC.
07
2013
3 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 53 out of 5
Lowest Speed Not Low Enough
A large part of my decision to purchase this high end item was the continuous speed adjustment feature. This is negated by the fact that the lowest blower speed is not low enough. This makes it very difficult to "corral" the leaves into a corner etc. At the lowest speed it is shooting the leaves up into the air/all over the place.
Pros: Durable
Cons: Difficult To Use, The Lowest Speed Is Not Low Enough, The Lowest Speed Is Not Low Enough, It Is Difficulst To Change Parts
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Doug D.
Harlan, IN
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 11/16/13
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
REVIEWED
JUN.
03
2014
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Opening The Pool
This spring when it became time to uncover the pool I pumped the water off and got working on other things and the leaves and dirt left on the pool cover dried out. I was just getting ready to remove the leaves with a leaf rake and remembered the leaf vac. It worked great.
Pros: Easy To Use, Durable, Light Weight, Reliable
Doug Recommends This Toro Product
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Robert W.
Soquel, CA
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 5/14/14
REVIEWED
JUL.
16
2014
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Good Power And Convenience
A reputable brand blower/vac made by Toro has good power and is easily assembled. The vacuum attachments are a bit bulky and awkward to use, but they work and is a positive feature. I bought a long heavy extension cord which I wouldn't do again as it makes using the blower more cumbersome.
Pros: High Quality, Features, I'd Buy It Again, More Powerful Than Others
Cons: Adjusting The Power Setting, Vacuum Apparatus Bulky
Robert Recommends This Toro Product
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Karen M.
Dunellen, NJ
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 9/22/13
Total Helpful Votes
15 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
OCT.
13
2013
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Best Product Ever
I love how you can lower the speed to pile up the leaves easy. The vacuum is powerful and I love how it mulches it up. The bag holds more leaves than I thought it would. This is the best lawn product I have ever bought.
Pros: Durable, Easy To Use, Light Weight, Fast
Karen Recommends This Toro Product
Karen Would Recommend Leaf Blowers Direct To A Friend
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"It was so easy to use this web site. My item shipped right away."
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