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Toro Leaf Blowers and AccessoriesModel: 51609
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Grade
Entry Level
Style
Electric
Surface Area
Up to 1/4 Acre
Up to 1/4 Acre
Function
Leaf Collection
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


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Engine
Engine Brand
Toro
Starting System
Push Button
Consumer Engine Warranty
2 Years
Motor
Amps
12 Amps
Impeller
Impeller Material
Metal
Blower
Volume of Air
390 CFM
Air Speed
235 mph
Overview
Made in USA
No
Weight
7.5 Pounds
Consumer Warranty
2 Years
UPC
021038516097
Model
51609
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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
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Lawrence M.
Aliquippa, PA
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 10/18/15
Most Helpful Positive Review
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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David B.
Appleton, WI
Total Helpful Votes
31 Helpful Votes
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
David Does Not Recommend This Product
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Dennis D.
Deal, NJ
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 5/23/13
Total Helpful Votes
22 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
JUL.
09
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
I Need A Debris Vacum Also.
I bought the leaf blower because it both blew the leaves off the porch and driveway and vacumed the leaves out of the enclosed atrium. I cannot understand the instructions for having it as a leaf vacum and able to clean up an enclosed area.

My wife passed away and I have had recent strokes. I cannot figure out to have as a vacum cleaner for the enclosed area. Do yo have simple instructions to covert the leaf blower to a vacum?

Thanks in advance,
Cons: Bad Instructions
Dennis Recommends This Toro Product
Marissa, the Leaf Blower Expert
Product Expert
Dennis,
Not a problem, we will give you a call and walk you through the process, it is not difficult and we would be happy to help.
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James W.
Northridge, CA
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 7/22/13
Total Reviews
2 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
26 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
AUG.
13
2013
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Best Corded Blower Availible
I previously had the earlier version of this blower, the model 51591. I used it extensively for 10 years, as both a blower and vac. At one point I had to replace the impeller, but that was about it. Early this year the small plastic tab that actuates the safety switch for the impeller cover broke, and then later the motor failed, so it was finally time to replace it. I no longer use the vacuum function very much, though it worked very well, but I thought it was more efficient just to rake, so... more
Pros: Features
Cons: Heavy
James Recommends This Toro Product
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Karen M.
Dunellen, NJ
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 9/22/13
Total Helpful Votes
19 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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Jon
Total Helpful Votes
16 Helpful Votes
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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Dennis C.
Kansas City, MO
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 9/2/14
Total Helpful Votes
14 Helpful Votes
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
Marissa, 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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Pat S.
Chicago, IL
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 11/9/12
Total Helpful Votes
17 Helpful Votes
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
Pat Does Not Recommend This Product
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Walter G.
Carolina Shores, NC
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 11/22/14
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
DEC.
13
2014
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Quality Unit
Had a Craftsman many years ago and it had a plastic impeller. Must have returned it at least 3 times before Sears finally refunded my money.

Purchased this Toro for the METAL impeller and it seems to work fine. Not too happy with the speed control. Switch is way too sensitive and needs to be a lot less sensitive.
Walter Recommends This Toro Product
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Larry L.
Custer, SD
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 9/29/14
Total Helpful Votes
13 Helpful Votes
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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Gin L.
Total Helpful Votes
12 Helpful Votes
REVIEWED
OCT.
25
2014
2 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 52 out of 5
Great Product
it worked great the first year, used 3 times 1 hour each time. second year it started smoking and rattling after 10 minutes. awfull expensive product to use one year and broke the next. good luck.
Gin Does Not Recommend This Product
Marissa, the Leaf Blower Expert
Product Expert
Gin,
We're sorry to hear you're unhappy with your Toro Ultra Electric Leaf Blower Vacuum. We have no record of you making a purchase with us, but you can always contact Toro Customer Service at 888-384-9939.

This leaf blower has a 2-year warranty, so make sure you have your serial number available and see if they would be willing to help you out.
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