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Model: 51988
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Grade
Entry Level
Style
2-Cycle Gas
Surface Area
Up to 1/4 Acre
Up to 1/4 Acre
Function
Leaf Collection
Powerful 25.4cc 2-Cycle Commercial Grade Engine
420 cfm air flow at the end of the blower tube
Up to 160mph air speed

3-In-1 Functionality
Blower clears debris on patios, drives and other walk ways
Vac kit (included) allows for easy pick up of debris
Mulching system grinds debris into manageable pieces

Metal Mulching Blades
Destroys leaves and debris on contact
Reduces leaves and debris from 10 bags down to 1

Variable Speed Control
Speed can be adjusted to use less fuel depending on job


Engine
Engine Brand
Toro
Starting System
Recoil Start
Engine Cycle
2-Cycle
CC
25.4 CCs
Fuel Tank Size
0.14 Gallons
Fuel Mix
50:1
Impeller
Impeller Material
Metal
Blower
Volume of Air
420 CFM
Air Speed
160 mph
Speed Settings
Variable
Throttle
Throttle Postion
Handle Mounted
Overview
Weight
10 Pounds
Consumer Warranty
4 Years
UPC
046396013590
Model
51988
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  2 Questions
Q: can the leaves be vacuumed up with out mulching them
by Earl B. from Alabama on January 16, 2016

A: No, this would not be possible. The majority of the suction is coming from the impeller which all debris is going to cycle through, so there really is no way to avoid the mulching aspect of any of the handheld blower vacs we offer.

If you were looking to keep the leaves in tact and not mulch, then a sweeper would likely be the only option we are going to have. Below I have attached a link to our sweepers. Most of these are going to be tow-behind, but we do offer walk behind as well.

Lawn Sweepers
by Dale, Product Expert
Q: What kind of warranty does the Toro 51988 have?

by JoAnn from Nevada on December 06, 2015

A: This unit comes with a 4 year limited warranty.
by Dale, Product Expert
Toro 51988 Reviews & Ratings
Overall Rating
Features
4/5
Quality
5/5
Performance
5/5
Value
5/5
Overall
4.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 54.7 out of 5
Pros
Easy To Use (7)
Price (5)
Light Weight (5)
Features (3)
Reliable (3)
Cons
Heavy (3)
Setup for mulching is a ... (1)
Ask Me At The End Of The... (1)
Durability (1)
ease of emptying the bag (1)
100% of respondents would recommend this product to a friend
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Dale, the Leaf Blower Expert
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Product Expert
Total Reviews
43 Reviews
Total Helpful Votes
3160 Helpful Votes
Leaf Blowers Direct Recommended

The Toro 51988 gas hand held leaf blower and vacuum offers ease of use and efficiency all in one.

Powered by a 25cc 2-cycle engine, the Toro 51988 delivers plenty of power and is very easy to start. This engine will produce up to 420cfm air flow at the end of the blower tube and air speeds up to 160mph.

The vacuum kit on the Toro 51988 offers a 10:1 mulching ratio and comes with a 1 bushel bag. The metal mulching impeller on the Toro 51988 turns 10 bushels of leaves into one bushel of... more
Dale Recommends This Model
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Kenneth H.
Industry, PA
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 10/20/16
Total Reviews
4 Reviews
Most Helpful Positive Review
REVIEWED
DEC.
02
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
A Good Purchase
I have never been disappointed with anything from Toro. This Leaf Blower is no exception - I like the throttle control and lock - starts easily and performs well - I am able to move large volumes of leaves - it does the job and I feel I made a good purchase
Pros: Features, Easy To Use, Reliable, I'd Buy It Again
Cons: Heavy
Kenneth Recommends This Toro Product
Kenneth's Experience With Leaf Blowers Direct
Web Site
4/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I have purchased a mower, trimmer and leaf blower - exceptional service I would recommend PED to everyone."
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Jack M.
Great Falls, MT
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 10/25/17
REVIEWED
NOV.
16
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Waiting For Spring Thaw
Looks very good. Put all the parts on and looks great. Never fired it up. Our weather turned bad and it started to snow. We will have to wait until spring to try it out. Do not like the way the bag stays on, looks like a pain to empty.
Pros: Price, Features, Easy To Store
Cons: Heavy
Jack Recommends This Toro Product
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Cary C.
Roseville, MN
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 10/20/17
REVIEWED
NOV.
14
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Very Good Product
Id been looking for a Toro gas blower (Ive had an electric one for years). When I found this I paused and thought well, what makes this any better than the others in the market? Then I saw they offer a 4 year guarantee- considering all my others (and Ive owned 4 in 9 years that have all come with a 1 year warranty and after warranty they died shortly into year 2)- so I figured at least I get coverage for a bit longer...and because its a Toro I trust it outright to bring me a better... more
Pros: Easy To Use, Light Weight, Price, Reliable
Cary Recommends This Toro Product
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Jacquelyn S.
Concord, NC
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 10/17/17
REVIEWED
NOV.
07
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Amazing Little Machine
Bought it for my husband. He was surprised and thrilled. He had one years ago and has wanted another ever since. He loves it.
It is powerful, light weight, and really a hard worker.
Pros: Easy To Use, Light Weight, I'd Buy It Again, Exceeded Expectations
Jacquelyn Recommends This Toro Product
Jacquelyn's Experience With Leaf Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"I have never purchased from you before, but it was a flawless experience. I will definitely be back if there is a need."
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Allan L.
Riverhead, NY
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 10/14/17
REVIEWED
NOV.
06
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Toro 25.4cc Leaf Blower/vac
Worth the money. Vacuums and shreds more leaves than past blower/vacs that were owned.

Only problems I have are: 1- The tube is a little too long for my 58 ht. 2- Even with a flat screw driver, separating the tubes jams up and separation of the bag with tube from main unit to dump out leaves is impossible and I have to hold entire unit in air to get leaves into bag.
Pros: Light Weight, Quiet, Reliable, High Quality
Cons: Difficult to separate tubes.
Allan Recommends This Toro Product
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Lisa M
Bolingbrook, IL
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 5/4/17
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
REVIEWED
MAY.
25
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Happy With Purchase
Happy
Pros: Easy To Use, I'd Buy It Again
Lisa Recommends This Toro Product
Lisa's Experience With Leaf Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Great experience!"
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Wayne B.
Oviedo, FL
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 8/31/17
REVIEWED
SEP.
29
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
This Is The One Blower, Mulcher, Vacuum To Buy When You Buy One
This is the best blower vac I have used in over 50 years of lawn care experience. There is one feature of this model that renders the tool almost unusable. The bag on the vacuum is impossible for one person to dump into a container. The zipper is located on the bottom of the bag and to dump it into a container the blower needs to stand upright. One hand to hold the blower and one hand for the bag leaves, which leaves the average person one hand short. The zipper needs to be on the top of the... more
Pros: Durable, High Quality, Vacuum makes great mulch!
Cons: Heavy, Difficult To Use, ease of emptying the bag
Wayne Recommends This Toro Product
Wayne's Experience With Leaf Blowers Direct
Web Site
5/5

Service
5/5

Shipping
5/5
"Buying it was easy and it came post haste. The blower was more powerful than the Toro units I purchased in the past. The difficulty started when I went out to help my neighbors clean up after the hurricanes we had here in Florida. This was the best tool imaginable for picking up the mess. Dumping the contents of the vacuum bag is a nightmare. Please ask Toro to redesign the bag and get one to me ASAP. There is still a mountain of debris to clean up here. If you can pull this off, I will pitch your machine to everyone I work for, that is a bunch of people, and I will spread the word via social media to the public at large. Yours truly, Wayne B."
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Dale, the Leaf Blower Expert
Product Expert
Wayne,
We are sorry to learn of the issues that you are currently experiencing with your Toro Hand-Held Leaf Blower/Vacuum. At this time we have not had any complaints regarding the bagging system. We highly suggest you contact the folks at Toro directly (888) 384-9939 to inform them of this problem you are having. This way you can work directly with them to to see if there is anything that can make disposing the vacuum bag easier for you.
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Michael R.
Bend, OR
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 4/21/17
REVIEWED
JUN.
26
2017
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Solid Piece Of Equipment
Took product straight out of box to the property. Started easily and Blower did a great job. Won't have a review for the vacuum until Fall. So far, satisfied with blower performance and ease of use. Great Job Toro!
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Light Weight, Easy To Store
Michael Recommends This Toro Product
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Thomas K
Lakeville, MN
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 4/5/17
REVIEWED
APR.
27
2017
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Powerful Blower
Works great but the latch for the pickup tube broke the first time I used it. It has a metal piece for breaking up stuff in my bag.
Pros: Easy To Use
Cons: Durability
Thomas Recommends This Toro Product
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James G.
Urbana, OH
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 11/7/16
Total Reviews
3 Reviews
REVIEWED
DEC.
20
2016
5 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 55 out of 5
Excellent Product!!
This is my third blower and it is the best one so far. Not only is it powerful enough, it is light enough that my wife even enjoyed using it this past fall.

Compared to my other blowers, the Torro started each and every time with little effort which my others seemed to have a problem doing.
I really enjoyed my Torro (if that's possible). Made my work so much easier.
Pros: Easy To Use, Price, Light Weight, Exceeded Expectations
Cons: Setup for mulching is a little awkward, but not hateful.
James Recommends This Toro Product
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Steve T.
Stayton, OR
Purchased from Leaf Blowers Direct
Purchased 11/28/15
REVIEWED
DEC.
28
2015
4 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 54 out of 5
Good For Vacuum Too
Seems to have plenty of power to blow leaves when semi- wet. Not so good at vacuum when leaves are wet. Sorry it takes considerable effort to convert to vacuum-- but I think overall this will do both jobs for me and make good compost-- which was my intention.
Steve Recommends This Toro Product
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