530CFM vs 580CFM - Worth the extra money?

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I've been going back and forth trying to convince myself that the 580CFM blower kit with the 5.0AH battery is worth the extra $150 when compared to the 530CFM blower kit with the 2.5AH battery. I already have a 5.0AH battery and an additional 2.5AH. 

Is the 580CFM blower that much more powerful or is it really difficult to notice the difference? I'd rather not spend $300 if I can get away with $150. Thoughts? 
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If you buy at Home Depot and decide you want the other one instead you have 90 days to return/exchange no questions asked. Could be a way to try one and decide if it's for you or if the other one is.
I like the 2.5 ah battery in my 575 blower so I'd probably want the 2.5 ah kit. 
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I bought the 580 without battery and charger since I already had both with my ego mower. The 580 is a beast.
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The 580 cfm leaf blower is the same price as the 530 kit at Home Depot if you get it without the battery and charger.

I've owned both models and the two blowers are quite similar. I think you'd be happy with either one. It just comes down to whether an additional battery would be of use to you. If not, I'd go with the 580 bare tool for the extra power, and just because it's a newer model.
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I have owned both models, but found the 580 worked better with larger volume of leaves. We have a lot of maple trees and need to push large line of leaves.

Also, I think it is a brushless motor, so more durable.
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I have the 530; bought before the 580 came out, but no question the 580 if I was buying one today.
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Thanks for all the responses. I did read that the 530 had a brushless motor as well. The latest Home Depot ad has the 530 new for $150 as a kit. Still undecided if the 580 with the larger battery is worth another $150.
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I guess it depends on how much ground you have to clear and how many trees.

I use mine mostly for clearing grass clippings along one sidewalk and a relatively small driveway. Then I have leaves from a single tree in the fall, most of which I mulch.

For me, the 530 would suffice. But if you have a lot to clear, the 580 would be the way to go.
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Agreed. I have significant number of trees and Initially tried 530, but found it worked, but was slow moving larger lines of leaves. I traded up to 580 and have been very happy.
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A 530 with a 5.0 Ah battery is perfect for my dinky lot with no deciduous trees, but many in a large buffer area that ends up on my roof and lawn. Other times, the 2.5 Ah makes it lighter for blowing off hard surfaces.