Hands-on review of Backpack Blower

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Great product, with very little to be left wanting. Could still use an industry standard feature or two though.

First off, the blower itself is hard to beat for ease of use, power, comfort and practicality. I'm now able to mow my yard with a single 7.5aH battery. 60% of it goes to mowing worth power left over for cleanup.

The blower has a lot of great features, including a fully adjustable harness for almost any body type (including "well rounded" individuals such as myself). Furthermore, offsetting the back pressure to the hips make usage very easy even at high levels (though this is just for comfort as the unit itself is very light). The adjustments in the arm can accommodate the height of a good majority of users, which is nice. The range is terrific for almost every job, too. I can clear my lawn them go back and push loose stuff into piles with ease (without overshooting), all just by adjusting the throttle. And, as it goes without saying, not dealing with fuel mixtures is a huge bonus.

As for down side, I wish it had a throttle lock like my Stihl had. For now, I'm having to hold the trigger for the full duration. Not a deal breaker, but a convenience I'm used to. The turbo button is also a bit awkward to get to, thought I'm not sure how else they could have configured it. Finally, I wish there was an attachment for a more focused output to tackle a acorns, flowers, rocks and getting between planks on deck.

As a general aside, and I can't pinpoint it, but the range of motion is a bit off as compared to my stihl. I don't know if it's because the arm placement (as compared to my stihl), but some pivoting feels awkward. Blowing to my right appears more alien than I'm used to. I can't explain it, but may just be a matter of getting used to.

All things considered, I'm very pleased and would buy another if I needed to. The unit is solid, does a terrific job, and is a great addition to my lawn arsenal.
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Brad, thanks for sharing your experience! Hopefully this helps others as well.
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Awesome Brad! I think you're the first official review posted here!

It would be great to see a follow up after you've had a chance to use it for a few weeks or so. That would help determine which niggles are real vs just getting used to (as you said), and also if any other feelings emerge.

Enjoy the new toy! :-)
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Thanks Brad for answering my questions thoroughly.  I am definitely going to "pull the trigger" on this item, as I am getting tired of my electric B&D leaf blower.  My back always ache after using that thing, even though it's not that heavy.  But hand holding that blower takes it toll on your body - not the "young stud" I used to be, now just an "OLD FOX" trying to keep up with my weekly yard work duty .... : ~)
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You won't be disappointed. ;)

And, fwiw, I think I figured out range of motion. My stihl connected almost directly behind me with a flexible hose to the trigger. The ego starts behind my right elbow with an almost straight shot to the trigger. That appears to be the difference in reaching to my right (blower mount location).

Not a huge deal, but does require I be more cognoscente of my footing. Still, have no problems getting the job done, and the higher power output offsets any concerns I have. Besides, it's really only noticeable if you walk down a driveway center and try to blow off in either direction. Now I just blow down the left, turn around and come back, again, blowing to my left.
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Interesting to think about, but when I used my "hand held" leaf blower, I tend to turn my entire body to the "left" or "right" to blow all the clippings away.  So maybe this "mobility" with the EGO backpack leaf blower won't be too big of a deal for me.  That said; the upside to using this backpack leafblower are obvious: no more gas, quick ON every time, plenty of power, and more comfortable to use for longer period - I AM SOLD !!!!!  Where do I send your "bonus" check for selling me on this "bay boy?" .... LOL
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Cashier checks may me made payable to:

Brad Christie dba Ego Power Plus
Southern Nee Hampshire

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Also, you mentioned it and wanted to be clear. There is a slight delay between trigger pull and power. Nothing abnormal from, say, the mower or other equipment, but not immediate. Just wanted to be clear. Given it's not gas and you're not engaging at an idle state, there's a half second spin up time.
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Thanks for the clarification and yes, that "slight" delay is something I am used to with my 15" leaf blower.  Not having to deal with gas is worth it for me, and thank you again for your help.  I am wait too excited to put this new toy to the test next week - my local HD store has one sitting on the shelf with my name written all over it!!!! 
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Congratulations Brad, sounds like a fun blower to accommodate the rest of the yard equipment, and also the first review on this forum.
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Congrats and glad you're enjoying it, Brad, and thanks for the hands-on consumer review! 

Just curious if anyone can tell me where I can buy this product in Canada.  There is a link to Home Depot.ca on the page, but it goes nowhere.

Thanks!

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Ashley, this will be available at The Home Depot Canada closer to the fall.  We're expecting late September/early October.
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Liking the idea of the backpack more and more. Would be nice to see an adapter to use with the trimmer, chainsaw and hedge trimmer for those extended runtime jobs. Think this will be my next purchase.
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Interesting idea. Like an extension you'd use in paintball for linking to the tank? Just detach the blower arm, then connect to the hookup on the backpack and plug in to the back of the trimmer, hedger, etc. Certainly keeps the weight down and allows for longer run time (while maintaining interchangeability between tools).
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Yes! I have a Air Gun Designs PB Semi Automatic with that exact setup. Uses compressed air I fill from a larger scuba tank.
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You guys need the 20 ah backpack power unit. I requested a backpack battery mount with tether cable long ago. Guess ego is busy making other things
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Oh, and 3D printer = YES!!!
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That connector is perfect...now do they make it in EGO green?
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They're VERY compact as well. PDF drawings of all their components are available on the site.

This is the female receptacle mounted in the fog light bezel of my Chevy Cruze using the spring loaded cover painted black. Two winters and counting... I can't imagine a much more challenging environment than the front of a car in a Canadian winter.
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Hey Ex, I forgot I took some pics of the Neutrik connector with the empty cap from the battery I took apart:










It would take some delicate trimming to get it in there tight and flush, but it definitely looks doable.
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I like this!

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I have the blower also. One thing you need is two batteries. I don't have what I consider a large yard. Now one battery will do the front and the other does the back. Both are 5.0. I don't even use the turbo button and still requires two batteries.
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Even considering the quick recharge times of Ego's batteries, I can't think of a situation that wouldn't be improved by having two batteries. :-)
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Maybe another 7.5 if the opportunity arises
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Ordered the bare tool.
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I am planning to get a blower but figured my 7.5 is good to run it. It charges fast so I'm not really wanting to have a lot of batteries. I will just have the mower, blower and trimmer. I have used the 2.5 with the trimmer but I prefer trimming with the 7.5.
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Per my previous post, since you have a 7.5 Ah battery, this will be "perfect" for this blower.  Thus far, I found the blower to be very comfortable to wear for "long" duration and so the 7.5 Ah battery will not be a problem at all ... hope you will have plenty of "fun" using it like I have!