Power+ Blower: Vac Feature

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Will EGO ever add a vac feature to this blower?  It's already powerful enough to vac and shred leaves.  The Black & Decker blower/vac is the only competition and it's half the power.  This would replace my electric/corded blower/vac that's too loud already.  Please let us know when this feature may be available.  Can't wait to buy this and your self-propelled mower!
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Posted 5 years ago

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Hi George, we changed your comment into an idea so we can better track the status on future development.  Thanks for your idea and we'll keep you posted!
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I agree I am waiting for the blower to have the vacuum feature so I can convert all my battery operated tools
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Actually, it would be better to keep the blower as a stand alone tool and make a leaf vacuum a stand alone tool.  If you combine them into one tool, then you have to hassle with changing from one to the other.  As a stand alone tool, all you have to do is pop the battery out of one and pop it into the other.
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Enri, I just bought a Black&Decker Blower Vac, electric corded. The change of the business ends is simple. Plenty of power - even on a 50 foot extension cable. Shreds leaves and grass to tea-leaf size into a heavy- well-made shoulder bag. Adjustable speed. The blower feature is powerful. Used it on moss growing on outdoor carpet in the carport.
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Have B&D blower/vac that shreds leaves nicely (boy was I surprised) but cord is limiting.  EGO please make a tool like this.  Very useful to be a cordless option for our acreage.  
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Need one for indoors too. Great for walking around. PLEASE!
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Any update on the blower/vacuum option?  When it arrives, I will replace my whole collection with the EGO brand; one clean "station" set up in the garage.
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Paul, we don't have an update yet. We cannot confirm any new tool releases at this time though we encourage you to sign up for our newsletter on egopowerplus.com where you'll be updated with our latest sales and new tool releases.
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Any more recent (Fall 2016) status on this?. I use an electric fan/blower now and the cord is a pain. Thanks
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Hi Mark, no vacuums are planned for this year. I don't have confirmation on what will be available next year yet though.
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George and Paul, I agree with you.  The blower NEEDS a vacuum function to compete with other yard tools that have been on the market for years.  I’d replace my corded Weedeater blower/vacuum today if EGO had the vacuum feature with its 56V blower...along with a zippered collection bag/shoulder strap.  In fact, ALL of the EGO hand-held yard tools NEED to have a shoulder strap to reduce fatigue in the arms and shoulders of us old-timers.  Jennifer, please keep me posted on future developments on all of EGO’s tools.  Thanks EGO and keep up the great innovation I see in all of your products,,,especially the battery/charging technology!

Stan Fayfar

Rockford, IL





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I have the mower.  I want the blower/vac.  I chose the EGO system over Ryobi because the old Ryobi mower failed after one season.  But Ryobi has 3 different blower/vacs.  I don't want to have to buy Ryobi.  Ego has even more power.  Please release a blower/vac soon.  (Ryobi Blower/Vacs)
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@ Stan... You can buy a shoulder strap or  body support strap for a specific tool from an online third party seller.
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I can see Ego's hesitation with a Vac.  A blower sucks in clean air and just blows it out the end of the long tube. 

But a vac is sucking in dirty air (or wood chips or leaves or water or ...) which means that a hefty wet/dry filter needs to be included in the airstream also.  My Sears shop vac which is designed for this is roughly a 2-foot sphere. 

It seems to me that a vac is a different design than a blower; not just a blower running in reverse.  But we might imagine that Ego could just put a port on the air inlet of the blower so that we could attach a hose or flip the tube to that port and it would suck air in.  But then the warranty onus is on the user to ONLY suck in clean air, and anything else would void the warranty (and probably damage the motor in the process).

But certainly, once Ego makes a vac, then they could make a vacuum cleaner.   Which would mean no more trailing a long cord around the house going from outlet to outlet.

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I'd buy the vacuum cleaner!  Of course this is already out - Hoover (click for info)
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I would really like a home vacuum cleaner powered by the EGO battery.  It would need be equal in power to a Shark corded vac.  At least, please make a shop vac powered by your battery, please!
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If you had a leaf vac, I would go with this system.
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Also need a gutter extension kit for blowing/vacuuming gutters. 
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Thanks for all of your feedback Igor.  We are working on a lot of tools for the future.  Please join our mailing list on egopowerplus.com to be on the list for updates.
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Could you suggest that the Ego Power+  Leaf Vacuum have a metal impeller instead of a plastic impeller? The 56 volt battery has enough power to handle the slightly heavier, more durable metal impeller!!!  
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Thanks for your input 4Kingdoms.  We'll be sure to add your metal impeller to our list of requests.
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How hard is it to make a gutter extension for the blower? I've been waiting for a year.
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Just adding a +1 to the request for a lawn blower/vac combo. I won't get a blower without the vacuum capability.
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I actually own a Toro blower/vac and after not even a year of use I can say that fan blade/"metal impaler" is in pretty bad shape.  While the "impaler" portion of the design is holding up fine, the fan's fins are badly chipped with significantly sized pieces being broken off. 



With its current design, unfortunately the fan is used for both generating airflow for the blower function AND also mulching up anything pulled in while in vacuum mode.  I'm not sucking up rocks either, this is just relatively small leaves along with the occasional little twig that happens to get pulled up through the vacuum tube.  And yet the damage to the fan is significant in a very short amount of time.

The worst part is the whole vacuuming process is really, really slow and time consuming.  The biggest/only advantage over simply picking the leaves up is that their mulched into small enough pieces which take much less trash bag space than they otherwise would.  However, what I saved in plastic bag costs I probably more than made up for in electric fees (the device is corded). 

Let me add that while transitioning from a blower to a vacuum and back is about as simplified as I can imagine it being (remove blower tube, replace with vacuum bag, remove blower fan's intake guard, replace with vacuum tube), it's still annoying enough that I often ended up just grabbing the rake to gather up more leaves rather than converting the vacuum back to a blower.  With as easy as it is to swap EGO batteries around I would really prefer just seeing a standalone leaf vacuum tool.  It would be quicker to swap between the two tools, plus you're not killing your blower's fan blades while using it as a vacuum.
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Joe, what make/model is that? That is some significant damage you have going on there!
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It's the Toro Ultra Blower Vac (model 51609). 
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That is weird. I wonder if you just got a bad fan. I have the 51599, 51609, and 51619 models, and the 51599 has had a good amount of use in its lifetime and has never had that problem. It was, however, used for vacuuming a deck. I'd rather just use the lawn mower to mulch leaves after just blowing them onto the lawn... at least until I discover a problem with doing that.

It looks like you could use a new impeller. They are fairly easy to remove if you have a good wrench. I actually want to cast an impeller in aluminum and one in steel or something strong but that will not rust.

Yeah, I'm big on an EGO blower vac for sure. Hell, if I could contribute to the design, I'd be glad to, even though it seems fairly simple. You'll just need a motor with greater torque and proper electronics to accommodate it being powered by a 56 volt battery. Factors relating to production make the matter more complex, I would imagine, however.

That's wild the kind of damage you've got there, though. With that said, a specialized vacuuming tool might be better considering that you can just switch from one tool to another just by changing batteries.  Yeah, I think I'm going to cast the 51619 impeller and make a few spares out of aluminum and maybe a few other kinds of metal in the case that that happens to one of my blowers. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled EGO Leaf vacuum/shredder.

The opposite of a leaf blower.  It sucks up the leaves and shreds them so they are less bulky and holds them in a fabric bag until you dump them.  If you make the bag with a zippered side it could make emptying the bag easier and more efficient.
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So my major input on an EGO blower vac is this: the jet blower design I do not think would really facilitate a vacuum feature, as debris will get stuck behind the fan. The number of blades would need to be probably cut in half, the blades made broader, thicker, and sharp at the intake side for debris shredding, not to mention of course that the fan would need to be made of metal. It could theoretically work with a few other tweaks. Increase the diameter of the fan, increase the breadth of the blades, make the blades out of metal, and I remind you that jet turbine engines on passenger jet airplanes are designed to take birdstrikes. You can apply a very similar concept to the jet fan of the blower.  I might suggest making the blades overlap for extra force of air so that due to the large fan diameter, the tube can taper out without backing up the fan as much, but again, you'd need broad blades that affect a significant fraction of the volume of the inside of the blower, and the blades would need small clearance between them, allowing them to really force the air out the front and create vacuum within them, allowing for air to be sucked in, but at the same time, forcing the air from between them to in front of them, creating pressure in the front of the blower. All of this plus enabling effective shredding will be tricky. You can either go with that or you can use a more traditional blower vac design. 
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What about designing the vacuum unit with a blower tube using the venturi effect to bring in the leaves through a separate vacuum tube containing a separate powered cutter/chopper blade.  This would isolate the blower blade from the debris and maintain the suction of the unit. The chopping blade must be accessible to be cleaned/sharpened/repaired/replaced and vacuum tube would need to be able to be disassembled by the user to be cleaned.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Ego blower/mulcher?.

Hello.  I have an Ego Blower and it works great.  I'm also in need of a blower/mulcher though, that acts as a vacuum to mulch up leaves and deposit them into an attached bag.  Using cords for this with the existing models by other brands is awful.  Has Ego considered making a blower/mulcher so that it can suck up leaves/debris as well?
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I couldn't wait any longer and purchased a blower/vac from the Green Works brand. The vacuum feature not as powerful as I would like, but at least it's not gas.
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I use to landscape (grunt/low man) and we never used a vac. Not to say that I couldn't use one now, I would LOVE to get around the painful window well cleaning day and any upgrade would help. However, I would take a more powerful blower vs a more flexible blower. I would also take the gutter tool before the vac. 
THAT BEING SAID... This is a vac you could use indoors. Thus, you all have me more interested than i might otherwise be. 
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Vacuum/mulcher/blower in the future?.

Is there any way ego will come out with a vacuum/leaf mulcher? Or 3 in one unit? I was looking at other brands but they just dont convinced me.. are pretty weak. Or maybe an attachment for the lawn mower to mulch the leaf?
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Lawn Sweeper.

I need something for picking up leaves, like the  Black & Decker 40V MAX - Lithium Vac Lawn Sweeper .  Any ideas?
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+1 on a vacuum idea!

My use case would be that awkward situation when you need to blow debris off your front porch, so you start the job while standing in your front door while blowing outward with the door open. Otherwise, the debris just swirls around on your front porch and doesn't really go anywhere. If I could suck it up instead, I believe it would create much less mess!

BTW: I tried leaf-sucking once with a B&D convertible and I spent probably twice as much time trying to use that tool than if I would have just gotten out the rake.

Now a portable wet/dry vacuum...that product would REALLY get my attention...hint hint! 
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I tried the same thing, standing in the front door blowing out over the front porch.  I figured if I didn't get the debris moving at a good speed right away it would just end up back in the house, so I just hit Turbo right off the start.

Well, no debris got into the house, which was a good thing, but before I could get my finger off the button the welcome mat had teleported into the driveway.  Oops!
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If EGO came out with a Leaf Vac, my guess is the weight of this unit will be heavier - assuming they will use a metal blade instead of plastic.  If that was the case, then the battery would have to be bigger to handle the job.  Hopefully, EGO will include a shoulder strap with this new tool to accommodate the weight.
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This reply was created from a merged topic originally titled Why doesn't EGO have the VAC option with all their leaf blowers?.

Why doesn't EGO have the VAC option with all their leaf blowers? This would be very helpful in the fall when all the leaves are off the trees and on my yard.
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Because plastic impellers can't tolerate hard debris such as small rocks, etc.
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I'm also not convinced that axial fans are the right fans for the job, hair would get tangled in them, other debris might also really mess them up. They would really have to make centrifugal units for use as blower vacs. 
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What I would really like is a battery powered house vac, but I would settle for a batt. powered shop vac.  Come on, a shop vac would be so easy for you to make.
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While in BB&B today, I grabbed one of the Dyson battery powered wand vacs and turned it on.  Whoa! It blows air right into one's face.  What a lame design...and for the bargain basement price of just $399
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I know there are lots of similar replies already but I wanted to leave a comment just to add to the tally.  A vac impeller would be an instant purchase for me.  I will subscribe to the mailing list to keep an ear out.
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No kidding, just came in the house from doing exactly that - cleaning up all those falling leaves.  Luckily, my EGO backpack blower performed "extremely" well.
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I have leaf dust everywhere. Dang maples.
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I have Maple trees and River Birches - both produce a "massive" amount of falling leaves this time of year ... : - /
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You described my front and side yard. My mower is pulverizing them. Nice work ego mower
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Try front, back and sides of the house.  I am surrounded by them ... love the trees, hate the extra work this time of year.
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I am in for 1. Can you just take my money now?
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EGO, if you won't build a vacuum of any kind, how about a pressure washer that uses 2 batteries like your snow blower for power.  I have a gas powered pressure washer now that works great (once you about kill yourself getting it started).  No more gas or plug it in the wall powered stuff for me.  Help us please!
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They could make the coolest pressure washer. One that is built into the gun. Basically hook up the hose to the pressure washer gun(which could have the pump built right into it) that would be great
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Hmm... me thinks that would go well with the backpack battery, no? ;-)
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me think so too. Jacob, I'd suggest that you post that as a separate idea and break it into detail. I'm hooked.
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As far as blower vacs go, I'm not sure whether I'd want it axial or centrifugal. Worx has an axial one that does not push the air fast enough for many persons' needs (I have issues with 92mph, 110 is just barely enough for me), I like the Toro Ultra Blower Vac, the 51619 and 51621 models quite a bit and wish they were cordless...

If you decide to make an axial one, you need to find a way to bring the air speed in blower mode to at least 100mph, I'd prefer 125 or more. Also, you need to find a way to keep the level of dust down.

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