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Black & Decker BV5600 leaf blower

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$63.99 - $103.72
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Summary: This Black & Decker 12 amp, corded-electric handheld leaf blower weighs 8.1 lbs. and has vacuum capability. It comes with a 2-year warranty.
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Type: Electric handheld blowers
About - Black & Decker BV5600
Sweeping: Indicates the speed of moving a pile of leaves.
Loosening: Indicates the speed of removing embedded leaf particles from the lawn.
Vacuuming: Reflects how quickly and effectively models with vacuum capability pick up leaves and how finely they are mulched.
Handling and ease of use: Includes ease of maneuvering, using controls, and changing modes.
Noise at ear: Blower-mode noise is based on our measurements at the operator’s ear level. Models rated Fair or Poor at ear level emitted at least 85 dBA, loud enough to warrant hearing protection.
Noise at 50 feet: Blower-mode noise is based on industry-standard measurements at 50 feet. Models rated Very Good or Excellent at 50 feet should meet common municipal limits of 65 decibels (dBA).
About This Brand

This leading marketer of electric and cordless leaf blowers uses the Leaf Hog line name on some models. Black & Decker makes lightweight plug-in electric models that weigh 5 to 8 lbs. Black & Decker leaf blowers are among the most widely available, and can be found in mass merchants, home centers, web retailers and hardware stores.

Features & Specs - Black & Decker BV5600
info Weight (lbs.) 8.1
info cc/amp 12 amp
info Multiple speeds Yes
info Vacuum capability Yes
info Translucent fuel tank N/A
info Spring assisted starting N/A
info Four-cycle engine No
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User Reviews - Black & Decker BV5600
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Better than the rating CR gives it
Better Control Than Most
Metal Fan Won't Break
Vacuuming Leaf Blowing
Heavier Better Control
Best Uses
I like the leaf blaster's a full size nozzle that wiggles back and forth @ 5-6 times a second...really helps loosen leaves from the lawn, so you don't have to work that hard wiggling the entire machine. The metal fan adds weight, but you'll be glad you have it when the thing sucks up the first rock...which it does quite well !
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
Yes, I would recommend this to a friend.
(2 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Not User Friendly
Best Uses
Its a great product however, Not User friendly.<br />I'm having difficulties to remove the vacuum attachment.<br />Triangles on the side are not ranged for easy removal. I would like to store it in the box.
How long have you owned it:
A month or less
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
(3 of 3 customers found this review helpful)
Burn out
Handles well
Two Speed
Burned out
Best Uses
Easy to use. Two speeds great. Owned two and after 3 seasons each they burned out even though my yard is of modest size.
How long have you owned it:
More than six months
Bottom Line
No, I would not recommend this to a friend.
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