Of all the people that want to buy a leaf blower, the vast majority just want one to take care of some very basic maintenance. They’re not looking for anything too fancy, and their requirements are really very simple: the model affordable blower that will do the job. Sound familiar?
And as our number one pick, boy does the Greenworks 24012 hit the spot on that score. We took thousands of consumer opinions into account from numerous different online vendor sites when coming up with our list of the top leaf blowers, and a massive percentage of people that buy this particular leaf blower end up with a big smile on their face.
In this Greenworks 24012 review we’re going to break down the reasons for this, point out any drawbacks you need to be aware of before buying and outline exactly who this blower is best suited to.
Greenworks 24012 Review - Specifications
|Air Speed||160 MPH|
|Power Source||Corded Electric|
|Dimensions||7.21 x 17.32 x 9.84 inches|
Greenworks 24012 Pros: What Do People Love About This Blower?
Any product that has so many happy customers has to do quite a lot of things well. Below you can read about the areas in which this one excels.
- Super Easy Assembly – First impressions count for a lot when buying any product. And most people are happy that upon opening the box, they find there’s just two pieces to fit together; the power head and the blow tube. And they snap together really easy. Once you’ve done that it’s just a case of attaching your power cable and you’re ready to start giving it to them pesky leaves!
- Super Easy to Use Too – That simple design we just talked about is also great from a usability standpoint too. From what I’ve seen when reading through many, many consumer opinions, I’d challenge anyone to say they genuinely find this difficult to use. It’s a push button start and then it’s just a case of pointing and watching those leaves fly!
- Surprisingly Good Performance – With just a 7 amp motor, most people fear that this blower just isn’t going to have the muscle to get the job done. But this is one blower that enjoys proving people wrong it seems. From what I’ve read, so long as you’re just on the hunt for a blower to handle basic maintenance, you won’t be disappointed. In fact, you’re highly likely to be pleasantly surprised by the quality of the job that the Greenworks 24012 does for the money.
- Nice and Lightweight – Hauling a heavy piece of kit out of the shed and around the yard not sound too appealing? Doesn’t to me either, but that’s never going to be a concern with this blower. It weighs just 4.5 LBS when fully assembled and that’s a weight that should be manageable for just about anyone. The majority of consumers say that you can comfortable handle the Greenworks 24012 for as long as you need, and due to its weight it’s also super easy to manoeuvre it in whichever way you need too!
- Doesn’t Break the Bank – I hate spending more than I have too, and that’s another of the reasons that the Greenworks 24012 scores so highly in my book (and in thousands of other peoples’ too by the looks of it!). It’s so, so affordable. In fact, I don’t think I came across a more affordable option when I was comparing all the most popular leaf blowers out there. So if you need a decent quality blower but don’t have or want to part with a ton of cash, this one should be high up on your list.
- No Real Maintenance Required – It may be what I’d call a “no-frills” model, but the flipside to that is that it really doesn’t demand any of your attention to keep it going. Maintenance really just consists of storing it in a safe place, out of the reach of dampness. And on top of that, it comes with a 4 year manufacturer’s warranty, which is longer than the industry standard. It always gives me an added bit of comfort when manufacturers are willing to back their products like that!
Greenworks 24012 Cons: What People Didn’t Like So Much
Even though it’s top of the list, that’s not to say that I didn’t come across some negative opinions when reading through consumer opinions for the Greenworks 24012; I did. And we’re going to talk about those cons that I came across below, as it’s important to look at any product objectively when deciding whether to buy or not.
- Power Cable Not Included – Probably the most criticized aspect of the Greenworks 24012 was something that it doesn’t have, rather than something that it does poorly. So this blower runs off the mains and you need a power cable to be able to use it. But it doesn’t come with the power cable, so you’ll need to provide your own or buy one, and the cables can cost almost as much as the blower does. But even with that added cost (Greenworks recommend a 12 gauge cord that doesn’t exceed 150 ft. in length), this blower still works out to be an affordable option.
- Cable Falling Out – One of the other complaints that cropped up quite a bit was also related to that cable. Quite a few consumers had issues with it staying in place securely, which is not only annoying, but potentially dangerous too. The blower does feature what they call a “cord lock” to get around this issue, but it would appear that many of these people either didn’t make use of it or didn’t know how to, and a few have even still experienced the cord working itself loose even when using this feature. We suggest you watch this video that Greenworks put together to have the best chance of avoiding this issue.
- Quite Loud for an Electric Model – Don’t get me wrong, this blower is still a lot, lot quieter than a gas powered blower or one of the bigger units, but for its size and given that it is a corded electric model, it is quite loud. The manufacturer advises a reported noise level of 69.3 dB, but I found numerous individuals that had measured the noise output for themselves, and the readings they took were actually a bit higher than that. You’re not in danger of breaking local regulations for noise pollution or damaging your relationship with the neighbours, but just be aware that it’ll likely be a bit louder than you expected when you first fire it up.
- Not the Most Comfortable Tool – While not as prevalent as the other complaints discussed above, we found a few consumers not happy with the amount of vibration created by this leaf blower. This can obviously make the blower more uncomfortable to hold, particularly for long periods. However, I don’t know about you, and I’m not saying comfort is not important, but for a yard tool in this price bracket I’m not expecting the most ergonomic piece of kit out there. If you’re planning to use this for hours and hours at a time, this might be a deal breaker for you. But if you’re going to use it for its intended purpose (quick, basic clean-up jobs), you should be fine.
The Bottom Line
So now that we’ve shared the good, the bad and the ugly with you, it’s time to draw our Greenworks 24012 review to a close and explain who we think this would be a good purchase for, and who would be better keeping their cash in their back pocket and looking at other options.
Leave It on the Shelf
It really it just boils down to this; it’s a very basic leaf blower and it’s designed for basic tasks (it just blows, it won’t vac or mulch). Don’t expect it to do more than that and it’s very likely that you will be able to add your name to the (extremely long) list of very satisfied owners of this great value yard tool.