If power is at or near the top of your list of priorities when shopping for your new leaf blower, then this is an option that is definitely worth investigating. It's one of the highest rated models around and in this Husqvarna 350BT review we’re going to try and lay out exactly why we think that is, and help you decide whether it deserves (and is suited to) a place in your shed!
Husqvarna 350BT Review - Specifications
|Air Speed||180 MPH|
|Engine||2.1 HP X-Torq|
Husqvarna 350BT Pros: What Do People Love About This Blower?
So just what are the secret ingredients that have people all over the country raving about how good this leaf blower is? The aspects that were most commonly praised are listed below.
- Power that Will Blow You Away – Well, maybe not quite that much power. But certainly enough power to deal with anything you’re likely to need to deal with in your yard, and I mean anything! We hardly came across a consumer opinion that didn’t rave about how well this leaf blower performed, handling both wet and dry leaves with ease, and even having enough oomph to deal with things like snow and gravel. Fan speed can be adjusted very easily, and the max air speed you will achieve with this one is 170 MPH. Honestly, if there’s any reason that you don’t buy this leaf blower, it definitely shouldn’t be because you’re worried that it’s going to struggle to perform. It’s one of the most powerful residential units you can buy, and is suitable for a pro landscaper too!
- It’s Comfortable to “Wear” – That’s right. Don’t forget that this is a backpack leaf blower and you wear it rather than just carry it about. Lots of consumers said they expressed doubt that they’d be able to lug this around before buying it. After all, it weighs 22.5 LBS and virtually all of that weight is just sitting there on your back. But if you’re thinking “I don’t have to be a football player, do I?!” then don’t. Seriously. It might seem a little crazy, but the vast majority of comments we read relating to this aspect of the Husqvarna 350BT said it was the comfiest leaf blower they’d every used. The harness is reported to distribute the weight really evenly (so it’s not pulling you to one side all the time), the shoulder straps are really nicely padded and the handles are all adjustable, so you can customize the set-up to suit your own physique. Oh, and that hip belt really proves its worth when you start tackling hilly areas and steeper terrain.
- Really Solid Build Quality – It’s not often I’ll buy a tool and not care how long it’s going to last. I’d always rather shell out more in the short term and get something that’s really solidly built and hopefully lasts seasons after season, than get something cheaper and have it break down on me a couple of seasons later. And for that reason, I really, really liked what I read about the Husqvarna 350BT, because I came across extremely few instances where a consumer had experienced a breakdown, and there were tons of consumers raving about how well made this product is. The combination of those two statistics should give anyone in charge of yard maintenance peace of mind!
- Large Gas Tank and Fuel Efficient – In spite of the power that this blower has, this leaf blower is surprisingly fuel efficient. And I say “in spite of the power” not because having power is a bad thing for a blower, but generally speaking, powerful blowers do tend to just eat fuel, don’t they?! In addition to the engine being quiet fuel efficient when compared to other models, the gas tank capacity of 42.27 ounces ensures that you are able to keep going for several hours with this blower before stopping to refuel. A definite perk if you’re working on a large area!
- One or Two Pulls to Start – Getting some yard equipment to start is almost like a gym workout in itself; pulling a cord so many times that it’s like you’re on one of those cable jungles in the gym! But according to most consumers, you won’t have to endure such a workout to get the Husqvarna 350BT fired up. It’s reported to generally only take one or two pulls to get going. The only thing that could be better in this respect is the primer bulb, and we’ve talked about that complaint in the section below.
- Regulating Speeds is a Snap – Whereas some leaf blowers come with a throttle that forces you to have your hand in an awkward position throughout, the speed control on this blower is ideally placed (it’s mounted on the tube), meaning it’s not only easy to access, but it’s actually in a comfortable position too and most consumers say it’s so, so easy to use. On top of that you have the ability to “lock in” the throttle so you don’t have to constantly be holding it, which many users seem to appreciate big time on the larger scale jobs.
Husqvarna 350BT Cons: What People Didn’t Like So Much
It appears there’s lots to like about the Husqvarna 350BT leaf blower, but what about the feedback that’s wasn’t so good? It wouldn’t be a fair Husqvarna 350BT review without showing you both sides of the coin, so read below about the common drawbacks that we found mentioned when we conducted our analysis of consumer opinions.
- It’s Loud – This is kind of a given with this type of yard tool; it’s a bigger leaf blower that brings more power to the table and one of the less desirable consequences of that fact is that it also produces more noise. Nevertheless, although it’s something that is almost impossible for the manufacturer to avoid here, it’s still a drawback and still something to bear in mind before buying. This personally wouldn’t stop me from buying this blower, but I’d make sure I had some good ear protectors handy when I wanted to use it. It’s reported to produce 104 dB of noise when in use, which certainly isn’t the nosiest, far from it in fact. While it’s relatively loud up close, at a distance it’s not something that will irritate the neighbors.
- Primer Bulb Position – Utilizing the primer bulb is obviously part of the preparation “ritual” that you have to go through to get the Husqvarna 350BT ready for use, which is standard for gas powered yard tools. The only problem with this one is that the primer bulb is quite awkward to get to, particularly if you have large hands. This is one feature that should definitely be easier to access!
- Installing & Detaching Tubes – A number of users pointed to the tube on this blower being quite hard to both assemble and take apart, requiring more force than really should be necessary. And if you’re anything like me, you probably won’t feel overly confident in applying this force or pulling too hard on a piece of plastic, no matter how high quality it is, for fear of breaking it. So it might be wise to also pick up some lubricant if you do decide to buy the Husqvarna 350BT and apply some periodically to the joints.
The Bottom Line
If you're having a hard time deciding whether you and this leaf blower are a match made in heaven, here are what we consider to be the key details...
Leave It on the Shelf
While most say this this blower is comfy for a backpack leaf blower, there’s no getting away from the fact that it’s bigger and heavier than your average handheld model, so first up, you have to be capable of handling that extra size and weight. And secondly, this blower is wayyyy too “overqualified” to be working in your average, relatively small yard doing standard maintenance. If that’s you, have a look at a smaller handheld electric model. As we’ve mentioned throughout this Husqvarna 350BT review, this model is more at home working on larger yards and can be counted on to help dig you out of the toughest of spots. The fact that many pro landscapers use it pretty much proves that point perfectly.