When I first started reviewing leaf blowers, I quickly realized that there was one model that I definitely needed to write about: the Toro 51599 leaf blower. It not only was the best seller on Amazon, but it had also been on their list of top 100 outdoor power tools for close to 5 years running. I wanted to find out why this blower was so popular and what set it apart from the rest.
Toro 51599 Features
- 3 in 1 yard tool
- 7.5 pounds
- 12 amp motor
- 235 mph air flow
- Variable speed
- Sleek design
- Metal impeller
- Cord lock system
- 2 year full warranty
My Toro 51599 Review
The first thing that caught my attention while reviewing the Toro 51599 leaf blower was the value. For under $70 (save $20 when you buy it on Amazon.com), you get a leaf blower, vacuum, and mulcher. Many of the top leaf blowers available today usually cost $100 or more. Plus, they don’t include a vacuum or a mulcher. For that reason alone, I could understand why this unit is one of the top sellers.
But I knew the low price wasn’t the only reason this leaf blower had sold so well. I wanted to try it out for myself to see how it would hold up in real conditions. So I ordered the Toro 51599 online and this is what I found out:
Easy to assemble
When I received the blower in the mail, I opened the box to find the power unit, blower tube, vacuum tube, vacuum bag, and an owner’s manual. There were simple assembly instructions and it was quick and easy to put together. You will also need an extension cord to run the blower. Make sure to buy one that is long enough to reach the desired areas of your lawn.
Easy to Start
Since the Toro 51599 is an electric powered unit, you will enjoy the benefits of all other electric leaf blowers. It is easy to start, with no frustrating pull-on cords. The blower is environmentally friendly since it does not release any harmful fumes into the air. You don’t have to store any gas and oil mix and there is less maintenance required than gas blowers.
Use for many purpose
Once I had it running, I was pleased with both the variable speed and the power. I started out in my garage with low power, blowing out dust and debris. I then moved on to the planting beds in the front of my house. There was a healthy amount of leaves that gathered over the previous months. Some of them were lodged in between the bushes and my patio and the ones at the bottom were damp and compressed. Using full power, I was able to blow all of the leaves out into my yard into semi-nice piles so they were ready for pickup.
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3 in 1 Blower
It was now time to try out the vacuum and mulch functions on the Toro 51599. Switching it over from a leaf blower to a vacuum was easier than I expected. There are no tools required and with the help of a quick release latch, I was able to quickly complete the transformation.
The vacuum and mulcher work well, but I wasn’t as impressed as I was with the blower performance. For starters, it feels a little awkward to hold as a vacuum. Maybe that is something you can get used to overtime. The Toro 51599 did an okay job of vacuuming all of the leaves and debris, but it takes quite a bit of time- may be more than it would if you just manually bagged the leaves yourself. It is also worth noting the unit creates quite a bit of dust in vacuum mode, so if you are sensitive to that, you may want to consider using a mask.
One thing that definitely does impress me about the Toro 51599 blower/vac is that they continue to make improvements to it, even though it’s already the top seller. One of the more popular recent improvements is the addition of the metal impeller. It replaces a plastic one that appeared on older models — no doubt this should help the tool be more durable and last longer.
Before buying the blower, I had read a few of the leaf blower reviews, but now that I had used it, I wanted to read more to see how others felt about it. There are close to 1000 reviews on Amazon, dating back over five years ago. Over 80 percent of them are four stars or higher. That’s pretty amazing, given the number of reviews.
I was not surprised to see that many others agreed with my assessment that the unit was more impressive as a blower, although many were still happy with the vacuum and mulching functions. Several also mentioned how pleased they were with the affordable price.
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Toro 51599 Vs. 51592
One more thing I wanted to cover in this review is the difference between the Toro 51599 and the 51592. If you are like me, you may have noticed that the two blowers look very similar. Aside from the color of the base handle, I couldn’t tell any difference between the two. That is until after I investigated a bit further. There are actually three main differences between the two blowers:
- Impeller – The 51599 has a metal impeller, while the 51592′s is made out of plastic.
- Speed Type – The 51592 only has two speeds. The 51599 has a variable speed control.
- Price – Because of these extra features, the Toro 51599 is more expensive than the 51592.
One other difference between the two blowers is that the 51592′s airspeed is listed at 230 mph and the 51599 airspeed is 235 mph. However, if you used both of the blowers, I don’t think you could tell the difference in the airspeed because it is so minimal.
Although the Toro 51592 is less expensive and it too receives a majority of positive reviews, I think the better choice between the two is the 51599. Because of the metal impeller and the variable speed option, it will last longer and perform better.
If you decide to purchase the Toro 51599, you will get great value for your buck. For a good price, you will get a 5-star blower that also has the ability to be used as a decent vacuum/mulcher. After using it, I can definitely see why it is the best seller online.