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THE BEST CORDLESS LEAF BODY BLOWERS REVIEWS

The landscape of battery-powered blowers has certainly changed since our initial head-to-head review many years ago. The performance is better and there are more options. Who is the best cordless leaf blower for 2022?

BEST CORDLESS LEAF BLOWER POWER

EGO 765 CFM Batterie-Powered Blower

EGO, Ryobi, and Stihl blowers all hit more than 21 Newtons. This is not the same as it was back then. EGO’s 765 CFM blower redefines the landscape. It can reach more than 25 Newtons using its stock 5.0Ah battery, and 26 Newtons when equipped with a high capacity pack. This backpack blower is legit!

Price: $329.00 for a 5.0Ah battery with charger, $449.00 for two 5.0Ah batteries with charger

STIHL BGA 200 BLOWER

Stihl’s premium BGA200 achieved 21.3 Newtons using both the AP3000 backpack and 6.3Ah AP300 batteries. This cordless blower is known for its performance and extended runtime, which makes it a great choice for performance-minded pros.

Price: $49.00 bare

RYOBI 40VHP BRUSHLESS 730 CFM BLOWER REVIEW

Ryobi 730 CFM Blower delivers top-tier power with unbelievably low sound

Cordless blowers are known for their low noise levels, but they have been increasing in performance. Ryobi’s 40V HP Brushless 730 CFM Leaf Blower claims to have legitimate power but very low noise. Ryobi refers to this Whisper Series technology for its low noise. We wanted to find out how these claims compare against the best battery-powered blowers.

Pros

High-end blowing force

It is extremely quiet for its performance level.

The kit comes with 2 4.0Ah batteries.

Flexible nozzle resists damages and can be cut to maximize performance

Cons

No significant drawbacks

RYOBI 40VHP BRUSHLESS 730 CFM LEAF BLOWER PERFORMANCE

Blowing Force

700 CFM was a major barrier. Ryobi’s HP Brushless blower has now reached 730 CFM. You can reach speeds of up to 190 MPH depending on the nozzle you choose.

Newton force is used to determine what this number means in comparison to other blowers. We reached 11.3 N with a fully charged battery. Turbo was activated and the power rose to 20.0 N.

However, it gets even better. You can use the flexible nozzle to exchange airspeed for CFM. The total force was 21.7 N when the flexible nozzle’s first section was removed.

Ryobi was responsible for two of the five cordless blowers that we tested, which have all reached the 20 N mark. Ryobi’s 40V backpack blower is the other. This is the strongest blower we have ever seen out of a box. Only one blower has ever tested higher. We couldn’t recommend using a heavier battery.

Runtime

We were able to run for 15 minutes, 5 seconds at high speed, and 10 minutes 32 seconds with Turbo activated. This is a bit shorter than some other blowers. Ryobi’s kit includes two 4.0Ah batteries. This gives Ryobi a significantly longer runtime than other high-performance options which only have one.

Noise Level

Noise level ratings for blowers are based on an ANSI standard that is applicable to bystanders. To test the operation of the blower, we like to look at it in our operator’s ears. The majority of battery-powered blowers can run at more than 80 decibels, while the highest-performing models are in the 85- to the 88-decibel range.

Ryobi 40VHP Brushless blowers are quieter than you might expect. It can blow at 72 decibels high, and 76 decibels Turbo. It is quieter than any cordless blower, and it is high-performance.

According to ANSI tests, the blower has a rating of 57 decibels.

It takes a lot of engineering to make the design so quiet. It’s just one part of the picture. The foam at the back of the blower is the most sound-dampening.

RYOBI 40VHP BRUSHLESS 730 CFM LEAFBLOWER DESIGN NOTES

Balance and weight

The blower is 6.4 lbs without the battery. It weighs 9.7 lbs with a 4.0Ah lithium battery. You can also opt for the 6.0Ah battery, which weighs 10.7 pounds.

The blower measures 40 3/4 inches from front to back, with a flexible nozzle. The blower is balanced and maintains an upright angle under load. However, the weight balance shifts slightly with the heavier 6.0Ah batteries.

Additional Features

Variable speed trigger

Cruise control

Jet fan design

Compatible with all Ryobi 40V battery

RYOBI 40VHP BRUSHLESS 730 CFM BLOWER PRICE

The Ryobi 730 CFM blower will be available at The Home Depot starting at $179 for a bare tool and $299 for a complete kit that includes two 4.0Ah batteries as well as a charger. This kit is more valuable than other high-performance options.

Ryobi warrants the tool for five years, and the batteries for three years.

THE BOTTOM LINE

The Ryobi 40VHP Brushless 730 CFM Leaf Blower is currently in a heated battle to be the top cordless blower. This Whisper Series blower, which unleashes Ryobi’s full potential with the 40V HP Brushless range, is another reason to seriously consider Ryobi when it comes to your battery-powered lawn care needs.

Specifications for Ryobi 40V HP Brushless 730 CFM Leave Blower

Model: Ryobi RY404100

Power Source: Ryobi 40V battery

Maximum Airflow: 190 MPH

Maximum Air Volume: 730 CFM

Weight: 6.4 lbs bare weight, 9.7 lbs with the 4.0Ah battery

Length: 40 3/4 inches with flexible nozzle

Price: $179 bare or $299 with 2 4.0Ah batteries, rapid charger, and two 4.0Ah fast-charging batteries

Warranty: 5 years on the blower, 3 years on batteries

FORCE METER TESTED

EGO 650 CFM Blower Pegs 20.8 Newtons In Our Testing

The battle for the best battery-powered blower is on full display! EGO 650 CFM blower has just joined the fray. To see if EGO LB6500 could take the top power spot, we pulled out our force meter.

Pros

Gas power that is legitimate

Our tests showed a 20.8N max power (using a 7.5″ battery).

Cruise control dial

Flat and tapered nozzles are available

Cons

Higher than the majority of battery-powered blowers

EGO 650 CFM BLOWER POWER

The EGO 650 CFM blower is known for pushing the limits of power. EGO’s first commercial model was at the top with 18.2 N, but Ryobi’s 40V backpack blower made it reach 20.0 N. Only a few models have broken the 20.0 N mark since then using a battery to power their motors.

The EGO LB6500 has 650 CFM and a maximum speed of 180 MPH (160 MPH if you use the tapered nozzle). It was first tested with the included 5.0Ah battery. It produced a solid 11.4 N on high. When it hit the turbo button, it reached 20.3N.

This is where it gets even better. We tested it again with a 7.5Ah battery because you get more power from larger-capacity batteries. This raised the bar to 20.8 N turbo.

However, these high impeller RPMs have a price. The blower is quieter than gas models but we measured 88dB(A), at ear level (A weighted, slow response). This drops to a quieter, 84 dB (A) in high, and a whisper-like 68 in low.

EGO 650 CFM LOWER RUNTIME

The battery is required to produce all that power, so it’s not surprising that turbo mode runtimes are quite short. EGO says that the 5.0Ah battery should last for 15 minutes, but in reality we got 16:34.

Florida is a place where the majority of our blowing involves cleaning up hard surfaces after mowing. I don’t blow a lot of leaves, but I do admit to occasionally using my EGO530 CFM blower to blow the mayflies and blind mosquitoes off the porch, and to incite a tree swallow feast. Our runtime was 27:14, and high is enough power.

Although we didn’t test the runtime at low power, EGO says that runtimes can be up to 200 minutes.

EGO 650 CFM BOLOWER DESIGN NOTES

Although blowers have few great features, they are fairly basic in terms of their functionality. You have a variable speed trigger that allows you to adjust how much power you use.

You can use the turbo button, just like other EGO blowers to increase your power. It is useful to have a separate button so that you can make a conscious choice when you are at the most power-hungry level.

On the left side is a dial for cruise control. It is convenient if you blow for longer than a few minutes. It’s also great when you want to practice power discipline and extend your runtime. We can reduce the runtime by setting it in the middle and only using what we need.

You can adjust any control with just one hand. It’s easier to use the cruise control dial from the left side if you are right-handed. However, it’s not difficult to use it left-handed.

Additional Features

Brushless motor

Inline axial fan design

Hardpoint shoulder strap

Rating IPX4 weather-resistant

Flat and tapered nozzles available

WEIGHT

The EGO LB6500 is a bare tool that weighs 4.85 lbs without any tapered or flat nozzle (blower tube only). It weighs 9.81 pounds with the 5.0Ah battery. If you want the 7.5Ah pack, it can be up to 11.28.

The weight of the bag is easy to manage on its own. You can also add a shoulder strap to your bag if you wish.

Even with the larger 7.5Ah packs, the balance remains weight-forward. The nozzle should remain pointed at the ground, regardless of whether you are using it.

We noticed one thing in our testing: You get more thrust pushback with the turbo models than other models. If you are running turbo, it can actually begin to fatigue your arms more than just the weight. This is not surprising considering the power level. It’s not important to keep the engine at a high or low setting. Turbo should only be used when absolutely necessary.

EGO 650 CFM BOLOWER PRICE

EGO 650 CFM blower can be purchased as a bare tool, or as a complete kit. The price for the bare tool is $219. $299 for the kit that includes a 5.0Ah rechargeable battery and a charger. The kit is a great value considering the price of the battery, which costs $249.

Although the price is high, it is not prohibitive. Ryobi’s 40V backpack blower costs $249.99, while DeWalt’s FlexVolt blower costs $299. EGO is more powerful than either of these blowers. The $299 price tag seems reasonable considering the power boost and battery/charger combo included with the kit.

THE BOTTOM LINE

The EGO650 CFM blower is the strongest handheld blower we have tested. The 20.8 N rating that we received from our tests makes it difficult to imagine a handheld unit needing more power–gas, or batteries. EGO might be ready to move on to backpack blowers in order to get the next power jump.

If you are looking for the best battery-powered blower with a wide range of compatible lawn equipment, this is it. If weight is a concern, you can pass or choose a 2.5Ah battery.

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