Whether you are a professional landscape gardener or an ambitious homeowner, the Oregon cordless blower 40V BL300 will make the grade. It has a very strong motor just as a gasoline blower, but still provides all the benefits of a battery-powered device, such as a reduced noise level and low tool weight.
One of its major benefits is definitely its high performance. Its max air speed and volume data are comparable to those of a gas-operated blower, that means you get gas-like power in a comfortable package. However the Oregon BL300 is not only very powerful, but also has many other advantages. Moreover, power isn’t the only important criterion to consider when making a buying decision. It’s always a good idea to consider all product aspects when deciding upon the right tool for your project.
In this review we’ll also look at the usability of the 40V Oregon blower, available technology as well as acquisition cost. The review further contains a summary of features and specs as well as a short excursion into Oregon’s history.
Oregon Cordless Blower 40V BL300 – Review
- 1. Performance - 10/1010/10
- 2. Ergonomics - 9/109/10
- 3. Battery & charging technology - 10/1010/10
- 4. Scope of delivery & price - 9/109/10
1. Performance: 10/10
The Oregon BL300 has a very strong brushless motor and optimized fan to maximize the output of the blower. It’s truly a high performance tool, which is not only suitable for private home owners, but also for commercial and professional use.
The power of the device can be either controlled with a variable speed trigger or the turbo boost can be applied. If you use the variable trigger, you can reach an air velocity of 102 miles per hour (mph) and air volume of 400 cubic feet per meter (cfm). Using the turbo button will run the device with a maximum speed of 132 mph and generate a volume of up to 507 cfm.
The combination of a variable speed trigger and a turbo button guarantees highest possible flexibility for operators. On the one hand the trigger can be used when long run times or on-demand power is needed. On the other hand the turbo button gives you the additional performance needed to move the really tough yard debris.
2. Ergonomics: 9/10
The Oregon cordless blower weights 6.2 pounds (standalone). The weight of the complete kit, i.e. incl. a battery pack, can go up to 9 pounds depending on the battery size (between 1.7 and 2.9 pounds). Altogether, the Oregon solution was by far the lightest, which we analyzed during our annual 40V leaf blower reviews.
In addition to its relatively low weight, the Oregon BL300 has a very ergonomic design. The device does not only rest comfortably in the hand, because of its well-designed soft grip and extralarge buttons, but also due the tools’ eminent balance, meaning that the blower doesn’t annoyingly tilt forward or backward at all. Another nice ergonomic feature is that the air tube can be removed from the engine, which might save some storage space.
When using the variable speed trigger at high the Oregon blower has a noise level of 60.8 decibel. The noise level goes up to 64.6 decibel when applying the turbo button. According to the manufacturer’s website, noise levels were tested per ANSI B175.2 bystander sound pressure. In this context, it is important to note that the Oregon BL300 had the lowest noise level of all 40V blower reviewed, as for example the 40V device from Dewalt or the Ryobi jet fan blower.
3. Battery- & charging technology: 9/10
The Oregon blower can be operated with three different 40V lithium-ion batteries which have capacities of 1.25 ampere hours (Ah), 2.4 Ah and 4.0 Ah. Taking into consideration the nominal voltage of 36 volts, this is equivalent to an energy storage of 45 watt hours (wh), 86,4 Wh and 144 Wh per battery (whereas one unit of energy corresponds to one watt of power expended for one hour of time).
The actual runtime of the battery pack depends on two factors. Firstly the size of the battery, i.e. how much energy can be stored. Secondly, the way you use the cordless leaf blower. Let’s take the biggest battery, the 4.0 Ah pack, as an example: If you use the variable speed trigger, you can work up to 90 minutes with the blower as long as you run it at low power. If the speed trigger is fully pressed, the runtime will be around 15 minutes only. And if you exclusively use the power boost, runtime will be even less than 10 minutes. However from a user’s perspective, it’s rather seldom that you need the power boost for more than 2 or 3 minutes without a break.
Logically, the smaller battery packs with 1.25 Ah and 2.4 Ah last less than the 4.0 Ah battery. We recommend to buy the biggest pack, if you need to run your cordless leaf blower at high speed. Please also be aware that the power button doesn’t work with the 1.25 Ah battery pack at all.
All batteries can be either recharged with a standard battery charger (C600) or a fast charger (C750). You can recharge the batteries in 30 minutes (1.25 and 2.4 Ah battery) to 60 minutes (4.0 Ah battery) with a fast charger. It takes double the time or longer if you use the standard charger. For example, it takes around 4 hours to fully charge the 4.0 Ah battery pack with the C600.
Compatibility with other 40V devices from Oregon:
The just presented batteries and chargers can’t only be used in combination with the Oregon BL300, but also with many other 40V battery tools from Oregon, as for example pole saw, hedge trimmer, edger, chain saw.
4. Scope of delivery & price: 10/10
Potential buyers will find Oregon tools and products in the higher price segment. Quality simply has its price. You have the option to either buy the tool only (for example if you already possess Oregon batteries) or to purchase the full package (for example including a 4.0 Ah battery and a rapid charger). Usually you achieve lower component prices if you buy the complete kit.
|Oregon Cordless Blower 40V Max BL300|
|Oregon 40V Lithium-Ion Battery (2.6 - 6.0 Ah)|
|Oregon 40V Lithium-Ion Battery Charger|
Oregon Cordless Blower 40V Max BL 300 – Factsheet
|Max. air speed||132 mph|
|Max. air volume||507 cfm|
|Variable speed trigger||+|
|Weight (tool only)||6.2 lbs|
|Max. noise level||65 db(a)|
|Battery range||Li-Ion 1.3 ah|
Li-Ion 2.6 ah
Li-Ion 4.0 ah
Li-Ion 6.0 ah
|Electricity use||1.3 ah: 50 wh|
2.6 ah: 104 wh
4.0 ah: 160 wh
6.0 ah: 240 wh
|Max. battery runtimes*||1.3 ah: n/a|
2.6 ah: 28 min
4.0 ah: 54 min
6.0 ah: 90 min
|Charging times (standard charger)*||1.3 ah: n/a|
2.6 ah: 120 min
4.0 ah: 240 min
6.0 ah: n/a
|Charging times (fast charger)*||1.3 ah: n/a|
2.6 ah: 30 min
4.0 ah: 60 min
6.0 ah: 90 min
* Battery run times and charging times partially calculated.
Oregon – Company history
The Oregon Saw Chain Manufacturing Corporation was founded in 1947 with only four employees and one single product. Today, Oregon is one of the world’s top names in saw chain, sprockets, guide bars, outdoor equipment parts, and forestry accessories.
The Oregon brand belongs to Blount Inc., a corporation with more than 3,000 employees and thousands of products sold in more than 100 countries worldwide. The company focuses on manufacturing products that offer a superior competitive advantage and hold leading market share positions.