Oregon Cordless Blower BL300
Whether you are a professional landscape gardener or an ambitious homeowner, the Oregon cordless blower BL300 40V Max will make the grade. It has a very strong motor just as a gasoline blower but still provides all the benefits of a battery-driven device, such as reduced noise-level and low tool weight.
Oregon Cordless Blower BL300 Review
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, i.e. you get gas-like power in a comfortable cordless package.
However the Oregon BL300 is not only very powerful, but has many other advantages. And power also 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 ergonomics and usability of the 40V Oregon cordless blower, available battery and charging technology, as well as acquisition cost. The review further contains a summary of features and functionalities, a list of all technical specs as well as a short excursion into the company history of Oregon.
Review Category 1 – Performance
The Oregon cordless blower 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.
Category 2 – Ergonomics
The 40V Oregon cordless blower weighs 6.2 pounds (standalone). The weight of the complete kit, i.e. including a battery pack, can go up to 9 pounds depending on the battery size. Altogether, three lithium batteries which weigh between 1.7 and 2.9 pounds, are available.
In addition to its relatively low weight, the cordless leaf blower 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 cordless 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.
Category 3 – Battery And Charging Technology
Battery technology: The Oregon cordless blower BL300 can be operated with three different 40V lithium 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 the cordless leaf blower is used. 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.
Charging technology:All batteries can be either recharged with a standard battery charger (C600) or a fast charger (C750). Using the fast charger, batteries can be fully recharged in 30 minutes (1.25 and 2.4 Ah battery) to 60 minutes (4.0 Ah battery). 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 battery-operated devices from Oregon: The just presented batteries and chargers can’t only be used in combination with the Oregon cordless blower BL300, but also with many other 40V battery tools from Oregon, as for example pole saw, hedge trimmer, edger, chain saw.
Category 4 – Scope Of Delivery And Price
Oregon tools and products are usually found 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 can achieve lower component prices if you buy the complete kit.
|Oregon 40V Solution Components|
|Oregon Cordless Blower BL300||Continue to Amazon|
|Oregon Li-Ion Battery 40V 1.25Ah / 2.4Ah||Continue to Amazon|
|Oregon Li-Ion Battery 40V 4.0Ah||Continue to Amazon|
|Oregon Battery Charger C600||Continue to Amazon|
|Oregon Cordless Blower BL300 40V|
|Max air speed||132 mph|
|Max air volume||507 cfm|
|Weight (tool only)||6.2 lbs|
|Sound pressure level||60.8 dba|
|Oregon 40V Batteries|
|Capacity (in Ah)||B500S: 1.25 Ah|
B400E: 2.4 Ah
B600E: 4.0 Ah
|Electricity use (in Wh)||B500S: 45 Wh|
B400E: 86 Wh
B600E: 144 Wh
|Battery weight||B500S: 1.7 lbs|
B400E: 2.9 lbs
B600E: 2.7 lbs
|Oregon 40V Charger|
|Charger||C600 Battery Charger|
C750 Rapid Battery Charger
|Charging time||With C600: |
B500S: 60 min
B400E: 120 min
B600E: 240 min
B500S: 30 min
B400E: 30 min
B600E: 60 min
Oregon Company History
The Oregon Saw Chain Manufacturing Corporation was founded in 1947 with only four employees and one single product. Today, Oregon is considered to be 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.