Greenworks Cordless Leaf Blower (40V): Tool Review

Without seeking professional help and the right equipment, cleaning the yard is a time-consuming task. Greenworks 40V cordless leaf blowers come with the promise to change this challenging job into an exciting duty for homeowners. When you visit the Greenworks website, you will find around eight leaf blowers in its 40V product range in various cfm options like 130 cfm, 340 cfm, 390 cfm, 430 cfm, and 450 cfm. In this review article, we especially discuss the characteristics of the Greenworks Cordless Blower 40V 130 CFM (Model Number: 24252). In chapter 1, we review the 130 cfm blower from four aspects i.e., 1) Performance, 2) Ergonomics, 3) Battery & charging technology and 4) Scope of delivery & price. Afterwards, in Chapter 2, you will find a brief overview of five other Greenworks 40V leaf blowers. In chapter 3 we provide a summary of the most important technical data, functionalities and features of the blowers. Finally, in Chapter 4, we give a brief overview of the company.

I. Greenworks Cordless Leaf Blower 130 CFM – Review

The Greenworks cordless blower 24252VT is designed to offer a user-friendly device that is easy to maneuver and control. Apart from cleaning leaves off the lawn, this excellent gadget will also help you clean debris and leaves from hard surfaces like driveways or patios. At just a push of a button, you are good to go. You can also vary the speed as per the need and its performance will exceed your expectations.

Another key aspect worth mentioning is that this leaf blower works well with all 40V Greenworks batteries.
You can buy a couple of back-up batteries to extend run time in case you want to clean a big yard. For a 1/2- acre yard, Greenworks 40V gadget works great and the best part is that it needs absolutely no maintenance.

1. Performance

Greenworks 40V Cordless Blower 24252 is equipped with a heavy-duty variable-speed motor with a max speed of 150 mph. It is one of the premium models manufactured by the Greenworks brand, which is ideal for warding off the leaves from flat, hard, and bumpy surfaces. Using the variable speed motor, Greenworks has made this machine to deliver excellent performance. You will love using it. It also comes with a wind speed control feature to regular the blower as per your requirements. Greenworks 24252 model works at full speed for 15 minutes on high power in a single charge. This device does use up a lot of power on high mode. However, at low speed, you can expect a high run time.

With the cordless design and lightweight structure, you can expect the best possible performance from this blower. Plus, the motor equipped in this machine is brushless, which generates higher torque and power. This also ensures longevity. The gadget with extension tube helps to remove debris from difficult to reach corners, around joints, and between bricks. To get the best possible performance, we highly recommend everyone customize the speed settings as per your needs.

2. Ergonomics

greenworks-cordless-leaf-blower-review When it comes to comfort, ergonomics, and design, you will probably thank Greenworks for developing such an easy-to-handle machine. From changing the speed to charging this leaf blower or wipe cleaning the gadget, it requires minimal effort. This cordless machine does not restrict your movement while blowing away leaves from your backyard. As the controls and speed settings are placed on the tip, there are fewer chances of choking fumes. Plus, the speed dial button is right below your thumb, which allows you to control the speed as and when needed.

Greenworks 24252 leaf blower weighs 3.5 lbs without the battery. As this machine is lightweight and you can use it single-handedly, and cleaning the backyard becomes easy. Moreover, since its handle has a comfortable grip, it allows you to hold this leaf blower for longer firmly. Plus, the overmold grip decreases the higher vibration occurring from this machine when operated at full speed. Above all, there is a turbo button on the speed dial button’s side, which increases the speed by 10-20 mph depending on the battery level. In our opinion, don’t use the turbo button daily as it is for hard cleaning jobs. Therefore, Greenworks has undoubtedly made this machine with an ergonomic design and smart controls.

3. Battery- & charging technology

Battery technology

greenworks-cordless-blower-review-technology As per the product’s specifications, this machine is equipped with a heavy-duty 40V 2Ah lithium battery, which is entirely different from the nickel-cadmium battery you see in some other leaf blowers. In addition, the Greenworks model 24252 can of course also be used with all other 40V batteries from Greenworks. However, the 40V batteries from Greenworks with 40V blowers from other manufacturers.

The battery delivers the best possible power until the last minute without any lag or cutoffs. As a result, you can expect the best potential from this leaf blower. With a 2h battery, this machine can work at full speed for 15 minutes. On the contrary, you can use the Greenworks 24252 with low or medium speed for a longer time. You get 3 Year Limited Tool & Battery Warranty.

Charging technology

Greenworks 24252 leaf blower comes with a 40V lithium-ion charger. For best results remove the battery from the charger when fully charged. A green light indicates fully charged battery. It takes about 30 minutes to charge a 2.0 Ah battery. It is recommended to keep the charger clean and keep it at normal room temperature. Also, fully charge the batteries before storing them. Do not recharge when the battery is hot after use. Charge only after it cools.

Compatibility with other 40V devices from Greenworks

Since this machine’s battery is removable, you can use it with other Greenworks machines as well, for example lawn movers and hedge trimmers. As for most other 40V tool manufacturers, for example Ryobi, Worx and Oregon, the offered 40V batteries are all interchangeable, meaning that you can use your Greenworks blower with all different 40V packs from Greenworks.

4. Scope of delivery & price

First of all, you need to check on Amazon or another platform if the chosen model is currently available there or not. On Amazon, the 40V leaf blower usually comes together with a 2 ah battery and a charger. Alternatively, you can also buy directly from the Greenworks website.

II. Other Greenworks 40V Leaf Blowers

Greenworks 40V Leaf Blowers / Vacuums

Greenworks 340 CFM Leaf Blower: Greenworks 340 cfm blower (compare image) features a brushless motor that delivers higher torque, releases less noise, and is highly durable. The model generates 185 mph power for decluttering your patios, parkways, and backyard. It has an ergonomic design with a quick push start button and speed dial that are placed right on top of the handle. This high-end Greenworks leaf blower is usually used with a 40V 4.0 ah battery.

Greenworks 430 CFM Leaf Blower: The Greenworks cordless blower 430 cfm is equipped with a brushless motor that generates higher torque and works smoothly. Its brushless motor generates 115 mph and delivers 430 cfm airflow. This leaf blower has a push start button that kickoffs the machine within seconds. Furthermore, the cruise control button is placed near the handle for better convenience and control. The blower boasts a 40V 2.0 ah battery with nearly 60 minutes.

Greenworks 450 CFM Leaf Blower: As the 430 cfm blower, the 450 cfm blower boasts a brushless motor, less noise, longer life, and higher torque. This advanced motor has a 450 cfm rating and delivers 125 mph speed. It has a practical design having a push start button, cruise control, and turbo button within easy reach. This blower is usually used with either a 40V 2.0- or 4.0 ah battery.

Greenworks 40V Axial Leaf Blowers

Greenworks Axial 390 CFM Leaf Blower: Greenworks 390 cfm axial blower comes with a highly-advanced motor that features a jet fan design to deliver better airflow efficiency. This innovative variable speed motor has a 390 cfm rating and delivers 110 mph. The model features a lightweight design with cruise control and a speed trigger button near the handle. All the controls are placed near the soft-grip handle. It usually comes with a 40V 2.0 ah lithium-ion rechargeable and battery.

Greenworks Axial 450 CFM Leaf Blower: The 450 cfm axial blower from Greenworks (see image) comes with a variable speed motor generating 120 mph airspeed. Plus, this leaf blower delivers a 450 cfm airflow even at a low charge. Considering the design, this leaf blower features a cruise control near the cushioned overmold grip. For better comfort and control, the push button and the cruise control button is located on the handle for convenience.

III. Technical Data

Solution Components 
Greenworks Cordless Blower 130 CFMContinue To Amazon
Greenworks Cordless Blower 340 CFMContinue To Amazon
Greenworks Cordless Blower 430 CFMContinue To Amazon
Greenworks Axial Blower 390 CFMContinue To Amazon
Greenworks Axial Blower 450 CFMContinue To Amazon
Greenworks 40V Lithium-Ion Battery 2 AhContinue To Amazon
Greenworks 40V Lithium-Ion Battery 4 AhContinue To Amazon
Greenworks 40V Lithium-Ion Battery 5 AhContinue To Amazon
Greenworks 40V Lithium-Ion Battery 6 AhContinue To Amazon
Greenworks 40V Lithium-Ion Battery ChargerContinue To Amazon
Greenworks 40V Rapid ChargerContinue To Amazon
Table 1: Greenworks Cordless Blowers 40V – Components
Technical DataGreenworks 130CFMGreenworks 340CFMGreenworks 430CFMGreenworks 450CFMGreenworks Axial 390CFMGreenworks Axial 450CFM
Performance
Max. air speed150 mph185 mph115 mph125 mph110 mph120 mph
Max. air volume130 cfm340 cfm430 cfm450 cfm390 cfm450 cfm
Variable speed trigger++++++
Performance boost---+-+
Ergonomics
Weight (tool only)n/an/an/an/an/an/a
Max. noise level53 db(a)n/an/an/an/an/a
Soft-grip++++++
Max. battery run-times¹
2.0 ah: around 15 minn/an/an/an/an/a
Table 2: Greenworks Cordless Blowers 40V – Technical Data
¹ Battery run times times partially calculated.
Battery- and & Charging Technology 
Battery Technology
Voltage40 Volt
Battery rangeLi-Ion 2.0
Li-Ion 2.5
Li-Ion 3.0
Li-Ion 4.0
Li-Ion 5.0
Li-Ion 6.0
Electricity use2.0 ah: 80 wh
2.5 ah: 100 wh
3.0 ah: 120 wh
4.0 ah: 160 wh
5.0 ah: 200 wh
6.0 ah: 240 wh
Charging Technology²
Charging times (Rapid Charger)2.0 ah: 30 min
2.5 ah: 37,5 min
3.0 ah: 45 min
4.0 ah: 60 min
5.0 ah: 75 min
6.0 ah: 90 min
Table 3: Greenworks Cordless Blowers 40V – Battery- & Charging Technology
² Charging times times partially calculated.

IV. Greenworks Tools – Company history

Greenworks Tools or Greenworks is a leading name when it comes to manufacturing battery-powered outdoor power tools for homeowners and gardening professionals. It has its ecommerce office in Seattle, Washington. Moreover, its European headquarters serves its customers in the European, Middle East and Asian markets. In 2016, the company opened its new North American headquarters in downtown Mooresville, NC. This company operates under three brands i.e. Greenworks, Greenworks Pro and Greenworks commercial. Greenworks products include 24-volt, 40-volt, 60-volt, and 80-volt outdoor power equipment. From reel mowers to leaf blowers and corded equipment, Greenworks offer top-notch and versatile battery-powered gardening tools for everyone. Furthermore, Greenworks products are also available on various online stores like Amazon.

WORX Cordless Leaf Blower Review (40V)

In contrast to other tool manufacturers who offer two or even more 40V cordless blowers, WORX „only“ has one battery operated blower in its 40V product range: the WORX 40V blower WG 584. In our review article, we will analyze the most important characteristics of the tool in chapter 1. Thereby we take into consideration the four review categories 1) Performance, 2) Ergonomics, 3) Battery & charging technology as well as 4) Scope of delivery & price. Afterwards, you will find a table summarizing all discussed functional and technical data of the WORX 40V blower in the second chapter. Final chapter 3 provides a short overview of the company’s history.

I. WORX 40V Blower WG 584 – Review

The WORX cordless leaf blower WG 584 is characterized by its high-efficient, brushless motor design as well as its easy handling. This combination makes the battery leaf blower from WORX a top competitor amongst other well-known, international brands, as for example Black + Decker, Dewalt or Makita. The Turbine Technology of the WORX 40V blower, paired with the speed control feature ensures adaptability to any given job. Quick and short burst can clear dry leaves and small twigs. Controlled blasts take care of damp leaves and residue.

The WORX leaf blower is operated with two dual 20V Max batteries which power up for 40V total performance. A major advantage is the companies Power Share battery platform. Do you already posses a WORX power tool, including one or more 20V batteries? Then these batteries will also work on the WORX 40V blower WG 584. This is a great way to save money. All power tools and machines from WORX are available to buy without a battery, or to stock up and simply exchange spent batteries for pre-charged ones when working on a bigger project.

Overall rating
  • 8/10
    1. Performance - 8/10
  • 10/10
    2. Ergonomics - 10/10
  • 9/10
    3. Battery & charging technology - 9/10
  • 9/10
    4. Scope of delivery & price - 9/10
9/10

1. Performance: 8/10

worx-cordless-leaf-blower-review With its brushless motor with a no load speed of 14.300 – 21.900 RPM, the WORX cordless blower boasts an impressive air volume from 300 cfm to up to 470 cfm at 60 to 95 mph. As a result the tool is more than capable of keeping your lawn, porch and gutters clean of leaves as well as debris.

The WORX 40V blower also comes with three speed settings controlled via the speed control function easily reached with the thumb of the operating hand. On the first setting of the speed control function you can reach an air velocity of 60 mph and an air volume of 300 cfm. Using the two higher settings will get you up to an air speed of 69 mph respectively 85 mph. In addition to the three standard settings the turbo boost can be activated to ensure maximum air propulsion. On this setting, the air speed goes up to 95 mph and air volume up to 470 cfm.

2. Ergonomics: 10/10

worx-cordless-blower-review-ergonomics The cordless leaf blower from WORX weighs 5.5 lbs (standalone). The weight of the complete kit, including two 20V batteries with a capacity of 2 ampere hours (ah), is around 7.3 lbs making it a bit lighter than other leaf blowers of the 40V category. Additionally, the WORX 40V blower has an ergonomic design. You can easily hold it in one hand – but be sure to firmly hold it with both hands when initially turning it on.

And the tool comes with even more features. Firstly, the large dial for changing the settings is easily reached and can be flipped while operating the blower. Secondly, the design and weight distribution is balanced sparing your writs from excessive strain. Thirdly, for convenience of storing and cleaning, the turbine nozzle can be removed by pressing the clip on the side of the nozzle. Furthermore, the top noise level of the WORX cordless leaf blower WG 584 is only at 62 decibel, which is a less than the noise level of comparable 40V battery blowers, for example the Ryobi 40V Jet Fan Blower or the Oregon Cordless Leaf Blower BL 300. The Greenworks leaf blower 24252 is the only 40V blower we found during our analysis which is even quieter.

3. Battery- & charging technology: 9/10

Battery technology:

worx-cordless-blower-battery-technology The WORX 40V blower is operated with two 20V batteries in parallel in order to unleash full 40V power. Any WORK 20V lithium-ion Power Share battery can be used, incl. batteries that have different capacities of ampere hours. The ampere hour rating measures how much energy can be stored in the battery. In total, WORX offers three 20V batteries with capacities of 2 ah, 4 ah and 6 ah. However, according to our understanding the WORX blower WG 584 can only be operated with the 2- and 4 ah batteries, but not with the 6 ah battery.

The runtime of the batteries included in the standard package (2 x 2 ah) is between only 10 minutes, when using the highest setting continuously and 16 minutes when using the lowest setting without break. If you use, for example, a 4.0 Ah battery, the run times are nearly double. This may not sound like much time, but from a user’s perspective, it’s rare to use the highest setting for more than a minute.

Please also take into consideration that all 2x20V power tools from WORX are designed to run with two 20V batteries. For highest performance both batteries should be of the same ah rating as and fully charged. The WORX 2x20V power tools, incl. the WORX 40V blower WG 584, will not work if just one 20V battery is installed.

Charging technology:

It takes between 3 and 5 hours to fully charge the batteries with the standard charger depending on the battery capacity. However, using a WORX dual charger will reduce the charging time to one or two hours. Since two batteries are needed to operate the WORX 40V blower, a dual-port (standard or quick charger) can make a great addition to the household. However, please take into consideration that the charging times mentioned above refer to the charging of one single battery with the dual port. If two batteries are charged in parallel, charging times go up to 2 hours (for two 2ah batteries) and more,

Compatibility with other devices from WORX:

With the WORX 20V Power Share System, you can share the battery of all cordless tools powered by the same voltage batteries. That means that not only the 2x20V WORX cordless leaf blower WG 584, but also all other 2x20V- as well as pure 20V applications from WORX can be operated with the lithium-ion batteries introduced in this review article. WORX offers a wide range of battery operated power tools, such as hedge trimmers, lawn mowers and trimmers.

4. Scope of delivery & price: 9/10

WORX offers various package deals for all its tools and machines including the WORX 40V blower WG 584. As mentioned before, you can simply purchase the tool without any accessories or battery, should you already posses some WORX 20V batteries, and thus save money. Other Packages include up to 3 batteries and a dual charger.

II. Technical Data

Solution Components 
WORX Cordless Blower 2x20V WG 584Continue To Amazon
WORX Lithium-Ion Battery 20V 2AhContinue To Amazon
WORX Lithium-Ion Battery 20V 4AhContinue To Amazon
WORX 20V Lithium-Ion Standard ChargerContinue To Amazon
WORX 20V Lithium-Ion Dual ChargerContinue To Amazon
Table 1: WORX Cordless Leaf Blower 2x20V WG 584 – Solution Components
Technical Data 
Performance
Max. air speed60-95 mph
Max. air volume300-470 cfm
Variable speed trigger+
Performance boost+
Ergonomics
Weight (tool only)5.5 lbs
Max. noise level62 db(a)
Soft-grip+
Max. battery run times¹
2.0 ah: 16 min
4.0 ah: 30 min
6.0 ah: n/a
Table 2: WORX Cordless Leaf Blower 2x20V WG 584 – Technical Data
¹ Battery run times times partially calculated.
Battery- and & Charging Technology 
Battery Technology
Voltage2x20 Volt
Battery rangeLi-Ion 2.0 ah
Li-Ion 4.0 ah
Li-Ion 6.0 ah
Electricity use2.0 ah: 80 wh
4.0 ah: 160 wh
6.0 ah: 240 wh
Charging Technology²
Charging times (standard charger)2.0 ah: 180 min
4.0 ah: 300 min
6.0 ah: n/a
Charging times (fast charger)2.0 ah: 60 min
4.0 ah: 120 min
6.0 ah: n/a
Table 3: WORX Cordless Leaf Blower 2x20V WG 584 – Battery- & Charging Technology
² Charging times times partially calculated.

III. WORX history

WORX is a brand of the Positec Tool Corporation, which was founded by Don Gao in Suzhou, China, in 1994. The American Headquarter of Positec is in Charlotte, North Carolina. WORX is specialized in the production of lawn and garden equipment as well as power tools. The brand is primarily known for its trimmers, lawn movers as well as chain saws. However, WORX also sells other power tools, such as the Worx 40V blower WG 584 which was analyzed in detail during this review article.

Ryobi Cordless Blower (40V): Tool Review & Comparison

Ryobi currently lists four different 40V devices on its website, among them three handheld blowers and one backpack blower. In addition, some older models are still offered for sale on different platforms. This article provides an overview of all available Ryobi jet fan blowers of the 40V category. We start with a detailed review of the Ryobi 40V blower 500 CFM (model: RY40460) in the first chapter. Thereby, we examine the tool considering the following four criteria: (1) performance, (2) ergonomics, (3) technology, (4) delivery scope and price. Afterwards we present three more handheld blowers (Ryobi cordless blower RY40480, RY40470 and the older RY40402) as well as the Ryobi Backpack Blower 40V RY40440. The article continues with an overview of the most important tool features and characteristics in chapter 3. The fourt chapter contains a short summary of the history of Ryobi.

I. Ryobi 40V Blower 500 CFM (RY40460) – Review

With a highly developed design powered by a 40 volt lithium-ion battery, the Ryobi jet fan blower RY40460 performs any clearing job with ease. Its outstanding feature is for sure the provision of gasoline-like power, while still having all the advantages of a battery-operated solution.

The Ryobi 40V leaf blower comes with an air volume of 500 cubic feet per meter (cfm) and an air speed of approximately 110 miles per hour (mph). Therefore, it is ideally suited for wet and tramped leaves as well as other surfaces which are difficult to process.

All in all, Ryobis’ device is one of the strongest 40V cordless blowers we have found so far. However, it’s not only about power. The blower has other positive characteristics in many ways. For example, a pretty attractive price and a 5 year limited warranty (more information on manufacturers homepage).

Overall rating
  • 9/10
    1. Performance - 9/10
  • 8/10
    2. Ergonomics - 8/10
  • 9/10
    3. Battery & charging technology - 9/10
  • 9/10
    4. Scope of delivery & price - 9/10
8.8/10

1. Performance: 9/10

The Ryobi cordless blower is a truly powerful tool which brings it to a maximum air velocity of around 110 mph and air volume of 500 cfm. The blower features a variable speed trigger. If you need a little air, just pull the trigger a bit. If you need the full blast, pull the trigger all the way. By adapting this functionality intelligently, that means always using just as much power as necessary, you can significantly increase the total battery runtime. Logically, the lithium-ion battery takes less energy at lower speed levels.

In addition to the variable speed trigger, the Ryobi cordless leaf blower also features a turbo button, which is helpful when processing tramped debris, which can’t be blown away regularly.

2. Ergonomics: 8/10

Including a battery pack, the Ryobi 40V blower 500 CFM weighs more than 10 pounds. Thus, the solution locates around the midfield compared to other battery leaf blowers. Not easy and not heavy. However the blower has a pretty good weight distribution and is therefore easy and comfortably to handle.

The Ryobi jet fan blower has an ergonomic design. The battery is located at the end of the device, which gives you an excellent balance. A newly designed soft-grip handle, that lies comfortably in the hand, makes leaf blowing even more convenient. As you can see from the product image, the soft-grip of the device is completely pulled.

The sound pressure level of the Ryobi cordless blower is 68 decibels (db) when operating the device at full power. However, the level decreases when reducing air speed via the variable trigger. Nevertheless, the Ryobi jet fan blower is louder than other 40V leaf blowers, for example the Oregon BL300, the WORX WG 584 or the Greenworks 40V blower 130 CFM

3. Battery- & charging technology: 9/10

Battery technology:

The Ryobi 40V blower 500 CFM can be run with five different 40V lithium-ion batteries with capacities between 2.0- and 7.5 ampere hours (Ah). The two largest Ryobi 40V battery packs have an energy storage capacity of 240 respectively 300 watt hours (Wh). Generally speaking, the more Wh a battery has the higher is its maximum runtime. Nevertheless, total runtime does not only depend on the size of the battery pack, but also on how users work with the blower.

All batteries feature a LED charge level indicator, that allows to comfortably read the charging status while working with the Ryobi 40V leaf blower. And that’s not the only positive aspect about the battery’s exterior design, as the lithium pack also has a rubber lining in order to prevent the battery from any damage.

Charging technology:

Ryobi has a 40V lithium-ion charger to refill the battery with energy. The charging time for the compact pack (2.0 Ah) is about 30 minutes. A full charge of the higher capacity packs (3.0 Ah – 7.5 Ah) takes up to max. 75 minutes.

You can also either use the Ryobi 40V Lithium-Ion 2-In-1 USB/Battery Charger or the 18V ONE+/40V Dual Platform Charger to re-charge the Ryobi 40V battery packs introduced above. The platform charger allows parallel charging of a Ryobi 40V and 18V battery by using only a single device.

Compatibility with other 40V devices from Ryobi:

The Japanese tool manufacturer has a huge versatility of 40V battery-powered devices besides the Ryobi cordless blower. All of them work with the Ryobi 40V battery platform presented above. In contrast to many other manufacturers, Ryobi does not only offer „standard“ tools such as regular cordless hedge or lawn trimmers, but also rather rare devices, e.g. a battery-powered snow blower.

4. Scope of delivery & price: 9/10

The Ryobi 40V blower 500 CFM as well as its accessories can be found in the middle segment in terms of price. On Amazon, you can either buy the complete kit, consisting of the tool, a battery pack and a charger, or you can select the components individually. Prices in the internet usually vary from day to day. Hence it’s definitely worth a look at what is most beneficial at the date of purchase.

II. Other Ryobi 40V Leaf Blowers

Ryobi Cordless Blower 40V (RY40402)

The Ryobi jet fan blower RY40402 is an older model which is not even listed on Ryobi’s website anymore, but still offered on various e-commerce platforms, such as Amazon. As you can see from the product image, the grip of the blower is only pulled to around 60%. This design feature allows the user a greater flexibility.

The blower has an air velocity of 155 mph and an air volume of 300 cfm. If you need an even stronger performance, you can take the tube off the device. The disassembly of the nozzle supports the bundling of air jet, which increases the generated air pressure.

If you run the Ryobi cordless leaf blower constantly at full speed, you will achieve runtimes of approx. 20 minutes with the 2.0 Ah battery and around 40 minutes with the 5.0 Ah pack. Run times of the larger batteries are correspondingly longer.

The device weighs 8.9 lbs without the battery. The noise level of the blower is at 73 db(a); the Ryobi cordless blower RY40402 is significantly louder than all other and newer Ryobi devices which we introduced in this report.

Ryobi Cordless Blower 40V (RY40480 and RY40470)

As with the Ryobi cordless blower RY40402, the grip of the two newer models RY40480 and RY40470 is not pulled completely, but only to around 60%. However, huge differences between the tools exist in context of power, weight as well as noise level.

The Ryobi RY40470 and RY40480 have an air speed of 125- respectively 110 mph, which is less than the maximum air speed of the previously presented Ryobi jet fan blower RY40402. However, the air volume of the newer models is much higher. The two tools bring it to an maximum air volume of 550- respectively 525 cfm. Additionally, the Ryobi RY40470 as well RY40480 have a lower noise level than the RY40402. For example, the maximum noise level of the Ryobi 40V leaf blower RY40470 is only at 59 db(a).

On the other hand, the Ryobi RY40470 and RY40480 are also a bit heavier than the previously presented models. The Ryobi cordless blower RY40470 weighs 9.7 lbs and the RY40480 weighs 9.4 lbs.

Ryobi Backpack Blower 40V (RY40440)

In contrast to the handheld blowers introduced in the previous chapters, the Ryobi RY40440 is a backpack blower. Both the tool engine as well as the lithium-ion battery are located in the backpack, as the product image shows. Backpack leaf blowers are traditionally used by semi-professional users as well as in the commercial- or public sector (landscaping, industrial cleaning, street cleaning, etc.).

The Ryobi backpack blower 40V is by far the most powerful among all 40V blowers from Ryobi. The maximum air speed is an impressive 145 mph and the maximum air volume is at 625 cfm. Like the other 40V blowers presented above, the Ryobi backpack blower also has a variable speed trigger and a turbo button. With the 7.5 Ah battery, it can be used for about half an hour at a time.

An outstanding feature of the Ryobi 40V leaf blower is its very low noise level of only 59 db(a) max. However, we have to rate the heavy weight of the Ryobi backpack blower as a disadvantage. The total weight (incl. battery pack) is up to 21.2 lbs. This makes the solution more than twice as heavy as the handheld blowers presented above, e.g. the Ryobi 40V Blower 500 CFM.

III. Technical Data

Solution Components 
Ryobi Cordless Blower RY 40460 Continue To Amazon
Ryobi Cordless Blower RY 40470 Continue To Amazon
Ryobi Cordless Blower RY 40402Continue To Amazon
Ryobi Cordless Blower RY 40440Continue To Amazon
Ryobi 40V Lithium-Ion Battery 2 AhContinue To Amazon
Ryobi 40V Lithium-Ion Battery 4 AhContinue To Amazon
Ryobi 40V Lithium-Ion Battery 6 AhContinue To Amazon
Ryobi 40V Charger OP401Continue To Amazon
Ryobi 40V Charger OP404Continue To Amazon
Table 1: Ryobi Cordless Blowers 40V – Components
Technical DataRyobi RY40460Ryobi RY40470Ryobi RY40480Ryobi RY40402Ryobi RY40440
Performance
Max. air speed110 mph125 mph110 mph155 mph145 mph
Max. air volume500 cfm550 cfm525 cfm300 cfm625 cfm
Variable speed trigger+++++
Performance boost+++++
Ergonomics
Weight (tool only)8.7 lbs9.7 lbs9.4 lbs8.9 lbs21.2 lbs
Max. noise level68 db(a)59 db(a)n/a73 db(a)59 db(a)
Soft-grip++++
Max. battery run-times¹
n/an/an/a2.0 ah: up to 20 min
5.0 ah: up to 40 min
7.5 ah: up to 30 min
Table 2: Ryobi Cordless Blowers 40V – Technical Data
¹ Battery run times times partially calculated.
Battery- and & Charging Technology 
Battery Technology
Voltage40 Volt
Battery rangeLi-Ion 2.0
Li-Ion 4.0
Li-Ion 5.0
Li-Ion 6.0
Li-Ion 7.5
Electricity use2.0 ah: 80 wh
4.0 ah: 160 wh
5.0 ah: 200 wh
6.0 ah: 240 wh
7.5 ah: 300 wh
Charging Technology²
Charging times (OP401)2.0 ah: 30 min
4.0 ah: 40 min
5.0 ah: 50 min
6.0 ah: 60 min
7.5 ah: 75 min
Table 3: Ryobi Cordless Blowers 40V – Battery- & Charging Technology
² Charging times times partially calculated.

IV. Ryobi – Company history

In 1943, Ryobi was founded in Japan (Japanese name: Ryobi Seisakusho Co., Ltd.). Today, Ryobi Limited is a worldwide manufacturer of die castings, builders’ hardware, printing equipment, as well as power tools. It owns companies in Asia, the United States and Europe.
With regards to power tools, Ryobi is one of the world’s largest producers specializing in the development of pro-featured tools at affordable prices. Thus, millions of homeowners, hobbyists, outdoor fans, woodworkers and craftsmen all over the world today use Ryobi tools.

Oregon Cordless Leaf Blower: Tool Review & Comparison

In total, three battery powered leaf blowers are offered under the Oregon brand. This article gives you a comprehensive overview of the devices. In the following chapter, we will introduce the Oregon cordless leaf blower BL300 – the only blower operated with 40V batteries. Subsequently, we will introduce the Oregon backpack blower BL120VX as well as the handheld blower BLH120VX, which both belong to the 120V Professional Series from Oregon, in chapter two. The third chapter of this review contains a summary of the most important data of the three blowers presented. In chapter 4, we will provide you with some background regarding the company history of Oregon.

I. Oregon 40V Leaf Blowers

As mentioned above, Oregon offers one 40V battery operated leaf blower. In the following paragraphs, we will introduce the Oregon cordless leaf blower BL300 in detail. We will look into the performance and usability of the device, available technology (battery- and charging solutions) as well as acquisition cost.

Oregon Cordless Blower 40V BL300 – Review

Whether you are already a semi-professional user or an ambitious beginner, 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. 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 aspects when deciding upon the right tool for your project.

Overall rating
  • 10/10
    1. Performance - 10/10
  • 9/10
    2. Ergonomics - 9/10
  • 10/10
    3. Battery & charging technology - 10/10
  • 9/10
    4. Scope of delivery & price - 9/10
9.5/10

1. Performance: 10/10

oregon-cordless-blower-review 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

oregon-cordless-blower-review-ergonomics 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 one of the lower noise levels of the 40V blowers reviewed, for example in comparison with the Ryobi jet fan blower. However, the 40V device from WORX and the Greenworks 40V blower (model 24252) were even quieter.

3. Battery- & charging technology: 9/10

Battery technology:

oregon-cordless-blower-review-technology 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.

Charging technology:

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.

II. Oregon 120V Leaf Blowers

In addition to the 40V blower presented in the article above, Oregon offers two further cordless leaf blowers belonging to the Oregon 120V Professional Series. On the one hand, the Oregon handheld blower BLH120VX is ideal for performing „quick jobs“, according to the manufacturer’s specification. On the other hand, the Oregon backpack blower BL120VX is perfectly suited for noise-sensitive areas due to its remarkably low noise level. In the following sections, we will introduce the two cordless leaf blowers on a 120V basis in more detail.

Oregon Handheld Blower BLH120VX

The Oregon handheld blower BLH120VX can be considered as the „big brother“ of the previously presented Oregon BL300. Although the tool coloring is different, both leaf blowers are similar in terms of construction. Even the tool weight is more or less comparable. However, there is a big difference between the Oregon BLH120VX and the 40V solution: the location of the battery pack. With the Oregon cordless leaf blower BL300, the 40V battery is simply plugged into the device. In contrast, the 120V battery which is used to run the Oregon handheld blower BLH120VX, is carried in a backpack. The connection between the backpack and the tool is made using a stick-tool cable.

Oregon provides two 120V battery packs for operation. Both 120V batteries are larger and therefore much heavier than the formerly introduced 40V batteries. The smaller of the two 120V batteries already weighs 10.9 lbs. The larger battery weighs 14 lbs. However, the 120V packs are not only heavier, but also have larger capacities (6- respectively 9 ah) and are therefore able to provide more energy (648- respectively 972 wh).

Consequently, the Oregon handheld blower has a remarkably strong performance. Similar to the the Oregon BL300, the 120V cordless leaf blower has a variable speed trigger and two different modes (stealth mode and high output mode). Using the high output mode, the maximum air volume is 530 cfm and the maximum air velocity goes up to 166 mph. With the larger battery pack, runtimes vary between 60 and 90 minutes depending on the set speed.

Another advantage of the Oregon handheld blower BLH120VX is its reduced noise level, which fluctuates between 54- and 56 db(A) only. In comparison, the noise level of the Oregon cordless leaf blower BL300 might go up to 65 db(A).

Oregon Backpack Blower BL120VX

In contrast to the previously introduced handheld blower, which is connected to the backpack through a cable, the Oregon backpack blower BL120VX is a fully integrated solution. The engine as well as the battery pack are both located in the backpack. The blowpipe is directly connected as well. As the handheld blower, the Oregon BL120VX has two different modes. By setting the mode on „high output“, the air volume goes up to 526 cfm and air velocity exceeds 200 mph. According to the manufacturers website, the backpack blower outperforms all mid-range gas blowers with its 22 Newton (N) blow force rating.

The Oregon backpack blower BL120VX is not only very powerful, but with a noise level of less than 60 db(A) also pretty quiet and suitable for residential areas. The drawback of Oregons 120V backpack solution is its high weight. The power tool already weighs 20.5 lbs standalone. Including the battery pack, the total weight of the solution increases even further.

III. Technical Data

Solution Components 
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Table 1: Oregon Cordless Blower 40V Max BL 300 – Solution Components
Technical DataOregon BL 300 (40V)Oregon BLH120VX (Handheld)Oregon BL120VX (Backpack)
Performance
Max. air speed132 mph166 mph200 mph
Max. air volume507 cfm530 cfm526 cfm
Variable speed trigger+++
Performance boost+++
Ergonomics
Weight (tool only)6.2 lbs7.2 lbs20.5 lbs
Max. noise level65 db(a)56 db(a)59 db(a)
Soft-grip++-
Max. battery run times¹
1.3 ah: n/a
2.6 ah: 28 min
4.0 ah: 54 min
6.0 ah: 90 min
6.0 ah: n/a
9.0 ah: 90 min
6.0 ah: n/a
9.0 ah: 45 min
Table 2: Oregon Cordless Blowers (40V- & 120V) – Technical Data
¹ Battery run times times partially calculated.
Battery- and & Charging TechnologyOregon BL 300 (40V)Oregon BLH120VX (Handheld)Oregon BL120VX (Backpack)
Battery Technology
Voltage40 Volt120 Volt120 Volt
Battery rangeLi-Ion 1.3 ah
Li-Ion 2.6 ah
Li-Ion 4.0 ah
Li-Ion 6.0 ah
Li-Ion 6.0 ah
Li-Ion 9.0 ah
Li-Ion 6.0 ah
Li-Ion 9.0 ah
Electricity use1.3 ah: 50 wh
2.6 ah: 104 wh
4.0 ah: 160 wh
6.0 ah: 240 wh
6.0 ah: 648 wh
9.0 ah: 972 wh
6.0 ah: 648 wh
9.0 ah: 972 wh
Charging Technology²
Charging times (standard charger)1.3 ah: n/a
2.6 ah: 120 min
4.0 ah: 240 min
6.0 ah: n/a
6.0 ah: 3 hrs
9.0 ah: 5 hrs
6.0 ah: 3 hrs
9.0 ah: 5 hrs
Charging times (fast charger)1.3 ah: n/a
2.6 ah: 30 min
4.0 ah: 60 min
6.0 ah: 90 min
n/an/a
Table 3: Oregon Cordless Blowers (40V- & 120V) – Battery- & Charging Technology
² Charging times times partially calculated.

IV. Oregon 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.