Pros:A Landscaper/Gardeners dream.
Cons:A little noisy, but not that bad.
The Bottom Line: To get those flowerbeds clean, and keeping clean under your big landscaping shrubs this machine is for you.
After 7 and half years and tons of yard work this will be my Stihl Homescaper Series Bg65c Leaf Blower final year. I was very dependant on this machine for either blowing of swimming pool sidewalks during the summer or its main purpose of sucking leaves and other debris from flowerbeds in the fall.
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I have sharpened the inner suction blades so low that full leaves were passing into the bag. The bag also has hand sewn denim patches on it and it was ready for its third zipper. So it will be put to use for blowing out the sheds and the trucks and any miniscule jobs I can find for it.
So the last couple months we’ve been working with these new and exciting Husqvarna HVH125BVX machines. There are a few improvements on this machine than the others manufactures haven’t caught on too, even Stihl. The first thing I notice was that the bag strap made the mulch bag go across your back evenly displacing the weight not directly on your lumbar system. This is a very good thing when you’re working on your knees under Leyland Cypresses or in flowerbeds with a lot of shrubs.
The mulch bag is 17 gallons and depending if you just have leaves in the bag the weight can be between 8 to 14 pounds. The weight of the machine is nine pounds and has an all around grip for use of both hands for directional sucking patterns that will pull leaves off of bush shrubs without hurting the bush. If you do as I do, I hold the handle with my right arm at the curve of the handle were the weight is even and use my left hand to lift under the bush. With the flat nozzle for vacuuming I will gently graze the mulch flooring and with the 3.5 foot suction tube minimizing any mulch to be sucked in.
The 28CC (1.1 hp) has enough power to rotate the vacuum or blower at 8,000 rpm’s, but the kicker is there is a Cruise Control switch on the grip you can use your index finger to turn on and off. When I press on it the maximum speed increases to 10,000 rpms a minute. All the controls for my machines are no more than a finger away from using. With the air flow speed inside the housing pulling 470cfm’s as it flows through the pipe winding down to 425cfm’s the air speed that comes out at blowing is 130 miles an hour. But if you’re vacuuming it’s drawing more air in at 170 miles an hour.
My machines have 17 ounce fuel tanks which give us over an hour to use without stopping. The machine noise is at 92/dba for which I highly recommend ear plugs or full ear protectors. When blowing I would suggest eye protection, just in case you blow some dust in the air and you walk right into it. To convert from blower to vacuum simply start at the plastic funnel tube and twist it off, then you put your bagger on screwing until the “O” ring is tight. Then on the left side of your machine is the vacuum protection cover which is spring loaded. A flat head screwdriver will flip open the casing and you proceed to turn your tube clockwise until it’s snug. Final thing is replacing the round tube nozzle with the flat head nozzle and you’re raring to go.
Wear a hat or a hooded sweatshirt so the leaf dust doesn’t get in your hair much. There is a 2 year warranty that comes with this machine, if they’re like my old man Stihl 85 I don’t have to worry. Regular price is $170.00 and I bought two so that brought it to $160.00 with a multi-item purchase.
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