Toro 51609 Variable Speed Electric Blower/Vacuum Review

The Toro Ultra 12 Amp Variable Speed Electric Blower/Vacuum is one of the most popular and bestselling items in its product class – and rightfully so because of the many excellent features packed into this machine. With its multiple functions, solid design and construction, this electric blower/vacuum from Toro is the ideal machine that meets the multi-purpose needs and heavy-duty gardening projects of the DIY gardener and professional lawn and landscape maintenance contractors.

Toro 51609 Ultra 12 Amp Variable-Speed up to 235 Electric Blower/Vacuum with Metal Impeller

3-in-1 Multi-purpose Equipment

This high powered multi-purpose tool is capable of performing major cleaning and clearing tasks around the yard. Its blower function comes in varied airspeeds, allowing it to blow away different types of unwanted debris in the yard like fallen leaves, twigs, shrub trimmings and many others. The vacuum is just as powerful, with a wide nozzle that allows it to pick up leaves and other organic materials with ease and without jamming. It also comes with its own vacuum bag. Its third function, the mulcher, is equally just as commendable. The magnesium serrated blades do a wonderful job of shredding and turning leaves into fine mulch which can be used as compost or fertilizers. It is also rather convenient to switch from one function to another with its quick-release latch.

Powerful Machine with Variable Speed

This lawn care machine comes equipped with a 12 amp variable speed motor, allowing for different speed settings to accommodate the different needs of users. The speed settings can be set anywhere between 112 mph and 235 mph, making it much more versatile than its other counterparts in the market. This is achieved by creating a stable balance between air speed and air volume, which then results in optimal power and performance. It also comes with two kinds of nozzles (the main tube and a concentrator insert tube) so you can choose to use which is more suitable for the volume of leaves to be blown or collected.

Clean and Efficient Engine

This model makes use of an electric motor, which allows for powerful operations but without that much noise. This lessens the need for earplugs but is still recommended to protect hearing. Because it runs on electricity rather than gas, the need to purchase gasoline and the risks of inhaling dangerous fuel fumes are eliminated. The engine is also configured to provide easier startups and maintenance which is perfect for users who are not keen on pulling cords.


Complete Accessories Included in the Packaging
Powerful Performance
Variable Speed Options
Affordable Price
Sleek, Ergonomic Design
Easy to Use and Maneuver


May Require an Extension Cord for Outdoor Uses
Quite heavy at 12 lbs.

Final Verdict

The Toro Ultra 12 Amp Variable Speed Electric Blower/Vacuum is definitely an item worth considering when you’re out shopping for a new leaf blower as it comes with two other functions (vacuum and mulcher) giving you a great deal for your money. One of the best things about this product is that it comes with complete accessories – from slings to leaf bags and others – while other similar products do not. Some people may have an issue with the cord, as many would surely prefer something more portable and would easily travel across the lawn or the yard without the need for an extension cord. Still, if using an extension cord is no issue for you (and they’ve included an extension cord caddy, by the way, to make lugging the extension cord easier) then you should definitely consider going for this than its competitions. Whether you’re a homeowner with a modest yard to clean up, or a commercial lawn care and landscaping service provider with large gardens and parks to tend to, the Toro Ultra 12 Amp Variable Speed Electric Blower/Vacuum will prove to be a dependable and solid ally for you.

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Toro 51609 Ultra 12 Amp Variable-Speed up to 235 Electric Blower/Vacuum with Metal Impeller
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