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Five Star Reviews:
This is a great blower for the average DIY homeowner
August 29, 2017
This is a great blower for the average DIY homeowner. I use it primarily to clean off my roof several times a year, clear my deck off, and move leaves into a general pile. I never have to go above the lowest setting to meet my needs. A few months after having it, my mom bought one (she is not a yard working person or DIY person) and raved about how easy it was to use. The only disadvantage is that when in reverse to pick up debris, the debris goes through a fan/blade - this is not ideal if you have tiny rocks that might accidentally picked up.
BEST PRODUCT ON THE MARKET!
May 12, 2017
this tool has changed our lives! I can't believe they finally developed this! I've been wishing for this forever! Believe it or not, we used to drag our shop vac around the yard to suck the leaves out of the shrubs because instead of mulch we use pine straw and it is impossible to blow the leaves out of the shrubs and away from the shrubs without having the pine straw just fly up in the air everywhere. Mulch is way too heavy and time consuming to use over a large area however, not so easy to get leaves out of. Fall/spring clean up every year was a nightmare and we couldn't even hire anyone to do it because nobody would deal with it. So, we literally used to have to drag the shop vac around and empty the damn thing every 5 minutes and it would clog and was a nightmare. This came in yesterday and my husband did the entire yard in 8 hours (versus multiple weekends) the unit never clogged once and although he did have to empty the bag, it is very easy and fast. We did also purchase the attachment hose for the trash can but that was a disaster. Not sure who did the R&D for that component but I seriously question if they actually even used it in real life because that was a joke unfortunately. Regardless, of the fact that we wish the bag were somehow capable of holding more, it is adequate and the tool is quite powerful and appears to be well made and well thought out and certainly worth the price!
This is a great yard tool
February 8, 2017
Oh Yeah!!!! This is a great yard tool!! Works like it says. I had to wait until my husband was done playing with it so I could try it out. I wish I had this earlier when the leaves first started falling!!
September 11, 2016
I haven't always trusted B&D products as they always seem CHEAP and they lack power. This blower is amazing. Does everything I need and then some. I have rocks in my front yard and you can regulate the strength of the vacuum to pull up leaves but not rocks. Very powerful if you need it to be. Great buy
Can't Decide? This is the one to buy.
August 16, 2016
Can’t decide Toro or Black and Decker. Easy BLACK AND DECKER with the bag bar instead of zipper.
I am becoming an expert on Vacuum/Blowers. #1 Black&Decker(BD) lasted maybe 10 years. It was small, light and not very powerful. The on/of switch wore out on it. I repaired it myself several times and is was a Rube Goldberg of turning the machine on and off. A simple task designed in a complex manner. BD #2 LH5000, ooh what an improvement in the power department. I have pink clover ground cover and need to suck the tree leaves out of it. This would pickup stuff like hibiscus buds that fell off, that the old one would not. Just terrific, but it only lasted 3 years. I had sewn up the bag several times where it connects to the machine, put duct tape around it for added support. But in the end it was the on/off was the issue. There is a tiny slot that either the vacuum or blower pieces need to push it to allow it to go on. A safety switch Not too much in and not too little in though. Became a fidgety machine with a leaking bag, so I replaced it with a Toro.
Huge mistake, not only is the same rated wind power Toro not able to pick up what the Black and Decker could do, but the bags last weeks, not YEARS. I am talking bag one lasted maybe 10 uses, but was tearing after 2 uses. The zipper gave way and became useless. The next bag lasted 3 uses and the zipper broke. Toro is absolute JUNK. Thin bags with zippers from light spring jackets.
So the Toro lasted 8 months and is now permanently the blower and the new BD is the vacuum, so I don’t have to change the tooling. So get the BD and get the one with the bar on the bag instead of the zipper, because it will not break. Also, if you are dragging the bag on the ground it is the hard plastic instead of the cloth and zipper that take the abuse. You have to get the bag bar. The downside is after a few hours in the miserable heat the last thing you do is empty the bag, and it takes some strength sometimes to get the bar to slide off. Its okay to say FORGET IT. Go take your shower and empty the bag tomorrow. Mostly it is fine though. Its powerful and well designed.
Let me begin by saying I hate yard work
December 5, 2015
Let me begin by saying I hate yard work! But we have a few trees in our front yard and they drop some serious leaves, so I thought I'd give this unit a try. In the past I've tried raking, blowing, etc., but it's extremely time consuming and exhausting. This thing is the answer. I opted for this model instead of the base unit ($20 or so cheaper), and haven't been disappointed. It sucks up leaves and pulverizes (mulches) them like you wouldn't believe. The suction is powerful, so much so that when vacuuming leaves from a mulch bed you have to let the thing hover 5" or 6" above or it'll suck up the mulch and pulverize it along with the leaves. It mulches finely enough that I can use one recycling bag where it used to take three (raking). A steal at the price.
Effective and convenient blower
August 2, 2017
I was looking for an inexpensive way to blow leaves and dust off my porch deck. I've used the gas powered leaf blower and shop vac for this in the past, but they lacked in the convenience department. A few days ago I thought "electric leaf blower" and did a search for it on Amazon and found this. Actually pretty impressive, inexpensive, small enough to park permanently in a corner on the porch and as convenient as I was hoping. Best of all, it's quite effective. Not very loud, quieter than the shop vac, but it moves the dirt off the deck.
If I'd ordered this for the vacuum function I'd probably give it a 2 or 3 star rating. But I wanted a blower and this has exceeded my expectations for that purpose. I just used the vacuum function on the hordes of fruit flies in the kitchen. That worked great.
Proud Owner of this Blower
March 6, 2017
Great Blower - I use it for "sweeping" out an 18 Wheeler. It is small but powerful and very handy. For me, it is much easier than using the air system of the truck itself. It does exactly what I wanted it to do. No more debris in the tiny cracks of my floor and under the seat. Once a week keeps my cab spic and span from all of that.
GREAT LITTLE BLOWER, VERY POWERFUL FOR ITS SIZE
May 20, 2015
I manage sailboat races and we use inflatable marks; 6' tall 4.5' in diameter and the big ones 8' tall, 6' diameter. My good inflator was stolen a while back and I'd been using a shop vac. Cumbersome to say the least, but I didn't want to spend another $250.00 on a "Good" inflator. I have an 18v Makita blower that works great, but takes too many batteries to inflate enough marks for a race course.
The other day I ran across this little gem. $25.00 and it does a great job, as good as the Makita and almost as good as the $250 Mastercraft inflator. Best of all if someone steals it I won't cry.
I'm sure it won't last as long, but hey its $25!
UPDATE 6/21/15: I'm still VERY happy with this little blower. In fact I just ordered a second one.
Great blower and plenty powerful
October 15, 2014
I must admit I didn't expect much from this blower but I am pleasantly surprised. I needed something compact and powerful for my apartment balcony. Moving everything to sweep it was getting old. This blower fits the bill perfectly. It has plenty of power to blow the leaves and crud and even gets the cob webs from the corners. I am impressed.
Very powerful little blower.
August 21, 2014
When I received this package, my first thought was I made a mistake because it was so small. I opened it and connected to an extension cord and let me tell you, this little blower is very powerful and easy to maneuver. Even a very frail person could handle this. I use it to blow my patio and front porch after the gardener mows the lawn. (He does not do too well of a job cleaning) I also use it after washing my car to help dry it. I highly recommend this blower. You can very easily store it anywhere in the house, you can't do that with a full size blower. One of the best purchases I’ve made.
Four Star Reviews:
Black & Decker BV6600 High Performance vacuum & blower (outdoor)
February 19, 2017
Works as advertised, a bit heavy. Amazon sent me a recall notice from Black & Decker for a shield problem. I contacted B&D and they sent a replacement part in just a few days, very good service by Amazon and B&D ....Thanks
Wrong component in package
June 23, 2016
Am giving it one star momentarily because the package contained the wrong type VAC TUBE ASSEMBLY. After a lengthy call to Black & Decker's customer service, I was promised shipment of the correct component. It was left up to me to monitor the actual shipping from the B&S warehouse in ten days. I feel that this is not a businesslike treatment of a customer inasmuch as it's pretty close to the 30-day return policy at which time I would be faced with asking for an RMA. This is in no way a criticism of Amazon since they have no control over how the sellers handle their quality control.
If that part arrives and fits as promised, I'll add the other stars since I was impressed with the quality and heft of the BLOWER head and the force of the air jet. Without the vac tubing and bag, the unit weighs 7 lbs, 12 ounces. After 10 minutes of use that weight might be a problem for the elderly.
The only important con is lack of an on/off trigger forcing use of the other hand to control the power dialing knob inconveniently placed on the body of the unit rather than on the handle. During that short moment one does not have full control of the direction of the nozzle.
The instructions are sophomoric with more thought attached to legalese than a user's needs.
Finally, more importance should be given to warnings NOT to use a long, weak extension cord. A 16 gauge cable of any length should be discouraged while a 14 gauge, maximum one hundred footer should not overload the motor.
JULY 3, 2016
As promised, here is my upgraded review. After receiving the proper part, I was able to use the vacuum feature and was impressed by its suction power. The top speed picked up the carpet on our deck and I had to reduce it and vary the angle of the intake tube. I deducted one star due to the inconvenient placement of the above mentioned speed control and utter lack of clarity of the instructions. The conversion from blower to vacuum is not intuitive and the scant drawings, apparently made by enthusiastic Kindergartners, are of little help. That said, I can recommend this well-made product to friends and family.
and it does a very good job. The leaves need to be dry
March 7, 2016
This unit is a really handy tool. I bought it strictly for suction of leaves, and it does a very good job. The leaves need to be dry, for wet leaves/dirt will wind up clogging the intake. I did have to unscrew the blade a couple time to completely clean that area out inside the machine. Only downside...the instructions were absolutely terrible. Black and Decker uses pictures (which I like) but there wasn't enough information on the page to see what they were trying to convey.
With about 10-15 min...I was honestly able to lay the pieces on the ground and piece it together no problem. I would buy this again in a heartbeat. I would also purchase another black back for that will be a failure point at some point. I will mention the black back used a slider part which when unslid...opens the entire bottom of the bag...allowing the contents to be dumped anywhere, and completely, and quickly. Very genious method guaranteeing closure of the bag.
Pretty good mulcher and blower
December 15, 2014
Has definitely made it easier to tackle the leaves this year. I have use it numerous times to blow and mulch the leaves. It does a decent job of sucking in leaves and spitting out small pieces. Overall I would buy it again.
-Nice blower force
-Easy turn dial for blower speed
-Attachments are quick to change
-Lots of straps to make holding it easier
-Leaves can get stuck if you go too fast or if slightly wet
-Collection bag frays inside easily and clogs up- I've cut them multiple times and it still frays
February 9, 2014
blower and vac worked great,plenty of power.even mulched sweetgum balls and small twigs. only thing needed is padding for shoulder strap as bag gets heavy when mulching.
I like this product a lot
June 10, 2017
I like this product a lot. Other blowers targeted towards automobiles are way too expensive. This works good enough.
great for removing most of water off the car
May 7, 2017
Bought this to use for drying most of the water off cars, and boats before a quick finish wipe down. It will not dry your car, it will
make it easier and quicker and reduce towel wringing by blowing most of the large amounts off and out of cracks ,etc. The performance
of that will depend on how well you take care of your paint and wax.
For reference I drive a crew cab, before using a blower, I't would take a waffle mf towel,
then an extra large mf towel, then smaller plus ones I'd finish up with.
A combination of a final no nozzle hose rinse and this blower it takes me just one regular sized mf towel now. About the same with my boat,
except since that's larger takes 2 normal towels, before on that I'd use every towel I had to dry it, waffle, 2 extra large, then several small ones to finish up with.
Also use it for blowing out the garage.
Update June 2017, still using it, makes the number of mf towels I have to wash much less! especially for the boat. the rubber nozzle likes to fall off , I just put tape I had handy (foil tape) to keep it on, something minor I had read in another review.
Works great for drying cars
January 17, 2017
Blows real hard...has alot of force. Works great for drying cars. I wish it had a longer cord. You will need an extension cord in order to use it, thats the only reason its got 4 stars.
Works perfect for what I am using it for
July 28, 2016
Works perfect for what I am using it for. I use it to blow dry my motorcycle and the engine bay of my truck after washing. Also works well to blow grass clippings off my tractors mower deck and blow dirt and grass clippings from my shop. For the money, hard to beat.
Powerful "toy size" Blower!
June 4, 2016
This little bugger does look like a toy when you open the package. But the power is amazing!!! I used it to blow years of dust, pollen, etc out of our shop! The only downsides are that the cord is only a few INCHES long which creates a problem keeping it plugged in to an electrical drop cord-finally got a knot tied to hold it. The other drawback is that you have to continuously hold the on button down during use which causes fatigue and numbness after a while. I have not tried the vacuum attachment yet but it would only be useful for very small area I would think. As far as power and being light weight though, this "toy like" blower really does the job!!!
Three Star Reviews:
COULD LOVE IT!
April 9, 2017
love the idea but needs improvement.
Pros: 2 in1 tool, mulches leaves into a good size.
Cons: bag is hard to carry. I see why peoples bags rip so fast, it needs better support. It needs a shut off button. I sucked up a rock and it sounded like it was going to brake the inside of the machine. I wanted to quickly shut it off but I had turn the knob all the way down to do so. It needs better suction or a smaller hose attachment.it hard to suck up leaves inside pots and in tight areas. Its great if you make a pile and then suction them in.
Does what you expect, I don't like having to stick my hand in there so much, though.
April 30, 2016
Having a yard with a bunch of shrubs, I quickly got sick of trying to rake up tiny leaves - i needed a vac unit! Since this is a wired unit, the power is decent, but there are a couple cons that prevent this from getting a great review:
- The blade portion of the unit cannot be disassembled, and the plastic tube can quickly get clogged with anything viney (ivy) or damp (rotted leaf buildup). When clearing an area for the first time, I had to stop several times to try to clear out the matted up areas, which are too small for me to get my fingers into (after unplugging it -I'm not crazy!). The rotted leaves I could get, they were wet and became like mud inside there - however, it tangled up on some small branches (1/8 in diameter) from the shrubs I had trimmed. They were too long, I guess, and got tangled up inside the unit.
- There are three or four pieces you have to carry around to convert from a blower to a vac. There's nowhere to store these things, so you end up with a pile of plastic parts. Black & Decker should try to think of a spring-loaded cover that isn't removable, or some way to mount the pieces to the unit like a vacuum cleaner normally does.
- It does look a little too sci-fi-ey with the giant vacuum tube being shiny black and lines carved into it. I felt like I could paint it white and go trick-or-treating as the Flamethrower Stormtrooper from Star Wars: The Force Awakens in this thing.
- it totally sucks. in a good way, usually (outside of the con above).
- the blower has a swivel attachment that really does help get matted up stuff off the ground.
- vacuum bag holds pretty well, easy to dump out the grinded up foliage. Reduces the room it takes up in the trash can quite a bit, so I can get more out of it.
better than raking but not an ideal maching
December 11, 2015
It is indeed heavy - especially after an hour or manoevering over the lawn. I did not find the blower to be very useful - it blew leaves in many directions -= only some in the direction I intended! But the vacuum feature is very good,. You can set the motor to a lower speed and vacuum over mulched beds or light pebbled pathways etc and only pick up leaves. I found this very useful. Also I found that raking a lawn often caused the wet soil to break and I ended up raking leaves with grass. With this device this does not happen. You can increase the motor to a loud and powerful setting and pick up leaves off garden without disturbing the turf at all. I wish it wasn't as heavy. I wish the bag that collects the leaves - black one - was sturdier as after only a week, I can see this thing is not going to survive two fall seasons and I wish the strap for the bag was padded and broader - it is a very thin nylon strap and is not appropriate for the weight of this device, cutting into your shoulder after a short while. I do love the fact that the sucked up leaves can be chopped into small pieces and makes it easier to dispose of this small leaf mulch than the bags and bags of leaves I had to collect before...
The dirt quickly turns to mud...
May 26, 2015
Alright, the thing eats leaves and twigs that are dry. It also loves dirt and bark, which is a problem if the leaves are wet.
The dirt quickly turns to mud and cakes around the impeller. The suction dies and you are tasked with unplugging it with a stick or a screwdriver.
I'd still buy it again, but I try and only use it when everything is dry.
February 14, 2015
I only use it as a vacuum and mulch, sucking up leaves. I don't use the bag that came with it because I also bought the trash can attachment, blowing the leaves directly into the can. I gave this only 3 stars because I have cursed it a few times while using it. The vacuum tube dose not stay on very well, and when it falls off, your pile of leaves are blown all over the place. I am a 70 year old woman and this thing weighs a good 10 lbs. Imagine carrying around a 10 lb sack of potatoes, aiming it in a downward position! Gets heavy in a hurry. I secured my trash can to a dolly so I could move it around easier, but because of the size and weight of the blower, it is still pretty awkward.
It does do the job of sucking up and mulching your leaves. The mulching blade seems to be pretty solid and made of a metal material, not plastic. Over all, if mulching the leaves is your main desire and you are able to handle the weight, I would recommend this except for seniors.
March 23, 2017
Came with a small bag attachment but no button to push or turn on to "collect" dust etc..Help? ??,
... crevices so the power could be a little bit better for the price and size and does his
July 31, 2016
Have any small courtyard this is come in handy for cleanup easier than sleeping and gets into the corners and crevices so the power could be a little bit better for the price and size and does his job
great little blower with plenty of power
June 15, 2016
Blower was received one month ago.....great little blower with plenty of power. However after just a few uses the blower could not be turned off with the trigger that allows intermittent on off. Had to return it for an exchange. Hope the next one does not have this problem.
MUCH smaller size than I thought it would be. ...
February 1, 2016
MUCH smaller size than I thought it would be. My old shop blower was a beat up 2 speed leaf blower that finally gave out. This isn't half the size of the old one and certainly doesn't blow as much air. It may be acceptable, but should by much lower in price. Don't know how long it will last, just have to wait and see.
Oh, and whoever posted that it would dry cars & such must have a really small car!
but it is good for close up
December 7, 2015
Its a bit small. but it is good for close up, detailed needs. Not good for broad blowing several feet away. Good for blowing water out of the cracks of a car when detailing it, but would like a larger one. I also would prefer a flat nozzle to channel the air into a wall, rather than a circle that blows any which direction.
Two Star Reviews:
August 23, 2017
the vacuum feature is not easy. much easier to use a shop vac
very difficult to open leaf bag. machine is extremely ...
January 5, 2017
very difficult to open leaf bag. machine is extremely heavy and after a few hours I had severe pain in elbows.
Product recall offered me a repacement part...but they never sent it. Apparently the blade attatchment falls off and has an risk of injury.
Won't mulch live oak leaves.... and just not very powerful.
March 17, 2016
I bought this based on all the good reviews, but it doesn't really mulch live oak leaves, and it's not powerful at all compared to my old blower that broke. :( I'm disappointed, but it's too late to return it and it does partially work -- just not as well as the reviews made it sound. I'll attach photos of the leaves before and after "mulching" them with this mulcher... No difference really between the "mulched" live oak leaves in the tub and the leaves still on the ground. :( I've concluded that it's actually easier just to scoop up the live oak leaves and not attempt to use the mulcher. This seemed to work better on leaves from my crepe myrtle trees, which aren't as tough as live oak leaves.
If you are considering this a a leaf vacuum, don't bother
January 9, 2016
If you are considering this a a leaf vacuum, don't bother. It simply does not have the power to handle more than the tiniest of jobs and you will be wasting your money. It clogs easily and can't handle small twigs and other common yard debris that you will typically will find mixed among the leaves. However as a blower it works quite well, but the on/off button is not ergonomically designed for quick shut off and requires a second hand.
Very poor quality bag - I would not buy this item ...
January 6, 2016
I've used the for the spring and fall season now in CT. I read a few reviews prior to purchase and noticed that one review mentioned that the bag does not last long. That is absolutely correct. The bag is torn just with normal use. Very poor quality bag - I would not buy this item again, though I am now stuck with it, and looking for a replacement bag...
It worked well when it worked. 🤐
July 30, 2017
It worked well when it worked. I hadn't used it often, but as soon as the warranty period was over, it died permanently.
Unusable without extension cord
May 22, 2017
The cord is very small, about 6 inches, and the blower only works when plugged in. It's not very practical.
May 11, 2017
My wife loved this. Compact and easy to use. Problem is it stopped working after a year. Only used in the summer.
Motor sounds like a bad quality hair dryer
November 4, 2016
Works, but feels cheaply made. Motor sounds like a bad quality hair dryer. Comes with a short cord, so you have the plug hanging just below the blower and better hope your cord grabs onto the plug good otherwise it will regularly fall off. If you have a big-name cordless set for about $30 more you can buy a battery-powered one from that company that is probably better made and much more convenient to use.
One Star Reviews:
Good price suckered me in
June 16, 2016
Tried for cleaning roof gutters, and even waited until leaves dried out. Good price suckered me in, but power of suction very disappointing. Finally went back to a 2.5 hp shop vac working off 10' stepladder using extension hoses to get the job done in this lifetime.
Black & Decker BV6600
May 5, 2016
Cheap made. Way too heavy. BAD
Received damaged product, but I won't return the whole ...
March 16, 2016
Received damaged product, but I won't return the whole item as only one part was broken. I want a partial refund or a replacement part
worked great the first year than it just stopped
July 28, 2015
lasted one year stopped working at all not worth the money for one year
Worse than original model
April 25, 2014
Owned original and was basically satisfied, but vac bag wore through. Purchased this newer model which claimed to address bag problem. The new unit clogs constantly. The impeller is smaller than the original, and the shape of the housing is such that there is a 2 inch gap between the impeller and the housing. This size of this gap shrinks around the perimeter, I assume to increase air velocity. But in the gap, mulched leaves collect quickly, to the point where no more leaves can pass through. They cake up and then rub on the impeller slowing it down. Have to turn it off, unplug, remove the impeller cover, and flick out the caked mulch with a screwdriver, because a finger can't get in there. So annoying!! Also, motor is not as powerful as old one, and smaller impeller. More mph, yes (made by smaller aperture) , but less air volume, so a net loss in usefulness. Blower does not work as well as old. I have returned new model, and just purchased replacement bag for old unit.
Quit working after 5 months
October 4, 2017
This blower worked great for about 5 months and then just quit working. Unfortunately Amazon only has a 30 day return policy, so I guess I'm out of luck.
August 23, 2017
Stoped working after two times I used it
August 18, 2017
Stopped working after a handful of uses. Not even worth the cheap price.
Piece of junk, quite working within the first month.
April 14, 2017
Don't waste your hard earned money on this. The first two or three times I used it, worked great. Then the variable speed started messing up so that I had to turn it off to change the speed. After using it about six times, it quite working altogether. What a piece of junk.
Broke after 3rd use
January 1, 2016
Broke after using it 3 times.
Use it for only a couple of months. No more.
August 30, 2015
After 3 months of using it, it stopped working as the first day. It deteriorates after every use.
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Black & Decker Outdoor
Black & Decker Outdoor
2 year limited warranty
Lifetime Limited Warranty
The 12 amp motor operates a 3-in-1 blower, vacuum and mulcher all in one
250 mph blower with variable speed selections
Disposable leaf bag system
Can grind up to 16 bags of mulch down to one
Tool-free changing between vacuum and blower
Amazing blowing power in a compact, easy to handle size.
600W motor produces 75+ mph air flow and 16,000 max RPM
Large handle with lockable trigger & includes vacuum bag
Great electric broom for garage floor, sidewalks, clearing dust and saw dust from power tools, or a touch-less dry on your car
Specs - Voltage: 120 V AC, 60Hz, Rated Power: 600W, 5 AMPs, RPM: 16,000 min., Air Flow Rate: 75 CFM, Bag Capacity: 20 oz., Weight: 3.3 lbs., Noise Rating: 98 db(A) cETL listed 4008076