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Five Star Reviews:
Snow or Leaves can be used for
May 21, 2017
Works great for leaves in the summer time, or in the winter time i used it to blow off the snow off my deck in Minnesota
Love it. Very easy to start
December 11, 2016
I've had this since this summer. Love it. Very easy to start. Prime it, and five pulls later its running. Very easy to pull too. Light, plenty of power. Really glad I went with this one because of where the air intake is. If you are going to hold it in your right hand this is the one you want. Not to loud ether. I have yet to use the attachments.
Troy-Bilt is tough as nails
October 31, 2016
I've never had a leaf blower before. So when I used to mow the grass I'd simply leave the grass clippings on my sidewalk. Now I can blow the snot out of leaves and grass clippings clear of my walkway and driveway and it throws leaves a very good distance. Very powerful leaf blower. I wish I would of ordered this Troy-Bilt years ago. I truly like it a lot. It's been great so far.
September 3, 2016
I've had this for a few weeks now and must say its a really nice blower / vac. I've had many over the years, pretty much every brand out there and I think, so far anyway, this baby is my favorite. It's a power house no doubt, but it also seems extremely well designed and built. Some I've had are not really easy to use in vac mode. But this one is very ergonomic and easy to handle. In blower mode it's just a beast, the trigger throttle allows you to blow as soft or as hard as the situation dictates. The throttle cruise control is a very nice touch, I absolutely love this feature, set it to the speed you need and go. No finger fatigue. Is sounds silly but if you are out there awhile it can start to become an issue.
November 6, 2015
Love this blower. Very light in weight yet very good power for moving leaves. I have had several blowers and this one is right up there.I highly recommend using the premixed fuel and not regular gas with oil additive. Ethel in the gas just destroys the engine in a few short years.
July 6, 2015
Runs great simple put together, I got the elec.start and this is the most easy starting, gas product ever, I also have the Troy-Built weed eaterand now I use the elec. starter on it also, should have bought the starter 2 years ago, what a differance, I use the canned fuel 40 to 1 mix,and no problems with this.
Blows real hard....
September 5, 2017
Bought this because it was highly rated and am very pleased with the performance and easy start..turn off as soon as it sputters out of gas as it will take about 6-8 pulls after gassing up to restart if you let it run TOTALLY out of gas..but I do run it out for end of season winter stortage..wonderfull product with easy access to oil drain-oil fill plug-spark plug and air cleaner..this thing blows harder on idle than my cheap electric one did running..I stood and blew leaves clear across a side street sized road without stepping onto the road..
Good running so far
January 29, 2017
It is working well so far. Not too many people nearby knew Makita made a 4 stroke blower and it rocks! I've been blowing Hurricane Matthew debris for the past few months and with ear gear and a few gallons of gas - I am quietly blowing away the leaves that have fallen and the few that continue to fall with the trees we have left. Good running so far. I love Stihl products but they had no 4 stroke blower.
Great performance and utility
October 24, 2016
Did my first fall cleaning when this arrived. I had to add oil into the unit and fuel it up. The oil cap location makes it a bit challenging to add oil and not spill too much. I cut out a funnel from the handle of a 1-gallon water jug that I had to use and that made it easier. I'll probably have to use the same funnel when I need to change the oil. I was very happy to prime the fuel and after a couple pulls of the starter cord, the blower started up right away. I didn't have to switch between choke and open positions. A full tank of fuel provided me over an hour of run time to clear a large swath of my backyard and then I had to re-fuel to clear my side yard. The leaves in my yard were slightly wet from the rain the night before and the leaf blower didn't have a single problem moving them. I've been trying to switch to 4-stroke yard tools so that I don't have to deal with mixing gasoline and 2-cycle oil and am glad to see this offering by Makita.Pros:- Easy to start- Effective with both wet and dry leaves,- Quiet and fuel efficientCons:- Oil cap location not ideal
Love this thing
June 20, 2016
Love this thing. There aren't many 4stroke options out there but this one takes the cake. Starts on first pull every time. Much quieter than other 2strokes out there. You can use this without ear protection (not recommended) and you don't need to worry about going deaf or having your ears ring...like with 2strokes. Excellent air flow. Even at idle speed this thing moves some serious air. Straps are very comfortable. Feels very well built overall. Only concern would be motor has slight vibration to it. But after a few uses you don't even notice it.
October 14, 2015
simply the best!!!!!!! it starts easily and is very quiet compared to my old Echo, is a little heavy and I changed the straps, other than that it's the best, I have used many blowers in my 35 years of landscaping and this Mikita is the best I have used, I looked at the stihl BG600 and it was difficult to start and the gas cap was difficult to put back on, the stihl had more power but the mikita moves more leaves, it seems to be using the same amount of gas my Echo did, mileage may improve when it's fully broken in.update:I have used the blower all fall and winter, I have many hours blowing tons of leaves and have burned many gallons of gas, still starts on the first or second pull and goes to full throttle immediately the crankcase is still full of oil.......this Mikita is a pleasure to use......throttle lever broke......... .but I still give 5 stars
First-time user liked it very much!
November 16, 2013
As a first time user of a leaf-blower, I feel like I did my research well. This Makita is easy to use, and it worked like a charm after maybe a half-hour of assembly. In my case, it was a little tough fitting the last two black plastic tubing segments on the blower together, as they were so snug that I wasn't able to turn and actually "lock" the last one into the next to last one. However, I was able to fit them together tightly enough that it wasn't a problem during use.The actual blowing power of the blower is outstanding. I saw a couple of bricks lift up off the cover on our built-in grill, and they would have been blown off had I not quickly pointed the blower in a different direction. Maybe that sounds like a problem, but I don't mean to present it as such -- the fact that this thing is able to move as much air as it does is very helpful when it comes to clearing out leaves and arranging them into piles you can deal with. All it takes is a little getting used to, and it becomes very easy to work with as you learn to control the power with the hand-held throttle. I live next to a forest, so when I say this thing moves leaves, I do mean a lot of leaves. I'm one of those people who, in an ideal world, would just prefer to mulch the leaves or leave them be, but my neighborhood is a little upper-crusty, so I pretty much have to do my neighborly duty. Thankfully, the Makita is the right tool for the job. I would go so far as to even say that it is better than the backpack blowers I see being used by the teams of lawn care people who come in to take care of my neighbors' lawns.
Four Star Reviews:
June 23, 2017
Starts easy and runs good
November 16, 2016
Starts easy and runs good. Has good power, but the vacuum attachment is a little bulky and hard to use.
June 29, 2016
its more than okay product
October 20, 2015
The dust fumes come out of the bag while you are running it and it goes into your throat...Bag position is also not suitable enough to hand it over your shoulder. I like the way it vaccuum leaves...It save your lot of time.
Good but not best
July 2, 2015
I've had a few blowers over the years. This has nice features such as the throttle hold, starter, easy prime. 170 mph can be a little weak and the mulcher is non existent. I'd be better off with a hitachi or tanakana
October 31, 2014
The blower function is great. It does a good job. The vacuum does a fair job, but is awkward.
July 31, 2017
This works very well, maybe could use a different type of nozzle. Starts every time and is powerful.
Great functionality and performance, but needs improvements to make service much easier.
July 14, 2016
Overall very good. Great functionality & performance, but the designer never did an oil change or any kind of service on it! The oil release screw for performing the oil change and where to fill the oil, both should be further out to avoid spilling! To fill the gas could clearly be improved! Starts always on the first attempt. As said before great functionality and performance, but needs improvements to make service much easier! Also, would be nice to be able to buy rack to store it in the garage or on a truck.
It has very good power just the way I wanted it
December 7, 2014
This is the first time I use a four stroke blower. It has very good power just the way I wanted it. One drawback I found was that the different sections of the blower hose come off time to time and I had to use masking tape to keep them in place and that gives it a bandaid look. The machine itself does a decent job.
August 28, 2014
Very good machine, great value for the price. from the review I thought it would have a little more power. I have a push type Little Wonder that i use in the yard that is very powerful, but awkward. The Makita is nice as its a lot more mobile for flower beds etc, but wont entirely replace other. Starts every time, east to carry, very happy with it.
A little pricey, but appears to be a very good machine.
May 8, 2014
This Makita was a bit pricey, but is a great machine. I love the four stroke motor. It isn't as loud and obnoxious as some of the other backpack blowers. It also doesn't have the same force that some of the other brands like Echo and Stihl have but it is still a great machine. It is also extremely easy to start - always on the first pull (when priming and choking according to the instructions.)Because it's a four stroke, and the oil is not mixed with the gas, I decided to change the oil after the second run. That process was very simple. Open the reservoir cap, tip it over onto a pan, and refill. Took less than 5 minutes.I have used it about 15 times for perspective.
A perfect choice !!!!!
November 26, 2013
Overall, it was a PERFECT choice. Amazing fast starting, comfortable shoulder straps, clean burning. POWER to spare.*ON the other side........... not easy to load oil reservoir without overfilling and spilling. Difficult to pour gas into the unit from a 4-gal. gas can. Funnels would work but that would require another person to help manage the process.*Overall.......its a fantastic machine and QUIET too!!!
Three Star Reviews:
July 4, 2017
Could have better air movement.
Does a very good job as a blower but using it to suck ...
October 11, 2016
Does a very good job as a blower but using it to suck up leaves in not too good. You might say it sucks. And changing the attachments around to use for leaf pickup is not easy. You actually need to have someone hold the tubes as you turn them or clamp the blower in a vice to remove or install the tubes. Changing the tubes should not have to use a small screwdriver. Not an easy change over. Very dissatisfied with Troy-Bilt on this design.
Tube attachment could be better, but a little duct tape cures all
October 7, 2015
A bit wimpy compared to my other blowers, but then they fell apart. Bought this because of jump start system. Tube attachment could be better, but a little duct tape cures all.
I like the jump start feature
April 23, 2015
I purchase this unit for the vacuum. I like the jump start feature. However to use the vacuum with the jump start you must remove the vacuum tube to start the unit. While it is running then you attached the vacuum tube. This is a little dangerous. You would think they could put the jump start on the end of the unit and not on the side. Do not understand why this would be difficult. Some engineer designer went to sleep on this. The unit does vacuum leaves satisfactorily nothing super but it is tolerable and workable. We will see how it holds up long term I have troy units before, they last about two years to three years.
but once it is warmed up works great. Needed to add a few mods to make ...
April 18, 2017
My new yardtool, starts a little slow for the first 2 minutes, but once it is warmed up works great. Needed to add a few mods to make it work well, had to velcro together part of the air wand. For the price I shouldn't need to fix the design.
Works great but feels cheap
December 27, 2016
I bought this to clear leaves from 4 acres. It did the job, but I don't expect it to last. The construction is very cheap. I had to leave the choke fully open the entire time.
December 19, 2016
Not as powerful as my older Stihl.
May 18, 2016
Disappointed by the lack of power. Reviews were good but I guess they never owed a Red Max.It is also louder then one would be lead to believe.
I've only used it once, but noticed it transmitted ...
July 20, 2014
I've only used it once, but noticed it transmitted a significant amount of vibration to the shoulder straps,irritating my shoulders. My previous blower was a Stihl and don't remember a lot of vibration.
June 11, 2014
This unit has plenty of power and does a great job. The only problem I found is that the blower arm is in three pieces that "1/4 turn" to lock into each other. But as you move the arm back and forth they aren't tight and work their way lose. As you'd expect they go flying. Wanna try and pick them up and put them back together with this thing on your back? I think I'm going to have to duct tape them together. From a company with a name like Makita and for this price I expected much better.
Two Star Reviews:
It is a very good blower, but a poor vacuum
April 22, 2017
It is a very good blower, but a poor vacuum. The screw that must be turned to unlock the blower tube attachment is made of cheap plastic. Mine is now stripped after only 2 uses. I would not recommend this product for those reasons. I regret my purchase.
Leaf Suckers Suck
April 9, 2017
Worked alright the first time. Quit starting the second day I used it. I'm a strong and mechanically capable person but can't get it going. I've only used it for vacuuming and I suspect dirt builds up around the impeller quickly making it impossible to start. Nothing is jammed in it but I think there is dirt built around it slowing the spin and keeping it from pull starting. So I suspect the quick start device it is made to work with is pretty much required to use it as a leaf vacuum.
Very cheap gas blowers.
January 11, 2017
I have bought this model three times during past three year and an another model twice because of electric start using Troy external jump starter. I could not find another brand that offer light weight with electric jump start.My wife and I are middle seventy and electric light wait jump stard was very important.This one when received would not start. Amazon overnight sent another one and told me to keep the blower for parts. The replacement lasted ten days before the pull portion broke the rope. Previous one I used for previous year became very hard to start when adding fuel. Almost impossible to stop gas cap from leaking when put back on the tank. This happen on three of the five troybuilt blower I have todate.I DO NOT RECCOMEND TROYBUILT PRODUCTS!! Same type problems for the last three gas string weed wackier troybuilt.
I have another unit just like this, using it as blower and it works ...
November 26, 2016
Ran 3-4 times and now the motor will not start even with the starter that I have. Cleaned the filter but still no go. When it ran, I would pull the trigger to full throttle and the motor would bog down so I am sure this is a carb problem. I was using this as a leaf vacuum and it really hurts in that function. I have another unit just like this, using it as blower and it works fine.
Great 4 Cycle Engine - Everything Else About this is CHEAP! Don't waste your money.
October 25, 2016
Great 4 cycle engine but very heavy. Pricey as well and you can buy Stihl top of the line at your local hardware store in this price range. Most of all the throttle handle and air tube are CHEAP, CHEAP, CHEAP. The throttle handle has intermittent electrical shocks that hit your hand where the handle is screwed together. Won't kill you but is a irritating pop to your hand about every 10-15 minutes. Don't know what is causing this unless it is not grounded properly. Somehow the spark plug is generating voltage that is running up the throttle cable. Not too smart.
Good but died too fast.
June 16, 2015
It was a good blower when it was working. For reasons unknown, it stopped working for me. But 5 stars for Amazon customer service for helping me sort it out.
this is not as powerful as a huskavarna.
January 1, 2015
this is not as powerful as a huskavarna. it is ok but I wish we would have gotten something with more power
Awesome blower when it ran.
June 15, 2014
I purchased this blower for my wife as she likes 4 stroke equipment. It was just a little big for her but she is barely 5' and 105 lbs. She was excited to get it and we proceeded to gas and oil it up and try it out. It really blows up a storm, incredible performance compared to other leaf blowers we had, and very quiet while doing it.Well it ran for an hour without issue, but the next use it wouldn't start. Had spark, fuel and felt like it had compression. I checked all the simple things, didn't really want to tear it apart too far since it was under warranty. I called Makita and they said either bring it to a service center or get a refund or replacement since it was within 30 days. I called Amazon and they wouldn't take it back, which I knew, but said he would issue a refund and to dispose of the blower.I now had a refund and a non running Makita blower. It would've been a waste to throw it away so now that there was no warranty and the sale void I tore it apart. I found a broken pushrod, broken lifter and scored up cam. The cause; no oil to the cylinder head. If you look under the air filter you will find a square cap in the corner. Under that is a vacuum operated valve. While the engine is running that valve will open and pull oil up from the crankcase and flow it into another tube that goes to the head. The faster the engine runs the more oil will flow. From the head it makes it way to the cam and lifters. The plug on mine was not seated correctly and oil was flowing into the intake tube to the carb rather than the head, which is what caused all the damage.I called Makita again and told them the story and to find out if I could purchase parts. I had all the part numbers I needed for cam gear, 2 lifters, and 2 pushrods. They sold me the parts shipped for $48. Got everything installed and it fired instantly and ran perfect. I'm going to pull the valve and cam covers occasionally just to make sure it's getting oil but so far so good.So just a word of advice, check to make sure that cap is on tight in the airbox. There is a rubber tab that hangs down from it so make sure that is in place as well. This oil valve setup is in the left front corner of the air box as your looking at it from the recoil side, can't miss it.All in all I'm happy with the blower, especially since I have $48 into it. If nothing else I will donate it to our church. If I buy another I will find a BBX7600CA model. The CA is made in Japan and the N is made in China, at least that's what Makita told me, and they were aware of the questions of origin on Amazon.UPDATE: After the repairs the blower ran well for about five hours, then quit again. I've yet to pull it apart but by the sound I get turning it over slowly it's broke some valve train or cam/lifter parts again. The oiling system on these is less than ideal, and even the manager of the Makita service center admitted the same. I may repair it one more time, not sure. I just bought a Husqvarna 356BT from a local dealer for my wife, with a 4 year warranty. It's much more comfortable as the weight doesn't hang so far off your back. I won't buy power equipment online ever again, much rather have local support.
One Star Reviews:
Horrible product. Haven't been used a while year and blew up
July 8, 2017
I haven't had this for longer then a while season and it popped and no longer works.
Because 0 stars wasn't a viable option
March 22, 2017
Requires extensive duct tape to secure attachments. Life span 7 minutes 14 seconds. Exceedingly worthless is an absolute overstatement regarding worthiness.
The blowing power is the worst. You can get better blowing power from a ...
December 31, 2015
I purchased this blower and it is not worth the money. The blowing power is the worst. You can get better blowing power from a 20 year old vacuum cleaner. I am very disappointed
Vacuum funtion does not work
September 12, 2013
The unit works fine as a blower. However, when converting to a vacuum, it does not work well at all. It clogged within 3 seconds of attempting to vacuum light leaves and grass. If you need to vacuum anything larger than the size of a quarter, buy something else. I watched the video on Troy-Bilt's website. They illustrated how to assemble it, but would only illustrate it operating in the blower mode. Most likely because they know it doesn't work well as a vacuum.
Disappointed with this product...
June 29, 2016
This unit ran for just over a year (purchased last May 2015) and worked very well, while it worked (about 40 hours use so far). Just the other day it began making a loud wheezing/grinding noise in the impeller/blower section, like some part of the gear drive (?) is chewing up some plastic component within. I think it is the most expensive leaf blower available on Amazon, but I'm certainly disappointed. (note that this is the China version of the blower, I should have bought the one made in Japan, perhaps that lasts longer). Once I get it repaired (hope it can be) I'll try and provide an update on what actually came apart inside.
Do not buy from Amazon You can not return this item.And made in China. CRAP CRAP CRAP
August 20, 2015
This blower worked good for about 3 hrs than began to vibrate. Than made a lot of noise, shut it down and called makita and told to take it to a service center 35 miles away. I drove over and Ken the head mechanic said he would look at it later that day.As soon as I got back he called and told me the motor had broken a valve and it could not be fixed. He said it would be at least a month before he could get a replacement from makita and the best thing to do is take it back to where I bought it. So I contacted Amazon and was told I could not return it! They said it said no return on this item.My mistake I did not read everything very good.So I have to take it back to the service center [ I have already driven 140 mile now I have to drive another 140 miles to take it back and pick up the new one when it comes in. ] Plus I have to wait a month to get a new one.So before you buy one of these, First do not buy it from Amazon, second buy a brand that is not made in China.I will sell the new one when it comes in and buy a stihl that can be worked on not a China piece of crap.I only bought this because it is a four stroke and they seem to be the only manufacturer that makes four strokes.I thought makita was made in Japan but was told some were but not the ones sold on Amazon.So buyer beware!
NO GOOD, 22 DAYS WORKING AND NEED REPAIR
May 6, 2015
NO GOOD ,22 DAYS WORKING AND NEED REPAIR.
but a pretty forceful SHOCK
March 29, 2015
I purchased the Makita blower after significant research. It worked well in the fall but when I started using it this spring the handle started SHOCKING me. No just a little jolt, but a pretty forceful SHOCK!!!!!! I would stay away from this blower especially for the ridiculous price for such a poorly manufactured product.UPDATE - brought the product to the Makita Service Center for a warranty repair. The solution to the SHOCK problem from the main service department is to not operate in dry, dusty conditions. This is totally unacceptable. Makita does not appear to have a service email so the only recourse is to call the service center AGAIN. I WILL NEVER BUY A MAKITA PRODUCT AGAIN!
December 14, 2014
Not good for commercial use
Repairs Needed, 3rd Attempt in process
August 18, 2014
Be Advised - there are some issues with this unit. I used the unit after purchase for about 3 hours and it started stalling when you accelerated the engine. Makita 1-800 service was great, prepaid the shipment to the service center. It took about 2 weeks in the middle of my "blowing season". They replaced the carburetor, plugs and some other fuel related parts. It was a big repair. It just got back from the service center and the same issue is happening after 15 min of use. Based on so many positive reviews, looks like mine was a lemon - but it has been unusable or gone much of the season. Just what I was hoping to avoid by purchasing a high quality unit.UPDATE- Makita customer service advised me to send it back for another repair. I have to purchase a large box for the unit but they will cover the shipping and repair under the one-year warranty. I requested a new unit to avoid further inconvenience but they will not send a new unit except as required by the lemon laws: after 3 unsuccessful repairs in 90 days. So more time without use of the blower.UPDATE - 2nd RETURN FAILED. The unit arrived back from Makita after the second repaid and it had the exact same issue. Stalled when the throttle was turned up right out of the box. I ran it for 10 min to make sure it did not need to warm up. Idles great, won't rev. VERY frustrating. They still will not send me a new unit and insist on having it returned for further repairs. The repair notice in the box noted a new carb was installed. The issue was so obvious that I find it hard to believe that the tech did not notice. Maybe they just let it idle and then packed it up. It was also shipped back from the repair center with gas in the tank which I'm sure FedEx would not be pleased to hear. Bad news all around. Nice folks in the call center but they are powerless to override the policies even after two repairs.
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Makita - Outdoor Power Equipment
Makita - Outdoor Power Equipment
Great for all your yard clean-up, this 2-in-1 machine is both a leaf blower and vacuum
Premium 27cc 2-cycle full-crank engine produces air speeds up to 150 mph and 450 cfm for quick and efficient blowing
JumpStart-capable engine eliminates the need to pull cord (Engine starter sold separately)
10-to-1 debris reduction and large capacity vacuum bag for easier yard cleanup
Vacuum kit included
Powerful and fuel efficient 75.6 cc 4-stroke commercial duty engine
Meets or exceeds EPA and CARB exhaust and evaporative emissions regulations
Padded shoulder straps and ventilated back panel with lumbar support for improved operator comfort
Large capacity air filter is replaceable and easily accessible
Item is non returnable
Awesome suctionI owned both vacuums. The Makita is lighter, easier to use, the battery does not keep popping out like in the Dyson (I hated having to keep hitting the battery and restart the vacuum) and the suction is comparable. I will have to buy the carpet nozzle to figure out the pet hair issue (the floor nozzle does not do a good job with pet hair). Dyson picks up the pet hair very well.Iva01545