EGO Leaf Blower – Power+ 480 CFM Cordless Blower Review

A long time ago removing leaves from your yard and garden used to be a lot of hard work. Then came gas leaf blowers and yard cleaning has never been the same. People were happily contented until they grew tired of mixing gas and oil and pulling ropes. Not to mention, running a gas model was deafening and heavy to use. Along came the lighter electric leaf blower. Yard cleaning became easier and definitely less noisy. But you can only go as far as your extension cord and no further when the cord begins to tug at you.

Then the new generations of leaf blowers arrived. They get the job done as fast as possible. They are boundless. One of those is the EGO Leaf Blower – Power+ 480 CFM Cordless.

Let’s check out this model’s special features and see if we’ve finally gotten ourselves a yard keeper.

 

EGO Power+ 480 CFM Cordless Blower Features

  • High-efficiency brush-less motor
  • Turbine fan engineering that delivers up to 480 CFM
  • 3-speed design (low, high, and turbo)
  • Maximum speed of 92 mph
  • Weather-resistant construction
  • ≤65 noise rating
  • Smaller 8” x 6.7” x 35.8” measurement
  • 5.1-pound item weight
  • 5-year tool warranty (when purchased from authorized dealers)
  • 3-year battery kit warranty (when purchased from authorized dealers)
  • Interchangeable battery system with other EGO Power+ products
  • Powered by either 2.0Ah or 2.5Ah 56V Lithium-Ion battery kits, which may or may not come with the unit.

Pros

  • Super lightweight, quiet, boundless, and odorless
  • It does the job for small areas without the battery dying on you. It gets 60 minutes of run-time on low speed, 18 minutes on high, and 10 minutes on turbo mode
  • Battery is easy to detach and charge
  • The charger features a light indicator that prevents you from overcharging your batteries
  • The operator buttons are intuitive

Cons

  • Life of the Battery may be short for larger areas. Battery replacements can also be very expensive, costing as much as a cheaper leaf blow dryer with a change to keep
  • Battery charging mode is a bit noisy due to the built-in fan system to keep the battery from overheating.
  • Although there is a strap slot on the leaf blower, it doesn’t come with one
  • The handle could use some ergonomic improvement. It is also not well-balanced, making it awkward to handle for long periods of time. Perhaps, the handle should be more forward
  • A battery level gauge, concentrator adjustment, reverse flow feature, and a vacuum bag would have been welcome additions

The Ego Leaf Blower Power+

Design

The Ego Power+ is a super compact and lightweight garden tool. It has a grey body with green switches and buttons and a black tube. Just like most battery-powered leaf blowers, it is not limited by the length of a cord, it doesn’t reek of gasoline or oil because it doesn’t need either, and it is quieter to work with.

A noticeable difference in its design compared to other leaf blowers is its straight tube. GreenWorks 2400702 cordless jet leaf blower, for example, has a tapered tube. Had EGO Power+ 480 CFM gone for this type of tube, a concentration attachment would not have been missed. The wide-mouthed tube though allows for bigger coverage. As it is, since the tube is straight, a nozzle would have been a great addition to the unit for some versatility. They do offer a blower flat nozzle as an accessory that is very affordable.

This EGO Cordless also has some ergonomic issues which are an important consideration, especially when working long hours. It could be balanced better than other brands but that’s barely noticeable or bothersome when you’re working for shorter times. But it can take its toll on your hands and arms when you need to exert effort in balancing it over a longer period of time.

Performance

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This Ego blower is powerful enough to easily move leaves effectively for a battery operated blower. It also is a solid lightweight blower weighing only 5.1 pounds.

With 480 CFM air flow at 92 MPH,  EGO’s leaf sweeper performs as well as the Snapper XD SXDBL that does 550 CFM air flow at 130 MPH.  Nevertheless, it gets the job done less the deafening noise from a gas leaf blower or the scope limitation from a corded unit.

A drawback to this leaf sweeper in terms of performance is not the unit itself but its battery. If you just use the low speed which is enough for smaller areas, the battery will last you around 45-60 minutes. But if you use turbo, the battery will offer a lot less battery time. So a spare battery might be necessary, especially if you have a big area to use the leaf blower for. Notably, this problem is common among any battery powered leaf blowers. So this is an area for improvement for all leaf blowers or their batteries.

A great thing going for this model though, or for EGO Power+ products in general, is that they have an interchangeable battery system. So if you have another Power+ product, you can easily use it’s battery when the one for the leaf blower runs out. This feature is a design win for this model as well as for the EGO brand itself.

Price

The EGO Cordless Blower is somewhat expensive for a non-heavy-duty cordless with semi basic functions. It is in the price range of Snapper XD 82V max. Still, GreenWorks 2400702 cordless jet leaf sweeper is much cheaper than the two.

Verdict

Overall, according to many reviews the EGO Power+ offers a very good value for your money. One drawback, which is the battery power, is not unique to this brand or any model today. But, 60 minutes of run time at low speed is pretty good. High speed will provide 18 minutes, which can be enough time for most sidewalk, smaller driveways and patio clean ups.

If you’re looking to use this model to clean up a smaller area’s this unit may turn out to be the battery blower for you. But if you have a bigger lawn with lots of leaf cleanups to do, you might need to consider getting a spare battery or buy another EGO Power+ product for your yard so that you can just swap batteries between tools.

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If you feel that you need a more powerful model than the Ego’s powerful 480 CFM and 92 MPH offering; there’s the more expensive Snapper XD 82V Max CFM cordless electric that offers a massive 550 CFM at 130 MPH. Overall for less money, this cordless 3 speed Ego leaf blower offers an efficient amount of airflow and usage for small to medium areas. We recommend checking this out today.

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