Fantastic ... when it runs.
It ran well from first use, and several times after, but then the throttle cable broke. I replaced the cable myself as Aldi didn't want to know about it, and nor did the maker for that matter. Again it ran well being used, on average once a week, until I turned it off one day and it wouldn't start the next. Replaced the spark plug, no start. Looks like I'll have to strip it down and look at the problems others say they've had with the full line etc. Simply frustrating.
Cant kill it with a stick
I picked up my blower vacc on the sell out table for 19.99...12 months used commercially in my mowing business..flogged it to death...cant kill it with a stick...identical design to far more expensive European design retailers. ..i used it as primarily as sucker but equally good as blower...extra decibels/wear earmuffs
Works well if it works...
When working the blower vac works well in both blower and vac mode. I have now had 3 warranty repairs on it in 12 months. The pull start mechanism locked and I have had issues with both the fuel line and the part that holds the fuel line in. Finally got everything fixed and now the vac bag has disintegrated.
Best vac / blower on the market.
Bought garden line blower vac Jan.2011 has been bomb proof. The fuel pressure pump control is located very close to the plastic fuel lines If you are rough pressing this button you may distort or damage the fuel lines .Two pumps is all you need full choke one kick. back to normal then pullstart will start with two pulls. Some fuel lines are made of a type of silicone which are very soft and very strong if you have to replace them its very easy.5 mins. The vacuum side is super strong but doesn't like timber cuts from most mulch.
Things that go wrong
I purchased the Gardenline brand blower and the powered hedge trimmer from Aldi on the same day, both were $99. The first thing to break was the fuel line. The quality of the fuel lines installed by the manufacturer is poor and they disintegrate, ( see reviews on this subject that have been around for years and it would seem that Gardenline don't particularly care.) Possibly due to ethanol fuels and I replaced them both with quality fuel lines. Last month the pull starter failed and it was replaced under warranty. The blower runs very ...well as does the trimmer . Should note that the repairer I went to told me that they were going to cease being an approved repairer for ALDI as the outside company that has the contract to support the Gardenline tools, only gives the repairer $30plus parts to do the repair. The repairer thought it was not worth their time to the repair for that money. On a positive note the blower starts well as long as you give it plenty of fuel by the priming pump and full choke when cold. Once started , flick the choke off and it will usually run as it should.
Got this blower from my grandpa a couple of years back. I won't say it's the best blower in the world, but it gets the job done, it's powerful and it's vacuum function is Ok. I am quite happy because it starts every time even when I haven't used it for a while.
I think this runs the same 26cc motor on there whipper snipper.
Someone i know got the whipper snipper and had running problems from day 1, started and worked, then would not start, flat spots while depressing the accelerator... he was very frustrated.
So i purchased the blower a few months later when released... i should have know better.., same problem.
I am currently trying to get a warranty repair. id prefer my money back TBH, because it just is not worth the time and hassle for value of the unit.
It is a lemon. Avoid like the pl...
Poor design and build quality
Ok blowing works well but the bag is placed in such a way as to melt against the exhaust pipe. Starts reliably pops and goes really well.
Only had mine for 6 months hardly used it and the pawl for the starter rope broke that engages the crank shaft pulley. Where does one get parts?.
I suppose this is what you have to put up with when buying an unknown brand. I'll need to save nearly half a grand or more for a sthil that does the same bloody thing or wait to come across one at a garage sale to salvage parts off.
Quality is not the best
My blower has worked well and priced well. As others have found the fuel line is a problem, mine was replaced. My latest problem, the blower will not turn off. I have found some Aldi products poor quality. Aldi needs to check quality, as some of there other products are cheap and nasty.
Gardenline Blower Vac from Aldi Wonthaggi Victoria.---grouse
Bought to use as a garden vac only and has done a great job, too powerful at times, picking up rocks but great for getting dust,hedge clippings and leaves off the pool surrounds and patio. Unfortunately Collection bag went first and having trouble getting another. Stopped suddenly with no spark and local mower shop said not worth fixing, throw it away, but with a few tools and a spare hour I pulled it apart (very simple really) and found the problem was not a problem, just a safety cut out switch on the fan cover doing what is was supposed to do.... shut it down. Cleaned and put back together and now sucking like the proverbial. Go you beauty
Would I buy another? Quality control needs sorting.
This unit , like others, broke its fuel lines after some months, also pull start spring broke about 8 inches from outside retainer. Only starts well with full tank, lower level fuel causes cursing and swearing, with resultant physical rotator cuff shoulder problems due to non starting. Physio suggested a Honda easy start. I suggested he pay for it. Altogether, if you're handy repairing or want to buy a new unit every few years, this is a reasonably good unit. Waiting for spares... i AM saving up for a Honda blower vac and trimmer, and physio treatment to fix me and my Gardenline blower.
Aldi are great value with most products, but their buyers should look at quality control with all units...
Garden line petrol blower vac
Great price and very good to use when it worked.
Did not bother with vac too hard to swap over.
3 year warranty got a real work out.
Back once to replace carby, once to replace coil and finaly back this week to diagnose serious mechanical issue. Alas the unit could not be save and was returned to that Aldi store from which it came. They also returned my money.
Now to decide what to replace it with. This was my third blower.Unfortunately too many seem to have too many problems. Maybe a broom is best
Excellent for $90
Just over 2 years old and it started playing up, thought id have a go at fixing before buying another. After a little tinkering i deduced it was the fuel line, $3 for a small length and its back in operation. Think i paid $90 and i'd say well worth it, hasn't disappointed. Reading around it seems fuel lines breaking is a common thing.
Overall for $90 id give it an excellent 5*
A first class product which was unexpected at a price of $110 from Aldi
Aside from adding preservative to the fuel tank, this little machine has required absolutely no maintenance and has started up first pull every time.
I have now been using it for just twelve months and I am confident that it will go on delivering a first class performance. I consider it far superior to the electric blower vac that we have which involves trailing power cables and moves from power source to power source just to do the same job.
I wear ear muffs to limit the possible damage to my hearing and this does not represent any problem.
Cheap and cheerful leaf blower.
I've had this about 6 months and its been quite reliable. Stopped working the other day due to the fuel line snapping in two in the tank. $5 for a new fuel hose and back in business. Fuel hoses shouldn't really break in two for no reason, but this thing was so cheap that i don't really care if i need to fix the occasional issue. Would buy another one if this blew up.
It seems OK so far
I bought Gardenline Blower vac from Aldi a few years ago (as an emergency spare unit) but have just started to open the box yesterday. Following its manual, it got started with little fuss (much easier than what I anticipated). Thanks to other reviews which give me a warning on the potential split of the fuel line that I will need to keep an eye for it, obviously for safety. I only use it for blowing leaves only, mostly once/wk.
Pros: Good air jet, powerful, not as noisy as anticipated
Cons: A bit heavy, the air intake on the left, so ...
Split fuel line
Hardly used my gardenline blower Vac. I only use the blower a few times and the fuel hose has split. It keeps cutting out when the fuel level is only slightly low.
Aldi, Blower Vac Gardenline, After only 6 months and not much use the main fuel line from tank to carbie, split in two places, fuel squirted everywhere, very dangerous! took the fuel line to my mower shop, he said the fuel line was not fuel rated! and never should have been sold like this! Lucky for me it didn't go up in smoke and burn me!
Bad design Flaws
Gardenline blower Vac started easily the first time, hard to start when warm, when assembled according to instructions exhaust burns a hole in Vac bag within 2 minutes of use
I think we all get it now, the batteries on these things are a joke. Charges as normal, green light comes on, runs for approx. 90 seconds. Switch it off, wait a minute and it will run again for about 30 seconds. It would be quicker for me to get down on my hands and knees and blow the leaves away with my mouth. Aldi doesn't give a toss about the warranty after about two months or so. They sell these kind of things in their weekly catalogues and once gone, that's it. No point bringing a faulty product back for a replacement, as they generally ha...ve moved on to the next weekly special. They just tell you to get in touch with the manufacturer. This Gardenline mob has terrible after sales service. I will NEVER purchase a Gardenline product as long as I stroll this Earth. Other Aldi things have broken in the past, but this was the first powered Gardenline product I have purchased. In future, I'll just stick to buying food at Aldi. Why oh why did I donate my old Bosch electric leaf blower to the Salvation army?? Perfect if you can get the job done within 90 seconds. Dreadful battery. 1 year warranty is total fail.
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