Exactly what I wanted
Had concerns reading reviews saying it’s not powerful enough. Not sure what they were trying to pick up but this picks up everything I have asked it to. The vacuum is what use most for grass clippings and leaves and it sucks it up fine. Larger leaves don’t fit up the tube to well but every now and then I lift it upright and gravity helps. These leaves are 15cm big so not small. Battery life is ok but it does use it more than other items. Probably 20-25min non stop (5ah). Blower is weaker than other blowers I have used. Best thing is a leaver is...all you need to move to change between blowing and vac. Point deducted for tube size and blower power but very happy for what I use it for which is vac. Can’t comment on longevity due to only having a month.
Reasonable product till battery needs replacing
The blower vac worked reasonably well from purchase in 2015 until I needed a new battery.
A new battery from Bunnings is $299. I can purchase a new kit for $449 from Bunnings. I also purchased a hedge trimmer but now both are useless as I cannot afford $299 for a new battery.
There are other makes on the market at a fraction of the cost & if one needs a new battery then you are not being ripped off.
I bought the RBV3650D from Bunnings in Christchurch in New Zealand on 28/01/18. Even though the reviews were not that great on here I still bought it. The $500 I paid included the 36V 5Amp battery and charger. It is fantastic and better than I expected. Of course it is noisy just like any other blower. It is marginally heavy but well balanced. It has great blowing power @ more than 200kph. Sucks leaves up better than I expected. Battery life is not great (around 20-30 minutes) which is fine for me although that is the reason why I rated this only 9/10. Empty to fully charge the battery around 1-2 hrs as it is a big battery. I want to buy other gardening tools from Ryobi 36V range as it offers the next level over the 18V power.
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