One advantage of this Husqvarna lawn vacuum is its power for tackling large leaf cleanup jobs compared to other models out there. This tool is built to last, but it is heavier and noisier than many other 3-in-1 tools with a similar size engine.
By the end of this review, you will gain a solid picture of the pros and cons of this garden equipment and who is most likely to benefit from owning one.
Husqvarna 125bvx Leaf Blower Pros and Cons
Husqvarna 125bvx Specs and Highlights
The package containing this gas-powered Husqvarna leaf blower also includes two tubes: one for blowing and one for vacuuming and mulching. You’ll also find one round and one flat nozzle, a shoulder strap, the vacuum collection bag, parts to connect the bag to the blower housing, and a printed manual.
- 28cc, 1.1 HP gas engine
- 3-in-1 blower, vacuum, and mulching capabilities
- Top air speed of 175 MPH
- Maximum air volume of 425 cubic feet per minute
- 16:1 mulching ratio
- Blower dry weight of 9.6 pounds
This Husqvarna handheld blower is built to last many seasons, and lots of satisfied buyers say theirs has held up for years with minimal maintenance or repairs. The overall design of this machine is conceived with the end-user in mind: residential buyers with large yards and expanses of fallen leaves to clean up at the end of the season who need a reliable tool to do it.
This tool’s design utilizes metal fan blades for generating strong blasts of air in the blower mode. In addition, the fan does a double function in the reverse direction, working as mulching impellers to chop up leaves and twigs when the device is used as a vacuum and mulching tool.
A sturdy, 17-gallon cloth bag with a zipper on the bottom attaches to the fan housing when converting the machine from blower to vacuum mode. It takes a screwdriver to loosen a few small screws to remove the fan grill and put the collection bag in place. A wide vacuum tube snaps together and replaces the narrower blowing tube when switching to vacuum and mulch mode.
This tool has a 28cc gasoline engine of a 2-stroke design. The required fuel is a mixture of 50 parts gas to one-part 2-stroke engine oil or 2.6 ounces of oil to one gallon of gas. You can buy the oil and gas separately and mix them yourself, or you can purchase premixed gas in one-quart and one-gallon cans.
The premixed fuel is significantly costlier than mixing your own. However, it is specially designed for 2-stroke engines and can extend its life if used regularly. In addition, Husqvarna extends the warranty period if you buy a certain quantity of their brand of premixed fuel at the same time as the blower. Check the company website for complete details.
This Husqvarna leaf vacuum is a popular tool with homeowners and landscaping professionals. The ergonomic features include a comfortable, padded hand grip, anti-rotation airflow to reduce stress on your arm and hand, easy startup, and a padded shoulder strap for supporting the collection bag as it fills up when you vacuum.
Starting the machine does not require much muscle power because the engine and starting mechanism are designed to require only 60 percent of the energy needed to start most other engines of this size.
To start the engine when it’s cold, press the air purge bulb three or four times to eliminate air from the fuel line, set the choke, and pull the cord straight up. The on/off switch auto-resets to ‘on’ immediately after you stop the engine, so you don’t have to worry about it the next time you start the machine.
Once the engine starts up, shut off the choke, and you’re ready to go. When starting the engine again when it’s warm, you don’t need to use the choke or air purge bulb. Instead, just pull the cord, and you’re ready to blow leaves or vacuum them away.
The downsides of this Husqvarna handheld blower are that it is loud with a noise level rating of just under 98 dB. Many homeowner’s associations do not allow this sound level, and it’s likely to disturb the residents and neighbors if used in a densely populated neighborhood. In addition, high-quality ear protection is a must when using this blower.
The other disadvantage is the weight of the tool. The dry weight of the blower might not seem too heavy initially, but after working for a while, the weight can start to feel like a burden for some people. When you install the vacuum bag and start sucking up leaves, the weight goes up considerably, and even with the shoulder strap, it’s heavy for many people.
However, that extra weight is due to the rugged construction of this device. The heavy-duty manufacture and quality parts make this blower powerful and durable for large-scale residential leaf blowing and disposal. It’s also easy to find replacement parts for Husqvarna equipment.
As long as the user is in good physical shape with good upper body strength, using this blower can shave hours of work off of yard cleanup.
Husqvarna Handheld Blower Product Features
The engine in this blower is on the small side of what is available in gas-powered yard equipment. However, the 1.1 HP, 8,000 RPM engine can produce air speeds up to 170 MPH, which is plenty for almost all residential yard work.
The small engine has the advantage of being ultra-fuel efficient, using gas at a rate of 575 g/kWh. The fuel tank holds 16.9 ounces of gas, which is a relatively average fuel capacity for leaf blowers. You are likely to go through a tank of gas in a bit over an hour with this blower.
The air speed is variable, and you can lock the speed where you want it and keep it there with the cruise control switch located on the front of the handle in easy reach of your fingers. Cruise control is a helpful feature whenever using a gas tool for extended times because it significantly reduces fatigue and muscle strain in your hand, arm, and shoulder.
Auto-return stop switches are standard on most newer Husqvarna tools, and this one is no exception. Auto-return stop means you won’t ever be pulling the recoil cord with the tool shut off, flooding the carburetor, and delaying startup. As soon as you push the button to stop the engine, it resets to ‘on,’ so you don’t have to think about it.
The easy startup is also aided by the SMART START™ engine design that reduces the compression resistance in the cylinder when you pull the recoil cord. As a result, the SMART START™ lets you fire up the engine with 40 percent less effort than needed for similar-sized engines without this system.
This engine is a plus for anyone who wants a 3-in-1 machine without hassles on startup, operation, or maintenance.
– Blower Air Speed and Air Volume
A top air speed of 170 MPH is in the average range for handheld, gas leaf blowers, and the air volume of 425 cfm is a bit toward the higher range of what’s out there. However, this air speed and volume are perfectly adequate for almost any average residential yard. Most buyers are not disappointed in the airflow produced by this machine.
The blower tube is almost 38 inches long when all the sections are in place, and this is good news for taller people using this tool because it allows them to reach the ground without stooping over.
You can also remove one of the sections for a shorter tube for shorter people or to use the blower to clean an elevated surface.
The device comes with two nozzle attachments, one with a broader opening blasting out air over a wide area and another with a flattened tip for extra force when blasting debris from cracks and crevices.
– Mulching and Vacuuming Feature
The tube for vacuuming is 6 inches in diameter and capable of drawing in large volumes of dry leaf matter in a short time. According to the manufacturer, the metal impellers reduce the volume to a 16:1 ratio. However, in practice, many users find the mulched volume to be about one-quarter of its original volume, which is typical for most 3-in-1 machines.
Nonetheless, turning 12 bags of leaves and grass clippings into four bags is a significant saving on time and money, especially when you factor in not needing to rake and shovel the material by hand. In addition, the mulched waste makes a great contribution to a compost pile when mixed with green waste like lawn clippings.
The vacuum on this tool is also something you can use to clean a shop or garage. For example, vacuum up sawdust, dirt, or leaves on the garage floor and then easily dump them out of the collection bag into a trash can.
The ergonomic features of this tool include a soft-grip handle that’s easy on your hand and the anti-rotational force design of the blower, which reduces the ‘gyro effect’ of having the blower pull to one side due to the force of the wind. This improvement is because of the location of the fan in line with the blower tube, significantly reducing the problem and making the tool easier to use.
The collection bag has two heavy-duty snaps on it for attaching the broad shoulder strap so that you can carry the load’s weight on your shoulder instead of your left hand and arm. Nonetheless, the bag gets heavy as it fills up, and some buyers use an adaptor to connect the blower to a large trash can, so they don’t have to carry it at all.
– Weight, Dimensions, and Noise Level
The body of the blower housing is 9 inches wide and 14 inches high, and with the tube fully assembled and in place, the total length is 38.5 inches. This machine’s size is compact, but it’s also comparable to many other blowers with 28cc engines.
The weight of 9.6 pounds for the blower is similar to many other blowers and slightly higher than some. The noise level at the operator’s ear is 97.9 dB, and this is a lot of noise and much higher than many other similar products. However, the high noise level is related to the power this tool delivers, so it’s a reasonable trade-off for many buyers.
The standard limited warranty period for this gas-powered Husqvarna leaf blower is two years. However, if you buy Husqvarna Pre-Mixed fuel along with the tool, you can get an additional year added to the warranty period.
It’s vital to retain the product receipt and register the warranty online or by mail to get prompt warranty service in case of a problem.
This Husqvarna leaf blower review explained that this is a well-designed and rugged 3-in-1 tool for leaf blowing, vacuuming, and mulching yard waste. Using this machine can save considerable time when cleaning up a big yard full of fallen leaves, pine needles, and acorns. It can also save money on trash bags and disposal fees.
However, using this device for a large chore requires some strength and endurance because of the tool’s weight and the noise levels it generates. Nevertheless, we recommend this Husqvarna 3-in-1 for fit and energetic homeowners in low-noise sensitive locations who want to blast their way through fall cleanup chores.