The Toro 51621 is a compact powerhouse for keeping your yard and garden attractive and tidy. This 3-in-1 machine blows leaves and then shreds and vacuums them up using an easy-to-attach vacuum and shredding tube and debris catchment bag.
This review gives you all the details you need to know about how this corded leaf blower works and the work it’s capable of performing.
Read on to find out if this is a suitable leaf blower for you and your yard.
Toro Leaf Blower Pros and Cons
|Oscillating blower nozzle||Extension cord not included|
|Metal impellers inside leaf shredder||Heavy when catchment bag is full|
|Easy-to-empty bottom zipper on debris bag|
|Variable-speed air control on leaf blower and vacuum|
Highlights of the Toro Ultraplus Leaf Blower
The Toro 51621 ultra-plus leaf blower and vacuum has a unique feature among corded electric-powered blowers of this class: an oscillating nozzle attachment, relieving stress on your hand and wrist while working.
Variable, high air speeds of 250 mph and air flow of 410 cfm on the blower, and a second tube with metal impellers for shredding leaves while you vacuum up yard debris, makes yard clean up fast and easy.
- Oscillating nozzle attachment for blower tube
- Powered by standard 120-volt outlet and extension cord
- Separate vacuum and shredding tube for picking up leaves
- Variable-speed air flow on vacuum and blower
- Insert for wet leaves and power concentrator for cracks and crevices
- Air speed: 250 mph
- Air flow: 410 cubic feet per minute (CFM)
– Toro 51621 Review
If you’re looking for an easy-to-use, versatile 3-in1 leaf blower, shredder, and vacuum for keeping your yard in shape, the Toro 51621 is worth considering.
The power for this leaf blower is a standard outlet and a long extension cord, so you won’t be stopping for refueling with gas, recharging batteries, or breathing exhaust fumes while you’re working.
A unique feature of this blower is the oscillating nozzle attachment that sweeps the blower air back and forth, so you don’t have to move the machine from side to side by hand. In addition, using this attachment relieves considerable stress on the wrist, making leaf blowing less of a chore.
The 250 mph air speed on the blower is higher than average for similar-sized, corded leaf blowers. High air speeds result in less work for blowing leaves into a pile from walkways, driveways, decks, and lawns.
Once you have the leaves in a pile, it’s time to switch over to the vacuum and shredding tube and get rid of all the yard waste without needing to rake it up by hand. Switching is quick with the snap-in-place locking mechanism, and you don’t need any tools to do it.
This blower also comes with a special attachment for vacuuming wet leaves and a power concentrator to focus the blower air for cleaning out cracks and crevices in concrete or between deck boards.
This Toro corded leaf blower is suitable for cleaning up small and medium-sized yards with ample fallen leaves, small branches, and other yard waste.
– Toro Leaf Blower Main Features
1. Oscillating Nozzle Attachment
The oscillating nozzle attachment is the single most unusual and outstanding feature of this 3-in-1 leaf blower. One of the most tiring thing about using a leaf blower for long periods is the need to move the blower from side to side with your wrist while working.
By snapping on the oscillating nozzle attachment, the machine takes over this fatiguing work for you, sweeping air steadily and automatically from side to side so you can hold your wrist and hand in one position.
You can also use the blower without the oscillating nozzle if you want. The nozzle works best on hard surfaces and less well on lawns, especially if they are damp or uneven.
2. Vacuum and Shredding Tube
The separate vacuum and shredding tube easily snaps in place under the machine, letting you vacuum up the yard waste. However, the power on this machine is not enough to draw in or shred larger debris like big pieces of bark, pine cones, or larger branches.
Most users find the best approach is to blow leaves into one pile for vacuuming and shredding and larger debris into a separate pile for raking up by hand.
3. Power Source
The power source for this blower is a standard 120-volt outlet and an extension cord. An extension cord is not included, and it’s essential to get one rated for exterior use and long enough to reach all areas of the yard. You’ll find a cord lock at the base of the machine to prevent the cord from accidentally coming unplugged as you move around.
The main advantages of a corded leaf blower are that you can work for as long as you want without needing to stop for refueling. The other advantage is the elimination of exhaust fumes, which is a benefit for the operator’s respiratory health and the environment.
It’s also easy to store an electric leaf blower. Because no gas is involved, keeping this tool in a utility closet inside the house is safe. You can’t do that safely with a gas-powered blower.
The electric power source also means you don’t need to store hazardous and smelly gasoline cans or spend extra money and time buying fuel.
The downsides to a corded blower are that the extension cord limits how far you can go from the outlet while working. Also, the extension cord’s weight, especially if it’s long, adds some weight to the tool as you move around, dragging the cord behind you.
The Toro 51621 comes with the following attachments:
- One blower tube
- One vacuum and mulching tube with metal shredding impellers
- One oscillating nozzle
- One wet leaf nozzle attachment
- Two attachments for blower power concentration and focus of air flow
- One storage hook
- One 1.5 bushel debris catchment bag with a bottom zipper for emptying
You can use the blower tube with or without the oscillating nozzle attachment. The wet leaf attachment makes it easier to vacuum up damp or wet leaves because it helps separate the leaves so that they aren’t stuck together in a bunch.
The catchment bag attaches to the bottom of the tool when it’s set up for vacuuming, filling up with the yard waste after the metal impellers inside the tube shred it. The shredder reduces the total volume of debris up to 88 percent from its original volume.
The zipper on the bottom of the 1.5-bushel catchment bag lets you quickly empty the shredded debris into a trash can or dump it into a compost pile.
The handy storage hook lets you hang the machine up off the floor when not in use. You can also use the catchment bag to store all the attachments and keep them together with the machine.
5. Weight and Dimensions
The total weight of this leaf blower without the catchment bag is 8.9 lbs. This weight is somewhat heavier than other corded blowers. However, with the debris catchment bag installed and full of waste, the total weight of the tool increases up to 20 lbs. or more.
The overall dimensions of this machine are 45 x 9 x 14 inches with the blower tube installed. Its size is average for an electric blower of this type.
6. Air Speed and Air Flow
The 250 mph air speed on the blower provides ample power for blowing large piles of leaves, branches, pine cones, and acorns into a pile. However, it is not enough power for moving large limbs. The air speed on this leaf blower is suitable for clean-up in residential settings and not for daily or commercial use.
The air flow on this machine is 410 cubic feet per minute (CFM,) and this is an important number for determining the power of a leaf blower. What this means is the blower can push 410 cubic feet of debris in one minute. This rating is on the high end for corded blowers made for residential use, and that means you can complete more work in a shorter time.
A knob on top of the machine controls the air speed for both the blower and vacuum modes. This variable-speed function makes it easier to manage what is drawn up into the vacuum bag, leaving heavy items that could clog the impellers on the ground.
The variable speed feature also lets you increase the air flow for blowing out stubborn debris in cracks and crevices or turning it down while blowing leaves away from delicate plants and areas with mulch in place.
The warranty on the Toro 51621 is two years from the purchase date, and it includes the debris catchment bag. Be sure to keep proof of purchase in case you need service under warranty.
In our Toro 51621 review, this leaf blower and vacuum model provides power and versatility for seasonal garden clean-up in residential settings. It’s not designed for daily or commercial use.
With this yard tool, you can quickly blow leaves into a pile and then shred them and vacuum them up with the vacuuming tube, reducing the total volume of waste by up to 88 percent.
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