Since it’s gutter cleaning season I needed a good and reliable leaf blower. I have two 2-stroke older blowers which are fairly unreliable. I was going to get an Echo or Husky blower since I have first hand experience with Stihl 2 stroke gadgets and they are all a pain to start.
The potential benefits of a battery powered blower is very high. No starting issues, no gas mixing, no blowers leaking gas in my rig, etc. So, I got a new Milwaukee brushless blower and I have two of the big XC 5.0 batteries. First attempt was in 45 degree weather with a freshly charged battery. These blowers have a normal mode which is pretty darn light duty. They also have a super turbo type mode and WOW, it’s awesome. I suspect the turbo mode is at the 450-500cfm range. It’s impressive. BUT…I am only getting about 6-8 minutes of use at that high speed. New battery and same results. It will chew through batteries like crazy. I had a last minute patio cleaning today and with 34 degrees in the air I think I got 4-5 minutes.
Perhaps the cold has a really bad effect on the batteries, which most batteries do but dang, at $100 per battery I am ready to switch to a gas model. I do keep the batteries in a cooler to keep them warm, so they are no out in my trailer.
Anyone have experience with this or other battery powered blowers? Are you getting better run times with a decent amount of CFMs?