Giz Wiz Video of the Week. A 250 mph machine!
I have a backyard full of leaves, so when Black & Decker asked if I wanted to try their new BV6000 Blower/Vac/Mulcher to make the clean up easier, I was in! This high performance device with a 12-amp motor, features a 250 mph blower really moves leaves fast! It’s really not designed for a small backyard like mine, but would be ideal for big backyards, driveways, sidewalks, etc. Black & Decker says this unit is 50% quieter compared to their model LH4500. (That’s utilizing the EN ISO 3744 sound measurement test procedure). There’s a high impact metal fan to prevent clogging when mulching, and it was able to mulch leaves and small twigs. In the mulching mode it can mulch 16 bags of leaves down to one bag. There’s a low speed for flowerbeds, while the high speed is powerful enough for matted leaves. Originally I used the blower to make a big pile of leaves, and then used the mulcher function. The second time I cleaned up the yard, it was easier just to suck up and mulch the leaves in one pass. You can change between vacuum and blower without tools once you figure out the parts. The instructions are not very good. There are pictures of all the parts with no description, but I finally figured it out. I only used the reusable leaf bag, which is easy to empty. The unit ships with 2 disposable bags, which you can fill, then tie and toss. It’s AC powered and weighs 8.1 pounds. The Black & Decker BV5600 kit includes the Motor Head, (2) Disposable Leaf Bags, (1) Diffuser for use with Disposable Bags, (1) Detachable Shoulder Strap, (1) Concentrator, (1) Blow Tube, (1) Vacuum Tube, Reusable Bag Assembly. It’s about $95 on the Amazon link below. It's also at another place on Amazon for over $100.
Black & Decker Website: http://www.blackanddecker.com/Product-Print/BV6000.aspx
Giz Wiz Clean-Up Video: http://youtu.be/O5TiPeHIujE
It’s about $95 here on Amazon: BD-BV6000
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