At last - A Vac Mulcher that does Big Leaves!
I've had quite a few garden Vac/Mulcher's but none of them have been fit for purpose until this unit. The most expensive was a Flymo and the cheapest (and worst) an Aldi special. This Ozito BLV-2402 was $99 with a 3 year warranty and has some excellent and unusual features including a metal fan blade with an easy access clear side cover to clean it, A double wall bag with a fine dust filter inner, Big smooth bore suction inlet tube and a decent shoulder strap. The really big feature is it sucks and mulches large leaves quickly and without clogg...ing which no other unit I've tried could do in practice. It is noisy enough to require hearing protection but not as loud as most I've tried while not particularly heavy and does the job efficiently. It's the first one I've tried that works well enough that it's not a complete misery to use. Assembly requires some force to connect the tube to the motor but is otherwise unremarkable and straightforward. I am not too worried about the durability as a Bunnings 3 year warranty means easy replacement if it dies so long as I have the receipt. The mulching reduction ratio is not always 10/1 but seems much better than the other plastic bladed units I've tried, it's certainly a big reduction. If you are dealing with large leaves leave the Patio Extension off as it will clog instantly but otherwise does a decent job with sand and dirt. It works as a blower but it is not it's main use - more to manoeuvre the leaves into a pile so they can be more easily sucked up. Overall this is the first Vac/Mulcher that I can recommend without reservation, for $99 it is good value and not aggravating to use. It does not clog in normal use and does a decent job of keeping the dust under control while picking up large leaves at a rapid rate. I would highly recommend this if you are looking for a mains Garden Blower/Vac with Mulching, it does what it says on the box.
Questions & Answers
Hi I would like to know the weight and length of nozzle Im looking for a shorter type as Im only 5 ft tall
Hi Michelle, the suction Nozzle is fitted with wheels which take some of the weight along with a shoulder strap which carries about 3Kg plus some of the weight of mulched leaves in the bag. The secondary handle and strap are also adjustable for different angles/heights of user. I think you would find it useable at 5ft but depending on how long you use it and how many leaves you mulch it is probably going to be equivalent to vacuuming carpet while carrying a very young baby. The length is not adjustable and Bunnings offer a full refund if it does not suit you. It is the only electric mulcher vac I have tried that I could recommend, the metal blade is a major bonus. Ive had friends who have had plastic blades units wear out in months and then the plastic blades are over $100 if available. Bunnings stock spare bags if you need them. The only thing I would suggest if you are using it for long time is some hearing protection, its not super loud but you are very close to it. It does a good job and is a lot faster for me than raking with the mulched result about a quarter of the volume and much easier to deal with.
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