A product for the more experienced leaf blower user, this cordless blower is a heavy investment and definitely not something for beginners or those with small gardens. It’s great in terms of versatility – you’re provided with 2 diffeent nozzles, one designed specially to suit sucking up leaves, and one designed for blowing them.
So as mentioned, the GWC3600L20-GB has two modes, one for vacuuming and one for blowing. Both work very well, and you can also change the speed from regular to ‘turbo’ – harking back to 80’s phraseology there! Anyway, this is very helpful when you have wet leaves or small stones laying about, so you shouldn’t have any problems picking them up in vacuum mode. What’s a little more dubious is how well it works in blowing mode, trying to shift clumps of wet leaves, to the minds of some this blower isn’t up to this task, so you might find that effective blowing is only possible with dry autumn leaves. Having said that, the blower nozzle is designed to double as a ‘scraper’ to help shift particularly stubborn wet leaves, so you might find this helps you out a bit when working in wet conditions.
It’s important to note that the powerful vacuuming ability of this machine can also be a disadvantage, you’ll find the nozzle can block up quite easily due to its ability to pick up absolutely everything it’s capable of collecting You aren’t given any tools used to unblock it so you’ll need to be careful if you find yourself in this situation.
You’re given two different nozzles for both functions (vac and blow), making it simple to change mode and keep track of what you’re doing. Incidentally I’ve had issues in the past where, due to my own fault, I haven’t noticed which mode is engaged and this can end up making quite a mess, so definitely keep an eye on what mode you’re in!
The only significant issue with this product is the price. It’s very expensive, though this is largely because of its cordless nature. If you can spare the time take look around and compare or wait until it’s available at a reduced price as you can probably get more bang for your buck with other blowers.
- Powerful blowing capabilities with alternate modes and power levels
- Multiple accessories to cater to different needs, including specific vacuuming and blowing nozzles, and a leaf collection bag
- Easily blocked up in vac mode, particularly by wet leaves, so you need to be a bit careful
- Power isn’t sufficient to blow wet leaves, so that should give you a good gauge of what it’s capable of
- Not the most cost effective blower-vacuum
On the whole, this is a reliable tool. It saves a whole lot of of time being able to blow and dispose using just one tool and the battery life compliments this. It’s simple enough to use, but as mentioned above it’s a lot of money to pay when there are cheaper blowers out there that in truth do just as good a job.