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ECHO (Gen 2) 145-MPH 550-CFM 58-Volt Brushless Blower Review – CPLB-58V2AH

ECHO’s 550 CFM Max Blower

ECHO jumped into the battery operated outdoor equipment with both feet producing a high quality 58 volt brushless motor blower designed to be used in both residential and commercial markets. ECHO lists this item as model # CPLB-58V2AH letting users know this comes with a 58 volt Lithium ion battery that is 2 amp hour.

The ECHO 58 volt blower is packed with features that make it very appealing to anyone who needs a blower. The brushless motor allows the unit to have more power and a longer run time than brushed motors. At full throttle, electric blowers can consume battery life, so the variable speed trigger with turbo button and cruise control allows you to adjust your power needs to the job at hand while maximizing battery life. There is a metal scraper edge on the tip of the blower tube that can be used to pry up suck on material such as wet leaves. ECHO provides a 5-year consumer warranty and a 2-year commercial warranty on the Blower, Battery and Charger.

ECHO 58-Volt Hedge Trimmer Features

  • Brushless motor for superior run time and durability
  • Jet fan design for maximum clearing power
  • Turbo button delivers 550 CFM for a 28% boost in air volume
  • Variable speed trigger for ultimate power control
  • Cruise control for user convenience
  • Debris scraper for ease of use
  • Includes 58-Volt 2.0 Ah lithium-ion battery and 58-Volt lithium-ion charger
  • 5-year consumer, 2-year commercial warranty

Testing & Review

When looking for a blower you have to look at 2 different items to determine the power.  You have to look at the speed that the air moves out of the tube (MPH) and also the volume of air the blower moves (CFM).  In most cases, the MPH is the number that will get items moving and the CFM will be the number that keeps things moving.  Many manufacturers will only post one of the numbers as a marketing item.  Blowers are categorized by CFM; below 200 CFM are viewed as small sweeper units for hard flat surfaces, 200 to 400 CFM are light duty or residential, 400 to 500 CFM are medium duty and anything above 500 CFM is considered commercial.  To confuse this more, some manufacturers will give their numbers at an “up to” or a “maximum”.

When you unbox the ECHO blower, you will find a nice comfortable unit that is almost assembled.  Once the tip is attached to the blower and you charge the 2 amp hour battery for about 30 minutes to full charge, you are ready to go to work.  With most large brushless motors on outdoor equipment, they take a bit to wind up to full power.  With the battery fully charged, the amount of air moving is fairly impressive.  The large tube in the blower allows the unit to take advantage of the large CFM’s of this model.  The run time on this unit will vary depending on speed, but at full power you will get about 8 to 10 minutes and with varied throttle, you will see an average of 13 minutes.  As the 2 amp hour battery starts to lose power, as seen on the fuel gauge on the battery, the power of the unit also decreases.

We were lucky to have a 4 amp hour battery from the ECHO string trimmer to test in the blower.  After I drained the 2 amp hour battery cleaning by landscaping beds, I moved up to the 4 amp hour battery and I was able to get the full power of the unit for much longer.  While this battery is heavier, it does perform a lot better.  I feel this unit should be sold with the 4 amp hour battery, especially for commercial use.  The scraper on the end of the tip makes sense because the large size of the tube provides a lot of air to keep items moving, but in some cases, not enough to get difficult items moving initially.

Overall, comparing this unit to other battery operated units, it is very nice.   The warranty is great and this is a product backed by a great name, so if you are in the market, check these out at Home Depot.

ECHO 58-Volt Blower CPLB-58V2AH Specs

CFM: MAX 550
MPH: MAX 145

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