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Ryobi ONE+ Lithium+ 18 Volt Lithium Ion Cordless Jet Fan Blower

Ryobi Jet Fan Blower P2180

IMG_20160503_140132472Over the years we have seen a technological progression in battery operated outdoor power equipment.  The home owner grade tools are transitioning from corded to larger batteries and now into smaller battery packs.  Ryobi introduced an 18 volt string trimmer this year that is almost identical to the 40 volt version of a year or two ago.  With technology advancements, blowers are starting to work in the same direction.  You might not be able to move all the leaves from your yard in one battery charge yet, but this progression is great for everyone as it will equate to more and more electric operated items in our future.

We are also amazed at the changes that happen when a Home Depot moves into your town.  Talking to many of our neighbors, they all have some experience with Ryobi.  Many of them with outdoor power equipment.  With all of the equipment on the market, we were surprised to see such a large presence of the brand.  We have an Ace Hardware just two miles away, but most will travel over 10 to go to Home Depot.

Features

  • Works with all Ryobi ONE+ 18-Volt batteries
  • New jet fan design for power up to 100 mph and 280 CFM
  • Variable speed trigger
  • Hanging hook for user convenience
  • Debris scraper for loosening stubborn dirt and leaves
  • 3-year limited warranty

Performance

IMG_20160503_140114432At 280 cfm, this unit is solidly planted in the homeowner grade blowers, but for a unit of this power, we were surprised at the performance.  The power that Ryobi was able to get from the small 4Ah 18 volt battery was amazing.  Longevity of battery life was great considering most will be able to blow off everything needed around the home after mowing on a single charge.  Blowing large amounts of leaves might be a bit different, but would also command a bit more power.

As a bit of a test, this unit was dropped off at my neighbors who have the Ryobi 40 volt blower.  We did not talk about the battery or the voltage and they did not seem to care.  They just wanted a nice lighter weight blower.  After they used it, they came over to talk about how surprised they were that this lighter tool was much more powerful that the heavier model.  We talked about battery life and they felt it was on the same page as their 40 volt Ryobi.  Overall, they were more than thrilled with this unit, even after they found out this unit was powered by the same battery that would fit his power tools.

Overall

IMG_20160503_140139324If you are looking for a nice blower to clean up after mowing and to blow out your garage, this is it.  If you need to move large amounts of leaves each fall in a larger yard, this is not it.  In car terms, we have a Chevy Malibu, it works great, but it is not going to haul a large load of lumber home to build a barn.  This unit fits most homeowners and will work well for them.  It is a huge bonus if they have other Ryobi tools!

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