Hitachi RB24EAP Review
The gas-powered Hitachi RB24EAP rises to the top of the list for its easy start, manageable weight, and effectiveness -- even on stubborn debris such as wet leaves.
Scores of favorable Hitachi RB24EAP reviews extol the easy start on this gas-powered leaf blower, a virtue seconded by what users consider to be solid performance. At both Home Depot and Amazon Hitachi RB24EAP reviews say the machine feels light and well-balanced, starts right up whether hot or cold, and neatly blows away yard waste and even debris littering the garage and roof; one post brags about the likelihood of being able to clear a driveway on the opposite side of the street. Users also report minimal vibrations and seemingly quiet operation despite its 107 decibel rating. And they offer a bit of preventive advice: Use only ethanol-free fuel to avoid problems with the fuel lines.
Still, some Hitachi RB24EAP reviews quibble about one thing or another. They note the absence of an on-off switch, which forces operators to constantly press down on the trigger. They also report that the side intake can pull on the operator's clothing and a few say it seems underpowered. A short review by Popular Mechanics finds the nozzle a tad short (but still awards this model four stars owing to its effectiveness). And finally, reviewers who have tried exercising the seven-year warranty grumble about roadblocks thrown up by customer service representatives.
The Hitachi RB24EAP (starting at $139, Amazon) blows air at a maximum speed of 170 miles per hour and a maximum 441 cubic feet per minute; it is controlled with a two-finger throttle. The tank holds 17.6 ounces of fuel and the machine (when empty) weighs 8.6 pounds. This is a low-emission design that meets the requirements of the California Air Resources Board (i.e., it is CARB compliant).
A gas leaf blower that starts without fuss, meets performance expectations, and sells at a budget price deserves a top spot on our list of picks. And that's where the Hitachi RB24EAP resides.