Craftsman 74828 Review
In addition to its substantial power for the price, users like this electric blower vac's additional features, such as an oscillating tip, a leaf blaster, and a rake attachment. It can also reduce 16 bushels of leaves to a single bushel of mulch with its metal impeller. However, users complain that it is uncomfortably noisy at its highest speed.
Users posting Craftsman 74828 (starting at $75) reviews call this powerful electric blower vac quite the workhorse. It has enough features to take care of most yard work, provided the yard is small enough to be handled with an electrical cord. According to Craftsman 74828 reviews, purchasers of this blower vac have used it for all sorts of functions that don't involve leaves, such as drying their cars after washing.
Craftsman does not specify the volume of the airflow from this 12-amp machine, but it offers variable speed of up to 240 mph. Consumers posting Craftsman 74828 reviews admire the suction ability of its vacuum function, which can get leaves out of ivy and shrubs. Many users say it picks up wet leaves fairly well, although one user who posted a review at Sears recommends vacuuming only dry leaves. Switching from blowing to vacuuming means switching nozzles, but most users posting Craftsman 74828 reviews don't seem to find the task too complicated. A few users note that that the vacuum nozzle is too short for taller people.
This blower vac has an oscillating tip that eliminates the need to move the whole machine from side to side as you walk down the driveway or through the lawn. The "leaf blaster" nozzle helps blow out any debris that gets stuck, and a rake attachment helps rid the lawn of leaves. The impeller is made of metal, which consumers appreciate; they say it chops up leaves and small twigs with ease, and even small rocks don't damage the blades. The manufacturer claims it mulches leaves at a 16:1 ratio, turning 16 bushels of leaves into one bushel of mulch, and users verify that it chops up leaves to almost nothing. It's fairly lightweight, at 8.1 pounds.
One of the downsides of this leaf blower is the noise. While Craftsman does not disclose the noise level, several users liken the noise at the highest speed to the sound of a jet engine. As with many other vacuum blowers, the vacuum bag attachment draws complaints. Many people seem to prefer the sliding bar that holds it closed to a zipper, but many also say the bag falls apart, develops holes, and costs a lot to replace. Still, consumers applaud this powerful, full-featured electric blower vac, deeming it a good value for the money.