Worx Trivac WG500 Review

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This electric leaf blower goes from blower to vacuum/mulcher with the flip of a switch. It's also one of the quietest models we researched and reviewers commend its power.

Worx Trivac WG500 reviews highlight two main points: the machine's ability to quickly convert between a leaf blower and a vacuum/mulcher and the power of the motor for both blowing and vacuuming. Overall, the Trivac WG500 (starting at $88, Amazon) scores well online. Composite ratings on ecommerce websites tend to put the blower at or near 4 stars.

One feature reviewers would have liked to see is a metal impeller, although that's hard to find on an inexpensive leaf blower and adds weight to the machine. A newer model, the Worx Trivac WG505 (starting at $90), does have a metal impeller, but it’s not as widely available and had few reviews at the time of writing. Worx backs its products with a three-year warranty (don't forget to register online), and one consumer who reviewed the Worx Trivac WG500 on Amazon had no trouble making a claim when the plastic impeller chipped. Otherwise the Trivac WG500 compares favorably to the other electric leaf blowers we researched. Its ability to easily switch to vacuum-and-mulcher mode is highlighted in many consumer reviews at Ace Hardware and elsewhere. The 10:1 mulch ratio is standard for a cheap model and ensures that 15 bushels of leaves will fit in the 1.5-bushel collection bag. The motor emits only 63 decibels, one of the lowest levels we encountered in our research. The Worx Trivac WG500 does weigh 8.4 pounds, more than some gas blowers and almost a pound more than the best cheap electric leaf blower we found. The 12-amp motor can push up to 350 cubic feet of air per minute at a velocity of up to 210 mph. It does not have variable speed, but an airflow regulator promises some control over the blower speed.

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Although they aren't the majority, many reviewers have had trouble with the Trivac WG500. A somewhat common problem is the collection bag -- the zipper breaks or the bag tears. One reviewer reports on the Home Depot website that the bag "exploded" the third time he used it. Less common complaints concern broken shoulder straps and the length of the tube. Some consumers would appreciate an attachment for taller users or for sucking up debris from small, hard-to-reach crevices.

The mix of positive and negative Trivac WG500 reviews is what leaves this electric leaf blower in the "good" category. The durability of the bag seems to be a weak point. The machine also weighs a pound more than some of its electric competitors and the starting price is 20 percent higher than that of our top pick. Still, users are generally satisfied, and there are a number of repeat buyers. Time will tell whether the new Worx Trivac WG505 improves on an already good option.

Louis DeNicola

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