Black & Decker LSW20 Review
For light, quick work on hard surfaces, users say this lightweight cordless blower is convenient and makes outdoor cleanup easy.
Pros: The Black & Decker LSW20 (starting at $70; available at Home Depot) is designed to clear leaves and other lawn debris from hard surfaces such as patios, decks, garage floors, and driveways. Most reviewers on Amazon say it does that with ease, and they love how compact and lightweight it is. The cordless electric design also earns raves from users who love being able to go anywhere without worrying about a power cord or breathing in the fumes generated by a gas-powered blower. Owners say the Black & Decker LSW20 is much quieter than most leaf blowers, agreeing with the manufacturer's claims that it won't bother neighbors even with early-morning use.
Cons: Many complaints about the Black & Decker LSW20 center on battery life. While some owners report being able to run the blower for as long as a half-hour, others grumble it lasts only 10 or 15 minutes before needing to be charged for at least a few hours. Some say they simply expected more power from this sweeper, even when refraining from using it out in the yard.
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Features: The single-speed Black & Decker LSW20 weighs just 3.7 pounds -- less than half the weight of a typical leaf blower. It has a 120 mph maximum air speed and is powered by a 20-volt lithium-ion battery that can hold a charge for up to 18 months. It also includes a built-in scraper for wet leaves. The noise level is 66 decibels. This leaf blower comes with a limited two-year warranty.
Takeaway: For users who need only a quick blast of air to clear decks and sidewalks of pesky leaves or grass clippings, the Black & Decker LSW20 is easy to use and equal to the task. However, anyone who needs a leaf blower powerful enough to tidy a yard and landscaping should look elsewhere.