Review : Toro 51609 Ultra 12 amp Variable Speed Electric Blower, Vacuum & Mulcher With Metal Impeller

17 September 2014 by John


The Toro 51609 Ultra 3-in-1 blower, vacuum and mulcher has been the #1 best selling electric blower vac for a while now. This model replaced the equally popular Toro 51599 model, whose production was recently discontinued by Toro. The Toro 51609 is a very good upgrade for home-owners looking to upgrade their existing blower vacs or for someone looking to buy their first blower vac. It is an easy to use unit and electric powered. Very low maintenance and its ergonomic design makes working with it easy on the body. I have used the Toro 51599 and it was the best blower vac i had ever bought. The 51609 is an upgrade over the 51599 with the same quality and build that you can expect from Toro products. It is electric powered and the best in it’s class. This unit also comes with a 2 year manufacturer warranty.

Toro 51609 Electric Blower Vacuum Specifications

Improved airspeeds/nozzle-velocity  – up to 235 mph (378 kph)
Air volume  – up to 390 cfm
Leaf Shredding Reduction Ratio – 16:01
Noise rating (dB) – 67 dB
Motor Amperage (amps) – 12 amps
Assembled Depth x Width x Height in inches – 41 x 9 x 14
Blower can be operated in variable speeds – Yes
Cord lock – No
Manufacturer Warranty – 2 years
Toro 51609 3-in-1 Blower Vacuum Mulcher

Great Power With Variable Speed Setting

The Toro 51609 blower vacuum comes with a powerful 12 amp motor that delivers a powerful performance. The blower features a variable speed setting knob that can help match the power to the task at hand. The knob can be used to set a variety of speeds between 112 mph and 235 mph. Choose a lower speed setting for hard surfaces and tight areas or choose a higher speed setting for your lawn work. Blowing debris on a deck or a painted wall should be done with a lower speed setting. Take a look at the picture below that shows the control speed knob and how easy it is to change the speed setting.

Toro 51609 Speed Setting Knob

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Yard Work Made Easy

The Toro 51609 ultra blower vac offers airspeeds of up to 235 mph and an air volume of up to 390 cfm. This allows you to blow and pickup leaves,  grass clippings & other yard debris faster and with relative ease. What a lot of other manufacturers do is that they reduce the size of their blower nozzles in order to offer higher air speed and velocity. This does not serve any real purpose as the air speed and volume is not balanced correctly. But this Toro blower vac offers the ability to balance the air speed and air volume resulting in maximum performance, efficiency and power.

Toro 51609 Blower For Driveway cracks

3-in-1 Blower, Vacuum & Mulcher

This is a very convenient unit that offers the functions of 3 tools – blower, vacuum and mulcher in one single unit. It is fairly easy to convert the blower in to a vacuum and it requires no tools for this. A very convenient quick-release latch lets you do this in mere seconds. Take a look at the following picture that shows how easy it is to convert the unit from a blower to a vac and vice versa.

Toro 51609 Quick Release Latch To Change From Blower To Vac

Metal Impeller With Magnesium Serated Blades

Many a times, your blower vac will end up sucking small rocks, twigs and hard debris that end up damaging the mulcher. The Toro 51609 features a metal impeller with magnesium serated blades that are way more superior than comparable blowers that usually come with a plastic impeller. This metal impeller will easily standup to rocks that are sucked in and will last for a very long time.

Metal Impeller With Magnesium Serated Blades Can Withstand Rocks Sucked In

Highly Efficient Mulcher

With a mulching ratio of 16:1, 16 bags of leaves is efficiently mulched into one bag of mulch that can be used in your flower beds and vegetable garden. Instead of throwing away dried leaves, you will be reusing the valuable nutrients in them to help grow your flowers and vegetables.

Toro 51609 easy mulching

Electric Powered & Ergonomic Design

This electricity powered blower vac mulcher is zero maintenance with no need of messy oil and gas mixtures that gas blowers demand. It starts up instantaneously unlike gas blowers that start with the pull of a cord. No noxious fumes or smoke is emitted and is very environment friendly.

This blower vac offers so much power but is surprisingly light at 7.5 pounds and easy on your back. It features an ergonomic design that will fit in your hands just right and feel comfortable.

Toro 51609 Features An Excellent Ergonomic Design

What real users of this blower vac are saying

“This works better than advertised — I use it to clear my backyard, patio, driveway, it even knocks spiderwebs off the house and garage walls!” – JFP

“does a fantastic job really blows leaves I love it!! Works fantastic” – Briclot

“Couldn’t be happier with this product. It does everything I was hoping for. It is very easy to convert from blower to vacuum. Overall a great product.” – Mark Grant

“I bought this for my dad as a birthday gift and he says he loves it. According to him, it both blows and vacuums leaves and general outdoor stuff well. He uses it every week, being the crazy guy in the neighborhood who has to have a perfect yard!” – S Sargent

Read more customer reviews of Toro 51609 Blower Vacuum on Amazon


You will not go wrong with the purchase of the Toro 51609 Ultra 3-in-1 blower vacuum. It is the best selling blower vacuum in the market that sells for under $100. Also a great gift to give at that price point.

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I just purchased and immediately returned this product. I should have known better as the switch was not only cheap but the markings on the switch scratched off with one pass of my finger. If you compare this to Black and Decker, the Toro models look like cheap Chinese knock offs but for all I know, it’s manufactured by the same factory that makes Black and Decker as they look almost identical, just the Toro is much poorer quality. I turned on the blower and in the next 10 secs it sounded like it died a painful death. Blower chugged as it lost all power. I switched outlets, extension cords, etc. It stayed dead.

In my industry we call this a revolving door product. It comes back in as soon as it goes out the door. Here is how my experience with Toro began: I went to the local Home Depot and selected their only electric, blower,vacuum available. Actually they had both models, the black and red one but the red one “Ultra” listed more features. I should have known better when I saw the only boxes of Ultra on the shelf had been opened, tagged, and retaped. The boxes looked in awful condition. On the top shelf I noticed a plastic wrapped pallet full of brand new Toro Ultras. I waited 20 minutes for an employee to find a forklift, unwrap pallet, and give me a new, unblemished Toro Ultra. I immediately paid for it! Brought it home just before the rains hit. I had 2 hours to blow the leaves off of my patio and rain gutters before the rain hit. The pile of junk turned on over the next 10 secs, chugged, lost power, and would never turn back on again.

The purchasing agent/buyer for Home Depot should be reprimanded for bringing this defective, revolving door, line of blowers into the Home Depot line up. By the looks of all of the returns I saw, the experience I had with Toro is a common one and will continue costing Home Depot and other retailers who embrace Toro for their margins and pricepoints, to lose time and money.


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