Review: WORX TriVac WG500 Electric Leaf Blower/Mulcher/Vacuum

01 September 2010 by John

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The WORX Trivac WG500 is a very popular blower mulcher vacuum all in one unit – thanks to the regular advertisements on TV. This unit has been a bestseller for quite some time now.  Users of this machine swear by its efficiency and are marveled by its ease of use. I was able to use and test it multiple times when I helped a buddy of mine who had recently broken his arm.  I was amazed at how easy it was to vacuum under hard to reach places with the angle of the tube.  I have been disappointed many times before by products that are advertised on TV.  I have been carried away by the claims made by many such products and there beautiful models only to be disappointed later when I got my hand on those products. But with the WORX Trivac WG500, I have to tell you that it really works well and is worth every dime that you spend on it. Many also commonly refer to this unit as the “WORKS Trivac Leaf Blower Vac” or the “WORKS Blower Vacuum”

Let us take a look at what this unit has to offer.

WORX Trivac WG500 blower vac mulcher specifications

Motor amps – 12 amps
Blow speed – 210 miles per hour
Vacuum capacity – 350 CFM
Leave shredding reduction – 10:1
Mulch collection bag capacity – 1.5 Bushels
Unit weight – 8.4 Lbs
Warranty – two year full warranty

Powerful yet efficient motor

It features a powerful 12 amp motor that can deliver up to 210 MPH of airspeed when used in the blower mode. The WORX Trivac leaf blower has a variable blow speed control, just like the Toro 51599, that will allow you to choose the blow speed to a lower speed setting for sensitive surfaces.  This powerful motor also packs a punch when it comes to its “sucking” efficiency. It has a great vacuum capacity of 350 CFM. To give you an idea of how powerful it was in its vacuum mode – I was able to suck in about 12 gallons of dry leaves, after blowing them to a side, in less than a minute.

Great mulcher

The integrated mulcher on this machine can convert 10 bags of leaves into one bag of mulch. This means you would have enough bag capacity for larger jobs and there will be no need to go empty the bag often. Its mulching ratio of 10:1 is much better than many of its counterparts in the market.  I also noticed that the mulch was even and was perfect for my buddy’s flower beds.

The only issue that I have with this unit is that it’s impeller is made of plastic and not metal. Chances of the plastic impeller breaking are more than that for a metal one.

worx trivac is an excellent mulcher

Innovative angular tube design

First look at this blower vac and you will know right away that you’ll be able to clean hard to get places without much trouble – like under your deck.  The angular tube design on the WORX Trivac is both unique and innovative. Most blowers usually only have a straight tube and you would have to work hard to get to troublesome spots.

innovative angular design tube

Mulch bag capacity

The collector bag for the mulch on the “WORKS Trivac” is a pretty decent size. The bag can hold up to 10 gallons of mulch.  This large capacity is equivalent to 100 gallons of dry leaves.  You will not have to frequently empty the bag for large sized yard cleanups.  The bag is also made from a special nylon fabric which aids easy airflow into the bag.

Low noise level

This unit operates at a very low noise level compared to its gas powered counterparts. According to manufacturer’s website  the WORX Trivac WG 500’s noise level was measured at less than 70 decibels. To give you an idea of how loud 70 decibels is – an electric shaver and an alarm clocks’ noise is about 80 decibels.  Electric leaf blowers are typically less noisy than gas powered ones.

Easy to use

It is a very light weight unit.  It only weighs 8.3 pounds! I have severe back problems and I felt just fine even after using the Trivac for about 2 hours nonstop.  The other thing I noticed is that the wrap around handle grip is nice and soft. Your fingers and palm will love it.

worx trivac is very easy to handle with its soft grip

Changing the WORX Trivac from the blower mode to the vacuum mode and viceversa is as simple as flipping a switch – very quick and easy. If the impeller is ever clogged with debris or dirt, a simple push of a button will open the impeller housing.  You can clean it up and put it back in no time.

worx trivac simple flip switch to change modes

Conclusion

My initial apprehensions of the WORX Trivac WG500 leaf blower vac were overcome when i was able to test it, use it and see  the results for myself. It opened my eyes to the fact that not all products advertised on TV are bad and overly hyped. The unit lived up to its word and it is definitely a work horse. I used this light-weight heavy duty machine for about 2 hours and my shoulders and back hardly felt any strain. Changing from blower mode to vac mode was a breeze and a big advantage over gas powered leaf blowers that need removing and adding tubes for different modes. Adding the fact that the WORX trivac leaf blower vacuum was not noisy and loud, i think this is one of the better products available in the market today. I am already thinking about buying this for my dad’s next birthday. I am sure he will love it!

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{ 48 comments… read them below or add one }

Kurt

I bought this machine after watching the tv commercial. I like it and am using it a lot.

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Lena Carrington

I am in the same boat as you. The tv commercials have to be taken with a pinch of salt. But the worx trivac definitely lives up to its word. I have absolutely no complaints about it. Love it!

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Steve

I don’t know what kind of yard everyone else has, but I bought the blower and took it back, plugged up all the time.
Blower too weak; my toro electric has more power. Not worth the money, I guess if you had a apartment it would be just right.
Sorry not that great of a tool.

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James

If they want people to really buy this. Why dont they make it cordless. It needs to be rechargable,or gas powerd…

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Christian

I just bought the WORX trivac last week and have used it a couple of times already. I will give this one a 5 Star rating.

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Bob Jones

My neighbor has this trivac and will not stop talking about it. I am thinking about buying this one. The price looks good too.

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Wyatt

I just love my WORX trivac. It’s the first blower vac mulcher i have owned.

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Dennis Taylor

i bought the trivac from amazon.com. Choose the free shipping option and got it exactly 4 days after purchase.

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Carlos Orozco

The mulching function on this unit is fantastic. It really mulches leaves into the 10:1 ratio. I spread the mulch produced by the trivac around my perennials. This should protect them from the harsh minnesota winters.

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Ralph Shreeman

I love 2 WORX trimmer/trivac. They are great and light weight for me. I used them than other brands.

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Gabriel Barraza

I am considering this machine or a Toro. I see the advantages of the Worx, but the things that point me towards the Toro are the price (abot 20 dollars cheaper) and the fact that the impeller is plastic. Can the impeller be replaced with one made from metal or is it proprietary?

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Gabriel Barraza

I am considering this machine or a Toro. I see the advantages of the Worx, but the things that point me towards the Toro are the price (about 20 dollars cheaper) and the fact that the impeller is plastic. Can the impeller be replaced with one made from metal or is it proprietary? I would gladly pay the 20 extra for the convenience of not having to stop and switch out parts, but that impeller thing is the biggest obstacle for me.

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John

Gabriel,

I do not think the plastic impeller can be replaced with a metal one. From what i have heard from many other users of the WORX trivac, the plastic impeller seems to withstand small rocks and should not be too much of an issue. This would also depend on the area that you will be clearing with the trivac. If there are too many rocks, then go with the Toro 51599 which has a metal impeller. But like you said the convenience offered by the Trivac is not offered by the Toro. Changing tubes to go from blow mode to vacuum mode and viceversa can get frustrating very soon and this is where Trivac score, IMHO. Hope this helps.

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Tom

I just noticed a newer version of this product the Trivac 502. It has a 2 piece metal impeller. I’d call that a design improvement over already a great product!

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Troy Jones

I love the Works trivac. I would agree with John that the plastic impeller is not too much of an issue. The Works trivac does just fine with little rocks and mulch (bark). Not having to change tubes to change from one mode to another is such a great feature. I wonder why the other blower vac manufacturers not add this feature to their design.

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Jay Carpenter

I bought the worx trivac last year and am absolutely loving it. My back used to get very sore every time i had to rake leaves and bag them and i have like ten huge trees on my property. Sometimes i would be out a whole weekend just clearing leaves in my yard and now the trivac has cut this time to just an hour or so. The worx trivac has proven to be a lifesaver and is so easy to operate. It is light weight and my back dont hurt no more.

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Marissa

This thing works great for all of it’s functions except for the fact that it gives me static electricity shocks while I’m using it. It’s hard to use when you’re constantly getting jolted. Maybe it’s because I’m in a dry climate with very low humidity in the air…I don’t know. It’s very convenient and I would use it more except for this fact.

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John

Marissa,

Are you wearing Rubber on any insulated gloves while using this blower? If you are then do not wear them. They are known to cause shocks from static electricity. Have you tried calling the manufacturer about this problem or tried to get a replacement from it?

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J Lavin

I’m impressed by the TV ad & now reading reviews before purchase, I’m even more so.
I too, am hesitant about the plastic impeller. I have a lot of pine trees that leave pine cones everywhere. Does anyone think this would be a problem w/the plastic impeller?
I know I saw small rocks not much of an issue, but what about several pine cones one after another? That is a concern. Otherwise, it looks like a ‘go’. :)
TV is offering a cap device w/hose that also fits over a trash barrel. Does that come w/it if you don’t buy it off the infomercial? I’m seeing it a bit cheaper on line in other places, but like that barrel cover idea to go directly into the trash! Then, there’s the shipping charge on top of the extra from buying on TV.
Thanks in advance. :)

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John

The plastic impeller is the one thing on the Trivac that many people are not sure of. I’ve read reports of it breaking and many have said that it does seem to withstand a lot of ‘hard’ use. Personally, i have not tried it with Pine cones and do not have a definitive answer. I think they sell the replacement for about $9 or $10. I also think it is better to buy it from Amazon and test it right away. If the impeller breaks, Amazon should take it back. The good thing about buying from Amazon is that the Trivac is sold directly by them with free shipping and no sales tax in the majority of the states, but like you said you will not receive the barrel cover with the Trivac from Amazon.

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Seth Parr

Here’s a video review from ToolsInAction.com where the Guy doing the review clearly shows a test pile with a lot of pine cones in it. He then takes the unit apart and shows how the plastic impeller held up. I don’t want to give away too much but the unit does look to be impressive.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kX4oLHLcHqM

I know people mention the plastic impeller and how they prefer metal but I wonder if the plastic impeller is Polycarbonate ( same stuff they make bullet prof glass out of ) and if it is than I’ll take that over metal any day.

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Dave

Recently bought the Worx tri-vac to clean up mesquite pods and other light debris from artificial turf putting surface in back yard. It did not work, the vacuum was marginal in sucking up the pods, and then it would spit pieces of the pods back out the tube which could not be vacuumed up. I thought it should at least work on the light leaves, but there again it was easier to just sweep them up by hand. This is going back to the store.

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Gabriel

An update on the Worx Tri Vac. I went with the Worx and I am glad I did. My wife actually got it for me as a Christmas gift so it wasn’t really a conscious choice. I was worried about the impeller, but I find that that worry was overblown. John was right on the money. The Tri Vac does stand up to small rocks and small branches with no problems. The first time I sucked up some small acorns from an oak tree and some small stones I though, “Oh man, I did it now”. I looked and there was not a scratch on the blades. Not after months of use and small gravel, acorns, and small branches, there is some cosmetic wear on the impeller, but that plastic is very robust. You would have to be really trying to mess the Worx up to do it. I would imagine that metal impellers would get dinged and possibly bent with rocks as well, plus you don’t have to worry about rust with the thick plastic impeller blade so that is something to think about. Anyway, I just wanted to update on my experience. I hope this helps anyone who is on the fence about this product. It is a good machine.

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John

I am glad you like it.

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Joni

I just ordered one today. It gave me an upgrade option for one with metal parts. I did upgrade. I am not seeing anything online for this option. Is this something new?

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John

Joni,

That is something i have not heard of. I went to look for this option, but i could not find it. Do you recall where you saw this?

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Penny

John,
I just ordered the Tri Vac by calling the 800 number from the infomercial. The operator offered the upgrade feature of the metal blade as well as the trash can cover with an eight foot hose so I can have the mulch go directly into a trash bag. It cast a bit more (about 30$ in all), divided by 3 since I opted for the monthly installments. I’ve read nothing but good reviews for this product on the internet, with the plastic vs metal discrepancy being the only possible drawback. I have two large camphor trees in my yard that drop tough shiny leaves as well as multitudes of berries and didn’t want to take a chance on the plastic blade. Raking has been an impossible chore since I injured my back a few years ago, so I have high hopes for the Tri Vac. I believe that the upgrade is only offered thru direct ordering from the company.

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John

Thanks for leaving a comment, Penny. It is good to know that they are now offering the Trivac with a metal impeller. Please come back and let us know how you like the Trivac and how it did with picking up the berries.

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Shelia

I would like to purchase a leaf vacuum/blower/shredder. Have a question about the Worx Trivac – how does it handle pecans and small twigs? Any problems? If works, would greatly help me. I am a granny and have a bad back. Any feedback appreciated – thanks!

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John

I have not tried the trivac on pecans, but it definitely works with small twigs. Hope this helps.

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Dan

I bought the Works trivac after reading your review and like it a lot. It picked up all my leaves and twigs with no problem at all. what took me a few hours last fall was accomplished in about 25 minutes this year. My kids don’t hate me anymore for having them help me out with the raking of leaves every fall.

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Mark

People who complain that parts are not available, should check the Sears website. All parts are available, as well as price per replacement part.

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dave olejarczyk

hey mark i went too the sears website they had parts for parts but the part #50015243 fan they dont have at all ,their not in stock at all manufacture dont make them anymore im not going too buy another one

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Randy Powell

I have a Worx 541.9 blower and it has been terrible! The 18 volt battery only last 5 minutes before it quits. I called them and they sent another battery and it did exactly the same!! They said that they could do nothing for me. With service like this, I will not be purchasing any more Worx products!

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william windham

the worx trivac really is the machine that does what it is suppose to do. the only thing that i find wrong is that they need to do is to put a cap on the tube goes into the collector bag. i think that would prevent damage to it. just a thought.

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Janet

I have owned a worx trivac for a year and used it often, however, I can’t get so excited about this unit as everyone else seems to imply. What I do not like about it is the blower does not have the power as my black & decker 12volt 240 mph blast also, the bag is very akward for me since I am short. The mulch gets caught up into the two cylinders to twist off to remove leaf bag can be very difficult. I don’t like the fact you can not remove the bag when using the blower….it continues to get in my way. So I keep the worx for vac work and the black & decker for blowing. It’s just not a perfect world.

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judy

What about the impeller? Rocks? Who repairs this unit?

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John

If you look at the previous comments, you will see that the plastic impeller seems to withstand rocks just fine. If you are asking who will repair the unit if the impeller breaks – the plastic impeller can be easily replaced for about $10.

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dave olejarczyk

hey john where can i replace the plastic impeller ?muskegon michigan

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Sharon

I purchased the unit for pine needle pick up in yard, the individual I spoke to on phone when I placed order said it would do a great job . The unit is not powerfull enough to get the job done I was very dissapointed in the purchase and want to return. I need a phone number so I can return the unit there was no phone number on boxes.

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John

Sharon,

The number to reach WORX customer service is 1-866-354-WORX(9679).

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dave olejarczyk

i bought a worx 500 a few years ago ,guess what if you need a part like afan part #50015243 you wont be able too get it . the manufacture dont make them anymore save your money

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dave olejarczyk

anybody where can i get a new plastic propeller

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Russ

received a Worx WG500 today as a present. tried to use the bulk vacuuming system with a large garbage can. It might work at 85 degrees but at 50 degrees the skimpy 8 ft hose was 6 ft long and had the personality of a constipated python. Went on line to see if additional hose could be purchased, this manufacturer doesn’t seem to have replacement parts. Try to buy a replacement “FAN” impeller. If it fails just throw it away and waste your money to buy another one. Going down the parts list many parts that I would classify as “consumables” ( most likely to need replacement )were no longer available. Doing some thinking about keeping vs returning.

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Ron

Factory put a rush on my order, got here today 12-29-11.
The metal impeller is great. Blew the leaves on the front porch into a long pile. I started with the bag but it filled up too quick so I changed over to the collection system, already had a 44 gal. garbage can notched out at handles. No problems at all. Porch is clean and can is almost full. No problem with small twigs.
Mulch-some fine-some course. Plastic impeller rated- 10-1, Metal one says 18-1 on the box it came in. All I know is there was a lot of leaves on my porch. Didn’t use a bag so will have to take to brush site.
I’m 62 and have a heart condition and yes I layed down for a while when I was done with the porch, but I can do a little at a time.
Most of the sites that give reviews rate the Trivac from 1 to 5- I give it a 10.
Happy New Year! Ron

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Ron

P. S.
Model # is WG502 for the one with metal impeller and has a metal shredder blade on top of impeller. 18 to 1 ratio.
Ron

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