Review : Toro 51599 Variable Speed Electric Leaf Blower Vacuum & Mulcher

05 August 2010 by John



The Toro 51599 Blower Vacuum unit has been discontinued by Toro. It has been replaced with the even more powerful Toro 51609 Blower Vacuum. Check out my review of the Toro 51609.

A friend of mine bought the Toro 51599 leaf blower vacuum after being severely frustrated with his gas powered blower vac. That gas blower vacuum did not come cheap and hence the frustration when it was not doing its job well and breaking down often. His main complaints were that his gas blower was getting overheated very soon and melting some of the plastic grill on the blower. Secondly, it was loud and smoked very badly. He has had the Toro 51599 for almost a year now and is very happy with it. He tells me its the best blower Vacuum ever made!!

The Toro 51599 Ultra 3-in-1 blower vacuum has consistently been ranked as top seller in its market. It has some very great features for an electric leaf blower vacuum that is priced at under $100 (Click above image to get current price). Let us look at what the Toro 51599 blower vacuum has to offer.

Toro 51599 Electric Blower Vacuum Specifications

Motor Amps – 12 Amps
Maximum Velocity – Nozzle – Up to 235 mph
Blow Mode Air Volume – 255 CFM
Vacuum Mode Air Volume – 390 CFM
Leaf Shredding Reduction – 16:1
Tool Weight – 7.5 Pounds
UL Listed – Standard
Vacuum Capability – Standard
Manufacturer Warranty – 2 Full Years

A 3-in-1 Blower Vacuum Mulcher

You get a leaf blower, vacuum and mulcher packed into one tool in the Toro 51599. Your garage will look a lot less cluttered as you would have replaced 3 tools with just one. A quick release latch on the Toro 51599 blower vac makes it very easy to convert the tool from a blower to a vacuum. The following image shows the quick release latch and you can see how easy it is to convert from one function to another without needing any tools to do this.

Toro 51599 has a quick release latch to easily convert from blower to vacuum

Variable Speed 12 Amp Motor

The Toro 51599 leaf blower features a powerful 12 amp motor with variable speed control. What this means is that you will be able to easily change motor speed depending on the job at hand. The speed can be changed anywhere from 112 MPH to 235 MPH. You may want to have a low speed setting when blowing debris of your deck and other sensitive material surfaces. Your concrete driveway may need a higher motor speed than your lawn and this is where this feature is extremely useful. Many Blower Vacuums will only offer a two speed setting which may be either too strong for sensitive surfaces or too weak for hard surfaces. The following image shows the knob on the top with which you can change your speed settings.


Excellent Mulching Ratio

The mulching ratio of the Toro 51599 is 16:1 which means that it can convert 16 bags of leaves and debris into one bag of mulch. This a very good ratio number given that most blower vacs will offer only a 8:1. The mulch will be finer and better for your garden. Also, because of this high mulching ratio, you can vacuum and mulch twice the area than a 8:1 blower vacuum can before emptying the mulch bag.

Metal Impeller

The mulching and leaf shredding is done by a metal impeller, whose serrated blades are coated with Magnesium. Many blower vacs in the market feature a plastic impeller that can easily break, but not this metal impeller on the Toro 51599. For me, the metal impleller is the biggest selling point of this blower vac. This metal impeller will even withstand small rocks that are sucked in with the leaves and twigs. The following image shows what the metal impeller on this tool looks like.

Toro 51599 has a metal impeller and a powerful mulcher

Powered By Electricity

Electric blower vacuums are so much better than their gas powered counterparts when it comes to ranking them for ease of use and maintenance. They start up instantly and are a lot quieter. Its true that your mobility is compromised due to a electric cord, but you will overcome this shortcoming very soon after you start using it and see how easy it is to use. You don’t have to pull on a pull cord anymore to start up your blower. Electric powered blower vacs are also very eco-friendly in comparison to gas powered ones. No more noxious fumes when you are clearing those leaves on your yard. A drawback with electric powered units is that you will need to buy a bigger extension cord to be able to use this unit at places that are farther away from an electric outlet.

Ease of Use

This high powered blower weighs only 7.5 Lbs and is easy on your back when you have to operate for a long period of time. This tool also has a special ergonomical design, looks sleek and will make your neighbors take notice.


The Toro 51599 Ultra 3-in-1 leaf blower Vacuum is a very well built quality unit that will last you a long time. It is the best blower vac in the market for under $100. The Toro 51599 has been consistently ranked as a top seller on and consumer reports has also given it great reviews. This blower vac may also qualify for free shipping from You cannot go wrong with the Toro 51599 3-in-1 electric blower vacuum and it will be your perfect companion in yard clean ups for years to come. Cleaning up leaves will not be a chore anymore, it will be more fun than ever!

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Brandon Smoth says – “This is an awesome machine. I also use it to blow away snow on my driveway…I was able to easily blow away about 4 inches of snow in no time.” Read full comment below.

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