The name ‘Scirocco’ is drawn from a term for a hot wind, often dusty or rainy, which blows from North Africa across the Mediterranean to southern Europe, frequently reaching hurricane speeds. While it is presumably the power of this breeze which led Flymo to choose the name for their superb domestic blower/vacuum, the ‘Scirocco’ wind itself has been blamed for causing mechanical and architectural abrasion in affected areas, and even the fact that Venice is becoming increasingly close to following the example of Atlantis. Thankfully the Scirocco 3000 is significantly more practical than its meteorological namesake, instead providing a handy method of quickly clearing leaves, twigs, grass and other loose debris from lawns, driveways and paths.
Powered by a brilliantly efficient 3000W electric motor, the Scirocco 3000 is capable of producing a maximum airflow of up to 10.8m³/min at 55m/s (almost double the peak speed of the Scirocco wind, incidentally). This provides enough power to tackle the vast majority of domestic clearance jobs with ease, quickly and efficiently tidying leaves, litter and other debris from lawns and hard surfaces. Despite this impressive power the Scirocco 3000 is also remarkably quiet and clean running, providing superb user convenience and allowing you to achieve an immaculate finish without disturbing the neighbours (and thus giving a welcome boost to neighbourly relations).
With two working modes available, and an easy access switch to enable quick changing between them, the Scirocco 3000 is also pleasingly versatile. The two modes, blower and vacuum, in fact work best in tandem, with the blower allowing you to gather loose leaves into a single pile before then switching to the vacuum mode to collect them all in one go. Vacuumed leaves are also shredded as you work, with cuttings gathered in the Scirocco 3000’s 45 litre collection bag. To help boost collection performance the Scirocco 3000 also features a mulching ratio of 10:1, significantly increasing collection capacity by reducing leaves and other light garden waste to tiny fragments which are perfect for the compost heap.
An additional advantage of being electrically powered is that the Scirocco 3000 requires significantly less maintenance than a petrol powered blower. This convenience is further underlined by the fact that the Scirocco 3000 can be quickly opened to permit cleaning, thereby helping to ensure consistently exceptional performance. This combines with the Scirocco 3000’s ergonomic design, most brilliantly embodied in a sturdy, smooth running guide wheel fitted to the blower tube, to make this handy machine remarkably easy to use, even for less experienced users. Any proud home gardener, then, would do well to consider the many benefits afforded by this wonderfully practical machine.
Undecided on what to buy? Be sure to read our free advice article about choosing the best leaf blowers and vacuums for clearing-up in the garden.