Every year without fail the deciduous vegetation in and around your garden will shed its foliage with little regard for how much work you may have done tidying beforehand. So reliable is this process that the Americans have even named the season during which it happens “Fall”, despite having the perfectly serviceable word “autumn” already available to them. The Swedish for “autumn”, meanwhile, is “höst”, and the best Swedish solution to accumulations of leaf litter and other loose debris on lawns, drives and paths is Husqvarna’s 125BVX, a powerful handheld blower/vacuum designed to make keeping your garden tidy all year round an agreeably simple prospect.
Powered by a hardworking 28cc two-stroke petrol engine, the 125BVX is capable of achieving a maximum in-pipe airflow of up to 12.03m³/?min at speeds of 76m/s. This provides more than enough pushing power to tackle just about any domestic clearance job with ease, while a clever Smart Start® system reduces starter cord resistance by up to 40% and combines with the 125BVX’s easy access primer bulb helps to ensure quick starting every time (even on chilly autumnal mornings). For added versatility and great performance regardless of the job at hand the 125BVX also features a length-adjustable blower tube, with both round and flattened nozzles included as standard.
As well as blowing leaves around, however, the 125BVX stands out for coming with a handy ‘Vac Kit’, enabling quick conversion of the blower into a vacuum/leaf shredder. Thus, once you have gathered loose leaves into a neat pile with the blower, installing the ‘Vac Kit’ will allow you to collect and mulch the whole lot with remarkable efficiency. Leaves are shredded with a set of mulching knives on the fan, reducing their size by a ratio of 16:1 to increase the collection capacity of the bag supplied. These shredded clippings can then serve as perfect composting material, helping to ensure the long term health of your garden.
Just as important as performance, whether you are a residential or a professional user, is ease of use, and the 125BVX is a capable machine in this regard too. A cruise control mode, for example, allows you to set a steady fan speed without having to keep the trigger throttle manually depressed, thus making it easier to use for longer periods. An auto-return stop switch, meanwhile, automatically resets to the ‘ON’ position for added convenience, with intuitive controls throughout also helping to ensure superb ease of operation for less experienced users. With a lightweight build and a harness supplied as standard, the 125BVX is also pleasingly manoeuvrable and therefore perfect for use in all of those tricky, tight corners in the garden. Even the most dedicated home gardeners, then, will enjoy the user-friendly brilliance of Husqvarna’s 125BVX.
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.