In his 1605 book The Advancement of Learning, Francis Bacon, noted philosopher and progenitor of the modern scientific method, wrote that “cleanness of body was ever deemed to proceed from a due reverence to God.” This is thought to be the origin of the phrase “cleanliness is next to Godliness” in the English language, foreshadowing centuries of mums threatening kids with damnation whenever they refused to have a bath. However, if we accept that cleanliness is indeed next to Godliness then Kawasaki’s KRB650B must be pretty much divine, as there are few better backpack blowers available on the market when it comes to maintaining a lawn clear of unsightly debris and thus a neat, clean and tidy garden.
Designed for professional use and backpack mounted for greater manoeuvrability, the KRB650B is also reassuringly easy to use and ideal for work on uneven ground or in otherwise hard to access areas. Even if manoeuvrability isn’t a priority, the KRB650B’s padded harness distributes the weight of the machine evenly and means that it can easily be used for prolonged periods in complete comfort, which along with the increased run time provided by the high capacity 2.0 litre fuel tank makes this outstanding blower just the thing for tackling heavier workloads in larger gardens.
The power for all of this is supplied via a clean running yet magnificently potent 45.4cc two-stroke petrol engine, which has been designed by Kawasaki to be reliably high performing and to offer an optimum power to weight ratio. This means that this outstanding machine is capable of delivering an airflow of up to 17.4m3/min at 306km/h, offering enough pushing power to quickly clear twigs, loose leaves and other garden-based detritus. To help reduce noise emissions, moreover, the KRB650B is also fitted with a plastic engine shroud and fan casing, as well as a muffler with a glass wool lining, so despite being a very powerful machine it can also be used in built up residential areas without causing too much of a disturbance. Kawasaki’s clever KAR (Kawasaki Advanced Recoil) easy start system, meanwhile, reduces starter cord resistance to ensure hassle-free starting every time.
Additional ergonomic features include a flexible blowing tube which allows you to direct the airflow which much greater accuracy, a sturdy carry handle to facilitate transportation, and an easy access all-in-one joystick control system. Mounted on the blowing tube, this joystick incorporates an easy to use throttle trigger, a fully adjustable throttle lock which prevents operator fatigue by keeping the throttle automatically engaged, and a handy engine on/off switch to make it quick an easy to activate/deactivate the blower as required.
As you’d expect of any Kawasaki machine, the KRB650B is also pleasingly tough and happily capable of withstanding the daily rigors of professional use. Built with only the highest quality components, this piece of kit is therefore capable of providing many years of dedicated service with satisfying results. To underline this fact, Kawasaki even offers either a three year professional warranty or a five year domestic warranty as standard, along with a lifetime guarantee on the electronic ignition module, so you can be sure that this impressively potent blower will prove a faithful companion for years to come when faced with tough clearance work.
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.