Customer Reviews 5 item(s)
- Good Quality but Not Right for Oak Tree Twigs
Good Quality but Not Right for Oak Tree Twigs The Tanaka THB-260PF is a very well designed and high quality product. It is light and the quietest I have heard. The various tubes for suction and blowing are very tight and not easy to fit, I believe that they will ease with use.
It starts easy and is powerful, the cruise control is a nice bonus. As a Blower it functions perfectly. Access to fit the vac tube is via a handle-screw which is better than others where a screwdriver needs to be inserted to release a catch.
I have four Oak Trees in my garden and I bought this because of its metal blades for handling twigs. I was not even able to fill one bagful because the machine kept getting clogged-up in the outlet tube to the bag, downstream of the impeller. The outlet tube is split into two halves by a plastic strengthener which might be restrictive, and the tube size seems too small to handle the size of mulch.
I suspect that it may not clog as readily with other leaf types. I am disappointed that it fails in its main reason for purchase. If things improve with twig-less leaves later on then I'll leave another review.
- Good, But.......
Good, But....... The heart of the machine is the motor. Solidly built and very easy to start. But a screw was missing in the main fan cover plate, and this allowed water content from damp leaves to leak out over the machine when using it as a vac. Not a big problem, just caused a mess.
Biggest gripe is the way the tubes fit onto the motor. Different tubes are used depending on if you are using the unit as a vac or a blower. The design means the tubes have to be plugged in and then rotated 90 degrees to lock in place. This is not easy to do! I put some grease on to lubricate, but this just attracted grit etc.
I wanted the machine primarily as a vac. We have a chestnut tree which drops enormous leaves this time of year. I might have been asking too much (it is commercial grade?) but slightly damp leaves easily jammed in the outlet to the bag. This meant removing the pipe, not easy to do - see above! And if you didn't clear right inside the fan, then the machine would quickly block again.
But it works well on drier smaller leaves. Really good power and the collection bag holds a lot of mulched leaves. Emptying the bag is best done by leaving it attached the the machine, as to remove it from the pipe is a bit of a faff, and to remove the pipe from the machine is tricky - see above. Bag itself is good quality, good strong zip.
All in all good, but let down by the quality of the pipes. The plastic used is poor quality and because they flex so much, that creates the fitting issue.
- Very good
Very good I have had previous models of this machine which have been great so I purchased this one. I am not disappointed - I use it mainly for the Vac function which it does without clogging.
- Good bit of kit
Good bit of kit The blower and free vacuum add on kit were well packed. So first I perused the instructions, followed what they said and the unit started on the third pull.
The only difficult part was the assembly of the pipes and nozzle.They were all very tight fitting and being somewhat slippery I needed to wear gloves to get an adequate grip.
The unit appears to be well made and is more than adequate to control the fallen leaves in our largish garden.
It runs quite quietly and I do not need ear defenders. If the situation ever arose I would happily buy another of these.
- Commercial quality at an economical price
Commercial quality at an economical price Leaf blower-suckers start from £80 and whilst £228 may seem a lot the value is immediately obvious when you open the box. Clear instructions and obvious build quality. Clip system together in a couple of minutes fill with fuel prime carb and it starts in a couple of pulls and then just purrs! The blow power was enough to create a 4-6" wave of Cypressa tree droppings which I then just had to scoop into the bin. On suction the unit picked up the beach nut leaves and nut husks easily and almost sucked itself onto the tarmac if I revved too high. The light weight is a bonus and the two handles make handling in either blow or suck mode comfortable. I cannot wait for the leaves to drop so I can play some more! The Tanaka is a pleasure and well worth the money - Don't be fooled into buying a cheap and cheerful alternative - because cheerful you will not be!