Review of the gas powered jet fan blower from Ryobi. The Ryobi 2 Cycle Gas Jet Fan blower is a leaf and debris blower for your yard.
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Y’all know how I love my Ryobi power tools… when Ryobi recently contacted me and asked if I wanted to review their new 2 Cycle Jet Fan Blower. Umm… obviously they have seen my yard… with all these trees? YES PLEASE!
Review of the Ryobi Gas Blower
We like to blow all the leaves into the planting beds in the fall to protect the landscaping work to add insulation for the winter. (Goodness knows we have plenty of them). I will say though as I sit here and write this, we have 50+ mph wind gusts so I’ll be redoing all that work soon….. Sigh….
I did have so much fun with this blower- this thing is crazy powerful! It is the most powerful handheld blower on the market today. It blows up to 160 MPH or 520 CFM (cubic feet per minute).
Starting Your Leaf Blower
To use this blower you need a 50:1 fuel to oil ratio. You can mix that yourself or just buy True Fuel‘s version. It’s premixed, stable and super easy to use.
Getting it started is pretty similar to a gas powered lawnmower if you’ve ever used one:
Once you add fuel, press the primer bulb until you see fuel show up in the “bubble”.
Set the choke to FULL choke
Set the throttle/cruise control lever to full throttle
Pull the starter grip and rope until the engine starts to catch (or attempts to start- no more than 4 times)
Move the choke lever to half choke.
Pull the starter grip and rope until the engine starts up (no more than 6 times, if it fails to start, go back to FULL choke step and repeat)
Let the engine run about 10 seconds to warm up, set the choke to Run, and blow, Blow, BLOW!
Varying the Flow
You can vary the flow by adjusting how hard you pull back on the trigger.
I really like that you can vary the flow depending on where you are. So when I blew out the fenced area around my HVAC unit, I used a lower speed to avoid the leaves bouncing everywhere along the fence and coming back in my face. When I was out in the open, I could go full throttle and move more quickly. This is a clever use of AC drives, meaning by varying the flow you have more control and you aren’t wasting energy.
Battery Powered vs. Gas
You may have seen a battery version of this blower. Most of Ryobi’s more powerful cordless outdoor equipment uses their 40 volt battery system.
The most similar Ryobi battery powered blower offers a slight difference in blowing intensity (110mph battery vs 160mph with the gas version). Also the battery power would not last as long as a gas powered device. However, if you have a smaller yard or concerns about your environmental impact, you may prefer battery power.
If you choose to go that route, I would HIGHLY recommend at least one additional battery so you aren’t stuck not quite done, but having to wait to finish until your battery charges.
Video Review of the Ryobi Gas Blower
I made a silly video to show you how easy it is to use. It really made quick work of getting the leaves where I needed them to be… until the children got involved.
I want to say thank you to Ryobi for working with me on this project. I love sharing all their products with you and I really do use them every single day. While they did send me the blower to use and share with you, all opinions are completely my own and always will be.
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