Milwaukee just entered the OPE market with their new Milwaukee blower. Yes, they had a compact blower on the market for a while, but that was really designed for small clean up jobs. With this blower, it’s designed for full clean up either on the job site or lawns. I believe Makita was the first to enter this market and we have had a chance to test their OPE products out and love them. Then I believe Dewalt was next. While we tested them out, I can say I have had a lot of use with them, so it’s not one I jump up and down over. Now Milwaukee has there’s, so how does it stack up.
A blower is useful for concrete guys who need to clean up, asphalt guys who need to clean up before they apply their products and a ton more. It’s also useful for lawn clean. How awesome is it that you own a battery that you can use at work, then come home and use it for your lawn? To me that is pretty cool. I know all these manufacturers like to taught and say this is great for the professional lawn guy, but I still have a hard time believing that. For me, i changed over about 5 years back from gas to battery operated OPE products for my house. However with professional lawn guys, i still don;t think battery is there yet to give the lawn guys a good deal. Maybe it where I live and that’s why I don’t understand it, but I still think cordless OPE products are great for the homeowner and still have a long way to go for the professional. With that said, I have to say I love the Milwaukee Blower.
Dan and myself are usually on the same page when it comes to what we think of a tool. However with this we are pretty far apart. He isn’t a fan of the Milwaukee blower while I like it. He thinks its weak, I don’t. Is it the best blower I have ever used, no, I think gas blowers are the best. Is it one of the top blowers in the cordless line up. Yes, I think it’s up there. For me there are a couple of things i love about this blower.
First I love the balance of the blower. When I was cleaning up my yard, I wasn’t getting tired of holding on to it. Plus it didn’t feel like it was pushing my arm back and I was fighting it. A huge plus for me. I think it has great power for my needs as I was able to push a bunch of pine cones around, small branches of my pine tree and wet leaves. It handles the walks without any question and the run time was great. I was using the 9Ah battery and that was a huge deal for the long run time. I really like the fact i can control the speed with the trigger or my thumb using the cruise control.
For the first entry into OPE, Milwaukee did a good job. I think its a great addition to their line up.