Husqvarna 2-Cycle Handheld Blower

Last updated date: May 2, 2019

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8.5

Husqvarna 2-Cycle Handheld Blower

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We looked at the top Backpack Blowers and dug through the reviews from some of the most popular review sites. Through this analysis, we've determined the best Backpack Blower you should buy.

Update as March 5, 2021:
Checkout The Best Backpack Blower for a detailed review of all the top backpack blowers.

Overall Take


In our analysis of 116 expert reviews, the Husqvarna 2-Cycle Handheld Blower placed 8th when we looked at the top 13 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

From The Manufacturer

The Husqvarna 130BT is a unique lightweight back pack blower with the large landowner in mind. It combines very low weight and ease of use for those who have to work for longer periods of time. Features include a new X-Torq engine for increased power, better fuel economy and reduced emissions. Harness and tube-mounted controls improve operational ergonomics. Handheld leaf blowers are typically lighter in weight and provide the best maneuverability in tight spaces. They are ideal for light-duty yard projects like blowing out flowerbeds and removing grass clippings from sidewalks, driveways and smaller lawns. Some handheld blowers are vacuum capable, allowing you to collect debris. Husqvarna cordless leaf blowers allow you to choose the style and features that fit your needs best. Our 356T backpack blower is especially designed to emit low noise, enabling you to work without concern in residential areas. The 125 BVX gas blower not only blows debris, but is also vacuum capable to collect debris. Professional landscapers benefit from our Air Injection centrifugal air cleaning system that reduces wear and extends the operating time between filter cleanings. From handheld to backpack, to tube mount or frame mount throttles, we offer solutions to make your tough tasks easier and more efficient. Our leaf blowers are all ergonomically designed to reduce fatigue and strain on your body. Low Vib technology provides effective anti-vibration dampeners that absorb vibration, minimizing the stress on your arms and hands. Our adjustable handles minimize tiring vibration and can be angled on most of our backpack blowers for maximum comfort. The load-reducing harness makes your Husqvarna backpack blower comfortable and easy to use by reducing the strain on your back. Husqvarna’s X-TORQ engine technology reduces harmful exhaust emissions by up to 75% and increases fuel efficiency by up to 20% on gas blowers. The 436LiB battery cordless leaf blower is powerful but light weight and quiet. Best of all, it's cordless, giving you maximum mobility. It uses the same rechargeable battery as other battery series handheld products. That’s good for the Earth and your wallet.

Expert Reviews

Expert Summarized Score

8.3
15 expert reviews

User Summarized Score

8.9
235 user reviews

What experts liked

Lightweight and easy to carry. Decent power in spite of lower cfm rating. Start with just 1-2 pulls.
- BestReviews
This blower has a smart design for its engine which only produces little heat and harmful emission while increases more energy for quick blowing.
- A Top Daily
Harness and tube mounted controls were designed with an ergonomic intent and make the unit easier to maneuver over long periods of time.
- Helpful Habit
One of the blower’s highlighting feature is the air purge system that removes air from the carburetor and the fuel tank, so that it starts in the very first try.
- Wise Pick
It provides excellent power with an ergonomically-conscious design that keeps user fatigue at bay when used for extended periods of time. Controls are conveniently placed for easy access and a throttle lock, a.k.a. cruise control, lets the user “set and forget” their blowing speed.
- Heathy Handyman
The 130BT comes with an ergonomically designed handle that has rubber inserts to make the grip extra secure and comfortable. It also has an extra padded backpack harness that has several adjustments that are designed to fit the contours of the human body. It also has adjustable handles for convenience.
- The Tool Boss
Moved leaves and other debris especially quickly.
- Consumer Reports
The best thing about it is that you will get ergonomic handles that contain rubber inserts. That makes it extra comfortable and secure while you are working. It also includes padded backpack harness that you can adjust by yourself so that it fits your body. The handles are also adjustable.
- Tools Total
It is very comfortable thanks to the ergonomic handle which has rubber inserts that can be adjusted to suit the desired positions. It also comprises comfortable harnesses that can be shaped appropriately to fit the unique contours of the operator.
- Review Moon
December 2, 2017 | Full review
The blower is comfortable to carry and operate. You will get a handle that is adjustable and ensures a firm grip with rubber inserts. Also, the straps are padded with a perfect shape to fit the user.
- Best Plus Reviews
Better choice for the environment thanks to fuel efficiency and reduced emissions.
- The Filter Master
The product is quite light, making a minimum strain on your body and back.
- Best Backpack Blower
April 24, 2015 | Full review
The handle has small amounts of rubber for customization, but it is also adjustable in height.
- Leaf Blower Reviews
July 23, 2015 | Full review
The fan speed can be set for easier handling.
- Home Leaf Blowers
September 29, 2017 | Full review

What experts didn't like

Not powerful enough for bigger leaf blowing jobs. Can struggle to move wet grass from pavement.
- BestReviews
Wasn’t designed to be used in any sort of commercial application.
- Helpful Habit
Makes a lot of noise even though the manufacturers say otherwise.
- Wise Pick
Commercial users, and homeowners with especially large properties, may find it underpowered for their needs.
- Heathy Handyman
It doesn’t have the blowing power of larger machines.
- The Tool Boss
One disadvantage is that is best suited for right-hand users. That means that you cannot use it in your left hand because all controls are on right side. It may be awkward to operate in case that you are left-handed. But after a while, you will get used to it.
- Tools Total
It is very strong and powerful and hence is unsuitable for very sensitive electronics such as computers, phones and some television sizes. That means, they are largely of limited use.
- Review Moon
December 2, 2017 | Full review
Some users found out the nozzle a bit wider. They said to make the nozzle a bit narrow.Not ideal for commercial application: If you need a commercial grade backpack leaf blower Husqvarna 350BT is suitable. It is good for home use.
- Best Plus Reviews
Lacks a bit of the brute force of higher powered options.
- The Filter Master
On the down side, we’ll just point out that this is a gas backpack blower. Usually, these products are renowned for making loud noises. Therefore, be ready to equip yourself with a pair of headband hearing protectors.
- Best Backpack Blower
April 24, 2015 | Full review
If you think that you can blow leaves off the lawn or garden, you are wrong. The leaf blower mostly works on hard surfaces only.
- Leaf Blower Reviews
July 23, 2015 | Full review
No Vac facility for those upgrading from a handheld.
- Home Leaf Blowers
September 29, 2017 | Full review

Our Expert Consultant

Vicki Liston 
Home Improvement Expert

Vicki Liston writes, produces, and narrates “On The Fly…DIY,” an award-winning home improvement and DIY show of unique project tutorials for the casual DIY’er.

Home improvement and all things DIY have been Liston’s passion since she bought her first house in 2007 and she started making video blogs in 2014. She’s performed hundreds of DIY projects, from small ones to major, wall-smashing renovations and can teach you how to make a trendy DIY barn door for cheap. The proceeds earned from “On The Fly…DIY” are donated to no-kill animal shelters and rescue organizations. You can find her show on Prime Video.

An Overview On Backpack Blowers

The sight of auburn leaves on your lawn in the morning is a refreshing calling card of nature, reminding you that fall is here in all its multicolored splendor. It’s also a sign that you’ve got a hefty dose of yard work coming up.

If that yard is big enough and those leaves are plentiful enough, you’ll probably want to trade up from that lightweight handheld leaf blower. When you want a yard cleaned up quickly, there’s nothing like the power of a backpack blower. The heftiest ones can even handle more than one season of yardwork by blowing snow off your driveway or getting rid of branches and other light debris.

There can be a wide range of efficiency in backpack blowers, but the power source is one of the first things you’ll want to look at. And while electric blowers are an increasingly popular choice, gas-powered models still have plenty of upsides.

When it comes to electric blowers, you’ll find corded models at the lower end of the spectrum on price. It’s easy to see why, as these units not only leave you tethered to a power cord but generally supply less power. Cordless electric blowers won’t necessarily sacrifice any of that power for the convenience of free-roaming operation, but they may have less runtime depending on the battery.

Gas-powered blowers can be a little intimidating for those who haven’t handled them before, but the Big Bad Wolf has nothing on their strength. They operate on the same general type of internal combustion engine you have in your car (or more likely, your lawnmower), and those engines can be divided into a couple of types: 2-cycle and 4-cycle.

You might see them also referred to as 2-stroke or 4-stroke, but it means the same thing. Those numbers are the number of strokes (or cycles) needed to complete the process of combustion and exhaust that turns gasoline into energy. Without getting into the mechanical weeds, suffice to say that 2-stroke engines get that process done quicker and dirtier. It translates into an engine that’s not only light but powerful and cheaper to boot. On the downside, 2-stroke engines tend to be louder and less efficient, resulting in more pollution. Most engines of this type also require a precise mixture of oil and gas that goes into the same intake chamber, but you can usually buy this fuel pre-mixed.

On the other hand, 4-cycle engines are more like your car. The gas and oil are loaded into separate tanks. With more moving parts to deal with, these engines are heavier but more fuel-efficient, saving you money in the long run on gas. In either case, you can get a good measure of your engine’s output by checking the displacement volume. On the high side is 40 cc’s or more. Sometimes 4-cycle engines are easier on your body, too.

“While heavier than a 2-cycle,  it operates at cooler temperatures,” says Vicki Liston, our home improvement expert and host of “On The Fly… DIY,” an award-winning show featuring helpful DIY project tutorials.

Electric or gas-powered, you’re going to want to know how powerful it is. Any backpack blower is liable to pack a lot more wind than a handheld model, but exactly how much is enough? You’ll see blowing power measured in two ways: MPH (miles per hour) and CFM (cubic feet per minute). MPH, of course, is a measure of wind speed, but that won’t mean much if there’s only a trickle of air coming out of the nozzle. CFM is a measure of volume, and it’s an equally important part of the equation. For backpack blowers, MPH might range from 100 to 300 or higher, while CFM varies from 300 to 700 or so.

“If you plan on blowing around heavier items like twigs, sticks and pebbles, look for a high CFA or MPH rating,” adds Liston.

The Backpack Blower Buying Guide

  • If you’re already committed to getting a backpack blower, it’s easy to be swayed into getting the most powerful model for the cheapest price. But if you want to keep your neighbors on your good side, consider the efficiency. Backpack blowers can be extremely loud, and in a crowded community, that might greatly limit the time you can use it without making enemies. Be sure to check the decibel level on the blower before you buy. Gas models tend to be the noisiest, but there’s a lot of variation on that statistic.
  • If you’re buying a cordless, electric powered blower, take a moment to read through the parts. It’s not a given that your battery will be included. They can cost a pretty penny, and that’s not even including the charger. Even so, you may still come in cheaper than the higher-end gas models. If your lawn is especially big, you may want to consider investing that extra dough in a second battery to swap into your blower when the first one runs out of juice.
  • Weight is also a big consideration, particularly for older users. Electric backpack blowers might weigh 10 pounds or less, while gas blowers can top out at more than twice that for 4-cycle models. Their extra power might get the job done fast, but you can expect to tack on some extra minutes if it’s too unwieldy to use. Some of that can be mitigated with solid design that distributes the weight evenly.
  • Accessories can be a huge plus, turning a simple leaf blower into a versatile cleaner. Many blowers come with at least one interchangeable nozzle. Flat tips are good for blowing a wide swath of loose leaves and debris, while rounded ones can help break up deeply embedded or wet leaves. Other handy add-ons include leaf bags to hold all that mess, or gutter kits.
  • Your backpack blower’s vibrations might make leaf blowing painful. “Vibration can quickly cause fatigue and numbness and can turn the work into an extremely uncomfortable experience,” says Liston. Look for anti-vibration features to avoid this problem.
  • You may be used to mowing the lawn in comfortable clothes, but leaf blowers require a little more caution. No matter how adept you are at using them, there will be loose debris flying around. Don’t forget to wear safety goggles and perhaps a breathing mask — and for long-term hearing protection, a pair of earbuds is a must.
  • Depending on where you live, your leaf blower might only get used a couple of months out of the year. Don’t let that be the only time you turn it on. To ensure that your blower keeps operating at peak efficiency, run it once a month in a well-ventilated area.