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Atlas 56999 - 40V 550 CFM Cordless Brushless Blower

The Atlas 56999 is a lightweight cordless handheld leaf blower delivering 550 CFM at 105 MPH. It is powered by a 40 V Li-ion battery. (Read full specs)

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Features and Specifications

Type
Type Cordless
Handling Handheld
CFM Up to 550
MPH Up to 105
Blowing Force N/A
Engine
BrushlessYes
Voltage40 V
Speed settings Variable
Features
Battery Li-ion
Autonomy 15 mins
Cruise controlYes
Vacuum No
Misc
Battery included 0
Weight (tool only)4.2 lbs
Noise rating 86.8 dB
Warranty 90 days

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Description

The Atlas™ 40V Lithium-Ion Cordless Brushless Blower clears wide areas faster than gas, with no refueling costs, no gas/oil premix and no engine maintenance. An easy-access Turbo button generates a blast of air for clearing heavier debris. The Cruise Control lever is designed for easy one-hand operation.

Overview of the Atlas 56999

The Atlas 56999 in use

The Atlas 56999

  • Power: The Atlas 56999 can force 550 cubic feet of air per minute (CFM) from its nozzle at a maximum speed of 105 MPH.
  • Power delivery: This blower has a brushless, battery-operated motor. Thus, the user won’t have to worry about tripping over pesky cords when they’re busy working their lawn.
  • Battery: Its 40 V Li-ion battery (battery not included) offers a maximum autonomy of 15 minutes on a full charge.
  • Handling: It’s handheld, so naturally it’s easier to handle and carry than larger leaf blowers, such as backpack models or walk-behinds. When compared to other cordless handheld blowers, the Atlas 56999 stands out due to its lower weight: just 4.2 lbs for the blower alone.
  • Speed Settings: There are times when you only need a little more power, while other times you will want a bit more precision when clearing leaves and debris. For this purpose, the 56999 offers variable speed settings, adding you, the user, more control, and a cruise control mode, which will allow you to maintain it comfortably for as long as you wish.
  • Noise: With a decibel rating of 86.8 dB, the 56999 is neither louder nor quieter than its rivals in the electric handheld category.

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The Atlas 56999's performance versus other blowers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea how the key specs of the Atlas 56999 compare with handheld leaf blowers of similar voltage (between 36 and 48V).

  • Maxing out at 105 MPH at full power, this blower is on the lower end in terms of air speed for battery-operated handheld blowers between 36 and 48V. For the fastest air speed in this category, you may want to consider the Makita XBU01PT, which can expell air at a velocity that can reach 208 MPH.
  • The 56999 is powerful, with an airflow rating of 550 CFM (cubic feet per minute). This is certainly on the high end compared to other cordless handheld blowers with a comparable voltage. If air volume is important to you, the Husqvarna 350iB, with 800 CFM, could be in your good books.
  • Autonomy-wise, with up to 15 minutes of autonomy on a full charge, the 56999 is on the low end when compared with other cordless handheld units of similar voltage. To enjoy the best possible autonomy in this category, you could have a look at the Makita CBU01Z which offers up to 300 minutes of runtime.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other cordless blowers, the Atlas 56999 is on the cheap side of the price range.

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget blower.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight (4.2 lbs)
  • Brushless motor
  • Cruise control
  • High CFM (550 CFM)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (86.8 dB)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Battery not included
  • Weak warranty
  • Low MPH (105 MPH)
  • Low autonomy (15 mins)

Do you own the Atlas 56999 and agree (or disagree) with these strengths and weaknesses?

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About Atlas

Atlas is a brand of lightweight, cordless, outdoor power tools marketed by the Harbor Freight chain of tool stores. They are powered by either a 40V or an 80V lithium rechargeable battery system. The products sport a distinctive orange and gray (40V) or orange and black (80V) color scheme. The 40V system supports leaf blowers, while the 80V system powers not only leaf blowers, but also string trimmers and lawn mowers.

Warranty Information

The Atlas 56999 is covered under a warranty for up to 90 days. This warranty may not cover all parts of the blower.
For more information about the warranty of Atlas blowers, please consult Atlas' warranty policies stated in the user manual (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support : 1-800-444-3353.

Questions & Answers

How long does it take a 40 V battery to charge (Asked May 4, 2021)

It depends on the charger. With the standard charger, about 55 mins to reach 90% from 0. With the rapid charger (opens in a new tab), about 30 mins to reach 90%.

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Atlas 56999
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  1. 2
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    Warranty good only 3 months. Mine quit taking charge after that. Never buy an Atlas product.

    + PROS: Light weight. Used very little in six months but worked on when in use. Suddenly battery would not take charge. Never buy an Atlas product. Warranty good only 3 months. Da!
    - CONS: Used very little in six months but worked ok when in use. Suddenly, battery would not charge. Never buy an Atlas product. Off warranty.
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    Not really impressed with this. It was my first purchase of a leaf blower and i had looked into a black and decker and that was just as bad. I have three trees and it stopped before i really got started with the first tree leaves pile 🙁 Battery is really not worth the stress of this and I called company and they stated that they cant do anything about it. Never again, so last purchase…

    + PROS: Really Works on target when it can,
    - CONS: So disappointed on the battery life, what a crock! this was my first purchase and i have three trees and it quit right before i started ands it was fully charged. They wont take back because there was no way to upgrade battery. My last purchase ! :(
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    Lots of power for the whole 10 minutes the battery lasts. I spent more time waiting for the battery to charge than actually using the blower. Good machine with a HORRIBLE battery.

    + PROS: Lots of power with the turbo button
    - CONS: Horribly disappointing battery life.
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  4. 1.75
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    We loved the ATLAS leaf blower until we found out the battery life is only about 10 minutes. When you`re dealing with lots of leaves most of your day is spent waiting for the battery to charge. If you’re inclined to buy an Atlas 40V leaf blower, figure in the cost of two batteries and then compare prices. I’m guessing there might be a better deal out there!

    + PROS: Lightweight and easy to handle.
    - CONS: Battery life is terrible. You can only use it about 10 minutes and then the battery needs to be charged. We thought something was wrong with the battery but that's just how the they performs!?
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    Paul Thompson July 16, 2020 at 8:28 pm
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    I don’t like dealing with cords so I thought this ATLAS 40v blower would be a good addition to my outdoor arsenal especially since I had such good luck with a battery operated Black and Decker 20v weed trimmer. Unfortunately, this particular machine does not cut the meat. Save your money!! Battery life is really bad. You’re lucky if you get ten minutes out of a charge. I thought the price was fair and I did use a 20% off Harbor Freight coupon to purchase the blower along with a battery and charger. But the value greatly diminished with the very weak battery and, as a consequence, performance. Based on my experience, I would never buy another ATLAS product. You can live with this one if you buy several expensive batteries and rotate the charging during a job. But if this is the best they can do with a blower, for heavens sake don’t by a mower or anything else they make!!! This one I’m giving away at my next garage sale. I’m still in the market for a decent blower. Thumbs down!!

    + PROS: Portability - not heavy. Lightweight - nice design even though it's plastic. Battery does charge quickly
    - CONS: When in use, battery discharges quickly. Not a lot of life out of a charge. Big negative for me.
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