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Homelite UT26HBV - 400 CFM Gas Handheld Blower Vac

The Homelite UT26HBV is a 3-in-1 blower/vacuum/mulcher delivering 400 CFM at 150 MPH. It features a 2-cycle 26cc engine. (Read full specs)

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Features and Specifications

Type
Type Gas-Powered
Handling Handheld
CFM Up to 400
MPH Up to 150
Blowing Force N/A
Engine
Make N/A
Engine displacement 26cc
Strokes 2
Fuel/oil ratio 50:1
Speed settings Variable
Features
Cruise controlYes
Fuel tank 14.3 fl. oz.
Vacuum Yes
Mulcher Yes, plastic impeller
Mulching ratio 12:1
Misc
Weight 9.5 lbs
Noise rating 75 dB
Warranty 2 years

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Description

Overview of the Homelite UT26HBV

The Homelite UT26HBV in use

The Homelite UT26HBV

  • Power: The Homelite UT26HBV is a gas-powered leaf blower. It features a maximum air speed of 150 MPH and a maximum air volume rating of 400 cubic feet per minute (CFM).
  • Handling: Its handheld design ensures maximum portability, allowing users to effortlessly move and operate it virtually anywhere with ease. The Homelite UT26HBV distinguishes itself among other gas-powered handheld blowers for its lightweight design, weighing just 9.5 lbs.
  • Engine: The blower is fitted with a 26cc engine. Being that this is a 2-stroke engine, it must be fuelled using a mix of gas and oil. The proper fuel ratio set by the manufacturer for the UT26HBV is 50:1.
  • Speed Settings: To provide more control over their job to the user, the unit has a variable speed control setting. No matter the size of the job, the user can adjust the airflow of the Homelite UT26HBV to match it. On top of that, maintaining the selected speed is effortless, as it also features cruise control.
  • Vacuum: It features a vacuum allowing it to suck up leaf and debris once the sweeping job is complete (bag included).
  • Mulching: With a mulching ratio of 12:1, this mulcher can shrink 12 bags of leaves down to one bag of mulch, helping you get rid of unwanted leaves and debris. The unit uses a plastic impeller.
  • Noise: At 75 dB, the noise produced by the UT26HBV is in line with what you'd expect from other gas-powered handheld blowers.
  • Fuel Tank: Its fuel tank holds 14.3 fl. oz., a common capacity seen in gas-powered handheld blowers.

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The Homelite UT26HBV's performance versus other blowers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea how the key specs of the Homelite UT26HBV compare with similar leaf blowers.

  • Maxing out at 150 MPH at full power, this blower is on the lower end in terms of air speed for gas-powered handheld blowers. For the fastest air speed in this category, you may want to consider the Craftsman BV2500, which can expell air at a velocity that can reach 250 MPH.
  • Regarding its air volume, the airflow of the Homelite UT26HBV can reach 400 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute), which is on the low end for gas-powered handheld blowers. For the highest air volume, you may want to have a look at the Craftsman B225, which boasts with 650 CFM.

Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, when compared to other blower vacs, the Homelite UT26HBV 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.

Good to know: It's the cheapest gas-powered blower vac.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • Lightweight (9.5 lbs)
  • Cruise control
  • Leaf collection bag included
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent tank (14.3 fl. oz.)
  • Acceptable noise (75 dB)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Plastic impeller
  • Low CFM (400 CFM)
  • Low MPH (150 MPH)

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About Homelite

The Homelite Corporation, shortly known as Homelite, is an American power equipment manufacturer, most well known for its iconic, red chainsaws. Homelite Corp. was founded back in 1921 as the Home Electric Lighting Company, and produced almost exclusively portable generators, which aided both civilians and the troops. Postwar, the company expanded with the invention of the first modern chainsaw, of which they were and quite possibly still are the largest manufacturers. However, Homelite manufactures other power tools as well, including leaf blowers. The company is nowadays a subsidiary of Techtronic, under which it has shifted its portfolio to include almost exclusively lawn equipment. Homelite products are reported to be manufactured mainly in China.

Warranty Information

The Homelite UT26HBV is covered under a warranty for up to 2 years. This warranty may not cover all parts of the blower.
For more information about the warranty of Homelite blowers, please consult Homelite's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-242-4672.

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Homelite UT26HBV
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  1. 4.25
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    Picked up a 2017 UT26HBV from a garage sale for $10.00. The guy said it didn’t run. I have fixed things for a long time. The trick to get this model to run properly is all in the carb. design. Got a new carb. from Ebay for $14.00. It ran no better and wouldn’t start. Hang on will explain. New carb. advantages are, a one way valve in the inside of the gas bulb, (only allows fuel to the carb. dose not allow fuel to inject directly into the engine, a flaw within the old carb. causing flooding). Cams on the back side of the throttle and choke shafts work great! When the chock is in the full position the cams open the throttle slightly. Works great for cold starts by idling up the RPM’s. After starting and idling for a few seconds just pull the throttle trigger and the choke opens all of the way automatically. The #1 fix is to swap the choke butterfly flapper valves!! The new carb.’s plate has too big of an air slot thereby not restricting enough air. The old carb’s plate is perfect with a small hole allowing a richer air/fuel mixture. The plates do not exchange without some drilling for the new plate is held on with a center screw and the old carb. plate has three tabs to lock the plate to the choke shaft. Drill the old plate and with the screw from the new carb. apply the old plate to the new carb. 3rd. pull on full choke starts every time! Now an awesome machine!

    + PROS: Inexpensive, light weight, good power.
    - CONS: Bad carb. design, (now fixed by me), changing from blower to vac. needs an upgrade! Needing a screwdriver? Make this hands only, use quick latches and thumb screws.
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  2. 0.5
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    this blower is a POS. Only two years old. It never starts I wasted so much time and energy trying to start it I finally threw it out and I’m shopping for a new one but I definetly WON’T but another Homelite.

    + PROS: none
    - CONS: never starts
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  3. 1
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    Bought 2. They both quit running at the same time. One is 1 year old. The 2nd is 45 days old. I’ve had Homelite for 30 years but DO NOT buy any leaf blower From them. You will spend more $ in repairs than buying a better Product. I will definitely spend more and buy a reliable product. These are JUNK!

    + PROS: None
    - CONS: This unit will quit running and you will spend more $ in repairs than the cost of the blower. Do not buy. Spend more $ for a quality product.
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