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Homelite UT26HBV Spec Review

The Homelite UT26HBV is a 3-in-1 blower/vacuum/mulcher delivering 400 CFM at 150 MPH. It features a 2-cycle 26 cc 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 26 cc
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
Tube length N/A
Warranty 2 years
CARB-compliantYes

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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 sports a max air speed of 150 MPH and a max air volume rating of 400 cubic feet per minute (CFM).
  • Handling: For those who are looking for a portable and convenient leaf blower, this model is a strong candidate. It’s designed for easy handling and use, and its size means it’s easily carried and stored. Among other gas-powered handheld blowers, the Homelite UT26HBV can be considered light, weighing only 9.5 lbs.
  • Engine: The engine boasts a displacement of 26 cc. 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: For those who really want to make leaves disappear, the UT26HBV has a handy 'blower vac' feature (the keyword here being 'vac', aka 'vacuum'). It allows the operator to collect leaves and light debris in a collection bag to be easily discarded after the job is finished (bag included).
  • Mulching: Its mulching ratio is 12:1, meaning that it will turn 12 bags of soft debris into one bag of mulch. The unit uses a plastic impeller.
  • Noise: As far as gas-powered handheld blowers go, this one is average in terms of noise with a rating of 75 dB.
  • Fuel Tank: With a capacity of 14.3 fl. oz., this Homelite blower is average compared to other gas 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.

  • Air expelled from the nozzle of this blower can reach 150 MPH. When compared to others of this type, the UT26HBV has a lower air speed than most 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.
  • It’s capable of expelling a maximum air volume of 400 CFM (cubic feet per minute). This places it at the low end compared to other 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 this interactive chart, when compared to other blower vacs, the Homelite UT26HBV is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this blower nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.

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

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • 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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    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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    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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