The RedMax HB281 is a gas-powered handheld leaf blower delivering 425 CFM at 170 MPH. It features a 2-cycle 28cc engine. (Read full specs)
Features and Specifications
|CFM||Up to 425|
|MPH||Up to 170|
|Fuel tank||18.5 fl. oz.|
|Noise rating||109 dB|
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Overview of the RedMax HB281
- Power: The RedMax HB281 is a gas-powered blower with a maximum air volume rating of 425 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and an air speed of 170 MPH.
- 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. When compared to other gas-powered handheld blowers, the RedMax HB281 stands out due to its lower weight: just 9.4 lbs.
- Engine: The engine boasts a displacement of 28 cc. Please note that, because the RedMax HB281's engine is a 2-cycle one, it runs on a mixture of oil and gasoline. According to RedMax, the proper fuel mixture ratio for this blower is 50:1.
- Speed Settings: In order to afford more control to the user, this unit has a variable speed control. No matter the size of the job, the user can adjust the airflow of the RedMax HB281 to match.
- Noise: The manufacturer specifications state that the HB281 can generate engine noise approaching 109 dB. This is louder than other gas-powered handheld leaf blowers.
- Fuel Tank: It has an average fuel capacity for a handheld blower, with a tank that holds around 18.5 fl. oz of fuel.
The RedMax HB281's performance versus other blowers
The following charts are provided to give you an idea how the key specs of the RedMax HB281 compare with similar leaf blowers.
- Its max air speed of 170 MPH places it at the approximate midpoint in comparison to other gas-powered handheld blowers. If you wish to benefit from air expelled at the fastest possible speed, the Craftsman BV2500 and its 250 MPH could be an option to consider.
- Regarding its air volume, the airflow of the RedMax HB281 can reach 425 CFM (Cubic Feet per Minute), which is on par with other gas-powered handheld blowers. If air volume is important to you, the Craftsman B225, with 650 CFM, could be in your good books.
As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other gas handheld blowers, the RedMax HB281 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 RedMax blower.
The bottom line
- In the expected price range
- Lightweight (9.4 lbs)
- Decent tank (18.5 fl. oz.)
- Decent CFM (425 CFM)
- Decent MPH (170 MPH)
- High noise (109 dB)
RedMax is an established power equipment brand in North America, known for its trimmers, chainsaws and, of course, leaf blowers. Interestingly, the company traces its roots back to Japan, where it was founded in 1910 as the Tokyo Gas Kogyo Company. TGCK went through numerous name changes and settled with the names Komatsu Zenoah (globally) and RedMax/Zenoah (North America), under which they sell their products to this day. The company was acquired by Husqvarna in 2007. RedMax has a somewhat extensive portfolio of more than 10 leaf blowers, both backpack and handheld, and has recently launched a battery powered product line. RedMax products are produced in various plants over the globe, which are not limited to Japan.
The RedMax HB281 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 RedMax blowers, please consult RedMax's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-487-5951.
RedMax also has an extended warranty program (opens in a new tab) for 2-stroke handheld blowers like this one.
Questions & Answers
Doed it take 2 cylce oil with gas (Asked March 20, 2021)
The engine is 2-cycle. Gas-oil ratio should be 50:1.
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