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RedMax HB281 Spec Sheet

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The RedMax HB281 is a gas-powered handheld leaf blower delivering 425 CFM at 170 MPH. It features a 2-cycle 28 cc engine.

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  • $235.69 - November 4, 2019
  • $235.70 - September 16, 2019
Since: September 16, 2019
  • Highest Price: $235.70 - September 16, 2019
  • Lowest Price: $235.69 - November 4, 2019

Features and Specifications

Type

Type Gas-Powered
Handling Handheld
CFM Up to 425
MPH Up to 170
Blowing Force N/A

Engine

Make N/A
Engine Displacement 28 cc
Strokes 2
Fuel/oil Ratio 50:1
Speed Settings Variable

Features

Cordless Yes
Fuel Tank 18.5 fl. oz.
Vacuum No
Mulcher No

Misc

Weight 9.4 lbs
Noise Rating 109 dB
Tube Length N/A
Warranty 2 years

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Description

The HB281 is the ideal blower for the operator looking for high performance and durability in a handheld. The HB281 handheld blower features a 28.0 cc, 1.1 horsepower engine that produces a maximum air speed of 170 mph. This high power to weight ratio enables the operator to complete the job quickly with minimal fatigue. A gutter kit is available as an optional accessory. (source: RedMax)

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: It’s handheld, so naturally it’s easier to handle and carry than larger leaf blowers, such as backpack models or walk-behinds. Among other gas-powered handheld blowers, the RedMax HB281 can be considered light, weighing only 9.4 lbs.
  • Engine: This blower's engine has a displacement specification of 28 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 HB281 is 50:1.
  • Speed Settings: For those who are keen on having complete control while operating their leaf blower, the HB281 offers variable speed settings.
  • Noise: Note that this blower is somewhat on the noisy end of gas-powered handheld blowers, as its engine can reach an operating noise level of around 109 dB. In fact, it is the noisiest of them.
  • Fuel Tank: It has an average fuel capacity, with a tank able to hold around 18.5 fl. oz of fuel.

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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.

  • Upon exiting the nozzle, the air can reach speeds of up to 170 MPH, which is pretty much what is to be expected for gas-powered handheld blowers (the one expelling air at the fastest speed being the Poulan Pro PPBV25 with 230 MPH).
  • It has a maximum air volume output of 425 CFM (cubic feet per minute). With this output rating, the HB281 is well within average in relation to similar gas-powered handheld leaf blowers (the biggest expelled air volume belonging to the Troy-Bilt TB2MB JET with 650 CFM).
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Price comparison

As you can see from this dynamic chart, when compared to other gas handheld blowers, the RedMax HB281 is on the expensive side of the price range.

While certainly not the cheapest of its kind, purchasing it could most likely also mean enjoying the reliability of a high-end product.

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The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Lightweight (9.4 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent Tank (18.5 fl. oz.)
  • Decent CFM (425 CFM)
  • Decent MPH (170 MPH)
WEAKNESSES:
  • On the expensive side
  • High Noise (109 dB)

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About RedMax

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.

Warranty Information

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. Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-487-5951.
RedMax also has an extended warranty program for 2-stroke handheld blowers like this one.

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