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 HB281, built by RedMax, is a gas-powered leaf blower capable of expelling a maximum air volume of 425 cubic feet per minute (CFM). Its air speed is rated at 170 MPH.
- Handling: With its handheld design, this leaf blower was created with portability in mind. Most users will have no problem using it almost anywhere. Among other gas-powered handheld blowers, the RedMax HB281 can be considered light, weighing only 9.4 lbs.
- Engine: The engine boasts a displacement of 28cc. Since this is a 2-stroke engine, it’s important to remember that the HB281 cannot run on gasoline alone. The fuel must be mixed with an appropriate ratio of gasoline and oil in order for it to function properly (for this RedMax model, this ratio is 50:1).
- Speed Settings: Sometimes you just need a little more power, while other times you may want a little more precision when moving leaves and debris. That’s why the HB281 features variable speed settings for added control.
- Noise: The noise emitted by the RedMax HB281 can reach up to 109 dB. Its noise rating is on the higher end compared to other gas-powered handheld leaf blowers.
- Fuel Tank: Its tank can hold 18.5 fl. oz., so it falls squarely in the average in terms of fuel capacity for handheld blowers.
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.
- The RedMax HB281 expels air at speeds up to 170 MPH, making it standard in terms of air speed for 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.
- The HB281 is average in terms of air volume. It's rated at 425 CFM, which is common for 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.
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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