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RedMax HB281 - 425 CFM Gas Handheld Blower

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)

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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 28cc
Strokes 2
Fuel/oil ratio 50:1
Speed settings Variable
Features
Fuel tank 18.5 fl. oz.
Vacuum No
Misc
Weight 9.4 lbs
Noise rating 109 dB
Warranty 2 years
Other model numbers967008301

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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 HB281 gas-powered blower, manufactured by RedMax, is rated for a max air volume of 425 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and a max air speed of 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. When compared to other gas-powered handheld blowers, the RedMax HB281 stands out due to its lower weight: just 9.4 lbs.
  • Engine: This blower's engine has a displacement specification of 28cc. 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: For those who are keen on having complete control while operating their leaf blower, the HB281 offers variable speed settings.
  • 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: It has an average fuel capacity for a handheld blower, with a tank that holds 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.

  • 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.
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Price comparison

As you can see from these interactive charts, 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

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Lightweight (9.4 lbs)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent tank (18.5 fl. oz.)
  • Decent CFM (425 CFM)
  • Decent MPH (170 MPH)
WEAKNESSES:
  • 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 (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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