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RedMax HB281 Spec Sheet

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

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  • $159.99 - September 5, 2020
  • $169.99 - April 16, 2020
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  • Highest Price: $169.99 - April 16, 2020
  • Lowest Price: $159.99 - September 5, 2020

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
Fuel tank 18.5 fl. oz.
Vacuum No
Misc
Weight 9.4 lbs
Noise rating 109 dB
Tube length N/A
Warranty 2 years

Unlike many websites, we did our best to research each of the specs above. That being said, we are not immune to making the occasional mistake or omission. Should you notice any missing or incorrect values, don't hesitate to suggest improvements so we can address the issue. Should you wish more detailed specs on the RedMax HB281, the user manual is available here (opens in a new tab).

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 leaf blower. It sports a max air speed of 170 MPH and a max air volume rating of 425 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 RedMax HB281 can be considered light, weighing only 9.4 lbs.
  • Engine: This blower's engine has a displacement specification 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. 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).
  • 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 (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 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.

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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.

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