RedMax HBZ260R Spec Review

The RedMax HBZ260R is a gas-powered handheld leaf blower delivering 459 CFM at 157 MPH. It features a 2-cycle 25.4 cc engine. (Read full specs)

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RedMax HBZ260R 459 CFM Gas Blower

Features and Specifications

Type
Type Gas-Powered
Handling Handheld
CFM Up to 459
MPH Up to 157
Blowing Force 15 N
Engine
Make Strato-Charged®
Engine displacement 25.4 cc
Strokes 2
Fuel/oil ratio 50:1
Speed settings Variable
Features
Cruise controlYes
Fuel tank 15.2 fl. oz.
Vacuum No
Misc
Weight 9.5 lbs
Noise rating 105 dB
Tube length 22.04 in
Warranty 2 years
Other model numbers967089601

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Description

Overview of the RedMax HBZ260R

  • Power: The HBZ260R, built by RedMax, is a gas-powered leaf blower capable of expelling a maximum air volume of 459 cubic feet per minute (CFM). Its air speed is rated at 157 MPH.
  • Handling: Being handheld, this blower has a good maneuverability and is meant to be easier to carry around over a small period of time. When compared to other gas-powered handheld blowers, the RedMax HBZ260R stands out due to its lower weight: just 9.5 lbs.
  • Engine: This blower is fitted with a 25.4 cc Strato-Charged® engine. 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 HBZ260R is 50:1.
  • Speed Settings: For those who wish to have complete control while operating their leaf blower, the HBZ260R offers variable speed settings, and moreover, is also equipped with cruise control, which allows the user to comfortably continue blowing at their preferred setting.
  • Noise: The manufacturer specifications state that the HBZ260R can generate engine noise approaching 105 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 15.2 fl. oz of fuel.

The RedMax HBZ260R's performance versus other blowers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea how the key specs of the RedMax HBZ260R compare with similar leaf blowers.

  • Maxing out at 157 MPH at full power, this blower is on the lower end in terms of air speed for gas-powered handheld blowers. For the fastest air speed in this category, you may want to consider the Craftsman BV2500, which can expell air at a velocity that can reach 250 MPH.
  • The HBZ260R is average in terms of air volume. It's rated at 459 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.

Strato-Charged Engine Technology

strato-charged logo

RedMax's Strato-Charged 2-stroke engines are efficiently designed with just 3 moving parts. This allows them to be up to 20% more fuel-efficient than standard 2-stroke engines, to be 20 to 25% lighter than 4-stroke engines of the same size, and to produce low emissions that meet regulations without the need for a heated, heavy catalytic converter. Offering much less operator fatigue, these engines have a high power to weight ratio and can therefore be classified as high-performance.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Lightweight (9.5 lbs)
  • Cruise control
  • Strato-Charged® Engine
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent tank (15.2 fl. oz.)
  • Decent CFM (459 CFM)
WEAKNESSES:
  • High noise (105 dB)
  • Low MPH (157 MPH)

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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 HBZ260R 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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