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Ryobi RY404170 Spec Review

The Ryobi RY404170 is a cordless backpack leaf blower delivering 730 CFM at 165 MPH. It features a 6 Ah 40 V Li-ion battery. (Read full specs)

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Features and Specifications

Type
Type Cordless
Handling Backpack
CFM Up to 730
MPH Up to 165
Blowing Force N/A
Engine
BrushlessYes
Voltage40 V
Speed settings Variable
Features
Battery Li-ion
Autonomy N/A
Throttle positionTube
Cruise controlYes
Vacuum No
Misc
Battery included 2
Weight (w/ battery)29.2 lbs
Weight (tool only)21.2 lbs
Noise rating 59 dB
Warranty 5 years
SeriesWhisper
Other model numbersRY404170VNM

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Description

The 40V HP Brushless Whisper Series Backpack Blower delivers awesome power without the noise! Delivering 730 CFM and 165 MPH this blower can move wet or dry leaves and tackle the toughest debris. (source: Ryobi)

Overview of the Ryobi RY404170

The Ryobi RY404170 in use

The Ryobi RY404170

  • Power: The Ryobi RY404170 can force 730 cubic feet of air per minute (CFM) from its nozzle at a maximum speed of 165 MPH.
  • Power delivery: Since the device is powered by a brushless, battery-operated motor, it doesn’t require to be plugged in and therefore, it allows superb freedom of movement.
  • Battery: The Ryobi RY404170 features an easy-to-recharge 6 Ah 40 V Li-ion battery (2 OP40604 batteries included).
  • Handling: By design, this model isn’t the smallest leaf blower on the market. It’s meant to be carried as a backpack so that the bulk of the unit is out of the way and the user’s hands are free to manipulate the nozzle. Its throttle is located on the tube, which allows you to keep your left hand free. However, for an electric backpack blower, the Ryobi RY404170 is heavier than most, weighing 29.2 lbs.
  • Speed Settings: To provide more control over their job to the user, the unit has a variable speed control setting. No matter the size of the job, the user can adjust the airflow of the Ryobi RY404170 to match it. On top of that, maintaining the selected speed is effortless, as it also features cruise control.
  • Noise: With a decibel rating of 59 dB, the RY404170 is neither louder nor quieter than its rivals in the electric backpack category.

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The Ryobi RY404170's performance versus other blowers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea how the key specs of the Ryobi RY404170 compare with similar leaf blowers.

  • Air exiting the nozzle of this blower can reach 165 MPH, which is the fastest speed you can get with a battery-operated backpack blower.
  • If air volume is an important feature, the RY404170 by Ryobi will not disappoint. Its airflow maxes out at 730 CFM (cubic feet per minute), which is more powerful than most cordless backpack blowers. If air volume is important to you, the Worx WG572, with 800 CFM, could be in your good books.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other cordless backpack blowers, the Ryobi RY404170 is on the average side of the price range.

Therefore, this blower nicely fits in the expected budget for this kind of product.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • In the expected price range
  • Brushless motor
  • Cruise control
  • 5 year (limited) warranty
  • High CFM (730 CFM)
  • High MPH (165 MPH)
  • Possibility to use 1 or 2 batteries, to carry less weight or extend runtime
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (59 dB)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Quite heavy (29.2 lbs)

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About Ryobi

Ryobi Limited is a manufacturer of power tools, outdoor equipment, and various other types of electronic products and components. Founded in Japan in 1943, Ryobi has since expanded to become a multi-brand, multinational company aimed at providing affordable, pro-featured products. It is now owned by Techtronic Industries, a company overseeing production and marketing of brands such as Ridgid and Homelite.

Warranty Information

The Ryobi RY404170 is covered under a warranty for up to 5 years. This warranty may not cover all parts of the blower.
For more information about the warranty of Ryobi blowers, please consult Ryobi's warranty policies (opens in a new tab). Alternatively, you can also contact their Customer Support: 1-800-525-2579.

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