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Ryobi RY404170 - 40V 730 CFM Cordless Brushless Backpack Blower

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 40 mins
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: This cordless leaf blower features a maximum air volume rating of 730 CFM and an air speed rating 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: It has a 6 Ah 40 V Li-ion battery (2 OP40604 batteries included) that should work reliably for up to 40 minutes if completely charged.
  • Handling: Featuring a backpack configuration, this leaf blower is designed for prolonged usage, offering superior comfort and maneuverability compared to handheld alternatives. 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: Users seeking ease of use will appreciate the RY404170's variable speed settings for precise airflow adjustment and cruise control for consistent operation.
  • Noise: Its noise level of 59 dB falls within the expected range for electric backpack blowers.

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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 other cordless backpack leaf blowers.

  • Its maximum air speed of 165 MPH positions it solidly in the middle when compared to other battery-operated backpack blowers. If you wish to benefit from air expelled at the fastest possible speed, the Echo DPB-5800T and its 195 MPH could be an option to consider.
  • For those prioritizing air volume, the Ryobi's RY404170 delivers with a maximum airflow of 730 CFM (cubic feet per minute), surpassing most cordless backpack blowers. If air volume is important to you, the EGO LBPX8004-2, with 800 CFM, could be in your good books.
  • Autonomy-wise, with up to 40 minutes of autonomy on a full charge, the RY404170 is on the low end when compared with other cordless backpack units. To enjoy the best possible autonomy in this category, you could have a look at the Makita CBU02Z which offers up to 240 minutes of runtime.

Price comparison

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

It can therefore be a really good buy if you're looking to acquire a budget blower.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Inexpensive
  • Brushless motor
  • Cruise control
  • 5 year (limited) warranty
  • High CFM (730 CFM)
  • Possibility to use 1 or 2 batteries, to carry less weight or extend runtime
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Acceptable noise (59 dB)
  • Decent MPH (165 MPH)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Quite heavy (29.2 lbs)
  • Low autonomy (40 mins)

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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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