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Toro 51988 Spec Review

The Toro 51988 is a 3-in-1 blower/vacuum/mulcher delivering 450 CFM at 150 MPH. It features a 2-cycle 25.4 cc engine. (Read full specs)

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Features and Specifications

Type
Type Gas-Powered
Handling Handheld
CFM Up to 450
MPH Up to 150
Blowing Force N/A
Engine
Make N/A
Engine displacement 25.4 cc
Strokes 2
Fuel/oil ratio 50:1
Speed settings Variable
Features
Cruise controlYes
Fuel tank 18 fl. oz.
Vacuum Yes
Mulcher Yes
Mulching ratio 10:1
Misc
Weight 9.5 lbs
Noise rating 77 dB
Warranty 4 years

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Description

This gas Power Vac blower allows you to be cord-free to go anywhere in your yard. Featuring a commercial-grade 2-cycle engine, comfortable trigger handle and metal mulching blade that shreds debris on contact. (source: Toro)

Overview of the Toro 51988

The Toro 51988 in use

The Toro 51988

  • Power: The 51988 gas-powered blower, manufactured by Toro, is rated for a max air volume of 450 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and a max air speed of 150 MPH.
  • Handling: It’s handheld, so naturally it’s easier to handle and carry than larger leaf blowers, such as backpack models or walk-behinds. When compared to other gas-powered handheld blowers, the Toro 51988 stands out due to its lower weight: just 9.5 lbs.
  • Engine: The blower is fitted with a 25.4 cc engine. Since this is a 2-stroke engine, it’s important to remember that the 51988 cannot run on gasoline alone. The fuel must be mixed with an appropriate ratio of gasoline and oil in order for it to function properly (for this Toro model, this ratio is 50:1).
  • Speed Settings: There are times when you only need a little more power, while other times you will want a bit more precision when clearing leaves and debris. For this purpose, the 51988 offers variable speed settings, adding you, the user, more control, and a cruise control mode, which will allow you to maintain it comfortably for as long as you wish.
  • Vacuum: This unit isn’t just a blower—it has the added feature of being able to collect leaves and soft debris into a handy storage bag (bag included).
  • Mulching: The manufacturer’s specifications give it a mulching ratio of 10:1. For every 10 bags you put in, it will reduce down to just one bag of mulch.
  • Noise: Its noise rating of 77 dB can be considered the standard for similar gas-powered handheld blowers.
  • Fuel Tank: With a capacity of 18 fl. oz., this Toro blower is average compared to other gas handheld blowers.

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The Toro 51988's performance versus other blowers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea how the key specs of the Toro 51988 compare with similar leaf blowers.

  • Maxing out at 150 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 51988 is average in terms of air volume. It's rated at 450 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.

The bottom line

STRENGTHS:
  • Lightweight (9.5 lbs)
  • Cruise control
  • Leaf collection bag included
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent tank (18 fl. oz.)
  • Acceptable noise (77 dB)
  • Decent CFM (450 CFM)
WEAKNESSES:
  • Low MPH (150 MPH)

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About Toro

Toro is an American company based out of Bloomington Minneapolis that strives to “enrich the beauty, productivity, and sustainability of the land.” Founded in 1914, the company now offers its products in 125 countries. Toro’s products include lawn, garden, irrigation, snow management, and related equipment for household and professional maintenance applications alike.

Warranty Information

The Toro 51988 is covered under a warranty for up to 4 years. This warranty may not cover all parts of the blower.
For more information about the warranty of Toro blowers, please contact the Toro Customer Support: 1-888-384-9939.

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