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Toro 51988 (Discontinued)

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

Overview of the Toro 51988

The Toro 51988 in use

The Toro 51988

  • Power: The Toro 51988 is a gas-powered blower with a maximum air volume rating of 450 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and an air speed of 150 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 Toro 51988 stands out due to its lower weight: just 9.5 lbs.
  • Engine: This blower's engine has a displacement specification of 25.4cc. Please note that, because the Toro 51988's engine is a 2-cycle one, it runs on a mixture of oil and gasoline. According to Toro, the proper fuel mixture ratio for this blower is 50:1.
  • 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 Toro 51988 to match it. On top of that, maintaining the selected speed is effortless, as it also features cruise control.
  • Vacuum: One notable feature of the 51988 is its ability to transition from a blower to a vacuum, enabling users to effortlessly gather leaves and debris into a detachable bag (bag included).
  • Mulching: Its impressive mulching ratio of 10:1 allows this mulcher to compress 10 bags of leaves and debris into just one bag of mulch.
  • Noise: At 77 dB, the noise produced by the 51988 is in line with what you'd expect from other 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.
  • At 450 CFM, the 51988's air volume output is typical 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.

Toro 51988
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  1. 3.25
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    Works good as a blower. But the vacuum attachment really sucks. The biggest complaint I have is the vacuum tube, you really need 3 hands to do this. You have to depress this unknown tab cause it doesn’t say it in the manual, depress it and then twist it counterclockwise. It’s really hard and it’s not the best. But other than that, they should have sold it as a blower and not a vacuum.

    + PROS: Powerful for a handheld blower! 460cfm
    - CONS: The vacuum attachment is useless
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