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Toro 51690 Spec Review

The Toro 51690 is a cordless handheld leaf blower delivering 480 CFM at 150 MPH. It features a 2.5 Ah 40 V Li-ion PowerPlex™ battery. (Read full specs)

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Features and Specifications

Type
Type Cordless
Handling Handheld
CFM Up to 480
MPH Up to 150
Blowing Force N/A
Engine
BrushlessYes
Voltage40 V
Speed settings Variable
Features
Battery Li-ion
Autonomy 60 mins
Cruise controlYes
Vacuum No
Misc
Battery included 1
Weight (w/ battery)8.4 lbs
Weight (tool only)6.2 lbs
Noise rating 63 dB
Warranty 3 years

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Description

Designed for homeowners with more work to do than time to get it done; homeowners who appreciate the century of innovation and durability established by time-tested Toro products. Toro’s new family of cordless 40V PowerPlex® Lithium Ion yard tools give you more power and save you more time with an interchangeable T90 battery provides up to 60 minutes of run time and this battery charges in approximately 60 minutes in the quick charger. The PowerPlex blower carries a Brushless Motor, providing a more powerful, more efficient, and longer life than their brushed motor counter-parts. Featuring a 3 Year Full Warranty, Toro’s PowerPlex products are backed by one of the best yard tool warranties in the industry, keeping you running season after season.

Overview of the Toro 51690

The Toro 51690 in use

The Toro 51690

  • Power: The Toro 51690 is a cordless blower with a maximum air volume rating of 480 cubic feet per minute (CFM) and an air speed of 150 MPH.
  • Power delivery: The 51690 is a brushless-motor, battery-operated blower. Therefore, it doesn’t require to be plugged in when it’s being used. The user will enjoy the added mobility of its cordless design.
  • Battery: Its 2.5 Ah 40 V Li-ion PowerPlex™ battery (1 T90 battery included) enables the blower to run for up to 60 minutes without needing to recharge. The PowerPlex™ battery is compatible will all other Toro PowerPlex™ power tools.
  • Handling: It’s handheld, so naturally it’s easier to handle and carry than larger leaf blowers, such as backpack models or walk-behinds. All told (including the battery), it weighs 8.4 lbs — the Toro 51690 is neither the lightest nor the heaviest cordless handheld blower on the market.
  • 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 51690 to match it. On top of that, maintaining the selected speed is effortless, as it also features cruise control.
  • Noise: Its noise rating of 63 dB can be considered the standard for similar electric handheld blowers.

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The Toro 51690's performance versus other blowers

The following charts are provided to give you an idea how the key specs of the Toro 51690 compare with similar leaf blowers.

  • Forced air exiting this blower has been clocked at a max speed of 150 MPH. This puts the 51690 ahead of the pack as far as air speed is concerned in battery-operated handheld blowers. If you wish to benefit from air expelled at the fastest possible speed, the Makita XBU01PT and its 208 MPH could be an option to consider.
  • The 51690 is average in terms of air volume. It's rated at 480 CFM, which is common for cordless handheld blowers. If air volume is important to you, the CAT DG651, with 800 CFM, could be in your good books.
  • Its battery is standard in terms of autonomy for a cordless handheld product. Fully charged, it should run for up to 60 minutes. If autonomy is an important factor for you, the Makita CBU01Z can run for up to 300 minutes and could be worth considering.

Price comparison

As you can see from this interactive chart, when compared to other cordless blowers, the Toro 51690 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
  • PowerPlex™ Battery
  • Brushless motor
  • Cruise control
  • High MPH (150 MPH)
AVERAGE SPECS:
  • Decent weight (8.4 lbs)
  • Acceptable noise (63 dB)
  • Decent CFM (480 CFM)
  • Good autonomy (60 mins)
WEAKNESSES:
  • The Toro 51690 doesn't have any notably low specs.

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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 51690 is covered under a warranty for up to 3 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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