Hart 20V Blower Takes Straightforward Approach to Residential Lawn Cleanup
The Hart 20V Turbo Blower (HGBL021VNM) won’t try to distract you with fancy bells and whistles, or a super unique design, or herculean amounts of power. What it will do, we found, is give homeowners with small- to medium-sized yards a reliable and inexpensive option for applying the finishing touches to weekend yard work.
- Adequate power for smaller residential applications
- Inexpensive kit
- Decent runtime for a residential blower running on a 20V platform
- Will struggle with wet leaves; no metal scraper at the end of tube
Hart HGBL021VNM Provides Small Yard Blowing Power
We live in a world where a lot of OPE manufacturers are trying to blow you away with Pro-grade power and runtime. This results in heavier builds, colossal batteries, and eye-watering price tags. Hart seems to have come up with a model to appeal to those of us just trying to tidy up our small lawn without all the fuss.
The Hart 20V Turbo Blower features a brushed motor and an inline, axial fan design that provides 315 CFM air volume and 100 mph airspeeds to easily move the dry leaves and yard trimmings. Granted, these numbers aren’t going to be setting new benchmarks for what we can achieve with battery power, but these tools get a lot done—and for a much lower cost of entry for those looking for a great tool to clear off the driveway or patio.
Of course, it helps when your yard debris is dry, as this kind of power will likely falter as you get into wet yard trash. It lacks any sort of metal scraper at the end of the tube to help out with this, but this isn’t a feature we see on too many residential models, and we didn’t expect it here.
We had some concern that we weren’t going to see a whole lot of runtime out of the smaller 4.0Ah battery pack, but the Hart 20V Blower ran continuously for 12 minutes and 27 seconds before conking out. For small- and medium-sized lawns, this should do nicely. Plus, borrow an extra battery from your other Hart power tools and you double your runtime.
You can extend runtime even further by not operating at full-throttle when you don’t need to. The Hart 20V Blower features a variable-speed trigger to let you apply the desired power to the task. We’d love to see a future model incorporate a “cruise control” dial for even more throttle-control.
Hart 20V Blower Ergonomics
Another benefit of the 20V pack, as opposed to the more traditional 40V+ packs many manufacturers opt for, is that the weight of the blower remains pretty manageable. In this case, Hart’s 20V Blower only weighs 6 lbs. 11 oz. with the battery attached.
In our experience, the blower felt pretty comfortable to use between the weight and the balance of the tool. We did notice that a seam ran down the center of the handle that could cause some discomfort during extended use. However, this problem can be remedied by throwing on a pair of gloves.
Hart’s Turbo Fan Blower Specs
Hart’s Turbo Fan Blower design compares well to other 18V blower kits in terms of value.
|Model||Hart HGBL021VNM||Ryobi P21120VNM||Worx WG547.9|
|Battery Platform||20V Max (4Ah)||18V HP (4Ah)||20V Max (4Ah)|
|Design||“Turbo” Inline||“Jet” Inline||“Turbine” Inline|
|Max Air Volume||315 CFM||350 CFM||360 CFM|
|Max Air Speed||100 MPH||110 MPH||75 MPH|
|Variable Speed Trigger||Yes||Yes||No|
The Ryobi HP Leaf Blower might provide a bit more in terms of performance while Worx provides considerably less (and at a higher cost). Overall, Hart presents a great value, including a 4.0Ah battery and charger. If you’re looking to get onto a cordless battery platform, the number of tools offered by Hart and the value they represent make them a great brand for homeowners with smaller yards.
Price is where the “meat and potatoes” approach really pays off. You can pick up the Hart HGBL021VNM 20V Turbo Fan Blower Kit at Walmart, either in-store or online for $128. The kit comes with a blower, a 4.0Ah battery, and a charger. It even includes a 3-year warranty that covers the blower and the battery.
Hart 20V Turbo Fan Blower Specs
- Model: Hart HGBL021VNM
- Motor: Brushed
- Max Air Speed: 100 mph
- Max Air Volume: 315 CFM
- Dimensions (LxWxH): 6.69 x 9.65 x 21.26 in.
- Weight: 6 lbs 11 oz. (with 4.0Ah battery attached)
- Warranty: 3 years
- Price: $128
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