The Skil 40V Blower Appeals to the Homeowner With Its Blend of Performance and Value
The Skil PWRCore40 lineup fully has the homeowner in mind and is designed for convenience and utility, particularly with small- to medium-sized lawns. When it comes to battery-powered blowers, it’s certainly tempting to shop with a “bigger is better” mentality when it comes to maximum airflow. With that said, the Skil 40V 530 CFM Brushless Blower is out to prove that you don’t need record-setting specs to achieve quality results.
Skil 40V 530 CFM Blower Performance
- Max Air Speed: 130 MPH
- Air Output: 530 CFM
- Newton Force: 10.8 N (high), 14.1 N (Boost)
- Runtime: 9 min. 38 sec. (high), 8 min. 13 sec. (Boost)
The Skil 40V Blower features a brushless motor and axial fan design to blast up to 530 CFM at 130 MPH. Using our in-house force meter, Skil produced 10.8 Newtons on high and 14.1 Newtons with the Boost mode engaged. That’s right in line with what we expect from modern residential battery-powered blowers.
While neither of these stats are going to set any records for blower force, they’re more than adequate for blowing down sidewalks and driveways after mowing. It’s also a solid option for blowing around your seasonal leaves.
We can’t talk about power without discussing runtime. With the kitted 2.5Ah battery, the Skil 40V blower ran for 9 minutes and 38 seconds on high, and just over 8 minutes with the Boost mode engaged. For the battery size, this is actually pretty commendable. However, should you run out of juice halfway through the job, the PWRJump charger that comes with the blower can get the battery back up to 30% in about 15 minutes and fully charged within an hour.
Skil 40V 530 CFM Blower Design
- Model: Skil BL4713C-11
- Power Source: Skil 40V battery
- Weight: 4.1 lbs. (bare), 6.6 lbs. (with 2.5Ah battery)
- Length: 35 in.
- Motor: Brushless
- Noise Level: 76dB (high), 79dB (Boost)
The Skil 40V blower weighs in at a mere 4.1 lbs as a bare tool. Sliding in the kitted 2.5Ah pack only brings that total up to 6.6 lbs. At 35 inches long, this blower is very easy to maneuver and store when the job is done. If you still need to consolidate space, you can simply detach the tube from the motor housing via the quick-release button. Doing this cuts the overall length in half, allowing it to easily fit into a storage cabinet.
Skil’s 40V cordless blower feels well-balanced, by which I mean that it noses down pretty naturally. With the blower on, your wrist can hang in a natural position while the blower aims toward the ground.
Like most battery-powered blowers, Skil employs a cruise control feature whereby a thumb dial at the top lets you set and maintain your speed. This keeps you from having to keep the trigger pulled. When you need a little extra power, you simply use your thumb to pull that lever past its natural stop to engage to the higher speed. When you finish up with Boost Mode, release the lever and it will settle back into high.
Skil 40V 530 CFM Blower Price
You can pick up this Skil 40V Blower, with a 2.5Ah battery and PWRJump charger, for $159.00. It comes with a 5-year warranty when you register the blower within the first 30 days after purchase.
The Bottom Line
The Skil 40V Blower is a great addition to the homeowner’s OPE arsenal. Its overall design is lightweight and easy to use, but more importantly, its power level is more than enough to replace your old residential gas-powered model. And, while there certainly are more powerful battery-powered blowers on the market, Skil’s price and overall value are hard to beat.