Husqvarna 125BVX Handheld Blower Review
Overall Rating: 4.3/5
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Husqvarna is a company with a long history of building quality tools for rigorous outdoor use. Their iconic orange color scheme signals—at a glance—that the user is interested in quality and performance, both at home and on the job. The 125BVX handheld blower/vacuum continues this tradition. This blower targets homeowners who want to make short work of blowing, mulching, and vacuuming tasks around their homes. The excellent ergonomics will also reduce the stress and fatigue that result from extended use.
Husqvarna 125BVX – A Quick Look
Brand name: Husqvarna
Product dimensions: (L x W x H) 38.5” x 9” x 14”
Product dry weight: 9.6 lbs.
Engine: 28 cc, 1.1 hp, two-cycle, CARB & EPA compliant
Fuel: Regular unleaded, max ethanol content 10%
Idle RPM: 2,000
Operating RPM: 8,000 Max
Speed at nozzle tip: 130 MPH (round), 170 MPH (flat)
Sound level at operator: 94 dB(A)
Excellent ergonomic design, light and balanced
The overall design of the 125BVX focuses on good operator ergonomics. It starts with the tube, which has been placed in-line with the motor. This unique alignment reduces stress on the wrist and forearm. A nicely cushioned strap and handle help reduce vibration.
Cruise control standard!
Okay, it is a throttle lock, but that’s basically what cruise control does. Anyway, it’s a great feature for the 125BVX to have, especially if you need to keep the blower on one setting for long periods. Cruise control gives your hand a rest.
Adjustable tube length for people of differing heights
This is the third feature that has to do with ergonomics. Yes, quality and build are excellent, but this unit is unique for the way it reduces stress and usage fatigue through its overall design. Being able to adjust the length of the tube is another example. Taller people can extend it, and those of smaller stature can shorten it.
How good is the model at mulching?
This model has a reasonably powerful motor and handles dry leaves very well. As you might expect, it does not process wet leaves quite as well. The way the collection bag attaches is cumbersome and unload collected leaves and debris is a challenge.
How powerful is the 125BVX?
For nearly any task you have maintaining your yard and landscaping, this blower will handle it. Be careful in vacuum mode, however, as it will pick up rocks as well as other debris. The mulcher has metal blades mounted to a plastic fan. If you have rocks in your landscape, blow the leaves and other debris clear before vacuuming them up. Otherwise, rocks can damage the plastic – and metal – blades.
How hard is it to use?
The controls are precise and very ergonomic. The tube is in-line with the motor which reduces fatigue when used, especially on the wrist and forearm. Be sure to use the strap for added comfort.
General user impressions
Our research shows the Husqvarna 125BVX garnering mixed reviews at 66% positive and 45% negative. Let’s see what users like and dislike about this homeowner grade blower/vacuum.
The comfort of use ranks at the top among those who gave the 125BVX high marks. That’s to be expected, considering the design’s focus on ergonomics.
Blower power is also something users comment on frequently. The 125BVX has more than enough power for any homeowner landscape maintenance task. When it comes to the vacuum capability, most people find it works to their satisfaction except when dealing with wet leaves and debris.
Reliable operation and ease of maintenance is the third element people cite as earning the unit top marks. And this is where it gets interesting because, in terms of complaints, reliability issues for the 125BVX top the list.
The most commonly noted issue deals with the difficulty in getting the unit to start and, once started, to stay running. Digging deeper into the various comments on this particular issue, it seems this problem might be due to how Husqvarna has to deliver the unit from the factory. EPA and CARB regulations require manufacturers to set carburetors on the lean side at the factory. Husqvarna offers a free 30 carb adjustment to match the blower’s settings to the local climate.
Users also regularly report issues with fuel leaks. Husqvarna openly acknowledges the problem and attributes it to the caustic effects of ethanol on the fuel lines. Unfortunately, the fuel lines are not covered under warranty.
Warranty service is the third least appreciated feature of the 125BVX. People routinely and roundly complain that the warranty is worthless. Given the Husqvarna reputation for quality, this is disappointing and unexpected.
Rounding out the most common complaints are those directed at the vacuum function. Users experience issues with frequent clogging where a narrow outlet sends the debris into the collection bag. Attaching the vacuum tube is difficult, and the attachment points wear out rapidly. Using it is awkward, with no handle to hold the tube.
The Husqvarna 125BVX evokes a love-it-or-hate-it reaction. Once properly adjusted, the unit produces more than enough power. It’s also fuel-efficient, so users can get several hours of operation from a single tank of fuel. The ergonomic design makes it one of the most comfortable handheld blowers to use, and it will perform well on smaller residential lots. However, make sure to take advantage of the free carburetor adjustment and be wary of fuel line issues.