WORX Trivac WG505 3-in-1 Blower Review

Review of WORX Trivac 3-in-1 Blower (WG505)

Editor Rating: 4.7/5

Build Quality
Power
Features
Price

Review Summary

The Trivac WG 505 is a corded 3-in-1 blower, vacuum, and mulcher, one of several similar machines offered by WORX. Given that you could buy each of those machines separately, this model is a reasonably priced, cost-effective, time-efficient way to get several yard maintenance tasks taken care of at once.

This machine is best suited for basic backyard work on a suburban lot. It’s corded, so you can’t expect to wander across multiple acres with it, but it has enough power to tackle a handful of trees as well as clear your flower beds and walkways. Professional landscapers will be happier with (and more tolerant of) a more gung-ho gas-powered model, but since the average homeowner doesn’t need that, this model would be perfect for them.

WORX has a deserved reputation for being customer responsive and their machines are frequently designed as if they’ve actually listened to and incorporated feedback.

WORX Trivac Blower WG 505 – A Quick Look

Pros
  • 3-in-1 blower/mulcher/yard vacuum
  • Push button task switching
  • Only minor, toolless assembly required
  • Single-handed operation
  • Adjustable air regulator (so you don’t blow away your delicate plants)
  • Angled tube for reaching under chairs, cars, and decks
  • Attachable collection bag (included) comes with a shoulder strap
  • Metal impeller blade for mulching
  • Mulching exponentially reduces the size of your leaf pile
Cons
  • No variable speed control
  • Included bag is small
  • Requires an extension cord

Specifications

Voltage: 120V/60HZ

Power input: 12 amps

Air speed: 80-210 mph

No load speed: 15,000 rpms

Air volume: 350 cfm (cubic feet per minute)

Bag capacity: 1.2 bushels

Dimensions: 9”x15”x20”

Sound rating: 70 decibels

Mulch ratio: 16:1

Vacuum rate: 14 gallons/minute

Weight: 9.5 lbs.

Warranty: 2 years standard limited/30-day money back guarantee/3rd year optional

Includes: Tool, collection bag

WORX Trivac Blower WG 505 blowing dry leaves

It’s a blower

Working as a blower, this WORX 505 can generate hurricane-force wind. It’s got plenty of power to get the leaves out from under furniture, shrubs, or the garage, but it’s adjustable so you don’t wind up blowing the blooms off your chrysanthemums or shooting mulch all over your front walk. If you want to blow all your leaves into a pile, or into the creek in your backyard, this machine, configured as a blower, can handle it.

It’s a vacuum

Working as a vacuum, the WORX’s angled tube can reach under and around bushes, fence lines, and trees to grab every fallen leaf, but at the same time, it will leave your mulch and gravel largely untouched and intact. It generates the right amount of suction to pick up leaves without picking up stray toys and tended plants, and you don’t have to worry about losing a finger into the tube.

It’s a mulcher

This WORX really shines as a mulcher. With a metal impeller blade, it grinds leaves, small twigs, and even acorns into tiny pieces. Unmulched leaves that would have filled 20 bags will only require 3 or 4 bags once they’ve been mulched. Plus, you can recycle your chopped-up leaves into mulch for your flower or vegetable beds or you can add them to your compost pile – mulching your leaves is much more environmentally friendly than putting them in the trash or even burning them.

Versatility

The WORX does all three of these tasks – blow, vacuum, and mulch – without requiring you to stop and change out tubes or change machines altogether. And all three capabilities can be easily carried around since this weighs less than 10 pounds and each function is available at the flip of a switch.

man cleaning garbage using blower

FAQ

Does this tool come with a battery?
No. It has a 12-inch cord and plugs into an outdoor extension cord (not included) and a standard outlet.

Can I clear snow with this in blower mode?
Yes! And it even will warm and melt the snow a bit as well.

The mulching blade has broken. Can I get a replacement?
No, the blade cannot be replaced. But WORX has good customer service, so it’s worth contacting them for a possible alternate solution.

The included bag fills up quickly. Can I get a larger one?
For users with a lot of leaves to wrangle, you can also purchase a WORX leaf collection system. It’s a large hose that attaches to the WORX 505 at one end and empties into any outdoor trash bin at the other.

man cleaning garden using blower

What the Users Say

Users are universally happy with the mulching aspect of this 3-in-1 tool. The metal blade seems to hold up well, and although it does occasionally jam when hit with larger debris, a quick clean out and it’s ready to keep going. It dramatically reduces the size of any leaf pile.

As for the blower and vacuum, that seems to depend on what people ask it to do. For light work around a small property, the blower and vacuum do just fine. Wet leaves and dry, pavement or grass – this machine handles both. And everyone loves that you can switch from one function to the other with a lightning fast flip of a switch.

But other users complain loudly about lack of power. These complaints are split about evenly between those who say the blower is great but the vacuum sucks (we had to say it), and others who say the blower is awful but the vacuum is just fine. We are left a little unsure if these users are just expecting too much of their electric machines, or if there might be a few lemons out there.

And although users like that it comes with an attachable collection bag, it can be a little disappointing. The bag is small and not built to last, plus its strap, though a smart feature, can be awkward for anyone over 6 feet tall.

Conclusion

Overall, this tool is a welcome replacement for the traditional rake and bag system we all grew up with and users are happy to have it in their arsenal. It’s not going to perform well on mountains of wet oak leaves, and it’s not going to collect every pine needle and pine cone from the forest floor. But for basic home and yard maintenance, it will save you hours of leaf raking and disposal. Who wouldn’t want that?

About the Author Adam Harris

Hi there! My name is Adam and I write for HealthyHandyman. I have a great passion for writing about everything related to tools, home improvement, and DIY. In my spare time, I'm either fishing, playing the guitar, or spending quality time with my beloved wife. You'll also often find me in my workshop working on some new project!