WORX Trivac WG509 3-in-1 Blower Review

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Review of WORX Trivac 3-in-1 Blower (WG509)

Editor Rating: 4.9/5

Build Quality
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Features
Price

Review Summary

The WORX Trivac WG 509 3-in-1 blower/vacuum/mulcher is a great tool for helping the average homeowner keep their yard looking professionally maintained. If you’re accustomed to using a combination of rakes, tarps, lawnmower, and hours every weekend in an ongoing effort to win the battle against autumn, you need a tool like this.

Although it’s electric, with the proper cord you can take this all over your patio, deck, and yard and blow or vacuum leaves and grass clippings into submission. In the process, you can also create a tidy pile of mulch for use in your garden beds or compost bin.

This is not a professional grade tool. But if the only yard you’re taking care of is your own, you don’t need the power or headache that comes with the gas models the pros favor. WORX is a reputable brand, with responsive customer service and an attention to design detail any user will appreciate.

WORX Trivac Blower WG 509 – A Quick Look

Pros
  • 3-in-1 blower/mulcher/yard vacuum
  • 2-stage, all-metal shredder mulches at an 18:1 ratio
  • Variable speed power control
  • Quick release button for emptying and cleaning
  • Push button task switching
  • Only minor, toolless assembly required
  • Single-handed operation
  • Angled tube for reaching under chairs, cars, and decks
  • Attachable collection bag (included) comes with a shoulder strap
Cons
  • Included bag is too small
  • Awkward design where bag, shoulder strap, and cord come together
  • Requires an extension cord

Specifications

Voltage:                               120V/60HZ

Power input:                      12 amps

Air speed:                           80-210 mph

Air volume:                         350 cfm (cubic feet per minute)

Dimensions:                       9”x15”x20”

Bag capacity:                      1.2 bushels

Mulch ratio:                        18:1

Weight:                                9.3 lbs.

Included:                             Tool, debris bag

man using blower on garbage

Variable speed blower and vacuum

What sets this model apart from other WORX Trivacs is its variable speed options. Blowing a pile of wet maple leaves? Turn the power up to maximum. Blowing pine needles off a gravel bed? Turn the power down so the needles go where you want but the stones stay put. And the same goes for vacuuming. The variable speed prevents you from destroying your landscaping while chasing away or sucking up unwanted grass, leaves, or other small debris.

Excellent mulching

With an 18:1 mulching ratio, this machine pulverizes whatever you vacuum up and shoots out tiny fragments perfect for putting beds to sleep for the winter or layering into your compost bin. A dual-stage metal impeller makes short work of all but the largest pieces you’ll find in your yard, but if it ever does clog, a push of a button pops open the unit for fast and easy cleanout.

Versatility

Anyone who has ever lugged a blower, a vacuum, a rake, and a lawn mower around the yard will gladly give them all up in exchange for this 3-in-1 tool. With so many capabilities in an under 10lb. tool, this is a no-brainer for backyard clean up and maintenance. One switch changes it from blower to vacuum, and another switch controls the blower or vacuum power. And this one tool is very reasonably priced.

man cleaning the garden 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 you operate the vacuum without engaging the mulcher?
No. If the vacuum is on, the machine will mulch anything it picks up.

Will it mulch pine cones or pine needles?
No and yes. WORX specifically advises against trying to mulch pine cones and cautions against, twigs, acorns, and gumballs as well. But they do give users the go-ahead to vacuum pine needles.

Can I extend the range by using multiple extension cords?
Theoretically, yes, but WORX cautions against it.

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 509 at one end and empties into any outdoor trash bin at the other. You can also purchase additional or replacement bags of the same size that comes with the unit.

a lady using blower on dry leaves

What the Users Say

This machine has vocal fans. Users applaud how well it vacuums and blows, especially with dry material on hard surfaces like walkways, decks, and driveways. They use it to blow leaves to their property line and to vacuum weekly debris off their patio furniture. Several reviewers were tickled to see how effective it was at cleaning out the garage – dust, dirt, and insect carcasses all sucked right in or blown right out the door.

Fans also applaud its mulching capability, impressed with the tiny pieces it kicks out. The metal blade can handle twigs and even acorns without clogging. This model works very well in conjunction with the WORX leaf collection system.

But not everyone loves it. Critics complain that both the blower and the vacuum are sluggish and underpowered. The unit is heavy, and it can be awkward to juggle the weight, the shoulder bag, the shoulder strap, and the power cord, especially if you’re tall. And the bag itself is small and poorly made – you’re better off springing for the leaf collection hose if you’ve got more than one tree in your yard. (At this higher mulching rate, the bag gets particularly heavy.)

The most vocal critics lament that this machine’s performance doesn’t match with gas-powered blowers, but we feel that’s an unfair comparison. In general, any gas-powered tool is going to deliver more muscle than an electric version. But gas tools come with their own drawbacks, and most homeowners don’t need the extra power (or hassle) that comes with them.

Conclusion

The WORX Trivac WG 509 is an excellent tool for any weekend warrior engaged in the never-ending battle against falling leaves. Blow leaves into a pile, suck them in with the vacuum, and you are rewarded with mulch you can recycle right back into your gardens. With all the time this tool will free up, you’ll have to decide how to get rid of your rakes.

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!