I’m taking a break from working on more holiday tool deal coverage to bring you… another deal!
Right now, this EGO 56V cordless blower kit, model LB6151, is on sale for $199. It delivers up to 170 MPH airspeed and 615 CFM air volume, and comes with a 2.5Ah battery and charger.
Update 1 (11/17/22): We learned that the 650 CFM blower kit with 5Ah battery with be a Lowe’s Black Friday 2022 special, starting on 11/24/2022.
Update 2 (11/17/22): This model dropped to $149 at Acme Tools, $156 at Amazon, $1`49 at Lowe’s.
Here’s why you should buy one:
1. It Really Blows
Most cordless blowers are pretty good, most of the time. But, there are times when you need them to be really good.
Following are the specs of a leading brand’s 18V-class cordless blower: “up to 125 MPH, 450 CFM.” And this EGO Blower: Up to 170 MPH, 615 CFM.
This is a blower designed for cleaning up a yard, driveway, or front steps.
2. It’s a Great Value
$199 seems like a great value for a blower, 2.5Ah battery, and charger.
Try to find a better deal – I couldn’t!
3. Turbo or Runtime!
EGO advertises that this blower delivers over 75 minutes of continuous runtime.
When used at its low speed setting, the included 2.5Ah battery can deliver up to 100 minutes of runtime.
When turbo mode is engaged, you can expect for 10 minutes of runtime with the included 2.5Ah battery.
4. Read the User Reviews
I haven’t found anyone with a bad thing to say about this blower yet. Come to think of it, I’m not sure I have ever heard anyone say anything bad about any EGO blower.
5. EGO Blowers are “Phenomenal”
I received a call earlier this week, from a reviewer I had passed a similar model to for long-term testing.
“I have been using the EGO blower you gave me, and it’s not good, it’s PHENOMENAL!”
My reviewer had cleared all the leaves from his front steps and porch in about 10 minutes. The neighbor across the street was already outside for a half hour with an electric blower when the review got started, and kept moving things around for another half hour after my reviewer went back inside.
His other neighbor had been struggling to do anything with their “teeny tiny cordless blower that looked more like a hair dryer.”
The reviewer especially liked the turbo feature and says they use it all the time.
This $199 kit isn’t the best EGO cordless blower on the market, but it offers a balance between power and value.
This is the “I want a good cordless blower but don’t want to spend hundreds of dollars” model.
Key Features & Specs
- Max 170 MPH speed
- Max 615 CFM airflow
- 290-480 CFM via variable speed control dial
- Turbo button for full 615 CFM
- Includes 2.5Ah and charger
- 50-min charging time with 2.5Ah battery and included charger
- Weather-resistant construction
- Tapered nozzle attachment
If you want a higher capacity battery, Amazon has a 4Ah kit for $229.
If up to 615 CFM and 170 MPH isn’t enough for you, or you want longer runtime, consider the 650 CFM and 180 MPH kit (LB6504), which comes with a 5Ah battery and charger for $279 at Lowe’s, at Amazon, and at Acme Tools.
EGO also has a 765 CFM and 200 MPH kit (LB7654), currently $329 at Lowe’s, $319 at Amazon (thanks, Brian!), and $319 at Acme Tools.
Coupon code TOOLGUYD takes $10 off $79+ at Acme. It’s valid for one use per customer every 30 days.
What’s your take on EGO blowers?
Shows 180 for me on Amazon!
Thats for the 530 CFM blower kit, at least form what I’m seeing.
Amazon is now $180. Still $199 at Acme and Lowe’s.
I have an older model which works very well.
Amazon is still showing $199. Do you have a separate link for 180?
$155 on Amazon, and $150 at Lowes right now.
It’s ALWAYS a good time to get an Ego blower! 🙂
I’ve had Ego stuff since 2014 when I got their original mower. All of their stuff has been excellent in my experience, and their blowers are pretty much the best available.
A couple of months ago, my town provided the transfer station where I work, with this blower. The blower is used, not only for leaves, but small pieces of debris, including construction rubble. I’ll even let people blow out the back of their pick ups if needed. Being a certain type of guy, I never read the instruction manual and didn’t realize there was a turbo boost button until the second day I used it. Without it, it’s a good blower for dry leaves. You need to have a good grip on it when you hit the turbo button- it’s like stomping on the accelerator of a muscle car (or Tesla, from what I’ve heard). Very happy with it. It’s not like a backpack Stihl, but still very good.
Or $249 for the 650cfm blower with a 4.0 battery (Amazon), or $279 for the 650cfm blower with a 5.0 battery (Lowe’s). Every time I see a deal on Ego, they always have the next tier products calling my name for a little more money…
We’ve got one of these at the house, don’t know the model but we’ve had it for several years now. Can’t imagine a better blower, really. Blowers work pretty great in the grass, but even better around the bushes. And if the snow is powdery enough, that too. Patios, garages, car floors (and everything else in there once you do that!).
The battery system on these (the battery itself and the charger) seems more sophisticated than most, too.
I’ve owned the 530CFM, 650CFM and now the 765CFM blowers from Ego, as well as the SNT2102 snow blower. I purchased a 615CFM blower and string trimmer for my parents. All that to say I’m very familiar with the brand and their 56V battery platform.
Pros: The Ego 615, 650 & 765 are easily as powerful if not more powerful than my Stihl SH-86 (rated at 170 mph and 444 CFM) in “real world testing”. Charging batteries is quick and easy. Very helpful when you have at least 2 batteries though. Quieter than gas, without the 2 stoke fumes, or having to mix gas or buy premixed canned gas.
Cons: The Ego blowers are heavy and a little awkward and arm tiring with the 5 A/H batteries vs the ergonomics of a gas handheld blower (Stihl is my data point comparison). The battery run time on Turbo (650 and 765 models) is only about 10-12 minutes and IMO after about 5-6 mins at WOT, the power output isn’t what it was for the first 5-6 minutes. Batteries take about 45-60 minutes to charge, even with the fast charger. Extra high capacity batteries aren’t cheap! ($250 for a 5AH battery). When it’s cold outside (40-50 degrees or colder) the batteries don’t have the same performance, unless they’ve been stored indoors (Ego recommends this).
Conclusion: For most of the year, I use the Ego blower for grass clipping sidewalk and driveway cleanup after mowing. Very quick and easy and does a great job. It’s also nice to blow out the garage without filling it with any 2 stoke exhaust. I have tons of large trees on a 1/3 acre lot with about 10K feet of lawn. In the Fall I find myself using the Stihl blower for extended duration “real work” blowing wet and heavy piles of leaves. You can run the blower @ WOT for 15-20 mins, re-fuel in about 30 seconds and keep going at full power the whole time for as long as you have fuel. Battery blowers have made HUGE progress over the past few years and I’m sure the capacity will increase and the charging time will decrease. The power is already there though!
Stuart, Amazon has the LB7654 for $319 – $10 cheaper than Lowe’s…
Thanks! I added that and a few other alternative links to the post.
Amazon’s pricing can fluctuate, but they also have longer lead times on some of the models. If someone’s looking at piles of leaves on the ground and facing a long cleanup weekend ahead, Lowe’s might be the better bet.
Looks like you can get an even better price on some of them on Acmetools .. they’ve got a 10% promo code that applies to quite a few, and they have some with reconditioned options. Good way to save a little bit more, perhaps!
The 3-speed 530 CFM model is eligible for 10% off right now, the others I mentioned are not.
Here’s the 650 one:
Reconditioned, with 5aH battery, 10% off code applies.
I found the 650 along with the 580 and the 615, also.
This is temping being I’m in the market for a blower. Would rather buy it in a kit…..with a chainsaw but not really seeing any great deals. I’ll give the Ego some consideration but right now you can get an M18 blower plus two batteries for the same price. The only regret I can see having with the Ego is when I need to replace the battery. Then I would’ve wished I stuck to a brand that I already have the battery platform built. But from what I can see, the specs of the Ego are far more superior.
The Makita brushless blower and 2 (5.0Ah) batteries for $199 is a great alternative if you are already invested in Makita.
You do have to use turbo feature with these all the time for leaves unless you’re dealing with a dry single layer. Mine gets a lot of use but has it’s limitations.
I was looking for a new cordless blower a few months back and initially bought an Ego when I found a special order return deal at Lowes. After purchase I did a bit of reading and found that in the last couple of years there has been some complaints on Ego battery quality and the Ego warranty process. I don’t have any personal experience with Ego, but reading the reviews turned me off enough that I returned the unused Ego and began to look elsewhere.
I then purchased a Kobalt 24V blower as a bare tool for just $60 as a deal of the day. As it turns out, the Kobalt 24V tools are also made by Chervon (parent company of Ego) and there appears to be quite a bit of similarity when comparing the Ego blowers and the Kobalt 24V blower. The biggest advantage IMO is the excellent in-store warranty provided by Lowes for Kobalt 24V tools. Another advantage is that I can use the same 24V batteries for various other Kobalt tools, and these frequently go on sale or clearance. A final advantage is that Ego batteries are quite expensive, whereas Kobalt batteries are quite cheap.
The Kobalt 24V blower (500CFM/120MPH) is not advertised to be as powerful as the higher-end Ego blowers, but it is plenty of power for my use case (grass clippings and leaves on concrete). Its also smaller and lighter than the Egos. I’m hoping that Torque Test Channel on YouTube will add the Kobalt 24V blower to their test results sometime soon so that I can see how it stacks up against its Ego brothers.
Had a kobalt screwdriver when kobalt first came out at lowes. It fell apart pretty quick. I keep it around to remind myself how it broke for no reason. Haven’t bought a kobalt tool since.
Lowes Black Friday has the 650CFM with 5ah battery and charger for $199. Much better deal
Nice find, Mike. I googled and found a copy of the Lowes Black Friday flyer. The price for the 650 blower + 5Ah kit is currently $279, but the price will be $199 starting Nov 24 according to the flyer.
The 615 CFM with 2.5 battery is on Lowe’s right now for $150.
As mentioned above the 650 CFM with 5.0 battery (Model #LB6504) will be at Lowe’s for $199 starting 11/24 according to the latest ToolGuyd post about Lowe’s black friday.
These are the best deals I’ve seen for any of their blowers, especially for the 5.0ah model. I may have to upgrade my 4 year old 530 cfm model, as the 2.5ah battery will hardly let me use turbo now before cutting out after only a couple minutes. I was going to buy the 5.0 battery for longer non-Turbo runtimes but it’s $250 by itself. So I guess that settles that!
Thanks!! $149 at Acme Tools too.
How do these compare with the Ryobi Whisper blowers for noise? They look good, but I don’t see any noise specification and it would be great to be able to use a blower without requiring hearing protection.
I haven’t seen noise level specs and cannot comment without using them side by side.
Only spec I’ve seen on Ego’s website is for the 530 CFM model they list a noise rating of (dB) ≤65 if that helps.
I have the EGO 530, 650, and 765 CFM models, as well as the Ryobi 730 CFM whisper series. On turbo the EGO get pretty loud, but I don’t feel the need to use hearing protection. The Ryobi surprises me with how quiet it is every time I use it.
However, the EGO 650 still feels like it has a slight edge in performance over the Ryobi, even though the on-paper specs disagree.
ACE Hardware has the 650 CFM 5Ah kit for $199 right now too: https://www.acehardware.com/departments/lawn-and-garden/outdoor-power-equipment/leaf-blowers/7006685
I just purchased this deal, thank you. ACE also give a Rakuten 4% I think. I received $11 back from my purchase. Also with Ace rewards I get an extra $5. next time. I think Ace is often overlooked but their online deals can be pretty great.