Husqvarna makes a few different models in both the hand held and back pack leaf blower styles. Both work equally well, but certain models may be more suited for your workload depending on the size of area you are clearing or the length of time you are needing to run it. For example if you have a half acre yard with minimal trees, the standard handheld will probably suite you just fine. If you have a larger yard or a ton of trees that just stack up the leaves like crazy, you may want to go with the back pack style. I say this because they are a little more powerful and you don't have to hold on to the unit for hours on end which in my experience will only wear you out and require you to take more breaks.
The Husqvarna hand held line features two homeowner models and one commercial model. The homeowner models are the 125B and the 125BVX. The tube on both of these models have been engineered so that they are in line with the handle to minimizes any rotational force on the wrist. The cylinder placement is 28 cm³, the airflow in the pipe is 425 cfm, the air speed is 170mph, and weight is right around 9.5 lbs. The difference between the two models is that the 125BVX comes complete with a flare nozzle for higher air speed and a Vac-Kit for vacuuming and mulching lawn debris.
The step up from the homeowner models in the hand held line is the 525BX commercial leaf blower which is more powerful and designed for those demanding tasks. It features their patented X-TORQ engine technology in combination with a special fan and housing design to bring a higher airflow and air speed capacity that is easy to control. The commercial grade air filter that is found in this unit maximizes the blower's working hours and the anti-vibration system Low Vib makes work less strenuous, even when working those longer hours. This model also comes equipped with Cruise Control for efficient and convenient operation at all times. The cylinder displacement is 25.4 cm³, the airflow in pipe is 459 cfm, the weight is 9.48 lbs, and it has a blowing force of 15 N.
When looking at the back pack models Husqvarna makes two different homeowner models and a number of different ones for professional and commercial use. The two homeowner models are the 130BT and the 150BT which very in their specs. The 130BT model is a unique lightweight blower with the large landowner in mind by combining a light weight design with an ease of use for those who have to work for longer periods of time. It features their new X-TORQ engine for increased power, better fuel economy and reduced emissions. The harness and tube-mounted controls provide greater efficiency and easy operation. The cylinder displacement is 29.5 cm³, the airflow in pipe is 360.21 cfm, air speed is 145 mph, and has a weight of 14.55 lbs.
The second of the two homeowner back pack blowers is the 150BT is a commercial grade backpack leaf blower in the 50cc mid-size range. It also features their powerful X-TORQ engine and the harness and controls are ergonomically designed for high capacity and ease of use. This is for the homeowner looking for a little more power to get the job done. The cylinder displacement on this model is 50.2 cm³, the airflow in pipe is 434.37 cfm, air speed is 251 mph, and it weighs only 22.5 lbs.
Like I said before, Husqvarna makes quite a few back pack blowers in the commercial line but I think I will only go through a few of these ones and not the whole line. The first one in the line-up is the 350BF which is a lightweight 50 cc mid-size blower that features their powerful X-TORQ engine for increased power, better fuel economy and reduced emissions. The harness and controls are ergonomically designed for high capacity and ease of use with the throttle controls located on the frame. The cylinder displacement is 50.2 cm³, the airflow in pipe is 494.41 cfm, air speed is 180 mph, and weighs 22.91 lbs.
Next would have to be the 560BTS which is a powerful commercial back pack blower designed for large workloads and demanding tasks. Large air flow and high air speed are provided by an efficient fan design together with the powerful X-TORQ engine and the commercial grade air filter gives long operating time and trouble free use. The harness has wide shoulder straps that make wearing this unit more comfortable. The cylinder displacement is 65.6 cm³, the airflow in pipe is 631 cfm, air speed is 232 mph, and it weighs 23.15 lbs.
Lastly is the 580BTS which is the most powerful commercial back pack blower in the Husqvarna line-up. It has a large air flow and high air speed that is provided by the efficient fan design and the powerful X-TORQ engine. This unit also has a commercial grade air filter for long operating time and trouble free use. The harness has wide shoulder straps. Like the 560BTS, the 580BTS harness has wider shoulder straps so that the operator wearing this unit is comfortable and ready to get some work done. The cylinder displacement on this bad boy is 75.6 cm³, the airflow in pipe is 908 cfm, air speed is 206.2 mph, and it weighs only 25.8 lbs.
If your your in the market for a new blower or still raking your yard by hand, I would suggest checking out the Husqvarna line-up of leave blowers. They are built with the power customers demand and ergonomically designed to reduce fatigue and strain on your body. Take it from me, these machines will make your fall choirs a whole lot more bearable and easier to deal with.