The Black And Decker LH5000 Leaf Hog is the company’s latest entry into the ever popular 3 in 1 blower/vacuum/mulcher market. Homeowners have grown fond of these units since they only have to buy one piece of equipment that can handle three separate tasks. Plus, the companies designing them continue to make improvements, which results in better performance.
Black And Decker LH5000 Features:
- 15.2 pounds
- 9.8″ x 15.7″ x 20.9″
- 12 amp motor
- Variable speed
- 240 mph blow speed
- 385 CFM air volume
- Zipper free bag
- Metal impeller
- 2 year warranty
Black & Decker has made several improvements to the latest LH5000 Leaf Hog. For starters, instead of a plastic impeller, they have replaced it with a metal one. This should help make the blower last longer and less likely to need repair.
In addition to the metal impeller, the LH5000 features a variable speed blower control. If you’ve ever blown leaves before you should know that sometimes you need full force blowing on heavy, damp leaves. Other times around flower beds and small piles of leaves, light blowing will do the trick.
The other improvement (at least in the eyes of most people) is eliminating the zipper bag. Instead, Black & Decker has replaced it with a plastic slide. Most people prefer this arrangement, while others preferred the ease of the zipper. The plastic slide does have a better chance of holding up over time.
The LH5000 is an electric blower, so if you don’t own a long, heavy-duty extension cord you will need to purchase one. Black and Decker also offers a Leaf Collection System for under $30 that you can hook up to the Leaf Hog. This will allow you to vacuum leaves straight into a trash can, bypassing the need for the smaller bag.
The majority of the ratings and reviews for LH5000 Leaf Hog have been positive. A few mentioned that the unit is relatively heavy so make sure you are physically able to use it before you buy it. The others commented on the ease of assembly, their fondness of the variable speed control, and how simple it is to switch between blowing and vacuuming.
Black And Decker has created another high performing, reliable piece of equipment to help with cleaning up your leaves. Make it even easier on yourself and get the B&D Leaf Collection System to go with it.