3 Stars By AlumiGogo Customer on 2015-05-16
Brand new unit beeping! How I found and fixed the problem without taking it to a service center...
Seems to work OK - When it works...
Got it over a month ago from AlumiGogo. Ran it as a blower to clean out my garage. Ran Fine. Then it didn't...
Tried to run it again this morning (second run) as a Vacuum and it would not start. It started beeping (but NOT running) and wouldn't stop until I hit the off button. Tried 3 batteries - no change. Tried reverting back to the blower attachments no luck. Called Greenworks. They said I had tried everything reasonable and that I would have to take it to a service center. I told them I didn't want some knucklehead taking a brand new unit apart in the hopes he could find something. They would not provide a new replacement so I figured I would try and fix it myself. (Better than some joker at a lawn parts store...)
Anyway, I examined it carefully. Found interlocks on the suction side (bottom) and on the discharge (front). If I opened the bottom suction screen the unit wouldn't do anything at all. Close the suction screen up and it started beeping. I figured this meant that the bottom interlock was communicating properly with the unit. I then tried running the blower with nothing attached to the discharge (nozzle or bag). Since both these conditions resulted in the exact same beep error, I figured the nozzle/discharge interlock must not be effectively detecting the nozzle (or bag) attachment and that the beep code was trying to indicate "no nozzle/bag found". Too bad the company couldn't/wouldn't tell me exactly what the beep code meant...
The nozzle/discharge interlock can be seen when looking directly into the discharge opening. It is a small metal plug at the top edge of the discharge opening. It is spring loaded and will be pushed back when the nozzle of bag is attached. I very carefully used a small screwdriver to push the spring loaded interlock back into the housing while trying to run the unit (while NOT looking into the discharge). Presto - the unit starts running. I exercised the switch back and forth a couple times (with the unit off) in the hopes this might help clear any debris/corrosion/etc from the switch and now it seems to be working fine. I didn't even have to take the unit apart!
Hope this helps somebody if there unit is beeping. It would be nice if the company could simply suggest tweaking the switch a couple of times before they tell you to take down to some repair shop...
5 Stars By J. T. Mosley on 2013-11-30
This is my first Blower/Vac of any kind so I really have no basis for comparison. I was pleased with the performance. It has a low and high setting with a thumbwheel that goes from 0 to 5 -- so essentially you have 10 different speeds -- 5 in high and 5 in low. I have a garden railroad and wanted to blow leaves out of some delicate areas and it blows leaves just fine at the lowest setting. I only have one medium size tree in my yard -- a Japanese Zelkova that has small leaves. It vacuums the leaves very well. I had it set on high and the 3 setting and it vacuumed the leaves right up -- even some of which were wet. It mulches the leaves fairly fine which allows you to get a lot more in a yard waste bag. It's difficult to tell when the attached bag Is full, you just have to guess. The bag has a zipper on the side and it empties fairly easily. If you have a huge yard with lots of trees you might want to buy another battery or just take a break and save your energy for another day. The battery has a button on the side with 4 led lights that tells you the amount of charge remaining, which I found convenient. The power didn't seem to decline a whole lot when the battery started to get discharged. The item is a little pricey but the trade off is not having to drag an extension cord all over or mix gas and oil and worry about the thing starting which is worth it to me.
3 Stars By aJayM on 2013-10-20
Very good blower. OK for vacuum
As others have stated, it is a very good blower with plenty of power.
The 40v 4AH battery lasts almost 45 minutes, depending on the power setting -- which depends on the type of leaves and condition.
Two switches control on/off and hi/low, plus a variable dial for speed. Seems to me, they could have incorporated hi/low function into the speed control because having a separate hi/low switch is an extra step.
At maximum power (needed for vacuuming) it only lasts 15 minutes, so I use extra battery packs from other G-Max tools I own.
The suction is insufficient for some smaller/heavier leaves -- they get sucked in, but tend not to get discharged unless broader leaves are also used, even at maximum power. Also, needle-like leaves tend to get stuck underneath the sensor wire at discharge nozzle.
For this reason, I would suggest getting the blower-only model if you do not need the vacuum function.
FYI - I also use Toro 51609 blower/vac which is excellent! It is AC-corded, so it is pain to drag out extension cords, but it is more powerful and the work can be done in about third of the time compared to this GreenWorks DigiPro. I use the DigiPro cordless when it is too far from the outlet, though.
The charger is disappointing. It wastes power even when not charging and they say to unplug it when not in use. It is a pain when several chargers are used. Two LEDs indicate power and charging status. There is a label wrapped around the plug that explain how to interpret the LED color and blinking status. This could have been better handled if they printed the marking next to the actual LED or just added a couple of LEDs.
4 Stars By Mike M on 2017-04-11
it's stronger than I thought it would be
I received the unit on March 25, 2017. I have used it a couple of time since then and it's stronger than I thought it would be but the battery doesn't last long. I got it to do around my chain link fence and my flower beds where a rake doesn't work too well or I where just don't want to use one. The blower has worked great and even does stuck on wet leaves on turbo but turbo just sucks the battery dry, The mulcher surprised me as well I didn't think it would work so well. I haven't had to turn the mulcher to turbo because it worked so well but I am patient and I did around the edge of the pile and never try to do too much at once so I don't get it clogged and again it did wet leaves no problem and the unit didn't clog at all. To give you an idea of how fast the battery is used up I can tell you I purchased the chainsaw at the same time and it came with a 2Ah battery. I received the chainsaw the day before the leaf blower so I had the 2Ah battery charged and ready to go and I used the blower for about 20 minutes 5 minutes of that on turbo when the battery 2Ah ran out of juice. I used the 4Ah this weekend and I was able to run the unit for 20 minutes and it stills has 3 dots showing
5 Stars By Joshua D. Murrah on 2014-03-12
best cordless blower out there, vac option works but is tedious
SUMMARY: If you need a cordless blower, this is the most powerful option out there. The vac option works, but is a bit slow/finicky. Get other tools with G-MAX 4ah batteries if you're planning on doing anything beyond blowing off a deck/driveway.
VERY powerful blower, same as a good electric/corded blower and has no cordless peer (most important consideration for me).
Part of a good system of yard tools with large, fast-charging battery packs and bleeding-edge tech.
Unlike the 40v orange-and-black blower/vac I have, the vac option on this guy is serious, and does work.
too many buttons/speeds, including having to further press the "turbo" button to run at top speed.
vac option is slow compared to the corded competitor blower... but the competitor is corded after all.
vac tube can get clogged by picking up too much at once or picking up sticks/wet stuff too easily (tube has an hourglass shape).
The outlet tube can occasionally clog due to a wire inside holding mulched debris (check each time you empty a bag).
At full blast, it does consume battery power fast. Get other tools that include the 4aH batteries to help.
The price is 4x the (slightly superior) corded competitor... worth it for me, you have to decide for yourself.
I have done a lot of oak leaf cleanup with this bad boy, and it's worked out well. You won't vac up at the same speed as a corded blower/vac, but I have a deep back yard that was beyond the reach of a cord (voltage drop concern). As long as you keep an eye on the bag, making sure the bag is tight (getting positive pressure), you'll be good. Check the outlet tube for junk that gets trapped under a wire running inside it, each time you swap a battery or empty the bag. I have other G-MAX tools, so with 3-4 batteries, you can stay going full time, just go put your dead batteries on a charger ASAP, and you'll have enough to rotate to keep the tool working. I usually get between 20-30 minutes of full-blast usage for each 4aH battery. As a standard blower, it's really good... in fact you have to be careful around the weak/dead areas of your yard, as it'll flip/rip up the sod! Overall, 5 stars for the blower (the most important part), and 4 stars for the vac usage. 5 stars overall.
1 Stars By Frodo Philp on 2017-05-31
Bad day bunk product
This is my other bunk product.The second blower from Greenworks i have tried in about a year and the first one was completely useless and this one works but can't even barely move these weeds I just pulled out of the ground.
1 Stars By Blue Q on 2016-08-18
SO NOT WORTH IT
I had high hopes for this mulcher blower but it was not to be. This has HORRIBLE suction. I just tried to use the mulch operation on this thing just now and I am super disappointed. I was trying to pick up debris from a bougainvillea...DO you know HOW light those petals ARE??? Ridiculous. It is pretty bad. I had it on high and it would barely pick up leaves that I placed it RIGHT over. It wouldn't pick up debris from a redwood tree..... My roommate who is a professional landscaper warned me, she tried it for a few minutes and was completely covered in a fine dust/dirt. I couldn't stop laughing. I am not really laughing because now I have to deal with trying to send this stupid thing back.
SAVE your money don't bother trying it. I checked everything and charged the battery for 2 days. Was just NOT worth the money ----- UGH! I am NOT HAPPY. I don't even know if I can clean it up enough to get it back in the box. WHAT a waste of time and money.
1 Stars By Win231 on 2015-03-14
Won't Last Long-Company Won't Honor Warranty
I already owned the GreenWorks less-powerful 20-Volt leaf blower. When the battery would no longer hold a charge for more than three minutes, I started pricing a replacement battery but they cost more than the leaf blower. Since I already had GreenWorks 40-volt battery & charger for their pole hedge trimmer, I decided to go with the GreenWorks again, since they offer the tool alone. I also liked the extra power this model has over the 20-Volt model. The battery charges very quickly - about an hour or two. This package does include accessories for vacuuming & mulching - not especially important to me because I usually dump leaves into a barrel.
After fully charging the battery this morning, I used the leaf blower to clear my large driveway & walkway. I'm truly amazed at how powerful this unit is. It has a "Low" & "High" setting along with a thumbwheel to adjust the power on each setting. I seriously doubt anyone will ever need the "High" setting. On the "Low" setting, with the thumbwheel at max, even gravel & rocks went flying. The variable-speed thumbwheel feature works very well and it is convenient when you encounter pebbles or wet leaves or leaves in tall grass. Also included is a "Concentrator," which is a smaller-diameter piece that connects to the tube if you want even more power; again...something I doubt anyone would need.
The runtime was one of my main concerns, so I timed it with my stopwatch. On a fully-charged battery, I used the blower for 24.5 minutes before it shut off & the charging indicator light came on. During use, I kept the speed on the "Low" setting & increased the speed as needed with the thumbwheel. Remember, the "Low" setting on this model is quite powerful when the thumbwheel is advanced to the mid - high settings. The instruction manual explains that the leaf blower is actually more effective on the lower settings. I found that to be true. On the higher settings, leaves & debris are blown up into the air & into your face, rather than forward where you want them. Besides, using the "High" setting reduces your battery runtime.
UPDATE: 12-23-15: After only 8 months of use for a few minutes/day, the unit wouldn't maintain a set power level. During use, the blower speed constantly went from "Low" to "High." And the run time went down to three or four minutes. I took the unit to a warranty station & the person in charge informed me that "Greenworks' products are junk & they keep dumping them on us." I had a similar issue with my Greenworks trimmer; Greenworks wouldn't honor the warranty until I argued with them back & forth by e-mail. Their batteries don't last very long & they cost as much (or more) than the product. When the batteries die after a short time, Greenworks wants the customer to buy more. I'd stay away from any Greenworks product.
5 Stars By freddier on 2016-02-22
To move lots of leaves and twigs kick into Turbo Speed and be amazed by the flying leaves and the power in your ...
The Greenworks G-Max is literally a snap to put together. It comes with charger, 40v battery, blower tube, concentration nozzle (doesn't help me concentrate), mulcher tubes, leaf bag,and operator's manual. I actually found it challenging to find the printed in China manual since it's printed on brown recycled paper that blends in with the color of the packing box. It's an attractive tool, a little on the heavy side, but lighter than my Stihl gas blower and well balanced. But what about performance?
For clearing our deck and sidewalks the low speed setting with the variable speed set to five is far more than adequate. To move lots of leaves and twigs kick into Turbo Speed and be amazed by the flying leaves and the power in your hands. Of course, the Stihl gas blower is more powerful, but for my purposes the power of the GreenWorks is more than adequate. So far one battery is all I've needed as long as I recharge the battery between uses. An hour and a half in the charger usually gets it back to full power. Unlike my NiCad Black and Decker battery powered tools, this one doesn't weaken towards the end of the battery life. It just suddenly dies. To monitor the power left, one must keep an eye on the power indicator on the battery. Depending on the settings used, I can work 20 to 30 minutes on one battery charge.
Verdict on the blower - I like it so much that I'll rarely if ever use my Stihl gas blower. The low powered Black and Decker NiCad blower will go into retirement and the corded Toro will be used only on occasion. This tool is so good that I'll probably buy the Greenworks chainsaw next so I can use batteries on both.
5 Stars By Mike Vande Ven Jr. on 1969-12-31
Wow, more power than I was expecting
I have a Ryobi One 18V blower. That thing is weak. MAkes blowing off the driveway quite a long task. Looking it up, that blower only pushes 120 CFM, so I needed something strong.
I like the GreenWorks line. I have the mower, chainsaw, and trimmer. So getting another item in that ecosystem seemed worthwhile. After researching, I picked this one. I'm glad I did!
There are basically 7 power levels. There is a dial that goes 1-6 and a boost. Seems to me like the boost only works when at 6, which is fine. With that boost in play I'm able to clean off the driveway in no time. Everything is flying, even small gravel that gets pulled on. It is a bit noisy in this mode, but that is kind of to be expected when running full blast. Still a lot quieter than a gas blower.
Note that I have not tried the mulched or vacuum modes yet. I don't know that I will. I really only bought this for the blowing ability. If I do try those, I will update the review.
The only negative is that I have a Works "universal" gutter cleaning attachment. That attachment will not fit on this blower. So I need to keep the Ryobia around for that, if nothing else.