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BLACK+DECKER BV5600 High Performance Blower/Vac/Mulcher Review

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Everyone wants an easier way to remove leaves from their yard and mulch at the same time. A combination mulcher, vacuum, and blower is the perfect choice for many people. It can be difficult to find one piece of equipment that can do all of the tasks mentioned above equally well. The Black & Decker BV5600 High-Performance Blower / Vac / Mulcher fits the bill better than any other product currently on the market today. The assembly is straightforward, and so is a conversion from a leaf vacuum into a blower (and vice versa). This machine is a must-have for Spring or Fall clean-up. Your yard will be left clean and neat, and zero emissions have been released while using it. Use the large easy-to-push button to rapidly change between vacuum and blower without needing any other tools.


  • Mulching blade is thick, able to mulch branches, and is very easy to clean - Just remember to unplug it before cleaning
  • Built extremely well with very strong plastic components
  • Handles are well-placed, and this equipment is light enough to either hold or operate using a shoulder strap
  • A real back saver, since no more raking or bending is required
  • Easy to snap apart if a clog develops
  • Cuts the time of vacuuming in half, from 4+ hours down to 2 hours
  • Sweeps and mulches approximately 245 gallons of leaves in 8 hours


  • Extremely fine dust escapes during mulching - You should wear a mask while sucking up leaves because it also will suck up small quantities of loose dust and dirt and blow them into your face
  • Sometimes leaves can get stuck in the suction tube
  • Vacuum hose is a little too wide to get in between the plants effectively
  • Really needs a shoulder strap


  • A 12-amp motor operates a combination 3-in-1 vacuum, blower, and mulcher
  • A two-speed selection 250 MPH blower
  • Able to grind 16 mulch bags down to one
  • Easy change between blower and vacuum
  • 68 decibels (dBA) - Sixty-eight decibels is a bit above conversational speech or an air conditioner, but not as loud as either a shower or a dishwasher
  • Comes with 1 leaf blaster nozzle, 1 BV5600 motor head, 1 blow tube, 1 concentrator, and 1 bag and vacuum tube assembly


The Black & Decker BV5600 High-Performance Blower / Vac / Mulcher boasts a 250 Miles Per Hour blower that quickly blows through debris and leaves. This 9-pound unit produces 50% less noise when blowing (as compared to the Black & Decker model LH4500 utilizing EN-ISO-3744). It has a high-impact metal fan which impedes clogging while mulching and can grind approximately 16 bags of mulch into just one bag. This powerful machine can tear through small and large leaves, mulch, and even small sticks. Despite how powerful it is, this blower-vac-mulcher is gentle enough not to suck up rocks or rip up shrubbery. It has a high-impact metal impeller fan which does not chip easily.

This blower-vac-mulcher combination has two different speed selections for your flower beds and is plenty powerful enough to blow matted leaves. The pivoting action turbo nozzle leaf blaster loosens debris and leaves for accelerated clean-up, and the 12-amp-motor three-in-one blower, mulcher, and vacuum keeps every yard looking neat and tidy. Tool-free changing is facilitated between blower and vacuum in seconds, plus the built-in cord retainer keeps its extension plugged in and in place for long periods of uninterrupted use.

This blower is perfect for clearing sidewalks, driveways, garages, and decks of Fall leaves and debris from your yard, and a heavy-duty vacuum's ideal for vacuuming grass clippings, leaves, twigs, other lawn debris, and pine needles. This product comes with a 2-year limited warranty which guarantees it to be defect free from workmanship or material defects, as long as it is used for home use only.

BLACK+DECKER BV5600 High Performance Blower/Vac/Mulcher
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BLACK+DECKER BV5600 High Performance Blower/Vac/Mulcher
  • The 12 amp motor operates a 3-in-1 blower, vacuum and mulcher all in one
  • 250 mph blower with 2 Speed selections
  • Can grind up to 16 bags of mulch down to one
  • Easy-change between vacuum and blower, Decibel : 68 dBA

It is simple to switch from vacuuming to blowing. Just attach one of the two tubes provided with the unit. Emptying the bag and reattaching it is also a natural process.


The Black & Decker BV5600 High-Performance Blower / Vac / Mulcher has generally received excellent reviews online. Fully 83% of reviewers were highly or mostly satisfied with the performance of this product. Seventeen percent of online reviewers had some issues with the construction or performance of this product. One poor guy had the aluminum impeller/fan explode after only 30 minute's use, causing the fan case to split open and one piece was ejected by the blower. Thankfully, this appears to have been an isolated incident.

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Matt Hagens

Hi, I'm Matt the owner of Yard Care Gurus. I love to be outside working on my lawn, planning my next project. I created this website to help people like you find the best products for yard care and great advice. Thanks for stopping by!

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