Most OPE manufacturers have a specific type of equipment that defines their identity among homeowners and Pros alike. For ECHO, that tool is the leaf blower. In our opinion, this puts them in a strong position. After all, consumer research stats show that an estimated 150 million Americans own at least one leaf blower. And why not? They’re essentially year-round solutions, especially those with multi-function capability. If you’re in the market for one, we think you should know about the ECHO Shred N Vac Leaf Blower (ES-250AA).
Let’s take a look at what this 3-in-1 unit can do.
ECHO Shred N Vac Performance
While leaf blowers play a central role in a host of cleanup tasks, they get their biggest workout in the autumn months. Removing leaves from your yard can be a big job–one that you’ll need to do a few times a season.
This time of year, you can’t go wrong with having a model like the ES-250AA in your garage or shed.
- Model: ECHO ES-250AA
- 25.4cc engine, 2 stroke
- Force: 165 mph, 391 CFM
- Shredding ratio: 12:1
- Bag capacity: 2 bushels
- Fuel capacity: 16.9 oz
- Weight: 12.6 lbs
Driving the ECHO Shred N Vac is a 25.4cc professional-grade gas engine. As a blower, it has an output of 165 mph and 391 CFM. These numbers aren’t mind-blowing by any means, however, they’re not bad either. All the same, they’re not what makes this tool an asset anyway.
Blowing a few leaves off your property is no sweat. But cleaning up thick blankets that are too heavy for a mower to mulch is. Enter the leaf vac!
According to ECHO, the ES-250AA easily converts to a vacuum that shreds up to 2 bushels of leaves per bag. And that’s a dense 2 bushels considering that the blade on this unit has a 12:1 shredding ratio. Simply put, that means that it reduces a 12-bag volume to just one.
ECHO Shred N Vac Design
The ES-250AA has several design elements worth mentioning. First, you are dealing with a recoil starting system here, which can be a pain on temperamental models that are slow to fire up.
In our experience, ECHO’s 2-stroke engines are notably reliable starters, and they’ve equipped this unit with their pro-fire electronic ignition to help maintain that reputation.
Furthermore, you’re most likely going to be working for extended periods. So, ECHO also included anti-vibration technology and a variable-speed trigger with cruise control.
ECHO ES-250AA Price
The ECHO Shred N Vac leaf blower retails for $249 and comes with a 2-bushel bag and 5-year consumer and 2-year commercial warranties.