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What to look for when shopping for the best leaf vacuum mulcher

If you need to take care of your lawn but tired of raking all those leaves and bending over to scoop them into bags, leaf vacuum mulchers could be your best friends. They can pick up and mulch these leaves. Mulching not only facilitates bagging leaves but also gives you hearty mulch for free. You may have wondered what is the best leaf vacuum mulcher in the market. We reviewed a few most popular leaf vacuum mulchers to help you find your ideal one.

Top-Rated Leaf Vacuum Mulchers :

Toro 51609 Ultra Blower/Vacuum/Leaf Mulcher (updated version 51619)

Toro offers a line of products that is a combination of leaf vacuum, mulcher and blower, 3 in 1 unit. The Toro 51609 Ultra is one of the most popular products from this line. Its powerful vacuum makes it easy to remove the leaves from the back yard. In terms of its mulching reduction ratio, it reduces the size of leaves up to 16 to 1 ratio with its metal impeller.

The unit could be easily converted from vacuum to blower mode, which requires no tools. The Ultra moves air at the maximum speed of 235 mph.

Furthermore, its power is adjustable to suit different needs. This could be useful when close to the edge of the lawn. The Toro Ultra does what it says. It has been very popular and received lots of positive reviews from communities. We highly recommend this product. It should be noted that Toro starts to offer a slightly upgraded model, the Toro 51619 Ultra.

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If Toro 51609 or 51619 is a little too expensive for you, Toro 51618 might be a good candidate for you to look into. The Toro 51618 super model features 225 mph maximum airspeed and up to 10:1 mulching ratio. It is less expensive and lighter but less powerful than the ultra model. If you want something packed with more power. Then, you might want to check out Toro 51621 UltraPlus

WORX Electric TriVac Blower/Mulcher/Vacuum

The WORX has a 12-amp motor with a maximum air volume of 350 cfm and a top speed of 210 mph. It weighs about 8.4 lbs. It is very good at picking up and mulching dry leaves. The mulching ratio is up to 18:1 for its leaf mulcher. With a press of one button, you can then take off the nozzle to access impeller if necessary. To switch between vacuum and blower mode is pretty much effortless with a lever. No assembly needed. This is a big plus when compared with other models from competitors.

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If WORX WG509 is a bit beyond your budget, you take a look at the less expensive WORX WG505. The WORX WG508 model is another option you may want to explore. It offers a slightly more mph (up to 240 mph) with the price of WG505. It comes with a trade-off though. WORX WG508 needs a bit assembly to do the conversion.

Black & Decker BV3600 High Performance Blower/Vacuum/Mulcher

Black and Decker has been a strong player in the field of power tools for a long time. The BV3600 has been one of its most popular leaf vacuum mulcher solutions. For mulching or shredding, it can grind up to ten bags of leaves down to one. The 12 amp motor is also capable of max 230 mph speed. Changing to vacuum model is easy and requires no tools .

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One common question about BV5600 series is what is the difference among BV5600, BV6000 and BV6600. First of all, they are all very similar, power and performance wise. But, BV5600 or BV6000 offers two speed selections while BV6600 has a variable speed selection. BV6000 and BV6600 come with a disposable leaf bag system when BV5600 does not.

Husqvarna 125BVx Gas Powered Vacuum Mulcher and Blower


This is a lightweight (relatively speaking among gas powered devices) gas powered unit. It offers 470 CFM for vacuum and 170 mph top air speed. The product is geared more to customers that need the freedom that the gas powered devices can offer and yet do not care about power too much. Husqvarna 125BVx has a plastic impeller but with added metal cutter. Its reduction ratio of the leaf mulcher is up to 16:1. Its motor is very easy to start. Overall, this is a reliable product backed by 2 year warranty. One thing should be noted though that in general you need to take extra care of gas powered devices. Please do not leave gas in tank for a long time. It can eventually do damage to your unit.

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Additionally, you can also consider gas powered ones from Stihl, SH86 shredder vac and SH56. They are also very decent in terms of quality and performance.

Black and Decker LSWV36 40V Lithium Ion Sweeper/Vac

Black and Decker LSWV36 runs off a 40-volt lithium battery. It is cordless, light and easy to carry around. It only weights about 5.4 pounds for sweeper configuration and roughly 6.9 pounds in vacuum mode. It blows up to 120 mph. Apparently, it is not as powerful as those corded or gas powered ones. But, it could be perfect for you if you only need to clean driveways and usually those hard surfaces off the leaves or grass clippings.leaf vacuum mulcher

Obviously, the LSWV36 from Black and Decker is not for everyone but could be somewhat attractive to those who are willing to trade off power for the portability.

So which model is the best backpack leaf blower?

Apparently, it depends on your situation. For electric units, the Toro 51609 (updated version 51619) Ultra could be the best blower vacuum mulcher for you in general. It is reliable and does what it says. Having said that, if you prefer easy switching between vacuum and blower mode, the WORX WG509 could be your choice. Black & Decker has also been a strong player in this area. For gas ones, you might want to explore brands like Husqvarna.

There are many different types of bike racks for storage. Many of the storage bike racks include, wall bike racks, wave bike storage racks, freestanding bike stands, there are even heavy duty bike hooks to hang your bike on a wall and more.

Indoor bike racks for storage are the best way to keep your bikes stored and secure.  Since there are many different types of indoor bike racks, the best thing to do is to first assess the area that you plan to use for your bike storage.

Will you be using the wall by installing a wall mounted bike rack for storage, or will you be using a freestanding bike stand.

Decide how many bikes you will be storing and where.  Here are the many different bike racks for storage available.

  • Free standing bike stand (floor bike stand)
  • Indoor Wall mounted bike rack (most popular)
  • Wall mounted bike rack hooks
  • Vertical Indoor bike storage rack
  • Garage Ceiling mount bike racks
  • Mounting Bikes on ceiling

If you live in a small space like an apartment or have a bedroom that you use to store your bike, you may want to consider a ceiling mount bike rack or a wall mount bike rack, a freestanding bike stand may be too large unless you have the floor space. Read more about the best indoor bike storage here.

Freestanding bike racks can hold up to 3 bikes and are sturdy and easy to use.

Wall mounted bike racks come in many different shapes and hold many bikes depending on the type of wall mount you intend on using.  There are flip up hooks, vertical indoor bike racks for storage, and more.

Ceiling mount bike racks for storage can be in the form of a hoist, hooks and more.

More Storage Bike Racks

All of these different bike racks for storage are easy to mount whether they are wall mounted bike racks or ceiling mounted bike racks.

Other bike racks for storage that can keep your bike safe and secure in an outdoor setting include:

  • Cement mounted wave storage bike rack
  • Car bike racks (holds 2-4 bikes at a time)

There are many different types of bike racks for storage. Think of how you want to store your bike and then see which one will work best for you. Whether you plan on taking a trip and bring your bike or bikes with you, you’ll be able to get a car bike rack to bring the bikes with you.

There are many different bike racks for storage products available even for your cars or trucks.

Many of them are available online. Decide what kind of bike rack that you will need and you will find exactly what you are looking for.

Bike racks for storage on your car or truck.

Typical Bicycle Car Racks Available:

  • A roof car bicycle rack
  • A hitch mounted bike rack
  • A strap on trunk bike rack

Using a strap on trunk bicycle rack is not very secure but it is inexpensive. It is also the least secure. The strap can be easily
cut to steal the bikes.

The strap on rack needs to be strapped tightly to the cars trunk or truck and even so, they can do quite a lot of damage to your care or truck.

This type of bicycle rack does not allow the trunk or back of a truck to be opened while the bikes are strapped on.

Although the strap on truck rack is inexpensive and easy to store, you are better off with something that will not allow your bike to be easily stolen and will not do damage to your bicycle or your car.

There are many types of hitch mounted bike racks that come in different sizes to match the type of car or truck that you have.

The choice of a hitch mounted bicycle rack will depend on a couple things like, how many bikes do you plan or transporting. The most that this type of bike mount will carry is 3 bikes at a time.

This type of bike rack is easy to install and usually you will not need to remove the front wheels to mount the bikes.

If your car or truck does not currently have a hitch, it will cost some money to add one.  Smaller cars are not always able to have a hitch attached.

Although the risk of damaging your car is less, if you get hit from behind or back up into something, you will damage not only your bicycle but also your car.

Car bicycle racks are ideal if you plan on taking long trips or even driving your bike to another area to ride it.

Another option to consider when looking for a car bicycle rack is a roof mounted bike rack. Roof bike racks for storage can be ideal for having more room in your car and having access to your trunk.

This type of bike rack is a good option however, you will need a roof rack for your car or truck in order to attach the roof bicycle rack.

You will also need to be able to lift the bicycle onto the roof and able to attach it correctly. This is usually a good way to transport your bike especially if you are going a long distance and the bicyles will be secure and not as easily stolen.

With so many bike racks for storage available, you should have no problem finding the right bike rack for you.

Indoor Bike Storage Ideas for Die Hard Cyclists

Ryan and I spent more time working on the rabbit hutch, or I guess I should correctly call it our ‘rabbitry’.

It’s covered now, the top row of cages are hung, and our does have moved from the garage and are now in their new home. As planned I put it where we can see it through the kitchen window, kind of the “in sight, in mind” concept.

This is their second week on fresh grass and clover, we’ve doubled the amount and they seem to be handling it well (poops still solid).

Next week we’ll start pasturing them. We told the kids they could name these rabbits (since they’ll be the parents); then Ryan, in his wood shop class, made some nice signs with their names on them for the rabbitry (we’ll get them stained and up this week).

I mentioned, during our last ‘lights out drill’, that we couldn’t get the garage door to open manually when the power was off. We pulled the red handled cord and nothing happened, we shined the flashlight around and tried to figure it out and couldn’t see anything wrong, we pulled harder and still nothing.

At that point we gave up and continued with the drill. Yesterday I went out to figure out why it wouldn’t open (as I mentioned, the garage door opener was recently replaced), eventually–it took longer than it should have–I figured out the manual disconnect handle had been tied off to the wrong spot.

I moved it over to where it should be and now it works just fine. Look around your own homes and double-check the little things, make sure you not only know how to open/close/shut-off or whatever but you actually do it to make sure it works (except don’t shut off your natural gas, that’s a hassle to relight). If this had been a true emergency there would have been the associated increased stress level already, and the door not opening would not have helped; a stressful blackout emergency is not conducive to calmly trouble-shooting something that is not working properly.

A couple of months ago I went to a friends semi-official/developing prepper group. Mike is doing a good job getting people together on a regular basis and slowly exposing them to prepper ideas and concepts (this month, our second get together, I taught first aid to the group).

The first get together, he did a short presentation on home safety items: backup/emergency lighting, fire extinguishers, smoke and CO2 detectors, escape ladders, etc. We had everything thoroughly covered at our home, except the escape ladders. We have two bedrooms with windows that are about 14 feet off the ground, not impossible to hang and drop from but we figured it’d be better to have the escape ladders. We bought two ladders (about $30 each) and will practice with them soon, and then store them under the beds near the windows.

What did you do?

(Monday: NO POST – we’ll be in Las Vegas on vacation with friends)