My friend Darby called the other day wanting to know if that was me she saw singing the praises of the electric Worx TriVac blower/mulcher/vac on a TV infomercial. That was me, I assured her. The company sent me the tool to test and I loved it, so when they asked me to be part of the infomercial, I jumped at the chance.
And, in the interest of full disclosure, you need to know I was paid expenses and a stipend for my time invested in traveling to and from Detroit and Charlotte, N.C.
Over the years I’ve tested lots of blower/vacs, and this one wins top honors for new technology and good design.
The blower and vacuum tubes are fused together, allowing me to change modes with a simple flick of a switch. There’s nothing to take apart and there are no tubes or parts to remove, re-attach or get lost in the garage.
When I’m vacuuming and come upon leaves stuck in tight places, I simply flick the switch, blow them out, flick the switch back to vacuum and suck them up.
TriVac weighs in at just 8.3 pounds. When vacuuming, the leaves are shredded and reduced to a 10-to-1 ratio.
I vacuum leaves off my garden beds and when the bag is full I empty the-ready-to use leaf mulch back on the beds. Excess leaves are stored for use next summer.
The actors in the infomercial also use the Worx TriVac to pick up picnic trash and marshmallows. The tool was designed to vacuum and blow leaves and that’s what I use it for.
As far as seedpods and pinecones are concerned, the ability of the machine to handle them depends on their size and the amount.
Long seedpods and large pinecones may jam the impeller. However, I’ve picked up small twigs and a few small pine cones that were mixed among big piles of leaves with no problems.
When the slimy stem of a large hosta leaf jammed the unit, I quickly turned the machine off and unplugged it before pushing the button on the top of the unit that released the hinged housing exposing the impeller. I then removed the catch bag and quickly cleaned out the mess.
Bottom line, I think this machine rocks.
The Worx TriVac, priced at $89.85, is available online at www.worxoutdoortools.com.
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