Gardeners' World Review of the Draper garden vacuum and blower 81567

Draper Garden Vacuum & Blower 81567 review

A powerful and easy-to-use blower vac, with good shredding.

Our rating 
4.3 out of 5 star rating 4.3

In a nutshell

A Gardeners' World Magazine Best Buy, this three-function, mains powered blower vac is robust and powerful. It's easy to use but the attachments are stiff to attach and swap, and it's noticeably noisy. It shreds well and comes with a one year warranty.
Preparation
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Handling
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Performance
4.0 out of 5 rating 4.0
Value for money
5.0 out of 5 rating 5.0
Pros: Robust

Good shredding

Powerful
Cons: Stiff fittings

Noisy
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What is the Draper Garden Vacuum & Blower 81567?

This mains powered electric blower vac has three functions, blowing leaves, grass and light hedge clippings, vacuuming them up and shredding them into a large holding bag. We’ve classed it as single-use assembly, which means its attachments need changing for it to switch from blower to vacuum mode.

It has a 10m cable and comes with a handy shoulder strap.

What is the Draper Garden Vacuum & Blower 81567 like to use?

The assembly instructions are useful but the tubes are stiff and tricky to attach. Plus, to change from vacuuming to blowing you need to change the tubes and remove the bag

It has a useful front support handle that helps to balance the machine well, particularly useful when vacuuming and the shoulder strap fitting is also comfortable and works well.

The machine feels sturdy and robust and is powerful with a blow speed of 310km/h. It has an adjustable vacuum speed setting, which is useful, but even on the lower setting blowing dry leaves into piles is hard to control – heavier, damp leaves are much easier. It’s also noisy, even on the lowest speed.

The Draper Garden Vacuum & Blower 81567 has a shredding ratio of 16:1 and this works well, producing a consistent output, suitable for use as compost, leaf mould and mulch. The collection bag has a 45-litre capacity so you need to empty it less than some models. The bag empties easily with just a pull of the zip.

Who is the Draper Garden Vacuum & Blower 81567 most useful for?

This is a good, reliable blower vac but the stiff attaching and swapping of tubes makes it a better option for strong, fit gardeners. Also, it’s quite noisy so is not ideal for use in small, back-to-back and urban gardens.

Is the Draper Garden Vacuum & Blower 81567 good value for money?

Powerful and robust, this is well priced and comes with a one-year warranty. We think it’s good value for money.

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Product Specifications

Product

Draper
Name Draper Garden Vacuum & Blower 81567
Model 81567
Price £92.81
Leaf blower type Blower & Vac

Features

Powered by Electric - corded
Power 2,600W
Cable reach 10m
Collection bag 45l
Harness Yes
Weight 4.7kg
Warranty 1YEAR