Hitachi RB24EAP Gas Powered Blower Review

The Hitachi RB24EAP is a quiet, compact, lightweight Handheld high performance gasoline blower with an impressive 170MPH air velocity.

The Hitachi RB24EAP uses a quiet 23.9 cc commercial grade 2 stroke gasoline engine with excellent performance and reliability.

The engine uses regular octane gas at a 50:1 gas to oil mixture ratio

The chassis of this handheld blower is compact and lightweight, weighing in at only 8.6 lbs.  Other handheld gasoline blowers we’ve looked including PoulanPro, Weed Eater, McCoulloch, Echo and Stihl  are larger and can weigh up to 3 lbs more depending on the model.  The Hitachi RB2EAP is just over 8.5” wide, well balanced, comfortable to hold and easy to maneuver resulting in less fatigue when carrying it around the yard.  Some blowers in this class like the Weed Eater are pancake designed and much wider and more awkward to hold resulting in fatigue and discomfort.  We found the Hitachi design to be the best in it’s category.

The Hitachi RB24EAP leads it’s class in performance with an air volume output of 441CFM and an impressive air velocity of 170 MPH with the tapered nozzle attached.  This kind of performance makes movement of debris fast and efficient,  cutting cleanup time in half over other blowers.

We found the Hitachi RP24EAP to be quick and simple to start thanks in part to the convenient Auto-return stop switch which automatically resets to the “on” position for easier starting.

Other features of the Hitachi RB24EAP include a Large 2 finger throttle lever for easy operation and Hitachi’s Pure Fire II low emission 2-stroke engine technology for cleaner emissions making it CARB Tier III compliant.

Cons:
Even though the Hitachi RP24EAP is the lightest weight handheld blower in it’s class, at 8.6 lbs,  you will notice the weight of this blower if you are using it for a long period of time.  If you have large areas to blow a backpack blower may be more suitable for those applications.

The second disappointment with the Hitachi RP24EAP is the lack of a Throttle Lock or Incremental Step Throttle.  The large 2 finger Throttle leaver is easy to use but your finger will get fatigued if using the blower for long periods of time – a simple Throttle lock would resolve this issue and is found on competitive models from both Echo and Stihl.  The Echo and Stihl models do weigh more so throttle lock is definitely a trade off for weight.  Personally the lighter the weight the better.  Throttle lock is convenient but lighter weight is essential in a handheld blower.

Hitachi backs this blower up with an industry leading 7-year Consumer Warranty, 2-year commercial or 1-year rental warranty.

Conculsion:
It you’re looking for a comfortable, compact, lightweight, handheld gasoline blower with great performance and a 7-year Consumer Warranty make sure to check out the Hitachi RB24EAP.

Tips:

The Tanaka TRB24EAP is the same blower as the Hitachi RP2EAP and may sell for less.  Also check your local area for service centers.  Some areas have a Tanaka service depot but not a Hitachi, some have both.  Tanaka and Hitachi both have 7 year warranties so buy the brand with the service depot closest to you.

Air Miles Members: 

The Hitachi RB24EAP is available for a limited time as an Air Miles Reward so you might want to redeem some points and pick it up for free there.

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