NBB441BVC 2500W 240V Electric Blower & Vacuum
Motor good - Build v poor
When it works it is fine & the motor has real "punch" so performance rating is ok.
However, I was concerned about build quality right from the day I unpacked & assembled it. The body components seemed to be flimsy & made of poor quality plastic. As for other reviewers the front bag clip failed soon but that was easily fixable with a split ring. Today, after perhaps 6-7 uses since I bought it last October, the handle which drives the slider switch from suck to blow sheared off. There was no apparent reason for this component to fail except that the plastic in which the bolt is embedded was brittle.
It is going back to Brixton tomorrow and I don't really want a like-for-like replacement. Let's hope that Screwfix stand behind the Manufacturer's 12 month guarantee because the product shows in the Screwfix website as "unbranded".
It's a pity 'cos I have been quite happy previously with Screwfix's no-name & own-brand products & the reviews were generally quite good.
16 Apr 2015
Good machine, poor leaf bag
A good, inexpensive machine for light domestic use. Not too noisy by the standards of such machines, and effective in both suck and blow modes. Sadly we had no snow this winter, because I was hoping to try it out blowing snow off cars and drives!
When sucking, the power of the machine can suck in sufficient leaves to clog the outlet nozzle on the underside of the machine, so you need to make sure you don't let it choke itself through greed, but when you've got used to this behaviour it is easily controlled before you have a blockage, and they're usually easy to clear anyway.
Unfortunately the collection bag is very poor - flimsy and poorly made, which means it comes off the blower, or splits and leaks leaf fragments everywhere. Because Screwfix don't stock this as a spare my machine is going back under the twelve month warranty (c'mon Screwfix, get a better bag, or stock spares!). I will definitely have another, and if the bag is again a piece of rubbish then I'll use a hessian sack instead (I only paid Â£35 for the machine, so I'm not too disappointed that the bag was made to a budget of tuppence).
For all the critical comments, this is a good basic machine for occasional domestic use, and I'd recommend it.
9 Sep 2014
I thought I may as well give you all a laugh with my misfortune. I regard myself as being an averagely intelligent person who is not the worlds best at DIY but i can generally follow instructions and there hasn't been a piece of Ikea flatpack that has defeated me yet, so I thought putting together the blower would be a breeze.
I couldn't really make too much sense out of the instruction book other than it looked like the bottom tube was the wrong way up so thought I would put it together loosely and see how it went. This Muppet hadn't seen security screws before so when the instructions said use the "special" screw I just started to tighten them up with a flat blade screwdriver..... then I realised I should have inserted the bottom tube first. No problem, I'll just unscrew and start again - but of course, I can't as they are security screws! MMmm... bit of a problem. I tried everything but could not get the screws to unscrew. OK, I've made a right mess so what I'll do is cut the bracket off by the front wheel, locate the tube and fix it with a couple of large, metal type ties I had.
Out comes the Stanley knife, off comes one side, next side the blade slips and slices its merry way across the base of my thumb. 4 hours later I am sporting 10 stitches in a sore hand.
Currently the leaf blower is somewhere in pieces scattered around the shed and garden and I'll use a rake for the leaves instead!
3 Sep 2014
Got there eventually
The Blower appears to have a very powerful motor and blows leaves and sucks them up very well
Assembly, READ THE INSTRUCTIONS FIRST, I inadvertently put the anti-tamper screws in the wrong place and had an awful job retrieving them.( My Fault)
Start with the Motor section and work out to the blower \suction pipes and don't tighten any screws until you are happy its all in the right place.
Bag is large so you don't have to empty it much. Unit is quite light and well balanced even my wife may use it (Bonus)
2 Sep 2014