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Hitachi RB24EAP Handheld Blower Review-Don’t Leave the Leaves!

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The Hitachi RB24EAP features a commercial grade 23.9cc 2-cycle engine that is capable of producing an air volume of 441 cubic feet per minute with max wind speeds of 170 MPH. It also comes standard with a purge primer, a large two finger throttle, PureFire low emission engine technology, and an auto-return stop switch. The blower is covered by a 7-year residential warranty, 2-year commercial warranty, and a 1-year warranty for commercial rentals. The Hitachi RB24EAP weighs in at 8.6 pounds.

Hitachi RB24EAP Product Specs

  • 23.9cc 1.13 horsepower commercial grade engine
  • 441 cubic feet/min air volume with wind speeds up to 170 MPH
  • Auto return stop switch
  • PureFire low emission 2 stroke engine
  • Blower engine is CARB Tier III compliant
  • 7-year residential, 2-year commercial warranty
  • Weighs 8.6 pounds
  • Large throttle lever on handle

What the Reviewers said…


A majority of reviewers are in agreement that with 441 CFM air volume and max wind speeds of 170 MPH, the Hitachi RB24EAP is one of the most powerful handheld blowers on the market. It offers enough force to handle most large jobs such a fall leaf clean up, and blowing wet grass. The purge primer makes for easy starting usually on the first or second pulls. The auto return stop switch eliminates failed attempts to start due to the switch being in the off position.

The large throttle lever allows for great control of the blower, but it would have been nice to have a continuous on switch (cruise control) for large extended use jobs. The Hitachi RB24EAP is fairly lightweight (8.6 lbs) and is easy to handle even at max speeds. The air intake is located on the left side of the blower so right handed users may tend to get their clothing stuck on it, if the blower is held close to the body.

The hitachi rb24eap throttle lever allows for true variable speed

The large throttle lever gives good control of the blowing power.

Some reviewers complained about a problem with deterioration of fuel lines over time, but using gasoline without Ethanol and adding fuel stabilizer seems to reduce/eliminate the problem. The 7-year residential warranty is very impressive and is the best in class for handheld blowers.

The Good

  • Powerful engine offers great blowing capability
  • Throttle lever allows for great control for many different tasks
  • Starts easily
  • Best in class warranty (7-years)

The Bad

  • No continuous on switch (cruise control)
  • Some users experienced fuel line problems over time
  • No place for a shoulder strap

Bottom Line

The Hitachi RB24EAP blower is a solid choice for those looking for a powerful yet fairly lightweight gas powered model. A couple of features could be added to increase ease of use, but are not absolutely necessary to handle most jobs. An easy starting engine, as well as a 7 year residential warranty make this blower an excellent choice for homeowners.

Have you used or already own the Hitachi RB24EAP handheld blower? Let us know about your experience with this product by leaving a comment below.


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