PROS / Hitachi backs this leaf blower with a seven-year warranty.
CONS / The test unit we received didn't come with instructions.
VERDICT / This lightweight, gas-powered leaf blower produces adequate results and is easy to handle. It's noisy, producing a noise level of 96.7 dB, but there is excellent support and a long warranty attached to this model.
The Hitachi RB24EAP is a compact gas-powered leaf blower. Weighing only 8.6 pounds, this machine is light enough for most people to use around the yard. This blower is compact, but it pushes 441 cubic feet of air through its tapered nozzle per minute. The air from this nozzle moves at a velocity of 170 mph. This is a lower speed compared to the other models on our lineup, but this may be just fine for those with a small yard.
Noise level is a serious issue for leaf blowers, including the Hitachi RB24EAP. When we measured the Hitachi's noise level, the leaf blower hit 96.7 decibels (dB), which is equivalent to the same noise level produced by the average lawn mower. Prolonged noises over 95 dB can damage your hearing if you don't use earplugs or earmuffs.
When we received the leaf blower, we were surprised to find it didn't come with operating instructions, which made testing difficult.
In our tests, the Hitachi gas-powered leaf blower blew debris 18 feet in 16.54 seconds; this was the farthest distance of any of the leaf blowers on our lineup.
The lightweight body of this Hitachi contributes to its easy handling. When you need to put the blower down, it has an auto-return switch that resets the On button so the blower starts quickly when you return.
While we weren't happy about the missing owner's manual, the seven-year consumer warranty is admittedly impressive. Like most warranties, any negligence, improper use of or incorrectly mixing the gas and oil voids the agreement. In terms of customer support, you can check the website's FAQs section or contact Hitachi by phone or email.
This model sports a low-emission engine with a fuel tank capacity of 17.6 fluid ounces. Like many similar gas-powered leaf blowers, this Hitachi model has specific needs for the type of fuel it uses. Before running the machine, be sure you've used a proper 50:1 ratio mix of gasoline to oil. Hitachi recommends 89-octane gasoline, which you can find at almost any local gas station. This Hitachi model complies with EPA standards to limit hydrocarbons, carbon monoxide and nitrogen oxides in the air.
The Hitachi RB24EAP leaf blower is compact and easy to carry, making it well suited for those with smaller yards. In our tests, it produced acceptable results; it blew debris 18 feet in just under 17 seconds. It is loud, so you'll want to wear appropriate ear protection when operating it.