Handyman Club Reviewers:
The unit is light and easy to handle. Gas powered so no tripping over electric extension cords! Easy cold start. I have a waiting list of friends asking to borrow it!
The ECHO ES-250 is great! It's lightweight, powerful and not too loud. I was able to use it to clear my
patio and walkway, then vacuum it all up within 20 minutes! My dad immediately asked if I wanted to give him a demonstration of the ES-250....at his house!
The ES-250 is an excellent value for the everyday homeowner. Great value for the product.
Maple Grove, MN
Using the ES-250 was very easy. It started right up and ran like a champ. Everyone that saw the ES-250 thought it was a great machine and wanted to try it out.
El Paso, TX
The ES-250 worked perfectly straight out of the box. Assembly is simple. It has a hurricane force blower that loosened even soaked and compacted leaves. The shredder/vac sucked up everything from thousands of cicadas to small pieces of tree branches. It took 5 bags to clear my double lot. I cut the grass, blew it and the leaflets from 3 large ash trees into piles and the wet leaves from last fall on the patio. Then used the Shred 'N' Vac® which took everything without complaint. I was very impressed. It outperformed the electric blower I have and don't use because of the cord which is always in the way and never long enough. My neighbor and his teen son were impressed and could not hear the unit inside their home.
I really liked many little features and the ease of starting. It seems more durable than many with both blow and vacuum pipes. The bag was well designed to release the air and trap the mulched leaves. The neighbors were impressed and even thought it to be quieter than a neighbor's gas powered blower. He wished he had a vacuum attachment to his and promised to borrow mine if needed (possible sale???)
I had no new leaves on the ground but found that it would pick up matted leaves from last fall without any trouble. It converts from blower to vacuum quickly and with only a screw driver to release the lock mechanism. It's lightweight enough that my young boys are able to use it and love having something to clean up after yard work other than a broom. They loved it.
I would recommend this product because of its low noise level and the power which the product exerts in both the blower and shredder/vac modes. My son-in-law stated he would purchase this product.
Grand Rapids, MI
Very handy to have a vacuum/blower; converts to either easily. Cleanup after doing a job can
be an unenjoyable chore; this is a great timesaver. Lots of ooh's and ahh's; very nice looking and they enjoyed taking it for a spin. The ones that haven’t are waiting impatiently for their turn.
I use it for getting the leaves and pine needles out of the rock areas in my landscaping as well as on my large patio area where leaves and other yard debris collect. It's great to use after I cut my lawn to clean up after the mower as well. It worked great shredding everything into a fine mulch. Everything that it sucked in was ground to mulch. If the debris was small enough to get sucked in, it ended up as mulch in the collection bag. The machine starts on the first pull so it's very easy to use. All things being considered though, the machine works great for me and I like knowing it comes with a 5 year warranty. My wife thought that I was Tim Allen on Home Improvement! More power! She thinks it’s great that I now clean up after the mower and "Sweep" the patio.
Castle Rock, CO
The ECHO ES-250 Shred 'N' Vac® is easy to start and lightweight. We are retired people and it is easy to handle. We use it for grass clippings and the bag holds a lot.
This is a great little machine. It mulches grass into a good size and it is great for the garden. The neighbors like it. They think it's a convenient tool to have since we are trying to establish compost for the garden.
White Salmon, WA
Easy starting, blower power excellent, even mulches pine needles without clogging. Have lots of friends and family wanting to borrow it. They have envy and wish they had one also.
I would recommend the ECHO ES-250. It has plenty of power for those tough blowing jobs and leaf pickup jobs. My friends saw it and were impressed.
The ECHO ES-250 did great. I had a Homelite years back, but ECHO has better power and
the vacuum part was 10 times better. I got this at right time in June when we hada hail storm damaged house, cars, plus trees leaves all over. SO I was busy with the ECHO. It did work easy for us.
After using the product for both blowing and shredding tasks, I was quite impressed with the tool. I used it several times a week for both functions and never had any issues. It had plenty of power as well as being much quieter than any similar product I have used before. It was easy to change from blower to vacuum. It started easily, in fact, just the way the manual said it would. I have owned Poulan, Weed Eater, Black and Decker, and Sears blower/vacuums and this is by far the superior product. The bag was comfortable to wear, easy to remove and very easy to empty (a definite plus). I had a couple of friends and neighbors who can't wait for it to be released so that they can replace their old units...they were pleased with its performance as well.
The ES-250 does have a powerful blower for its size. The vacuum part, however, is the best feature. In my yard I have a small hobby orchard with 18 trees. The ES-250 was able to shred the pruned branches and took little effort to suck up the grass and weed trimmings. The Shred 'N' Vac® filled the bag easily, not once did it hesitate when vac bagged the debris.
This product is great for vacuuming up mid-summer leaf drops and lawn clippings, vacuuming sidewalks and patios, as well as other odd jobs around the yard, and my yard is large. My son-in-law used it to vacuum out his rain gutters. He was impressed.
Easy to use and well made product.
The Shred N Vac was easy to put together, the instructions were easy to understand, the steps to change from a blower to a shredder were easy and quick. I could blow the leaves in the drive way out of the rocks and then switch to the Vac/mulcher and mulch the leaves. The attached bagger was easy to handle and light weight, the best part was the amount of reduction in the dust from mulching compared to other leaf mulchers I have used. The blower has excellent blowing power. Best of all, it is lightweight and easy to handle.
This is a great Shred N Vac. I am a small woman and it was easy for me to assemble and use. The motor is strong enough to shred leaves well and the blower is very powerful.
For the average homeowner I am not sure you can buy a better Shred & Vac. The unit is not at all heavy - I initially thought that having a gas powered machine would be more cumbersome with the extra weight from the gas, but it is quite manageable. I especially love the ability to go to the far ends of my property to clean up debris in areas that would otherwise need to be raked, put into a wheelbarrow, and carted away. Now in one step, I can vacuum debris, have it shredded, and put it right into my compost pile.
I received the ECHO ES-250 Shred N Vac a few days before we were hit with a storm that left our yard with 12 down or damaged trees. This item was so helpful in the cleanup. It was amazing.
Assembly with no tools, converts from blower to shed and vac easily, light weight, easy to handle.
I love the convenience of doing all of my lawn clean-up and the vacuming up of the leaves and trimmings. I used to dis-like doing the pruning of our hedges because of clean-up. Now it is so easy with the ECHO ES-250 plus you can turn all your clippings into mulch.
The product is easy to assemble with clear directions. It started easily the first time out of the box. Great at picking up debris and shredding it. It also has a strong blower component too.
I did like the product, as it has many uses. It cannot pick up as large of items as some may like. It will pretty much pick up grasses, and leaves. I did not have as much luck with sticks, or clippings from my lilac bushes. Although, I was a bit nervous to try and pick up big things, as that is not really what it is for. For me it was great for when we weed-eat our creek area. We rake the grass out of the water and let it sit on the banks to dry. This tool was perfect for going back after it dried to pick it up. I think it will be great for leaves in the fall, especially leaves in hard to rake areas.
The tool is easy to put together and use. It would be nice to have a shoulder strap for longer use. I have a large yard with quite a few areas where the leaves seem to gather. The Shred N Vac gets heavy to carry after about 20 minutes of use. At least for a female user.
Howard City, MI
I am a left-handed female and I had no problems working with this tool. I was afraid that being left-handed would make it harder (some of these devices will suck my clothing up against the fan!) but the cage was great and I had no problem with that.
The ECHO was great at blowing and mulching all my leaves. It made cleaning the yard so much easier.
I recommend this product because it works like it says it does; it sucks up the dry leaves and chops them. I think I'd like the bag to be larger to get more leaves up before dumping them.
Pequot Lakes, MN
I loved this product. It was great for vacuuming the leaves around my garden plants without the damage a rake would have caused.
What a wonderful product. I loved the versatility. Wasn't too heavy. Was easy to use and made short work of what was normally a physically exhausting job. The shredder worked better than I expected and the vac made it easy to transfer all the clippings to my compost heap. Thank you so much for the opportunity to test the ECHO ES-250. The shreddr/vac will be one of the most used tools in my garden!!
Very easy to use. Changing from vacuum to shredder can be a bit of a hassle. Overall it is very versatile and efficient. Would recommend.
The product was easy to use and has more than just 1 available use about it!