Tool Review: Axial Blower

DEWALT’s Cordless Blower Keeps Roofs Clean & Pristine

by Ali Turner, editorial assistant

Autumn has come and nearly gone, and while we certainly enjoy the beautiful leaves as they change color and tumble down, we’re not big fans of the mountain of debris left on our rooftops. As we transition to winter, it’s the perfect time to remind your customers that they need to schedule an appointment to see what type of cleaning and maintenance needs to be done to protect and extend the lives of their roofs.

Even if it’s just a little debris on a roof, if it’s in the wrong location it can really do some damage. Leaves can accumulate and cause water to pond, which can inevitably lead to leaks, wood rot, and damage to the interior of a structure. This also goes for pinecones, tree needles, twigs, acorns, trash, bird’s nests, and much more. Furthermore, debris can be a huge fire risk for those living in areas of the country with high wind and fire hazards.

What’s the best way to remove debris from a roof? Well, one quick and efficient way is with a high-powered blower. Our team tested out the 60V MAX FLEXVOLT® Brushless Handheld Axial Blower from DEWALT® on our building’s roof. As part of the 60V MAX FLEXVOLT battery system of high-powered products, DEWALT’s axial blower powers through tasks with up to 600 cubic feet per minute of air volume at 125 mph. It features a variable speed trigger and speed lock to control the blower output. The highly efficient brushless motor design provides high power and helps extend runtime. If you have a job that does happen to use up the entire battery, the amount of time the 60V FLEXVOLT battery needs to recharge is nominal, allowing users to get back to work in a short amount of time.

We were able to get enough juice out of the blower to clean our entire roof, thanks to the high-efficiency brushless motor. This extended runtime is critical when it comes to working on the roof because it mitigates the need to descend to change the battery. Additionally, by losing the need for a cord altogether, our team was much safer on the roof with a battery-powered machine. Our building’s roof had a few areas that required some heavy-duty blowing, and DEWALT’s axial blower cut through the debris without skipping a beat. A varibale speed trigger and speed lock control allowed our team to focus on clearing the debris efficiently, rather than having to monitor the blower’s speed. This is also a handy feature for those with roofs that require a little more TLC, such as shingle roofs. For a tool that has so much power, it is surprisingly lightweight, making it an ideal choice for rooftop applications. The air-intake design is well crafted, too, meaning the axial blower didn’t try to suck up our team’s shirts.

DEWALT’s cordless axial blower comes with an impressive three-year limited warranty, one year of free service, and a 90-day money-back guarantee. The kit comes with a 60V MAX 3 Ah battery and charger, which is interchangeable with other FLEXVOLT DEWALT tools. Cut the cord and go with a battery-operated tool such as the 60V MAX FLEXVOLT Brushless Handheld Axial Blower to maintain a roof’s beauty and integrity.

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