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Snapper 82-Volt Max Review

If you want a powerful leaf blower that isn't going to blow your budget, you should snap up the Snapper 82-Volt Max
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Price:   $230 List | $243 at Amazon
Pros:  Excellent power, solidly ergonomic, quieter than average
Cons:  Moderate battery life, has a high-pitched undertone
Manufacturer:   Snapper
By Austin Palmer, David Wise, and Jenna Ammerman  ⋅  Jul 11, 2019
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  • Power - 50% 7
  • Battery - 25% 5
  • Ergonomics - 15% 6
  • Noise - 10% 6

Our Verdict

Earning one of the better scores of the entire group, the Snapper 82-Volt Max is an all-around solid cordless leaf blower. Even better, it retails at a lower price than many of the top products, earning it the Best Buy Award. This cordless blower packs quite a bunch, only falling short of the absolute top-tier products when it comes to moving leaves, pine needles, or dirt — all of which cost significantly more than the Snapper. The 82-Volt Max is also decently quiet and comfortable to hold, although we only found its battery life to be so-so. If you are searching for a great value when it comes to a battery-powered leaf blower, look no further than the Snapper Max.


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Pros Excellent power, solidly ergonomic, quieter than averageJam-packed with power, good battery lifePlenty of strength, quietExceptionally ergonomic, not too noisyMuch more affordable, exceptionally ergonomic
Cons Moderate battery life, has a high-pitched undertoneCould be a bit more ergonomic, quieterUnimpressive battery life, so-so ergonomics and comfortExpensive, so-so power, mediocre battery lifeNot the most powerful, can be earsplitting to operate
Bottom Line If you want a powerful leaf blower that isn’t going to blow your budget, you should snap up the Snapper 82-Volt MaxIf you want the best you can get when it comes to cordless leaf blowers, we highly recommend the Ego Power+ 580 CFMThe XBUO2PT1 is a solid blower on its own merits and has interchangeable batteries with handheld Makita power toolsThe DCBL790M1 is priced like a top-tier model but couldn’t really compare to their performance in our testsIf you are a budget-conscious shopper looking for a new leaf blower, we highly recommend the Ryobi
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Rating Categories Snapper 82-Volt Max Ego Power+ 580 CFM Makita XBU02PT1 DEWALT DCBL790M1 Ryobi 40V RY40460
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Specs Snapper 82-Volt Max Ego Power+ 580 CFM Makita XBU02PT1 DEWALT DCBL790M1 Ryobi 40V RY40460
Model Number SXDBL82K LB5800 XBU02PT1 DCBL790M1 RY40460
Measured Weight w/ Battery 8.7 lbs 10 lbs 9.2 lbs 10.4 lbs 9 lbs
Turbo Boost? No Yes No No Yes
Variable speed Yes, trigger or cruise control dial Yes, trigger or cruise control dial Yes, dial Yes, trigger Yes, trigger
Included Battery Size 2 Ah 5 Ah 5 Ah 4 Ah 4 Ah
Measured Charge Time 30 min 1 hr 30 min 1 hr 1 hr 26 min 2 hrs 45 min
Measured Run Time on Turbo Boost N/A 19 min 17 sec N/A N/A 18 min 5 sec
Measured Run Time on Highest Standard Mode 15 min 17 sec 36 min 53 sec 14 min 37 sec 17 min 44 sec 26 min
# of Batteries Included 1 1 2 sets 1 1
Nominal Voltage 82V 56V 36V (2 x 18V) 40V 40V
Measured Operator Sound Level Highest Setting 83.9 dBa 94.5 dBa 84 dBA 90 dBa 93.3 dBa
Operating Modes Variable speed pulling trigger Variable speed pulling trigger with turbo button Variable speeds with trigger and speed settings 1-6 Variable speed pulling trigger Variable speed pulling trigger with turbo button

Our Analysis and Test Results

This blower finished just behind the Makita XBU02PTI and ahead of the DEWALT DCBL790M1. The Snapper did a bit better in our power tests than the DEWALT but couldn't quite match the strength of the Makita. However, both the Snapper and the DEWALT are more comfortable to use and have a better battery life than the Makita. The Snapper is the loudest of this group but it is also the least expensive by a significant margin, making it a much better bargain option.

The easy to use Snapper 82-Volt Max.
The easy to use Snapper 82-Volt Max.

Performance Comparison


To pick out which cordless blower topped them all, we started off by researching and comparing a whole bunch of different blowers, then bought all the most compelling models to test out head-to-head and find out for ourselves which blower beat them all. We rated and ranked each cordless leaf blower's performance on a variety of different tests spread across four weighted testing metrics, with the Snapper's results in each discussed in the following sections.

The Snapper Max didn't disappoint in clearing debris.
The Snapper Max didn't disappoint in clearing debris.

Power


First and foremost, we started off by evaluating the strength of each leaf blower, which is responsible for a whopping 50% of its total score. To evaluate the power of each blower, we used each one to clear a variety of different rubbish from our parking lot, to levitate a beach ball, and measured each product's maximum effective range at moving sand. The Snapper 82-Volt did very well, meriting a 7 out of 10 for its powerful performance.


We spread out sand across a paved surface, then set the Snapper at a fixed point and measured how far away it could move the sand on its most powerful operating mode. It did quite well — comparable to the top-tier blowers — moving sand that was up to almost 17' (202 inches) away!

The Snapper 82-Volt was able to move playground sand almost 17 feet away.
The Snapper 82-Volt was able to move playground sand almost 17 feet away.

It didn't do quite as well in our beach ball levitation test, only able to float the ball up to a height of 5.5' or so. This didn't quite match up with the top machines, which could get the beach ball to hover at up to 7' on their highest setting.

The Snapper keeping our beach ball levitating during testing.
The Snapper keeping our beach ball levitating during testing.

Finally, we used the Snapper 82-Volt Max to clear off a section of our paved parking area, forcing it to move not only leaves but pine needles, dirt, sand, and small stones as well. This blower did an excellent job at blowing the debris around, even moving the clumped up pine needles and small rocks rather easily. However, it did struggle a bit with the larger rocks and if a huge number of pine needles matted together. It was also quite good at loosening packed dirt from cracks in the pavement and blowing it away.

Battery


Our next series of evaluations graded the performance of the power system of the Snapper. This metric has two different tests, with the first focusing on how long this cordless leaf blower lasted and the second dealing with how long it took to recharge. Overall, this pair of evaluations is responsible for 25% of the final score for the Snapper Max, which earned a 5 out of 10 for its so-so performance.


The Snapper has one of the highest nominal operating voltages, running at 82 volts. However, the included battery only has a capacity of 2 amp hours, which didn't combine for a particularly impressive battery life for the Snapper. This leaf blower only lasted for a paltry 15 minutes and 17 seconds on its most powerful operating mode, which pales in comparison to the 30+ minutes many of the top blowers lasted for.

The battery on this model has an above average charging speed.
The battery on this model has an above average charging speed.

However, the Snapper 82-Volt Max did distinguish itself from the rest of the group in our recharge test, being one of the fastest of the entire group. Using the included charger, it only took about half an hour for the battery to completely refill.

Ergonomics


Responsible for 15% of the 82-Volt Max's overall score, our next metric is concerned with the comfort level of the Snapper while in use — its overall balance, how its grip felt, location of the air intake, and its weight. This cordless leaf blower is actually one of the more comfortable and ergonomic models we have tested — well, at least above average — earning it a 6 out of 10.


This cordless blower is approximately average when it comes to weight, weighing in at 8.7 lbs. with the battery installed.


Our testers found the 82-Volt Max to have great balance, holding itself at an acceptable angle to clear leaves and litter without too much effort on the operator's part. However, it is just a tad bit back heavy and it can actually be a little fatiguing to hold for longer periods of time since the air leaving the nozzle has enough force when combined with its natural balance point to push your arm backward. Fortunately, this isn't too much of an overall issue, given that its battery only lasts for about 15 minutes at a time.

The grip location on the Snapper Max makes it really easy to press or move any levers.
The grip location on the Snapper Max makes it really easy to press or move any levers.

The grip is fine for most people, offering you easy access to the trigger controls, along with the cruise control lever on the side. The intake for the Snapper is on the back of the main module but it isn't shielded by the battery, so we did notice that this leaf blower would occasionally try and suck in whatever shirt we were wearing when switching hands.

The Snapper uses a cruise control lever that holds down the trigger at the set speed.
The Snapper uses a cruise control lever that holds down the trigger at the set speed.

Noise


Our last metric dealt with how loud each of these cordless lawn tools are, constituting the residual 10% of the Snapper's total score. To determine points, we measured both the sound level for the person using the blower and the sound level for a bystander roughly 50' away, then compared them to the rest of the group. In addition, we also deducted points from blowers that have exceptionally distressing tones, such as a high-pitched whine or whistle. The Snapper finished out with a solid performance, earning a 6 out of 10.


The sound level from the Snapper doesn't attenuate all that much, measuring in at 83.9 dBa for the operator and 83.3 dBa for the bystander.


While this isn't the loudest blower in terms of decibels by any means, we found the noise generated by this product to be quite annoying. It has a high-pitched undertone that can sometimes present itself that can be solidly irritating.

The Snapper makes quick work of light debris.
The Snapper makes quick work of light debris.

Value


The Snapper 82-Volt Max is an excellent value option, holding its own with the top-tier models all while retailing at a more affordable price.

Conclusion


The Snapper is a great option if you want to balance keeping your budget with excellent performance. It isn't necessarily our top recommendation if you are shopping on a tight budget but does cost considerably less than the top models with only a small reduction in performance.


Austin Palmer, David Wise, and Jenna Ammerman