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DeWalt 20V Max XR Brushless Handheld Blower DCBL720P1 Review

This model will appeal to folks who already own an arsenal of cordless DeWalt tools, but it isn't our favorite
DeWalt 20V Max XR Brushless Handheld Blower DCBL720P1
Credit: DeWalt
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Price:   $200 List
Pros:  Lightweight, includes speed lock setting
Cons:  Not very powerful, battery has short runtime, 90-minute recharge time
Manufacturer:   DeWalt
By Austin Palmer and Matt Bento  ⋅  Oct 26, 2021
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#7 of 9
  • Power - 50% 5
  • Battery - 25% 4
  • Ergonomics - 15% 9
  • Noise - 10% 6

Our Verdict

DeWalt produces some top-notch cordless tools, but our testers are generally underwhelmed with the performance from the DeWalt 20V Max XR Cordless Blower. While its ergonomics are on point and the blower feels well-balanced in hand, it's not very powerful, it lacks a turbo setting, and it can only operate for 15 minutes before it's time for a recharge. If cleaning up some sawdust or a few pine needles is all you need a blower for, this one will do just fine, but for heavy, wet leaf debris, we recommend a more powerful model.

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Pros Lightweight, includes speed lock settingPowerful, relatively low operating volume, cruise control setting, efficientMuch more affordable, exceptionally ergonomicRuns on the quieter side, can be locked outQuiet, cheap
Cons Not very powerful, battery has short runtime, 90-minute recharge timeNot the longest battery lifeNot the most powerful, very loudTurbo limited to 10 seconds, speed selection is funkyPitifully weak
Bottom Line This model will appeal to folks who already own an arsenal of cordless DeWalt tools, but it isn't our favoriteThis model is the most powerful blower we tested, helping to complete yard work more efficiently than any other tool testedIdeal for the budget-conscious shopper, this blower offers just enough power and battery life for the needs of most home-ownersOverall, the 320iB failed to distinguish itself in our tests, delivering an overall run-of-the-mill performanceWhile this blower is cheap, it isn't very good and we didn't really like it
Rating Categories DeWalt 20V Max XR B... Ego Power+ 615 CFM... Ryobi 40V RY40460 Husqvarna 320iB 40V Black+Decker 40V Ma...
Power (50%)
5.0
9.0
6.0
5.0
1
Battery (25%)
4.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
6.0
Ergonomics (15%)
9.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
8.0
Noise (10%)
6.0
7.0
3.0
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10.0
Specs DeWalt 20V Max XR B... Ego Power+ 615 CFM... Ryobi 40V RY40460 Husqvarna 320iB 40V Black+Decker 40V Ma...
Blower Model Number DCBL722 LB6150 RY40460 320iB LSW40C
Measured Weight w/ Battery 6.8 lbs 8.1 lbs 9 lbs 8.1 lbs 4 lbs
Turbo Boost? No Yes Yes No No
Variable speed Yes, trigger Yes, trigger Yes, trigger Yes, switch No
Included Battery Size 5 Ah 2.5 Ah 4 Ah 4 Ah 1.5 Ah
Measured Charge Time 1 hr 30 min 45 min 2 hrs 45 min 2 hrs 3 hrs 28 min
Measured Run Time on Turbo Boost N/A 10 min 58 sec 18 min 5 sec N/A N/A
Measured Run Time on Highest Standard Mode 14 min 56 sec 22 min 2 sec 26 min 18 min 50 sec 25 min 10 sec
# of Batteries Included 1 1 1 1 1
Nominal Voltage 20V 56V 40V 40V 40V
Measured Operator Sound Level Highest Setting 84 dBa 88 dBa 93.3 dBa 86.4 dBa 73.6 dBa
Operating Modes Variable speed pulling trigger Variable speed pulling trigger with turbo button Variable speed pulling trigger with turbo button 10 second turbo with a fully depressed trigger, then goes to high. Variable speed pulling trigger. Cruise control Low, Med, Med-High On/Off switch

Our Analysis and Test Results

This 6.8-pound blower is decent for smaller jobs, but its short run time and lack of turbo functions make it underpowered for tackling bigger jobs. Still, this is a good option for those already deep into the DeWalt line of battery-powered tools, with its relatively low operating volume and included airflow concentration nozzle.

Performance Comparison


While not a very powerful model, the Dewalt blower is light and easy...
While not a very powerful model, the Dewalt blower is light and easy to use for longer periods of time.
Credit: Laura Casner

Power


DeWalt boasts a maximum power of 450 cubic feet per minute. We don't test for CFM, but in our beach ball test, the DeWalt 20V Max XR Cordless Blower lifted the ball 3.5 into the air, about half the height achieved by the most powerful blowers we tested.

In our sandblasting tests, we observed this blower clearing sand a distance of 142 inches with a 44 inch swath. It's effective at moving sand but doesn't perform as well as the more powerful (and higher voltage) models that are able to blast sand over 200" away. Less power results in the operator needing to move around quite a bit more when clearing leaves or pine needles off a driveway since you need to be closer to the debris to effectively blow it away. It also makes the job take longer, which can be an issue when you consider the battery life.

This blower is able to clear our driveway of pine needles, but it...
This blower is able to clear our driveway of pine needles, but it takes more time and more moving around than more powerful models.
Credit: Laura Casner

Battery


We aren't wild about the battery performance of this blower. We measured the time it takes to achieve a full charge (90 minutes) and compared it to our runtime measurements on high (just under 15 minutes). This is about an average runtime, with a longer-than-average charging time, for a blower that isn't particularly powerful and doesn't have a turbo setting.

The ergonomic handle is comfortable to hold, a remarkable feature on...
The ergonomic handle is comfortable to hold, a remarkable feature on this somewhat unremarkable blower.
Credit: Laura Casner

One thing the DeWalt 20V Max XR Blower has going for it is its speed lock feature, which allows you to dial in a precise power level when you squeeze the trigger (as opposed to its regular power feathering operation). This lets you govern the power output to get the longest runtime possible.

Ergonomics


The DeWalt 20V Max XR Cordless Blower makes a strong showing in the ergonomics department. It's relatively lightweight at 6.8 pounds, and our testers found it to be perfectly balanced. Its large molded handle keeps the blower easily at an ideal angle, making it comfortable to hold for long periods (only 15 minutes if you only have one battery). The trigger is easy to squeeze, drastically reducing fatigue. Finally, the air intake valve is in the rear so lefties and right-handed folks have equal footing here, though there is a small chance that your shirt can get sucked onto the intake vent when you're switching hands.

The Speed lock is key for maintaining a steady airflow and for...
The Speed lock is key for maintaining a steady airflow and for conserving battery life.
Credit: Laura Casner

Noise


We measured this blower's sound output from 50" to be 67 decibels, which is concurrent with manufacturer specifications and also quiet enough that the neighbors should remain friendly (provided you're not blowing things around in the middle of the night). Keep in mind that when operating a leaf blower, you're right on top of it, where we measured 94 decibels , and ear protection is still very necessary.

While not the best for bigger outdoor jobs, this blower is...
While not the best for bigger outdoor jobs, this blower is sufficient for keeping the porch or the shop nice and clean.
Credit: Laura Casner

Value


When purchased in a kit with a charger and a 5 Ah battery (as we did), we don't think this model is a screaming deal, especially compared to other top-performing models. However, if you're already waist-deep in Dewalt cordless tools and you've got multiples of their batteries around, the DeWalt 20V Max XR Blower starts to look like a bargain on its own.

An air concentration nozzle attachment is included with this model.
An air concentration nozzle attachment is included with this model.
Credit: Laura Casner

Conclusion


This blower isn't our favorite model and our metrics tend to favor more powerful models. We find powerful tools to be more versatile and more efficient since you can move more material while standing in one place. However, if you're a DeWalt fan who needs a light-duty leaf blower to keep the porch and drive leaf-free this fall, this one won't disappoint.

Austin Palmer and Matt Bento

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