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Ego Power+ 615 CFM Blower LB6151 Review

This model is the most powerful blower we tested, helping to complete yard work more efficiently than any other tool tested
Ego Power+ 615 CFM Blower LB6151
Credit: EGO
Editors' Choice Award
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Price:   $220 List | $219.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Powerful, relatively low operating volume, cruise control setting, efficient
Cons:  Not the longest battery life
Manufacturer:   Ego
By Matt Bento ⋅ Review Editor  ⋅  Oct 26, 2021
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  • Power - 50% 9
  • Battery - 25% 5
  • Ergonomics - 15% 7
  • Noise - 10% 7

Our Verdict

Power is paramount when it comes to leaf blowers, and the mighty Ego Power+ 615 CFM Blower has the juice to move wet leaves and dirt from decks and driveways while offering the advantages of electric motors (weight savings and lower operating volumes) as well the freedom to roam without being tethered to an electrical outlet. This model takes top honors in our power metric and includes several features that make clearing debris much easier, including a cruise control setting and a turbo mode. There are less expensive models and a few that are more comfortable to hold for long periods, but overall, this is our favorite leaf blower on the market.

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Pros Powerful, relatively low operating volume, cruise control setting, efficientPowerful, easy to holdLight, powerful for 18v, good battery lifeSolid power, good ergonomics, quieter than averageMuch more affordable, exceptionally ergonomic
Cons Not the longest battery lifeSo-so battery life, takes a long time to rechargeExpensive, no turbo setting, takes a long time for full rechargeModerate battery life, has a high-pitched undertone, priceyNot the most powerful, very loud
Bottom Line This model is the most powerful blower we tested, helping to complete yard work more efficiently than any other tool testedThis is a powerful and well-balanced blower that will make short work of leaf-covered decks and driveways, but you'll want to have extra batteries on handFans of Milwaukee's 18-volt tool line won't be disappointed with this blower, though there are better choices if you're not committed to the brandPerformance here is adequate while also being far from leading the competitionIdeal for the budget-conscious shopper, this blower offers just enough power and battery life for the needs of most home-owners
Rating Categories Ego Power+ 615 CFM... Oregon 40V Leaf Blo... Milwaukee M18 Fuel... Snapper 82-Volt Max... Ryobi 40V RY40460
Power (50%)
9.0
9.0
7.0
7.0
6.0
Battery (25%)
5.0
4.0
5.0
5.0
5.0
Ergonomics (15%)
7.0
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Noise (10%)
7.0
5.0
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Specs Ego Power+ 615 CFM... Oregon 40V Leaf Blo... Milwaukee M18 Fuel... Snapper 82-Volt Max... Ryobi 40V RY40460
Blower Model Number LB6150 BL300 2724-20 SXDBL82K RY40460
Measured Weight w/ Battery 8.1 lbs 9.1 lbs 7.2 lbs 8.7 lbs 9 lbs
Turbo Boost? Yes Yes No No Yes
Variable speed Yes, trigger Yes, trigger Yes, button and trigger Yes, trigger or cruise control dial Yes, trigger
Included Battery Size 2.5 Ah 4 Ah 8 Ah 2 Ah 4 Ah
Measured Charge Time 45 min 2 hr 23 min 1 hr 30 min 30 min 2 hrs 45 min
Measured Run Time on Turbo Boost 10 min 58 sec 10 min N/A N/A 18 min 5 sec
Measured Run Time on Highest Standard Mode 22 min 2 sec 19 min 20 sec 20 min 37 sec 15 min 17 sec 26 min
# of Batteries Included 1 1 1 1 1
Nominal Voltage 56V 40V 18V 82V 40V
Measured Operator Sound Level Highest Setting 88 dBa 92 dBa 88 dBa 83.9 dBa 93.3 dBa
Operating Modes Variable speed pulling trigger with turbo button Variable speed pulling trigger with turbo button Variable speed pulling trigger with a button for low and high Variable speed pulling trigger Variable speed pulling trigger with turbo button

Our Analysis and Test Results

The Ego Power+ 615 CFM Blower has power to spare with residentially acceptable noise levels and a decent runtime thanks to the speed control dial. As stated in the name, it can crank out an impressive 615 cubic feet per minute when you kick it into turbo mode, and our testers are equally delighted with the lower power settings that milk a longer runtime from the 2.5 amp-hour (Ah) battery. This blower has the perfect combination of battery life and power, allowing you to stay on top of your leaf game in the thick of Autumn while giving you easy access to the farthest reaches of your property.

Performance Comparison


The Ego Power+ blower delivers a robust, dirt-moving blast of power...
The Ego Power+ blower delivers a robust, dirt-moving blast of power, ensuring that your days of raking are behind you.
Credit: Laura Casner

Power


When it comes down to it, power is our most important consideration when considering a cordless leaf blower, and the Ego Power+ 615 CFM Blower proves that you can move a substantial amount of material without the noise of a gas motor or the restraints of a power cord. At its lowest setting, this blower moves a blustery 200 CFM, which is plenty of air to quickly blast a day's worth of leaves off the porch. At its highest setting, it can clear clumped pine needles, wet leaves, and dirt with ease.


Our real-world testing shows that in reality, the Ego Power+ 615 CFM Blower's brushless motor is powerful and can move a significant amount of air. The advantages are two-fold. In turbo, we found heavier debris is easier to shake loose and get out of the way. Additionally, the extra power gives this blower a substantial reach, allowing you to maximize your efficiency, clearing a small driveway while standing in one place, perhaps while sipping coffee.

Our sand test saw this model moving sand from a respectable distance...
Our sand test saw this model moving sand from a respectable distance of 20 feet.
Credit: Austin Palmer

In our sand clearing tests, we observed this blower moving sand from 20 feet away, clearing it off the driveway efficiently with a 44" swath from the included tapered nozzle. During our max power beach ball testing, the Ego Power blower launched our ball to an impressive 7 feet, the loftiest height achieved by any blower we've tested to date.

Ego Power+ 615 CFM Blower on turbo produces a powerful blast that...
Ego Power+ 615 CFM Blower on turbo produces a powerful blast that sent our beach ball 7 feet into the air.
Credit: Austin Palmer

Battery


All our battery testing and ratings concern the 2.5 Ah Ego lithium-ion battery included with the Ego Power+ 615 CFM Blower we purchased, and we'd expect longer runtimes from Ego's larger (and significantly more expensive) 5.0 and 7.5 AH batteries. That being said, the little 2.5 AH battery provides 22 minutes of leaf blasting power without using the turbo mode. When we let this puppy rip, the turbo mode cuts the run time down to 11 minutes. When simulating normal use, we ran this blower at a 30/70 split of high and turbo, we got 14 minutes per charge.

The 2.5 AH battery isn't the longest-lasting, though there are more...
The 2.5 AH battery isn't the longest-lasting, though there are more powerful options availible from Ego.
Credit: Laura Casner

14 minutes isn't a mind-blowing amount of battery life, but it's pretty respectable for a smaller battery. This is plenty of time to get a few days worth of leaf debris from the deck, porch, or other vulnerable wood surfaces that need to be kept free of wet debris for posterity. For neglected yards covered in season's worth of detritus, you'll need an arsenal of batteries, but with a gas-free, cordless blower on hand, it's much easier to keep your property from getting to that point. It's also worth noting that with a more powerful blowing action, you'll get more work done with each minute of battery use. A less powerful blower won't achieve nearly as much as this Ego model will in 14 minutes. For recharging, we measured 45 minutes for a full charge from the included charger.

The speed control trigger allows you to quickly increase the power...
The speed control trigger allows you to quickly increase the power to move heavier clumps of debris.
Credit: Laura Casner

Ergonomics


The Ego Power+ 615 CFM Blower comes in slightly above average in terms of its ergonomic properties. Our chief complaint comes from the fact that it's a tad nose heavy, requiring our testers to hold the blower at a slight angle so it can effectively blow flat across a surface. At 8.1 lbs, it's one of the heavier models we tested, but it doesn't feel significantly hefty compared to other blowers.



There are several features that make the Ego Power+ blower easier and more comfortable to use. First off, the intake vent is located on the back of the blower, so we didn't experience our clothing getting sucked into the intake, regardless of which side of our bodies we held the blower.

The location of the intake vent is perfectly out of the way...
The location of the intake vent is perfectly out of the way regardless of how you hold this blower.
Credit: Laura Casner

We particularly appreciated the cruise control setting. The variable-speed control trigger is awesome, letting you avoid blowback when working around corners or close to a wall by dialing back the power, and the cruise control allows you to just relax and squeeze while governing the max output to the level of your choosing. The cruise control settings are especially useful if you're trying to maximize the runtime. Finally, there are multiple hanging options for when the job is done and it's time to store the blower out of the way.

Our Chief complaint concerning ergonomics is the angle of the...
Our Chief complaint concerning ergonomics is the angle of the nozzle. This model is slightly nose-heavy and a little difficult to operate at the proper angle for long periods of time.
Credit: Laura Casner

Noise


Lower operating volume is a hallmark advantage of electric tools, and the Ego Power+ 615 CFM Blower is no exception. We measured 82.9 dBa at arm's length, and a good-neighborly 66.1 dBa from 50" away. These measurements are at the lower end of the field, which is particularly impressive since it's one of the more powerful blowers in our tests.



In terms of the actual "quality" of the sound, the motor produces a pleasantly neutral timbre, that is to say, there are no high pitched whines at any of the speed settings, including turbo. We found it to be one of the less harsh-sounding of the blowers for the user, and less obnoxious to anyone in earshot. Like all the models we've evaluated, we still recommend using ear protection when operating the Ego Power+ 615 CFM Blower

The Ego Power+ 615 CFM Blower has the power and the reach to make...
The Ego Power+ 615 CFM Blower has the power and the reach to make short work of a pine needle-covered driveway.
Credit: Laura Casner

Value


Our testers agree that for the price, this blower and its included battery and charger represent a great value. Those who are owners of other Ego power tools are also set up to reap the benefits of Ego's powerful lithium-ion batteries across their entire line of products. While expensive, the larger batteries from Ego increase in value when you have more applications for them.

Conclusion


The powerful Ego Power+ 615 CFM Blower takes the cake across our battery of tests, making it our favorite electric leaf blower. If pure power is what you're in the market for, you won't be disappointed with this blower. While it's doesn't have the longest battery life with the included battery, Ego offers more powerful battery options, and thanks to this blower's overall effectiveness, we reckon you won't need to run it all that long if you stay on top of your yard maintenance.

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