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Snapper 82-Volt Max Leaf Blower 1687879 Review

Performance here is adequate while also being far from leading the competition
Snapper 82-Volt Max Leaf Blower 1687879
Credit: Jenna Ammerman
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Price:   $299 List | $299.00 at Amazon
Pros:  Solid power, good ergonomics, quieter than average
Cons:  Moderate battery life, has a high-pitched undertone, pricey
Manufacturer:   Snapper
By Austin Palmer, David Wise, and Jenna Ammerman  ⋅  Oct 26, 2021
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RANKED
#5 of 9
  • Power - 50% 7
  • Battery - 25% 5
  • Ergonomics - 15% 6
  • Noise - 10% 6

Our Verdict

The Snapper 82-Volt Max is an all-around solid cordless leaf blower. 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. This model is also decently quiet and comfortable to hold, although we only found its battery life to be so-so.

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Pros Solid power, good ergonomics, quieter than averagePowerful, relatively low operating volume, cruise control setting, efficientPlenty of strength, quiet, interchangeable batteries with other handheld cordless Makita toolsPowerful, easy to holdMuch more affordable, exceptionally ergonomic
Cons Moderate battery life, has a high-pitched undertone, priceyNot the longest battery lifeExpensive, so-so ergonomics and comfortSo-so battery life, takes a long time to rechargeNot the most powerful, very loud
Bottom Line Performance here is adequate while also being far from leading the competitionThis model is the most powerful blower we tested, helping to complete yard work more efficiently than any other tool testedThis is a solid blower on its own merits and has interchangeable batteries with handheld Makita power toolsThis 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 handIdeal for the budget-conscious shopper, this blower offers just enough power and battery life for the needs of most home-owners
Rating Categories Snapper 82-Volt Max... Ego Power+ 615 CFM... Makita 36V LXT Brus... Oregon 40V Leaf Blo... Ryobi 40V RY40460
Power (50%)
7.0
9.0
8.0
9.0
6.0
Battery (25%)
5.0
5.0
7.0
4.0
5.0
Ergonomics (15%)
6.0
7.0
5.0
8.0
7.0
Noise (10%)
6.0
7.0
7.0
5.0
3.0
Specs Snapper 82-Volt Max... Ego Power+ 615 CFM... Makita 36V LXT Brus... Oregon 40V Leaf Blo... Ryobi 40V RY40460
Blower Model Number SXDBL82K LB6150 XBU02PT1 BL300 RY40460
Measured Weight w/ Battery 8.7 lbs 8.1 lbs 9.2 lbs 9.1 lbs 9 lbs
Turbo Boost? No Yes No Yes Yes
Variable speed Yes, trigger or cruise control dial Yes, trigger Yes, dial Yes, trigger Yes, trigger
Included Battery Size 2 Ah 2.5 Ah 5 Ah 4 Ah 4 Ah
Measured Charge Time 30 min 45 min 1 hr 2 hr 23 min 2 hrs 45 min
Measured Run Time on Turbo Boost N/A 10 min 58 sec N/A 10 min 18 min 5 sec
Measured Run Time on Highest Standard Mode 15 min 17 sec 22 min 2 sec 14 min 37 sec 19 min 20 sec 26 min
# of Batteries Included 1 1 4 1 1
Nominal Voltage 82V 56V 36V (2 x 18V) 40V 40V
Measured Operator Sound Level Highest Setting 83.9 dBa 88 dBa 84 dBA 92 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 with turbo button Variable speed pulling trigger with turbo button

Our Analysis and Test Results

Performance Comparison


The Snapper Max didn't disappoint in clearing debris.
The Snapper Max didn't disappoint in clearing debris.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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.

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

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.
Credit: Austin Palmer

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.

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 the Snapper 82V Max has an above average charging...
The battery on the Snapper 82V Max has an above average charging speed.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

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.

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

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

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.


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.
Credit: Jenna Ammerman

Value


The Snapper 82-Volt Max falls in the middle of the pack regarding performance, yet costs among the more expensive models. It's a fine tool, but there is better value to be found in other cordless leaf blowers.

Conclusion


The Snapper isn't our top recommendation if you are shopping on a tight budget but it does perform reasonably well for most tasks. We recommend checking out a few other models, though, before deciding the Snapper is definitely your tool of choice.

Austin Palmer, David Wise, and Jenna Ammerman

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