Fall yard cleanup is markedly less tedious with the assistance of a capable leaf blower. The Poulan Pro PR48BT Backpack Leaf Blower aims to ease autumnal chores through powerful blowing performance and an ergonomic backpack design for user comfort.
In this review, we will test and evaluate the PR48BT to determine whether it delivers on Poulan Pro's promises of productivity and convenience. Areas of focus include power output, blowing range, ergonomics, battery runtime, and overall usability.
- Battery: 48V lithium-ion battery pack
- Battery Runtime: 30-45 minutes depending on power setting
- Charging Time: Approximately 4 hours for full charge
- Air Volume: 550 CFM
- Blowing Speed: up to 180 MPH
- Backpack Design: Rigid yet ventilated frame, padded straps
- Weight: 12.5 lbs without battery
- Power Source: 48V lithium-ion battery
- Included Attachments: Tube wand, extension tube, crevice tool
- Power Control: Variable speed trigger
Design and Features
The first thing that stands out is the PR48BT's backpack form factor which resembles a lightweight frame worn like a daypack. A rigid yet ventilated back and shoulder pad system distributes weight comfortably across the upper body.
The integrated 48V lithium-ion battery pack and fan housing are securely mounted on the back frame for perfect balance. Hands remain free to control the versatile straight and tube wands.
Other noteworthy design elements include an adjustable padded waist strap for a customized fit, along with foam armrests that allow resting arms on the blower for brief breaks. Rubber overmold grips adorn the wands for enhanced comfort and control.
Performance and Power Output
When powered on, the whisper-quiet yet robust 550 CFM airflow immediately impresses. Grasses, leaves and debris of all sizes are swiftly blown from hard surfaces into neat windrows for easy raking afterwards.
Different wand attachments include a nozzle extension, crevice tool and backing nozzle. Adjustable speed and power settings on the blower allow dialing output up or down as needed for varying conditions, material weight and blowing distances required. Surprisingly strong blowing force extends 25 feet or more.
Even after continuous use, the motor fails to overheat thanks to effective ventilation. No performance drop-off occurred during testing, showing Poulan Pro engineered this 48V power system for reliable, smooth output.
Blowing Range and Battery Life
With a 550 CFM airflow and powerful 48V battery, blowing distances of 25 feet or more are comfortably achievable on full power settings. Lighter materials like dry leaves blow even farther.
Runtime testing showed runtimes ranging from 30-45 minutes on a full charge, depending on power settings used. This equates to clearing an average size yard with leaves before requiring a recharge using medium power levels.
A removable battery and fast-charging time makes it easy to keep working with a spare. A handy fuel gauge on the battery displays remaining runtime at the press of a button. Impressive capacity meets or exceeds Poulan Pro's estimates.
Comfort and Balance
The backpack design distributes weight evenly across shoulders and back for both genders. Straps are thickly padded and fully adjustable for perfect fit. Skin breathes nicely thanks to perforated back padding.
Integrated weight achieves neutral balance whether standing, kneeling or reaching overhead. Light enough at only 12.5 pounds to avoid fatigue, yet sturdy battery placement keeps it stable and controlled. A low center of gravity maintains user stability on uneven terrain.
Value and Extras Included
At a competitive mid-range price point, the Poulan Pro PR48BT offers a lot of tool for the money. Included are the leaf blower, battery pack, charger, adjustable wands plus extension tube and crevice tool.
An industry-leading 5 year warranty from Poulan Pro protects the investment. For anyone seeking a cordless solution that exceeds most gas blowers for power and runtime, yet retains the comfort of a gas unit, this model delivers highly.
Through comprehensive testing, the Poulan Pro PR48BT proves itself a truly capable yet comfortable leaf blower for homeowners. Powerful airflow gets jobs done quickly, while the ergonomic backpack design prevents fatigue even during prolonged use.
This blower makes autumn cleanup a breeze rather than a chore. Its balance of performance, battery life and user-friendly features earn it our strong recommendation - especially for yards with substantial leaf coverage each fall. At a moderate price, the PR48BT sets a new standard for cordless blowing convenience.