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Black & Decker LSWV36 36V LI Sweeper Vac


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  • 36V Lithium Battery up to 15min of runtime
  • 1hr fast charger, with maintenance mode and pack diagnostics
  • Vacuum and sweep modes


Product Details

  • Product Dimensions: 94 x 21.6 x 51.9 cm ; 3.1 Kg
  • Shipping Weight: 4.9 Kg
  • Batteries 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
  • Item model number: LSWV36
  • ASIN: B006Z63K1O
  • Date first available at Amazon.ca: Jan. 18 2012
  • Average Customer Review: 3.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: #5,802 in Patio, Lawn & Garden (See Top 100 in Patio, Lawn & Garden)
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36V Sweeper Vac .

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The power could be better. The tube gets jammed with big leaves. They should have designed the tube with a reverse taper (larger at the inlet end than at the turbine end). I wouldn't use it for big jobs.
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I expected more from this. Was super exited when it arrived as it was fall and leaves were everywhere. It blows great, but sucks at sucking up leaves.
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Amazon.com: 248 reviews
90 of 94 people found the following review helpful
Video Review of the Black and Decker 36V Cordless Sweeper and Vac March 29 2013
By CKE - Published on Amazon.com
Vine Customer Review of Free Product
In some ways I am a sucker for anything that is rechargeable... I am a fan of the Greenworks product line (mowers, trimmers, clippers, and etc), I own a series of Makita lithium ion tools (including their handy little blower/sweeper), and I even drive a rechargeable car (a Chevy Volt... which I love) so I was excited to try the new Black & Decker 36V Lithium ion sweeper and Vac. I was a bit skeptical of the Black & Decker brand because I have seen spotty performance/quality in some of their other products, but that does not seem to be the case here!

One thing to remember is to maintain your expectations. the Black & Decker Sweeper and Vac is not a full scale blower and vacuum and is not up to the tasks for blowing and vacuuming up wet leaves from your yard. That is not the intent of the Black & Decker Sweeper and vac... it is designed for smaller jobs primarily on hard surfaces. When you need to tackle large jobs in your yard you will likely need a gas powered blower/vac.

Notes-

- Feature a 36V - 1.3aH battery -Run time is roughly 15 minutes or so

- Takes 75 minutes to charge the battery completely - the battery does feature a charge indicator. I also recommend that you not leave you battery on the charger for extended period (over a couple of hours). One more precaution... never run the battery dead place the battery back on the charger once you feel the battery power depleting.

- Producing wind speeds up to 120 mph

- 6 speed settings

- Switches from sweeper to vacuum in less than 2 minutes

- Lightweight - as a sweeper it weighs about 5lbs

- In vacuum mode the unit will mulch the leaves

- In vacuum mode wet leaves have a tendency to stick in the shoot which causes a pretty big drop in vacuuming power.

- It would be nice if the vacuum bag was about 50% larger - I find myself emptying the bag every few minutes.

- As a whole I think the sweeper mode is more functional than the vac. The sweeper has plenty of power for blowing off all hard surfaces where as the vacuum does ok, but it is best for smaller types of jobs.

Final Verdict - As long as you manage your expectations the Black & Decker 36V lithium ion sweeper and vac is very handy for jobs on hard surfaces. If you are looking for something to vacuum up leaves on a 1 acre piece of property... you will be disappointed.

4 1/2 Stars
144 of 154 people found the following review helpful
Excellent light duty sweeper & vac March 26 2013
By Wayne - Published on Amazon.com
Vine Customer Review of Free Product
I've been using my trusty Toro 51599 Ultra 12 amp Variable-Speed Electric Blower/Vacuum with Metal Impeller for a while now and it's been working great. But as with all corded tools... you have a cord. My concern with going cordless was that they wouldn't be powerful enough to get the job done. So let's see how the B&D LSWV36 handled the job.

SETUP

Out of the box you have have the sweeper itself, the battery with charger, a bag with a tube attached, and 4 separate tubes. They basically pair off and snap into each other. One is for use in Vac mode, and the other for Sweeping. Connecting them together required quite a bit of force, but fortunately this is a one-time task for initial assembly only.

That's really about it for "assembly." I found that it was rather simple to figure out how it goes to together and switch between vac/sweeper mode. It also comes with plenty of instructions if you like to read, but the picture on box is probably enough. :)

DESIGN

The unit itself is surprisingly compact and light weight. Even with the battery and sweeper attachment, I could easily walk around using it single handed. Speaking of holding it, the air-intake is on the left side of the device. So if you have loose clothing or allow it to get too close to you, you'll find that it frequently wants to stick to you.

Solution... use it with your left hand. :)

I'd prefer the intake to be on the bottom as with my Toro, but it's a minor issue. When in vac mode that's also not an issue since the tube will be in the way. As expected, it does weigh a bit more when in Vac mode, but B&D was thoughtful enough to put an extra handle towards the front for when it gets full of leaves.

Otherwise there is a switch on the top to turn it on/off as well as a dial towards the back to adjust power. These things are usually rather basic and this one is no exception.

REAL-WORLD USE

When I turned it on the first thing I noticed was that it definitely quieter... and yes, less powerful than my corded Toro. The Toro has so much power it'll give you a bit of a jolt and move back due to the motor kicking in and air pressure. Once again, that was somewhat expected given the lower power output.

But how did it do in real-world use? Rather well, actually. I was able to "sweep" my garage, porch, drive-way, and back porch all on a single charge (with plenty to go). It makes up for less power by having a narrower tube to funnel the air. As a result, there is less sweeping area, but sufficient air flow to get the job done.

So while I did find it took just a bit longer to accomplish this regular task vs. using my Toro, I didn't mind. Reason? The light weight combined with less noise and NO WIRES were more than enough for me to pick a winner for my sweeper of choice.

As for the Vac mode, it worked as expected. Vacuuming up the pile of leaves I raked up worked just fine. It had plenty of suction to clean up all the leaves. Although when I moved onto bigger stuff, it had issues with larger twigs from bush trimming, as they ended up getting clogged. Otherwise my only other concern here is the plastic impeller that's being used. I know some more powerful wired blowers have had issues with those breaking in the past. It's possible the lower power might negate that issue, but only time will tell.

PROS:
+ Light Weight
+ Compact Design
+ Relatively Low Noise
+ Fast Charging Time (1-2 hours)
+ Long running time (~30 min or so)
+ Sweeping & Vac modes

CONS:
+ Plastic Impeller
+ Limited to light-duty work
+ Air intake on the side
+ Somewhat pricey

CONCLUSION

I think if you use this for what it's intended, which is light-duty yard work, you'll find that it works beautifully. Yes, I'd love for it to essentially be a cordless version of my more powerful Toro. But I don't think that's very practical. :) All things considered, the Pro's easily outweigh the minor "cons" enough to give it 5 stars and considered highly recommended.
73 of 80 people found the following review helpful
A Little Skeptical so far.... April 1 2013
By mikmax1 - Published on Amazon.com
This thing is Kinda expensive. But it also gives me an extra Battery for my Trimmer as well, which I have not used yet (Xmas present and not mowing season yet) Batteries are over 60 bucks, so a common battery is a plus.

B & D uses 36 volt batteries on their cordless mowers (Not exacty the same battery), so I had high hopes, esp for lasting a while. Comes with Quick Smart Charger.

I used it about 15 min on the charge it was shipped with. It has a dial to dial down the power, which would make it last longer. I ran Wide Open.

It says it blows 120mph. Seems a little light to me, but I am used to my 180mph Toro Corded. This B&D will blow dry leaves off deck, dust, grass, etc. Has more trouble blowing leaves out of a tough spirea bush. When you read the fine print on the box, it says "Hard Surface" sweeper. I would agree...it is not going to be effective in Grass for heavy leaves.

I just hope it will blow water off my Garage floor, or off the deck after a rain.

It has a vacuum attachment. It seems to suck better than it blows...makes for one heck of a DustBuster. Easy to handle. I got leaves out of the corners of deck and garage really easy. The Impeller is plastic, so it can break and chip and it warns about picking up large sticks, twigs, or non-orgnaic material. I ran across a few small marble-sized peices of mulch. It would not pick them up....they just fell back out when I shut the motor off. Converting from Blower to Vac is easy.

As others mentioned, you have to hold it away from your body, or use left handed because the Intake sucks up against your leg.

A little skeptical right now. But, it WILL clear dry grass off Sidewalk or Driveway quite well and have enough run-time. I'll think I WILL USE for what it is intended to be...a Dry/Hard Surface Sweeper...and I don't have to do a Two-Stroke Gas/Start or undwind and drag around a cord. No way will it do big-time leaves. Esp Wet.

Edit 4/9/13: I often use my 180mph Toro (corded) to clear beaded water off my Deck, Lawn furniture and also out of my finished garage floor (after a hosing out). This B & D 36 Volt simply will not do that. It moves the water around a bit and spreads it out, but just does not have the power to strip the water off the surface.

One thing I did use it for was to blow excess fertilizer from sidewalks and driveways. But on the other hand, had I not had it, I probably would not have bothered to clean it up at all if I had to drag out a 100 foot cord.

I would say I am getting decent longevity out of it...20 minutes. I never dial it down. It needs to run wide open unless you are doing something delicate.
18 of 20 people found the following review helpful
Good Light- to Medium-Duty Tool April 3 2013
By Inna Tysoe - Published on Amazon.com
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I've had this sweeper for a couple of weeks. It's quite small and compact and doesn't weigh much at all. The battery is quite small and lightweight if you're used to the old B&D batteries from a few years ago.

One of the nice thing I noticed straightaway is that the sweeper has have a test button with LEDS that show you how full the charge currently is.

The other nice thing is that the battery does not discharge noticeably when left unattended so you're not going to be left stranded so long as you charge it after use. The charger itself is simple and quite bulky compared to the rest of the kit. It does a good job and charges in a short time. My battery was already half charged when I received it and I was up and running in less than 20 minutes.

Constructing the sweeper and vacuum nozzles from the multiple parts that come in the box was simple but required some muscle to slot together. Probably a good thing since you don't want it coming loose and wobbling and probably means you'll never to dismantle either again. All the parts that have to be disconnected and reconnected have nice lock switches that are smooth and easy to use and let you switch between the sweeper and vacuum with ease.

SWEEPING

I first used the sweeper on the large patio at the back of the house and the driveway. The sweeper has a dial that lets you set the power between 1 and 6 with 1 using the least power. I found that the nozzle is thinner than my wired Ryobi blower and does an excellent job on hard surfaces like the patio and driveway. I also tried it on the lawn and had to turn it up to between 4 and 6. Then blowing mostly dry leaves on 2" grass was ok but the battery drains significantly faster. Since it specifies that the blower is really for hard surfaces, this is what it does very well.

VACUUM

The collector bag is easy to attach and smaller than I expected after my Ryobi. After seeing the power of the blower I wasn't expecting too much in the sucking of debris since it tends to get damp and clump together more. I was pleasantly surprised. It sucked up dry leaves and dead rhododendron flowers that had fallen on the patio with ease. It performed better than anticipated but got blocked quite frequently if you were overambitious. This is partly due to the thinner opening. I noticed that it actually jammed less when you ran it on a lower power level where it sucks up leaves more slowly in layers rather than all at once.

Whilst converting it to vacuum from sweeper I noticed that it has a plastic impeller blade for blowing and chomping up waste. I would have preferred something a bit more hardy like the magnesium one in my wired blower.

CONCLUSION

This is a nice light-weight blower that can easily be held in one hand with little strain. It is far lighter than my wired one which requires both hands and wears you out after a few minutes. The battery is light and charges quickly and is easy to test with the click of a button. It performs very well on hard surfaces at the lowest setting and is FAR more convenient than my wired one which I will probably only use in the fall. For light use around the patio, garage, driveway and pavement outside the front of the house this is a great tool.

Vacuum is only ok, but works if you have the patience for it. It shreds everything that passes through it into a finer mulch that takes up less space in the garden waste can. So if you really need it, it does work so long as you don't expect to suck up big piles of wet leaves that have been standing around a while.

In short, this is a light- to medium-duty tool that will last a good 20 minutes at more conservative settings between 1 and 4.
10 of 10 people found the following review helpful
Well... March 2 2014
By PA Gardner - Published on Amazon.com
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I first purchased the 36 volt weed wacker by b and d and was thrilled with the quality and durability of the product. So, that leads me to this purchase of this unit. Which because the products are both 36 volt batteries i figured this would be a great buy. To my surprise it is like night and day between the two products. the weed wacker has what seems to be unlimited power (for a cordless machine) and a relatively long run time, Then there is the gutless and battery hogging blower/vacuum and there really isn't anything else to say other than for a hundred to hundred and fifty dollars this blower needs pulled off warehouse/store shelves and sent back to the engineering department for a complete redesign.

Unless you are looking for an well overpriced weak blower that eats batteries move onto another product or wait for b and d engineers to actually test this product and make it at least semi comparable to the 32 volt weed wacker.

Also, I unfortunately based this purchase off the 90+ 5 star reviews, I have no idea why anyone would decide this deserves that kind of rating. I have had the 12 volt units and that is what this feels like power wise. And also, this unit currently is described as a 40 volt unit amazon may want to check this since the pictures even show a 36 volt battery!

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