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Troy Bilt Leaf Blower 69dB(A), 450 CFM/240mph
Yard & Garden
Lawn Mowers, Leaf Blowers and Lawn Vacuums
Leaf Blowers (1461)
MTD PRODUCTS INC.    
Troy
TR197BV
S1A71XK0876
11A17
 
 
Home Depot
Oregon
5/12/2018 This date is an estimate
I was blowing leaves off the paved driveway and my electric Troy Bilt leaf blower exploded. The leaf blower was less than one year old. It suddenly exploded with a deafening explosion It blew off a piece of plastic housing that we have been unable to find. Also, the internal propeller blew out. (See photo).
I researched online to find answers to why this happened and found this news item from 2013 in Houston describing the identical incident. It was fortunate that I was not hit by the projectile as was the woman in this news item.

Had I not found this news item I would have thrown the blower away and bought a new gas blower instead. However, now I realize this is is a faulty design of the Troy Bilt leaf blower and want to protect future consumers of this product.


https://www.click2houston.com/consumer/leaf-blower-explodes-in-houston-womans-hand_20151124024147709
5/12/2019
Home/Apartment/Condominium 
Incident, No Injury
Self
Female
60 years
Yes
No
No
I am filing a complaint with the manufacturer.
Yes
N/A
Comment from MTD PRODUCTS INC. 6/14/2019
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