With leaves falling everywhere at the moment, nothing makes yard cleanup as easy and as fast as a good, reliable leaf blower. Given how many features are available and the various models, choosing the right leaf blower for your needs may seem like a real challenge, but our leaf blower buying guide has got you covered!
Types of Leaf Blowers
Selecting a leaf blower for your household involves understanding what you need specifically. The most regularly used model for home landscapes is the handheld leaf blower. Some other designs include walk-behind, wheel blowers and backpack leaf blowers, all of which are gas-powered, providing power and comfort for prolonged use in larger areas. Some models can convert into vacuums, allowing individuals to gather light debris, including leaves and small twigs. Blowers that can convert into vacuums and mulchers collect and then grind debris, making disposal simpler while also creating mulch. Some string trimmers and shop vacuums can convert into leaf blowers as well.
Power Options for Leaf Blowers
In terms of a leaf blower’s power options, customers have electric or gasoline. Electric blowers are fairly low-maintenance, being quieter, lighter, and easier to start compared to gas-powered blowers. Lighter-duty electric sweepers can handle decks, patios, and driveways while higher-powered electric blowers work well for up to quarter-acre yards. Electric blowers can also be cordless or corded:
- Cordless blowers: Known for good mobility. Higher-voltage batteries offer run time and power but add more weight. Batteries require recharging intermittently, so depending on your landscape’s size, it may be best to have a spare battery ready.
- Corded blowers: Have steady power with no extra battery weight. Cords restrict mobility, so corded blowers work better for clearing smaller yards and areas close to the house. Check the manufacturer’s recommendations for suitable extension cords.
Compared to electric blowers, gas-powered blowers offer maximum run time and mobility. They are also better suited for prolonged or frequent use and for larger areas, such as quarter-acre lots or more. Gas leaf blowers crank using manual pull starts, but there are models that start using an elective, powered device that is bought separately, removing the need for pull cords. In terms of maintenance, which should be done at least once per month, this involves the following:
- Flushing old fuel from the blower’s gas tank.
- Possibly adding a suitable fuel stabilizer.
- Cleaning the fan blades and the carburetor’s exterior.
- Checking the fuel line, fuel filter, connections, and cables.
- Examining and then replacing the spark plug if need be.
Some Features for Leaf Blowers
In addition to mulching and vacuuming features, there are additional features customers can look for in order to help them choose the best leaf blower model for what they need.
- Noise level: Neighborhoods, cities, and states may have differing laws regarding noise levels for leaf blowers, so look for models that don’t exceed a certain decibel limit. As well, electric blowers typically are not as noisy as gas-powered blowers.
- 4-cycle engines: These gas-powered engines remove the necessity of mixing fuel, but they require consistent oil changes and are heavier compared to 2 cycle-engines.
- 2-cycle engines: These models offer a solid balance of weight and power, but they run on a mix of gasoline and oil, meaning customers must mix their own fuel or buy pre-mixed fuel.
- Power ratings: Amp ratings on corded blowers, volt ratings on cordless blowers, and cubic centimeter ratings on gas-powered blowers all specify power output.
- Miles-per-hour ratings: MPH rating measures the speed air is blown from the unit and provides another measure for the leaf blower’s power.
- Simplified choke operation: This makes the startup for gas-powered blowers easier.
- Speed settings: These allow for control of airflow and debris movement, with some blowers having fixed- or variable-speed settings.
- Vibration reduction: These features can improve comfort.
Something to remember is that outdoor electric power tools that are “corded” usually require an extension cord specifically for the outdoors to operate, and the cord isn’t always part of the actual tool.
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