Written by James

Advice on leaf blowers

The leaves are falling from the trees and covering your lawn, patio, and driveway. The parks, streets, and parking lots are full of leaves too. Wherever you want to get rid of them, a leaf blower will be a big help. There are a number of properties to keep in mind when choosing a leaf blower. We'll discuss those here.

1. Which power source do you prefer?

The first choice you have to make when picking your leaf blower, is its power source. The power source is what powers the leaf blower's motor or engine. You can choose a leaf blower that works on AC power, gasoline, or a battery. Each power source has its own pros and cons.

Types of power sources

Electric

  • Continuous power supply.
  • These leaf blowers are usually lightweight.
  • You'll always have to use an extension cable.

Battery

  • You'll be working without a cord.
  • These leaf blowers are more silent and better for the environment.
  • You're limited by your battery life.

Gasoline

  • You'll be working without a cord.
  • The leaf blowers are robust and powerful.
  • The engine needs maintenance and fuel.

2. Do you want a suitcase model or a backpack model?

Leaf blower model

Most leaf blowers have a weight that's easy to handle so you can easily carry them in you hand. Those are the suitcase models. The truly heavy models – around 10 kilograms – can't be carried comfortably in your hand for a long time. Usually, these are suitcase-model leaf blowers. While you carry the leaf blower as backpack, you control it using the button on the nozzle.

3. Vacuum and shredding function

Shredder vac leaf blowers

In addition to blowing, there are leaf blowers that also vacuum and shred leaves. You vacuum the leaves and they are then blown through the rotor. It spins at high speed and shreds the leaves. A metal rotor is more durable than a plastic rotor. The shredding ratio indicates how small the leaf shreds are. The shreds are then collected in a bag. The size of the collection bag determines how many liters of leaves you can vacuum. The bigger the shredding ratio, the smaller the shreds will be and the more will fit in the collection bag. The bigger the collection bag, the less frequent you'll have to empty it.

4. Want extra user-friendliness?

Rake leaf blower

In addition to standard leaf blowers, there are also models with extra options. An extra handle offers more grip, makes it easier to control the leaf blower, and more comfortable to hold. A carrying strap applies to suitcase models and allows you to carry the weight on your shoulders or back if you want. If the leaves are stuck together or to the ground, it's a good idea to scrape them loose first using a rake attachment on the nozzle. Want to increase or decrease the air flow? Choose a leaf blower with adjustable RPM.


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