Leaf Blower

By definition, leaf blowers are conventional garden cleaning equipment. It removes dust and debris (leaves, grass, torn paper or polythene, etc.) from the property. This machinery is known by many names now. Such as Blowers, Leaf blowers, Weed Blowers, Grass Blowers, etc. the basic definition of a leaf blower is “Machinery that uses an airstream to clean up fallen leaves and debris.”

a modern leaf blower

Starting its actual journey in the 1970s, the equipment has made a weekend-worth of cleaning process a matter of a few hours. A leaf blower’s primary function is to gather around debris from all over the yard and make it into a pile or shred and collect it in the attached backpack. It is handy, and it allows you to manage the cleanliness of your yard/garden without using a lot of your stamina, especially in the fall season.

Structure of a Leaf Blower

The right equipment is an air propelling engine. It has a handheld unit, “the wand.” It releases the flow of air and helps to move the debris. The wand is attached to the engine body and the handle. It can be both electrical and fuel-powered. If the leaf blower uses vacuum to collect residue, it is more so-known as “the blower vac.”

Structure of a Leaf Blower
Credit: GardenlifePro

The basic structure of a leaf blower is assembled with some conventional parts. They are air-stimulating nozzle wand, engines (two-stroke/four-stroke), ergonomic handle, adjustable controls. With a variety of models, it can come with a backpack and motors. The larger and more powerful leaf blowers come with push-around motor units with wheels, vastly known as “walk-behind leaf blowers.” Therefore, the prolonged usable blower has these usual parts and structures.

History of Leaf Blowers

There are some contradictory statements of who invented the garden tool “leaf blower.” Some oppose the idea of its invention. In the belief of many, the machinery was not even invented. The idea had been around for a long time; then, some people started to use one instead of brooms. They made one for themselves like a “DIY project”.

leaf blower old model

On the other hand, in popular belief, it was invented by Dom Quinto in the late 1950s in the USA. Dom Quinto was a manufacturer of chemical sprayers. The sprayers were made to use on agricultural fields for pest control. The manufacturers later noticed the growing usage of the machine without the chemical dispenser. So, they created a new line of equipment as garden cleaning leaf blowers. Dom Quinto took the initiative. So he is thought to be the inventor. But the claim is not validated. There was no circumstantial evidence found to support the claim. Thus the authenticity of the incident is merely foggy and unverified.

According to a Wikipedia entry, the leaf blower was introduced in the late 1940s in Japan. Around 1947, Kyoritsu Noki Company had launched a fogger machine. Later in 1955, the design inspired the manufacturer to add a backpack and air stimulator/mister. They put a patent claim on the design in 1968. They started importing the product and earning profit from 1972. They later claimed to be the inventor of leaf blowers in 1977.

Some sources argue that H. L. Diehl invented the leaf blower in 1959. He and his company insist that the idea of the walk-behind leaf blower was their creation. As the following event, they rehauled the company as Giant Vac company. But like all other claims, this one does not have any concrete proof either. These are just claims of businesses to put their product in the spotlight.

But in all these sources of information, they agree on one thing. The basic concept of a leaf blower came to the manufacturers’ attention after some customers used sprayers as an air-stimulator to remove leaves and grass from their property. Maybe one of them was the true founder of the equipment. So, It is tough to put a pin on the actual inventor. Regardless of the actual inventor, Dom Quinto’s company and the Kyoritsu Noki Company (Echo since 1978), both sold 800,000 and 1Million blowers in the late 70s. So, the 1970s was the golden period of leaf blower sale. The question of who invented the machine is yet not clarified. But the origin of the leaf blowers remains to be derived from motor-run handheld sprayers/foggers.

In which order the different types of leaf blower were invented are mentioned down below.

  • Gasoline fueled Backpack leaf blower- 1968
  • Handheld Kerosene fueled leaf blower- 1971
  • Large Walk-behind blower with motors- 1978
  • Battery-powered, electro-engine leaf blowers- mid-2000

Evaluation of Leaf Blowers

We already know the leaf blower idea was put together from the chemical sprayer/fogger, which led us to the 1950s. So the concept of leaf blowers started in the late 50s when manufacturers began to consider it as a separate product. The primary idea was an easily portable machine that could move big piles of debris without putting too much effort and time. The idea was well-received by gardeners and lawn owners. Therefore, commercially manufacturing it was a decision companies pursued with contentment. They developed a design of gasoline-powered, two-stroke blowers with backpacks. In the 1960s, Aldo Vandermolen started producing and exporting it.

But in 1971, it gained mass popularity after the company Echo had released the petrol backpack blower in the USA suburban market. With their picture-perfect lawn image, Americans were more than happy to get their hands on one of these. So the company took the opportunity and dropped the shipping charges to lure in customers. The strategy worked wonders and by the end of the 1970s, they had sold over 800,000 units. And by 1990, the number was way over 1 million.

The production and sale of walk-behind leaf blowers were not accumulated until 1978. The manufacturer H. L. Diehl and his company started the production. They were inspired by the large snow plow machines used in the early 1860s. They were manufactured for industrial use, also in compact size as well. The users have to push around the motor while using the blower to get effective performance

Yet the machine had its perks to show. Even though people bought it spontaneously, soon, they discovered it came with an extreme noise polluting trait. Leaf blowers run on engines fuelled by gasoline/kerosene/petrol and it generates a continual blast of air (wind speeds 140–270+ miles per hour). Both the features are radical noise generators, which is a disturbance to the environment. Therefore it got banned in certain areas. In 1998, the rule was made official as “banned in 500ft ground around residential areas”. They had restricted the use of it and put a limit on the noise level as well.

Backpack Leaf Blower

Now the restriction in using it had made the manufacturer concerned. So they started exploring a more eco-friendly and quieter approach. Thus, the creation of electrical leaf blowers was intrigued. Electro-engine leaf blowers were, even more, comfortable to execute and it generated much less sound. They were battery-powered and cordless. Throughout the early 2000s till later that decade, the development, production and sale of electric leaf blowers ran smoothly as the new machine reduced noise generation up to 70%. The very equipment is still banned or restricted in many countries but the businesses are going strong anyways.

How Does a Leaf Blower Work? What Are the Mechanical Facts?

We already know the structure of a leaf blower. But how its mechanism works is also an essential thing to understand. There are different types of leaf blowers. Such as Handheld, backpack, and walk-behind. They are differences in fuel type and some are corded; some are cordless. But the engineering used in the machine to generate wind is more or less the same. So let’s dig into how the mechanisms work here.

Note: Before we get into how the leaf blower works, we need to be familiar with a scientific term. It is the centrifugal force. Centrifugal force, also known as pseudo force, is defined as “the apparent force that is felt by an object moving in a curved path that acts outwardly away from the center of rotation,” in Merriam Webster Dictionary. It is an apparent force. An object moving in circular creates a force that pushes the object away from the center; it is considered a centrifugal force.

Mechanisms: When the engine is started, it boosts the fans inside. So, When a leaf blower is turned on, the fan blades start to revolve promptly. The motion creates a centrifugal force in the center. The force acts in two ways on the air surrounding the machine. At first, it sucks in the air in the center and manages to create air pressure.

Secondly, the air pressure and the centrifugal force created act together. As a result, the air is pushed out of the leaf blower. This process continues until the engine is on. So the engine has to release the air pressure forcefully to make room for newly vacuumed air. The design of a standard leaf blower consists of a narrow nozzle (wand) attached to the carry-on engine. The front of the nozzle is much thinner than the back of the machine. So when the machine forcefully pushes the air to evacuate, it chooses the open narrow end to expedite. As a result, a colossal air-flow bursts through the wand and is used to clear out debris, grass, and garbage off the lawn/yard. This is how the mechanism inside the leaf blower works. It is a smartly engineered equipment.

Parts of a leaf blower: A leaf blower is a construction of several parts put together. Different types of leaf blowers have different ranks of parts. But there are some essential parts common in more or less all types of blowers. They are the engine, wand/nozzle, powerhead, handles, collection bag etc. without these the machinery is incomplete. They are discussed briefly down below.

Different Types of Leaf Blower Engines

The engine is the main power central part of a leaf blower. It controls the functions of the machine. The engine is the soul of any machine. There are two types of the engine used in leaf blowers. They are the 2-stroke engine and the 4-stroke engine. They have different features and efficiency. We can use one according to our requirements. Let’s look at their features.

2-Cycle Engine

The 2- stroke engines have simple construction, but it is super effective. The manufacturers often consider 2-stroke engines over 4-stroke, because of its easy design and cheap production. It is lighter to carry, powerful and affordable. That is why customers and manufacturers prefer the 2-stroke engine; also known as a 2-cycle engine.

Function of 2-Cycle Engine

it is an internal combustion engine. It runs on a gas-oil mixture. In a 2-stroke engine, it takes 2-strokes of the piston, along with the cylinder, to complete a power-cycle. The simple yet effective functionality of this engine reduces the number of rotating parts. Thus, it is a convenient engine.

Even though this type of engine is more considerable, it runs on a mixture of oil and gas, which creates immense noise and air pollution. It is a significant reason why many localities have banned traditional 2-stroke leaf blowers.

4-Stroke Engine

This engine is more mainstream; it is almost like a car engine. So the buyers would understand how it works better. The oil and gas have a separate crankcase and a tank. Thus, you will be able to avoid making the gas-oil mixture complexity. The engine works better and smoothly because of fuel efficiency.

Function of the 4-Stroke Engine

It is an internal combustion engine as well. It takes four strokes of the piston to complete one cycle in this engine. Four strokes consist of intake (induction/suction), compression, combination and exhaust. This is the basic functionality of a four-cycle engine.

This engine is more efficient but it takes a lot of parts to put together. Therefore, it is heavier to carry along. Also, the production cost and the selling price take a hike.

Other Parts of a Leaf Blower

Wand: wand of a leaf blower is called in many names, such as tubes, nozzles etc. On the basis, there are two types of wands, vacuum tube and blower tube. Not all blowers have a vacuum wand feature but a blower wand is a compulsory part. They come in different designs. Customers can buy any one of them according to their requirements.

Handle: there are usually 2 handles of a leaf blower. One of them in the back and the other in front of a powerhead. The first handle is the weight carrier. It is bigger and it is the main handle. The second handle is small and used to balance and manage the blower.

Powerhead: it is the center of the machine. It secures the engine, motors, shredder and other parts inside it. On the outside, it has all the performance altering controls (buttons and switches), handles, the wand and the collection back attached to it. Changing speed, vacuum mode, shredding the leaves, collecting them and every other function is directed by the powerhead.

Collection bag: collection bag is more of an optional but very convenient part of a leaf blower. It collects the shredded leaves vacuumed by the machines. All designs of a blower do not come with one. But the blowers with vacuums are more likely to be purchased by customers. Because they are more convenient, the collection bag can be of many types. It can be a one-hand carry pouch bag or backpack or push around. It helps to clear the lawn without a whole lot of mess. It keeps the process organized and less ragged.

The parts of a blower differ with its design. Some other parts that usually leaf blowers have are air filters, belts, fuel filters, hoses for nozzles, wiring harness etc. These parts vary with the blower model.

Different Types of Leaf Blowers and their Pros & Cons

From the dawn of the invention of leaf blowers, the manufacturers kept trying to develop better products. They tried to meet the new of the customers and thus, the new types of leaf blowers kept coming in the market. As a result, there are many types of blowers in the market right now. But there are basically five kinds of leaf blowers which are most conveniently used.

They are Handheld leaf blowers, backpack leaf blowers, Blowers with leaf vacuumed, Walk-behind leaf blowers and Sweeper Blowers.

Handheld Leaf Blowers: these are the classic leaf blowers. It is put together with the wand, power-head and handles. This type of blower proposes sturdy power and easy portability. It is easy to handle, lightweight and it speeds up the cleaning process. Easily portable so it can cover more ground in less time frame. It comes in both the engine types (2-stroke engine/4-stroke engine). 2-stroke handheld leaf blowers are preferable as it weighs less and it is indeed more powerful.

Pros of Handheld Leaf Blowers

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to carry and use
  • High air volume and velocity
  • Low emission engine (2-stroke engines)
  • Runs on gas/oil both.

Cons of Handheld Leaf Blowers

  • Extreme noise and air pollution.

Backpack Leaf Blowers: These leaf blowers are more or less like the handheld blowers but with an attached backpack. The powerhead can be carried around like a backpack rather than holding it. The control buttons of these blowers are usually on the wand head. And rest functions the same. It can easily be utilized using one hand only. They come in both 2 and 4 cycle engines, but as it is carried on the back, 2-stroke backpack blowers are preferable. They are usually gas-engines. So they make extreme noise while turned on.

Pros of Backpack Leaf Blowers

  • Takes the load off hands.
  • Decreases pressure and increases working sessions.
  • Easy to carry
  • Easy to use
  • Offers Less tiring work time

Cons of Backpack Leaf Blowers

  • Extreme noise pollution,
  • Headgears (Noise-canceling Headphones) required while using it.
  • Takes up loads of storage area.

Leaf Blowers with Vacuum: This kind of leaf blower is prevalent among suburban areas. A Household with decorative lawns is keen to have one of these. The concept of a leaf blower with a vacuum came from the idea of dismissing mess. So here, the leaf blower does not just pile up the leaves and debris. It also pulls them in using the suction created by the vacuum. There is a shredder in the powerhead which shreds the waste and gathers them in the collection bag. Therefore all the dust, dry leaves and debris get collected rather than piling them up. I can clean up the lawn nice and pleasant. It clears all sorts of trash and even snow.

Pros of Leaf Blowers with Vacuum

  • Lightweight
  • Easy to carry around.
  • Reusable collection bag
  • Blower to vacuum easy conversion
  • Noise levels are low
  • Multi-Purpose design.

Cons of Leaf Blowers with Vacuum

  • Not suitable for large factories, lawn, or projects.
  • Not budget-friendly

Walk-behind Leaf Blower: This is a leaf blower for the heavy work pressure. Moving large piles of leaves and debris in a concise time is its primary purpose. Walk-behind leaf blowers are sold to commercial companies, especially to manufacturing or storing factories. The machine consists of a standard engine, pushing lever handle, wheels and nozzles. Their functions are the same but the engine’s motor power is immense. It removes large piles of debris in minutes. You do not need to carry the engine, simply push it around and move the debris to the garbage. Household users often oversee the product because it is more likely to be used by professionals or Industrial maintainers.

Pros of Walk-behind Leaf Blowers

  • Easy to use and maintain
  • Portable
  • Powerful engine
  • Premium product service
  • Saves time and energy
  • Perfect for industrial use.

Cons of Walk-behind Leaf Blowers

  • Makes immense noise
  • Not budget friendly

Sweeper  Blowers: With the progress of technology, some advanced features have been added to the leaf blower machine, such as variations of blower wands (nozzles) with each unique characteristic and purpose. Some are like brooms, vacuum machines and sweepers. These varieties of leaf blowers are called sweeper blowers. They do not just work as air blowers. They can be used to sweep the garbage away. Vacuum and sweep inside the patio, sidewalk, garage and on the carpet as well. These advanced features make the blower more convenient. Maximum sweeper blowers are battery powered but manufacturers make natural fuel powered sweeper blowers as well. Sweeper blowers are premium products. With the revolution of technology, the premium machines are now available at lowers rates as well.

Pros of Sweeper  Blowers 

  • Lightweight
  • Multi-purpose product
  • Quicker way to clean the property
  • Handy and susceptible design
  • Easy to use
  • Energy saver
  • Complete cleaning system
  • Qualified for sweeping, dusting, inflating, deflating etc.

Cons of Sweeper  Blowers 

  • Costly product
  • Takes up ample storage space

Different Types of Power Options of Leaf Blowers 

Electronic: Electrical leaf blowers are the most recent type of leaf blowers invented. Where the other leaf blowers (fuel-powered) tend to be heavy and extremely noisy, the electrical ones are far more convenient and effective. These kinds of blowers are usually put together with an electricity-powered motor. These are the blowers used by maximum people nowadays. Because they are portable, easy to operate, make less noise and reduce sound pollution. Also, they last longer and weigh less. Thus, electrical leaf blowers are perfect for pollution-free fast-track life. Two types of electrical blowers remove dust, snow, leaves, debris off the property. They are corded and cordless. Let’s discuss them a little more in detail. Corded leaf blowers are better for personal yard cleaning small projects. On the other hand, cordless(electrical backpack) electric leaf blowers are more efficient for professional use. They have a better power level and durability.

Battery-Powered: the cordless leaf blowers are usually battery powered. The motor has retractable batteries for ease of replacement. These are handy and lightweight blowers. They can be carried easily and do not take up much storage space to store. The batteries used in the blockers are usually lithium-ion batteries. But there are, in fact, three types of batteries used in the machine. They are Lithium-ion (Li-ion), Nickel Cadmium (Nicad), Nickel Metal Hydride (NiMH). The batteries are from 20V to 80V. You can easily choose the appropriate for the best performance of your blower. The batteries power up the motor that creates the airflow. These are often used for drying and cleaning car seats. Thus they come in compact sizes. These are quite cheap as well. Battery leaf blowers have a longer lifespan than cordless electric leaf blowers.

Fuel-Powered: all the classic leaf blowers are powered by fuel. It includes natural gas, gasoline, petrol. Fuels tend to produce extreme power that runs the blower. The availability of fuel makes the blower cheaper and easy to operate. But burning fuel causes smoke and the motor makes an inconvenient sound. So the manufacturer started to design more suitable blowers. Thus double power backpack leaf blowers and has powered wheeled leaf blowers were designed. They were required for more heavy jobs. These are the best fuel-powered blowers.

Old Leaf Blower Models

If you are a person with the hobby of gardening, leaf blowers are not a new thing for you. With the change of the season, your garden becomes full of the fallen leaves. During the translation period of fall and winter, leaf blowers can be your best friend to maintain your garden or the little backyard. It not only saves you tons of time, but also prevents the body aches that you may get from the boring work of cleaning the garden.

Just like any other invention, the leaf blowers have evolved over time as well. There are new editions available in the market now and then. However, the blowers can be categorized into the old and the new ones; that is the gas leaf blowers and the electric leaf blowers.

The old leaf blowers: If you are an old-school person and prefer the gas and oil leaf blowers over the electric one, we got your back. The gas and oil blowers can be a little time consuming, to be honest. However, like every other addition of the blowers, it has its own pros as well.As someone who is not afraid to invest a generous amount of time and effort maintaining your blowers and want something really powerful, the gas and oil ones may be the one for you. Another considerable thing while choosing the older version of leaf blowers is how tolerant your neighbors are. If you have neighbors that get irritated with the loud noise of the leaf blowers, you may rethink. This kind is powerful and makes sure it is known for its loud noise. (2)

To run them properly, you need to get the accurate ratio of the oil and gas that should be used in your blower. The right amount of oil helps to work it smoothly by lubricating. Although the exact amount may vary, the ratio of oil and gas has to stay constant.

If you still have confusion using this simple machine, there is a lot of fuel already mixed to the right amount of gas and oil in it. Now that you are introduced to the older version of leaf blowers, it is time for you to get introduced to some of the bests in the market. (3)

1. Husqvarna 125B 28-cc 2-Cycle 170-MPH 470-CFM Handheld Gas Leaf Blower

If you are looking for a leaf blower for household purposes, this can be your perfect choice.

It has 170 MPH air velocity. The air volume of 470 CFM ensures powerful cleaning. It is a heavy-duty leaf blower that comes with a 2 years warranty. The specifications are impressive. It has a 2 cycle engine. The fuel capacity is 0.13 gallons. The assembled weight of this blower is 9.4 lbs.

The blower comes in an orange shade. The handheld blower has the Maximum Air Speed (MPH) Of 170 and Maximum Air Volume (CFM) 470.

This leaf blower can be controlled easily by variable speed throttle and cruise control. The engine of 28 cc makes it perfect for powerful and effective cleaning.

To give you a smoother starting, the off switch automatically turns into the on one. It will come handy for your regular maintenance of the backyard and garden for sure. (4)

2. CRAFTSMAN B250 27-cc 2-Cycle 205-MPH 450-CFM Handheld Gas Leaf Blower

This gas engine leaf blower ensures you a great, efficient service. The engine has 27 cc and 2 cycle gas engines. It comes with a 2 years warranty. The capacity is 0.1093 gallons of fuel. It is a lightweight one as the assembled weight is only 10.2 pounds. It comes in a beautiful red colour. The blower is a handheld one, and the Maximum Air Volume (CFM) is 450, and Maximum Air Speed (MPH) is 205.

If your garden or backyard is of 1 acre, it is perfect for removing the derbies then.

The easy 3 Step Starting; prime, choke, pull makes it stand out. It comes in both manual and electric start mode. The electric one surely works faster. The whole design of the machine will provide you with ease to have firm control over the product.

The downside of the blower is that it is not a heavy-duty leaf blower. If you are looking for a medium-duty blower that works efficiently and is worth the price, it is worth giving a try. (5)

3.CRAFTSMAN B210 25-cc 2-Cycle 200-MPH 430-CFM Handheld Gas Leaf Blower

Being tired of dealing with the stubborn leaves and debris that does not come off, no matter how hard you try, this could be your perfect choice. The B210 comes with extended nozzles. The integrated scraper helps to clean off all the stuck dirt and keeps your backyard super clean.

Easy Start Technology makes it a cup of tea for you to operate the machine. The variable speed throttle, cruise control ensures that you do not face difficulties using the device. Another exceptional feature is the translucent fuel tank. It gives you the advantage to look at how much fuel you have used and how much you may need. It is compliant with the California Air Resources Board.

It comes with a 2 years warranty. The engine is a 2 cycle one. The fuel capacity is 0.109 gallons. The assembled weight is 10.8 lbs. It has a red finish in colour. It is a handheld blower, and the Maximum Air Speed (MPH) is 200, the Maximum Air Volume (CFM) is 430.

The downside is it comes with only the manual start system. There is no electric one for faster usage. (6)

4. Husqvarna 125BVX 28-cc 2-Cycle 170-MPH 470-CFM Handheld Gas Leaf – Blower with Vacuum Kit

This is the gardening tool that will come handy in quick cleaning of your lawn or backyard surely. The design of this leaf blower makes it stand out in the crowd. With the just perfect amount of force applied, this can do wonders.

The flare nozzle will provide you air-speed higher than most of the blowers out there. The vac-kit will make it easier to get rid of the sticky, stubborn debris.

This is a heavy-duty leaf blower with 2 – cycle engine. It has a 2 -year warranty and the fuel capacity is 0.13 gallons. It comes in orange colour, and it is a handheld blower. The Maximum Air Speed (MPH) is 170, and Maximum Air Volume (CFM) is 470. The Fuel Mix Ratio is 50:1. The Assembled Weight is 9.6 lbs.

It comes in a manual mode only. It is best to use for residential purposes. (7)

5. Bolens 25-cc 2-Cycle 180-MPH 400-CFM Handheld Gas Leaf Blower

Bolens gas leaf blower is perfect for your quick household use. It can easily clean an area of 1- acre at a time. It has a great balance in structure to provide you firm control. The Spring-assisted pull cords will make it easier for you to operate the machine. The Translucent oil tank will help you to determine the amount of fuel present and to know if there is any need for refill or not.

It comes with a 2-cycle engine and a 2-year warranty. The fuel capacity is 0.109 gallons. The assembled weight of the blower is 9.71 lbs. It comes in a green colour to go perfectly with your green lawn. The Fuel Mix Ratio is 40:1. The Maximum Air Volume (CFM) is 400, And the Maximum Air Speed (MPH) is 180.

The blower is perfect as a medium-duty, rather than a heavy one. (8)

New models of Leaf Blowers

The motivation for research and development for the improvement of the leaf blower machine was intrigued by the banks it had been getting around the globe. More than 80 countries had denied allowing product usage. so they had to come up with a better way to let people come around the blowers. Thus the electrical leaf blowers were invented. The electrical leaf blowers user batteries; either one-time use or rechargeable: to power the motor to generate air suction and blow. The manufacturers kept altering and releasing new more convenient designs as per the feed of the users and making them more stylish and user friendly. Thus there are some new/modern models shown below. [19]

Toro 51619 Ultra Leaf Blower & Vacuum

The most convenient model of an electrical leaf blower that exists in this market is the Toro 51619 Ultra Leaf Blower & Vacuum. If you are looking for a leaf blower that is also a vacuuming tool this model should be your first choice. Let’s look at some of its features.

It weighs 8.5 Pounds. It generates a powerful airspeed of 250 MPH with the 12 Amp power motor. It has an effective metal impeller which ensures excellent mulching. It comes with an extensive accessory bundle; including a Vacuum tube, bottom-zip bag, power insert, concentrator nozzle and cord storage hook etc. It has sturdy control for the blower and vacuum.

DEWALT DCBL720P1 20V MAX 5.0 Ah Lithium-Ion XR Brushless Blower

This model has a very sturdy design and it is kind of ideal for household use like clearing garden/yard/patio/garage. The heavy work can be exhausting because it has a lower power capacity. Still one of the best new models available in the market. Some of its features are discussed below.
It is almost 9 pounds in weight. The blower i. It can generate air at a maximum volume of 400 CFM and a maximum airspeed of 90 MPH. It comes with an adjustable trigger and speed lock.

Greenworks 24012 Electric Blower

For a smooth experience of keeping your yard and patio clean. The Greenworks 24012 Electric Blower will be the smart choice. It’s lightweight, user convenient and very handy. Some of its features are:

It weighs 4.5 pounds only with an ergonomic design. So comfort and ease of usage are guaranteed. It has a 7 amp motor that generates a maximum 160 MPH airspeed and it has a powerful shredder. It is best for small jobs like patio/yard/driveway cleaning. Its other adjustment parts come at a cheap price (less than 25 dollars). It is a product of a trustworthy brand. It does not take up much space to store either.

WORX TriVac WG500 12 amp All-in-One Electric Blower/Mulcher/Vacuum

WORX electric blower and vacuum can remove and make a debris pile then easily convert to vacuuming in just a few seconds. It is lightweight. It has a unique yet convenient design. That is why consumers purchase this line of product and it made it to the best electrical blower list. Its mentionable features are:

It weighs 8.4 pounds and it has 12Amp, a powerful motor. Its max airspeed is 210 MPH. Even though it is an electrical blower, it has a compatible design for turning into a gas-powered blower. So it is a convertible machine. It has a simple design and easy to use and store.

Purposes and the Uses of Leaf Blower

“Need is the mother of invention”- the quote stands true for the intention of inventing the leaf blower. Gardeners created this machinery in desperate need. The leaf blower’s sole purpose was to remove leaves and debris from the yard/property, especially after the fall season. Many argue the necessity of a leaf blower. But It would not have been invented if there was no need for it. Many highly protest the use of leaf blowers. Even so, it managed to keep its market value throughout all these years, from the late 1950s. It is essential to say that it serves its purpose quite well. Thus it never ran out of the market. So we can say that its purpose is to “nicely clear the property without physical stress.” Let’s look at some common uses of leaf blowers.

Cleaning a large number of leaves: in the fall, everyone is a victim of a tremendous amount of shed leaves. The roads get blocked and lawns and yards get messy. And cleaning it all up with a broom causes physical distress. It takes forever to clean it up. But the leaf blower turns hours worth of hard work easy and quick. Therefore, every household without a distinguished yard never fails to own a leaf blower.

Dusting: dusting is an additional advantage of a leaf blower. While cleaning up the dry leaves, you can dust your property as well. After using the machine, the yard becomes nice and clean. It keeps it dust-free. Leaf blowers can be used for dusting not only in your yard and lawn but also tractors, cars, roofs, porch etc. the leaf blower cleans off the dust hassle freely with just a simple sweep.

Removing snow: you might think that leaf blockers are only useful in the summer or fall but that stands incorrect. In fact, it can be used more efficiently in winter. The snow that blocked your driveway and piled up on your roof, covered your backyard, creates inconvenience in daily activity. Scooping them up with a shovel takes too much time and energy. But leaf blowers can simply remove them using the airflow. So you can have your lawn, driveway, roof and car-top clean without a fuss.

Alternative Uses of Leaf Blowers

Earlier discussed, These are some standard practices that the buyers use the leaf blowers for. But the very machinery has far better applications as well. Its alternate uses are handier and make the equipment more reliable and multi-purpose. Let’s look at some of its alternate uses as well.

Cleaning puddles: Puddles are what creates the source of inconvenience and unfortunate accidents. It may seem a bit insignificant to use a leaf blower to clean a puddle. But it works wonders. The airflow efficiently clears up the puddle’s substances without creating a whole lot of mess. Then you can fill the puddle hole to avoid puddle issues again.

Drying surfaces: many use the leaf blower to dry out surfaces like a car seat, couch, swing, carpet, garage mat, the roof, floor etc. The airflow of the machine quickly dries up the moist and makes it reusable in minutes. This trick comes in handy more often than you think.

Cleaning the roof: not just your lawn, the leaf blower can keep your roof clean and shining. If your roof has shingles, cleaning and clearing, it is super easy with a leaf blower. It reduces risks and cuts the cleaning time to half. Therefore you do not really need any extra equipment for roof maintenance.

So these are some safe applications of the leaf blowers. You can use them for all and you will not be disappointed for once. So the leaf blower is multi-purpose equipment.

Alternatives to Leaf Blowers

Many people question and protest the existence of leaf blowers. Because of its noise generation, it is least liked as garden equipment. So people use many alternatives as a replacement for leaf blowers. Let’s look at some of them.

Yard Sweeper: Yard sweepers have push-around handles and they have a construction like a lawnmower. These sweepers are hand-powered, easy to control and very simple to clean and store. It is better than the rake and broom. It works well on grass and concrete both effectively. But the cleaning process is time and energy-consuming.

Rake: Rakes are like spiked long handle brooms. It is the handiest and quietest garden equipment of all. It sweeps away the debris nice and smooth. Without a hassle, the work is done. Rakes and brooms work alike. The process of using it is slow but thorough.

Electric Leaf Vacuum: There are vacuums available in the market which only have suction tubes. These machines vacuum the leaves inside and collect them in the collection bag. It is a very effective alternative to the leaf blower.

Lawnmowers: We all are familiar with the machine, lawnmower. Even though its sole purpose is different, it can easily be used as a proxy for a blower. For small yards, the lawnmower can be used to remove leaves and debris from the property. But the lawnmower won’t be able to deal with a large amount of trash and leaf removing projects.

Limitation or Demerits of Leaf Blowers

Most of us are familiar with the term leaf blower. They make your lawn look beautiful. Every equipment that is meant to make your life easy has its disadvantages or limitaitons. A leaf blower is no different. Generally, leaf blowers generate power through electricity, battery, or gas. So the danger level entirely depends on the fuel type. Some of the character limitations that you might face while using a leaf blower is given below.

Leaf Blowers Make Noise: One of the common problems is the noise. They create tremendous sound. It also depends on the fuel, but the more reliable the machine, the louder the sound. The best way to avoid this is to wear something to cover your ears. If you don’t do this, you might damage your ears. Not to mention, you might receive some complaints from the neighbors. Gas-powered leaf blowers create noise beyond the capacity of an average human. So if you don’t want to face any hearing issues shortly, use something to cover your ears. A leaf blower can damage your relationship with your neighbors as a constant loud noise can make anyone irritated. If you are using a leaf blower, make sure you notify them beforehand.

Law Restrictions: Many neighborhoods around the USA have restricted the use of leaf blowers for creating noise pollution. Leaf blowers can lead to permanent ear damage. If you’re using the leaf blower regularly, it might generate some fuss. Check out the laws and regulations of your neighborhood before you turn on your leaf blower.

Air Pollution: Cars are the worst enemy of air. Leaf blowers can produce the same amount of toxic elements as a car does. It also affects humans nearby. They’re polluting the air around you. Batteries usually don’t emit any harmful component, but when you throw away the used battery, it pollutes the environment as most of the cells are not biodegradable. Electric leaf blowers also don’t have this issue. But they have other problems. Lawns often have debris and dust. That’s why we clean them. When we turn on the leaf blowers, it can create a layer over your clothes and affect your health afterward.

Physical Pain: We use leaf blowers to ease our pain. But sometimes leaf blowers can be the reason behind your pain. Leaf blowers weigh a lot. Though they have different styles, some of them are handheld, some of them are backpack style. They usually weigh around 25 pounds. Sometimes more than 25 pounds. Twenty-five pounds can be a huge burden for your back or your shoulder. And lawns can take a pretty long time to clean. If you hold that massive thing for an extended period, it can leave permanent damage. If you are thinking about buying wheeled leaf blowers, let me tell you that they weigh around 100 pounds. Yes, you read it right 100 pounds. You might say, “ But I won’t be carrying it right, so it shouldn’t do any harm.” But you’ll have to take the leaf blower around while cleaning. Your hands might hurt a little afterward.

Limited Runtime: If you have a wired leaf blower, then you won’t face this issue. But if you have a cordless leaf blower, it can be a concern. Cordless leaf blowers need charging in a short time. This means they run out of charge quickly. Just think, you’ve cleaned a portion of your lawn, and your leaf blower died. You will have to wait until it’s charged again. Such a painful experience!

Risk of explosion: Leaf blowers that are powered through gas or oil have this risk. If somehow, it comes in connection with the fire, it can lead to an explosion. You will have to be very careful while storing the fuel. A minor distraction can lead to a massive accident. Even if a certain amount of fuel leaks, it will cause environmental pollution. Always double-check the PowerPoint. Sometimes sparking can cause a fire. To avoid any accident, always be careful while using a leaf blower.

Top Manufacturers of Leaf Blowers

A leaf blower is a gardening tool, also known as a blower. It usually has a nozzle that collects the debris like leaves and cuttings of grass. Different manufacturers are specialized for different types of leaf blowers. They come in different types depending on the fuel system. They can be either powered by gasoline or electricity. In some areas, leaf blowers are banned from using as they make a tremendous noise. Here are some of the manufacturers of leaf blowers.

Atlas: Atlas leaf bowlers have various qualities. They are lightweight, which means you won’t have to face any back pain or shoulder pain. They are mainly cordless. All the outdoor power tools marketed by the Harbor Freight chain of tool stores. They have two options for lithium rechargeable battery systems; you can choose between 40V and 80V. The 40V is usually orange and grey, and 80V is orange and black. The 40V only supports leaf bowlers, but 80V supports leaf blowers, string trimmers, and lawnmowers.

Billy Goat: Billy Goat leaf blowers are an American company situated near Kansas City, Missouri. They usually manufacture professional outdoor products and household tools. In 1967 they started as a subsidiary of a clipper manufacturing company, and after two years, it came out without any claim, only for itself. Billy Goat was under Briggs & Stratton.

Black Decker: Black Decker completed their 175th year in this industry. It is mainly known as The Stanley Black & Decker Corporation. This American manufacturing company has produced and sold quality products for over a century. They have hand tools, power tools, security systems. It has subsidiary brands like Stanley, Black & Decker, DeWalt, Mac, Bostitch, and more. It has been the leading manufacturing company for over 100 years, and hopefully, it will also be in the upcoming year.

Craftsman: Craftsman was established in 1927, and after that, it became a label. The Sear department store first registered Craftsman. Now Stanley Black & Decker acquire this company. The raw materials are sourced from abroad, and then they are assembled in America. So we can say that this company is based in the USA. They have various types of lawn keeping tools, including different leaf bowlers. They have gas-powered, walk-behind, backpack style, electric-powered leaf blower models. It’sIt’s a budget-friendly brand.

DeWalt: DeWalt is a brand that works under Stanley Black & Decker. Stanley Black & Decker is the first manufacturing company when it comes to global tools and hardware. In 1923 DeWalt’s. DeWalt’s used to sell woodworking machines. After that, they started making different types of devices. Now they have over 1000 various tools. In 1992 they made electric-powered tools. Their main tagline is “Guaranteed tough.”

Echo: The echo is a subsidiary brand of the Yamabiko corporation. Yamabiko corporation is situated in North America, Illinois. It was founded in 1972. From 1979 they started shifting their focus towards outdoor power tools such as lawn maintenance tools. Their presence in America is prominent. They have over 6600 independent dealers all around America. Home depot is one of them.

Eliet: in 1980 by Emiel Lietaer established Eliet. The company is situated in Belgien. They have lawn care equipment and outdoor maintenance products. The best part is they have a creative lab where all the outdoor gear is designed. They provide a range of affordable products.

Greenworks: Changzhou Globe Co is a company based in Changzhou, China. This corporation runs the Greenworks’ brand. They are specialized in battery-powered outdoor equipment. All of their products are run through electricity, which makes them an eco-friendly company.

Hitachi: Hitachi is known all around the world, for it’ sits a quality product. Namihei Odaira founded this company in 1910. They have a variety of products. Deriving from the information and telecommunication sector, now they have established their name in the free tool section.

Homelite: Homelite Corporation is a power equipment manufacturer based in America. They are well known for their chainsaws. Before Homelite, it was Homelite Electric and Lighting company that produced portable generators and troops for civilians and soldiers way back in 1921. Then they shifted towards lawn equipment.

Redmax: It’sIt’s a brand based in North America. They are well known for their trimmers, chainsaws and leaf blowers. But before this, the company’s company’s root was founded in Japan in 1910, and back then, it was known as Tokyo Gas Kogyo company. They changed their name quite a few times. They have ten different types of leaf blowers, along with backpack and handheld blowers. Recently they have launched a battery-powered product line.

Bans of Leaf Blowers

Leaf blowers are banned or restricted over 80 areas (cities, towns, countries and states). The main reason for such action is the amplified noise generation. Some leaf blowers’ noise level is so high that it can only be used wearing the noise-canceling headset. It caused Hearing impairment of the user and extreme noise pollution made it unbearable for the inhabitants. So several towns had restricted the noise level to 65-90 decibels. And a blower making sound above the level is strictly prohibited from using. It started getting negative sights for the noise, right after it had been released. Since 1975 different parts of the United States of America have restricted the machine. So the makers kept trying to make it more convenient for the user.

The other reason for getting a ban from areas was environmental pollution. The machine runs on fuel. It uses an internal combustion engine. In the very process, it discloses carbon monoxide, nitrogen oxides, hydrocarbons, and particulates in the air. The authorities linked it to environmental pollution and a risk to people’s health. It is more likely to cause cancer, heart disease, asthma by the smoke containing harmful gasses.

Things to Check before Buying a Leaf Blower

Power Measuring Type: there are two significant terms to know if you are trying to find the perfect leaf blower. They are CFM and MPH. CFM stands for cubic feet per minute and MPH stands for miles per hour. CMF indicates the air volume released by the blowers in a minute and MPH indicates the speed of the airflow.

Now, you may think that speed is the main feature for the best performance. If the MPH of the machine is good, that is enough. But the durability and best performance of the leaf blower depends on the CFM. The more CMF level it has, the more amount of leaves it can move. So you might need to keep it in mind while buying.

Noise level: having a clear concept of noise levels is essential before you buy a leaf blower. For evaluating the noise level the blower might generate, first, we need to know which fuel type it is, gas/electrical/battery. Then the purpose of your purchase. Different works require different types of leaf blowers. The fuel-powered blowers make the most noise. And the battery-powered engines make the least noise. So you need to evaluate the terms and buy one accordingly. These are two factors you must look into before purchasing a leaf blower.

Which Leaf Blower is Best for you?

The answer to this question relies on the purpose of what you need the leaf blower for. Let’s get an insight into which leaf blower is best for different purposes.

Minor projects: for solely personal use, like cleaning your yard and patio, clearing the street in front of your house, the handheld blower would be the appropriate choice. It will be easy to handle and it has sufficient power to get the job done perfectly without a hassle. It is budget-friendly for a household.

Large project: For extended cleaning yards and fields, clearing leaves off the entire block, the backpack blower is the way to go. It is portable and can be easily carried around. Its hassle-free mobility features and ease of management makes it super effective for large projects like this.

Professional projects: For professional use, used at factories, farms, parks, or any ground over 1 acre, the walk behind leaf blowers is the best choice. It gets a large number of leaves and debris managed at a time. These leaf blowers usually clean stadiums and public parks. They save time and get the work done without any hassle.

So, pick what you want to use your leaf blower for. Then you actually are sure if you are picking the right one or not.

How much does a leaf blower cost?

From the chart below you will get a very good idea of how much leaf blower costs.

Type Price range
Corded Electric Leaf Blowers $30 to $110
Cordless Electric Leaf Blowers $150 to $300
Gas-Powered Handheld Leaf Blowers $90 to $220
Gas-Powered Wheeled Leaf Blowers $280 to $800
Gas-Powered Backpack Leaf Blowers $160 to $480

Suggestions according to the needs:

For easy and small jobs: for a small yard and garden cleaning, handheld blowers are ideal. Some are mentioned below:

Handheld blower:

 Name Weight Power type volume of air Max airspeed Accessories
Toro 51619 Ultra Blower/Vacuum 8.5 lbs Electric 350 CFM-

410 CFM

250 MPH 1. vacuum tube,

2. zip bag,

3 .concentrator nozzle,

4. cord storage hook

Hitachi RB24EAP Handheld Leaf Blower 8.6 lbs Gas 441 CFM 170 MPH 1. taper nozzle

2. owner’s manual

Makita BHX2500CA Commercial Grade 4-Stroke Handheld Blower 9.8 lbs Gas n/a 145 MPH 1. long nozzle,

2.  round end nozzle,

3.  tool kit.

Medium jobs: for working on a few yards or maybe your whole block is a time-consuming work. So backpack leaf blowers are quite adequate for the work. Let’s look at some backpack leaf blowers.

Backpack Blower:

 Name Weight Power type volume of air Max airspeed Accessories
Husqvarna 965877502 350BT 22.5 lbs Gas 692.17 CFM 180 MPH 1. The offset handle

2. Padded harness

3. hip belt

Poulan Pro 967087101 48cc 22 lbs Gas 475 CFM 200 MPH n/a
Husqvarna 570BTS Gas Leaf Blower 24.5 lbs Gas n/a 236 MPH 1. Sturdy harness

2. User manual

Heavy/industrial jobs: For work that requires heavy debris removal (acres fields or factory areas), the wheeled leaf blower would do the work. It is immensely powerful and the wheels take the pressure off the heavy work time.

wheeled blower

 Name Weight Power type volume of air Max airspeed Accessories
Southland SWB163150E Walk Behind Leaf Blower  

88 lbs

Manual Recoil Easy Start 1200 CFM 150MPH 1.Noise-canceling headphones (sold separately)

2. User manual

Mantis Little Wonder Optimax Leaf Blower 160cc Honda Engine 9160-02-01 140 lbs Honda engine fuel 1397 CFM 153 MPH 1. User manual
Billy Goat F902H Walk Behind Leaf Blower 150 lbs Honda engine fuel 1700 CFM 200 MPH 1. User manual

Leaf blower Noise and Expenses

Leaf blower noise is an issue. But with a problem, there came along some measurements as well. The law restricted the noise level not to be above 90 decibels, which was the highest level that was tolerable by the human hearing. Also, additional noise-canceling headphones were introduced as a cure and protection from the harm of extreme sound. The low-frequency sound energy of the gas leaf blowers measured transmits more readily over longer distances making them more readily audible and of more significant noise impact to the community.

There are very few expenses included in the maintenance of the machine. Other than the fuel/battery expenses, it does not cost much to own a leaf blower. The parts of a blower are easily available on Amazon or any hardware store at a reasonable price. From around $5-$20, every part of the machine (except the engine) can be replaced. So the expense of owning a leaf blower is nothing to be worried about.

How to Maintain a Leaf Blower to make it long-lasting?

Maintenance is the key to every long-lasting and durable equipment. So you increase the estimated lifespan of your leaf blower by following some of the routine checkups. You can use a fuel stabilizer for better performance of the machine. It gives the blower a longer lifeline. You must always clean up after using the blower and try to repair any dysfunction right away before it acts out. A leaf blower is a multi-purpose machine but some seasons, it can be less than needed. So you need to store it somewhere safe and dry so that it can not catch rust. You must clean it thoroughly before storing it. You may need to run the blower until it uses up all the fuel left inside and run it until it dies. Then you can clean it and put it in the storage.


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