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.”
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.”
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.
How Does a Leaf Blower Work? And, 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 and Parts
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.
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.
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.