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What is a Leaf Blower?
Leaf blowers have a special place among other gardening tools in any household. If you have a leaf blower you won't need a rake, or a broom, or some other tools you are used to. The leaf blower is able to clear the ground of mowing, fallen leaves, branches, even snow, mud, construction debris, and in the most hard-to-reach places too.
A leaf blower will help you blow the leaves off your yard, or from a park, or other territories in no time at all, and without much effort. Main features of leaf blowers include the ability to quickly and effectively clean fairly big areas with hard-to-reach or narrow places without any strain. Also, if you strive for order in your garden or yard, you may be interested in wet-dry vacuums, special vacuum cleaners for cleaning both litter and water.
What Features to Compare
Before you go and decide what leaf blower to buy, first consider the area that you will be cleaning with it. This is the main distinctive feature of any lawn blower model. So when you know how big the area is, consider the Type of the leaf blower. Electric models are, of course, easier to use, as you do not need to think about fuel, engine ignition, and maintenance. There are two sub-groups here: corded and battery-powered. The first are more powerful, but you will need an extension cord. The latter are not bound to the outlet, but instead, may lack power and have limited working time before they need recharging. Petrol-based lawn blowers are a perfect solution for people who own large properties, as they are completely autonomous and highly efficient. However, you can not use a petrol leaf blower inside your house because the combustion engine throws into atmosphere some (although very little) exhaust gases that are detrimental to health. One more thing that you should think about in the type-related issues is a design. There are three types of leaf blowers: handheld, backpack, and walk-behind. The design is determined by the engine power, which also determines capacity and its type.
- Backpack lawn blowers are always petrol leaf blowers. The reason for this is that petrol leaf blowers are heavy, so the manufacturers produce them looking like backpacks, to reduce the load and distribute it the right way.
- Walk behind yard blowers are good for cleaning large flat areas, for example, a lawn, but they are not intended to pick up debris in bushes, or for any other 'pinpoint' actions, even if they do have an additional chute.
- Handheld leaf blowers are the most popular ones. Here you will find both electric and petrol leaf blowers. Some manufacturers equip their handheld leaf blowers with a shoulder strap, to shift some weight from user's hands to the body.
To evaluate the yard blower's efficiency, look at its Performance. This parameter is affected by the power and the airflow capacity. The air speed is measured in miles per hour (MPH). It is the most important parameter if you need to evaluate a leaf blower's usefulness for you, as the pressure over objects increases in quadratic dependency from the speed. The higher the speed is, the bigger objects the lawn blower will move. And the second part of this parameter is an air volume, measured is CFM (cubic feet per minute). The air volume defines the width of the air flow. More volume asks for less movement during cleaning. Although in an enclosed space it may be difficult to handle high air volumes.
The last but not least important thing to take into consideration when you choose a leaf blower is its Features and Convenience. While choosing such helpful equipment, pay attention to its weight, overall ergonomics and balance, how the manufacturer managed its design, what the vibration levels are, etc. Some yard blowers can offer additional features such as vacuum cleaners. Convenience is also strongly affected by its scope of supply: what nozzles you will get in a package and what job they are best to perform.
The majority of us will probably agree that autumn is a wonderful and amazing season. We like watching beautiful streets covered with colourful fallen leaves. But what do you say when it comes to cleaning your yard/garden from tons of these leaves? Well, it’s likely that you aren’t fond of the process very much especially if there is only a broom and a rake in your garden shed. However, with Makita leaf blower, keeping your yard in order won’t be a problem anymore. This is petrol equipment with 24.5 cc 4-stroke engine and 0.8 kW power. Working on pure petrol (without addition of oil), this blower produces less emissions in comparison to other petrol-powered models. As for the blower’s performance, it is determined by 10.1 m3/ min airflow and 144 miles per hour airflow speed. These measurements will help you handle both dry and damp leaves as well as small garden debris. Moreover, you can use this tool not only as a blower. On buying special equipment additionally, you’ll be able to use it as a vacuum too. A combination of the two functions will make the process of garden/yard cleaning faster and more effective.
Easier Than You Think
Quite a lot of people cast doubt on buying petrol equipment which is mainly explained by mere lack of desire to perform regular maintenance. However, this isn't the same about Makita ZMAK-BHX2501. Despite the fact this is a petrol-powered blower, operating it is easier that you'd think. The blower’s weight is rather small and makes only 4.4 kg. Yet, it's quite performing and allow users to use it for an hour or so on a single refill. Secondly, the blower features an ergonomic handle with a cruise control throttle for operators to easily adjust speed on the go without holding the button for all the time they do cleaning. What is more, an electronic ignition system and decompression valve make the start of the blower easy and fast. A well-thought construction with a translucent tank will surely come to your liking, making unit's maintenance much easier too.
More Products to Consider
Makita 195283-6 Suction Kit will come in handy if you want to extend the functions of your leaf blower and use it as a vacuum.
In case your blower is running out of petrol, the special Castrol Power 1 Engine Oil for a 4-stroke engine is what you need.
Husqvarna 350BT is a gasoline backpack leaf blower, meaning you just take it onto your shoulders like children take their school backpacks, and do what work you need to do. Husqvarna blower is manufactured in order to clean very large areas, such as backyards, front yards, patios, or parks. The design and autonomous feature of this cordless leaf blower will allow you to operate it at distances as far from your home as you wish and to perform cleaning of any difficulty.
Husqvarna 350BT leaf blower is designed to perform the most difficult tasks. It features the high-power X-Torq gas engine with reduced harmful exhaust emissions. Big air flow volume (692.17 CFM) and high air speed (180 MPH) provide for highly efficient cleaning of not only leaves but also debris and snow. And we assure you that this Husqvarna blower still performs excellently when the flora is lush and the ground is uneven.
Features and Convenience
You can control the air flow power of a Husqvarna blower with an adjustable handle. The back-piece of this gas backpack blower is designed anatomically correctly, so the leaf blower absorbs any shocks you can get while you carry it around. Soft shoulder straps do not impose pressure upon your shoulders, and the weight of this petrol leaf blower is distributed over your whole back evenly. There is also a belt for additional fixation. It is absolutely the best cordless leaf blower on our list.
Looking through a huge range of leaf blowers, it was impossible to miss out on this corded electric Worx WG501E model which definitely deserves attention. Some of you might suppose that operating electric blowers isn't exactly convenient for they are bound to power sockets and are limited by a cord length. This is partially true, but not so much about Worx WG501E blower. It's got a rather long 12-metre cord and thus, is pretty mobile. The blower supports three operation modes - blower, vacuum, and mulcher which are variable at a lever trigger. Worx WG501E blower comes with an angled nozzle to clean in hard-to-reach places such as under benches, patio furniture, through bushes, etc. What we liked about this model either is that it doesn't require too often emptying and can be used for prolonged time on small and middle-sized areas with comfort. All things considered, it can be used in your garden too and become an all-in-one helper for multiple jobs.
What Can you Do?
Speaking about performance, Worx WG501E demonstrates quite high rates and is hardly far behind petrol-powered tools. Reaching up to 210 miles per hour the airflow this blower can create can handle both dry and wet leaves and small branches. There are seven speed settings to choose from, depending on the area you need to clean. For cleaning litter, the speed is equal to 63 litres per minute. Impressive, isn't it? This also means that you can use it indoors on construction sites or in your shed to clean away the waste and debris. Great efficiency, small weight and capacious collection bag prove to show the value of Worx WG501E, making it a high-performing substitute to any broom or rakes.
More Products to Consider
To protect your eyes from dust or other particles which might appear during the blowing process, we recommend you to try Safety Spectacles Glasses With Soft Foam Seal.
Worried about safety of electric equipment? Consider Masterplug ARCDKG Safety RCD Adaptor.
Bosch ALB 18 LI Cordless Lithium Ion Leaf Blower
Mobile and Environmentally-friendly
Tired of dragging around rakes in a yard? There's an option. Bosch ALB 18 leaf blower will help you rid of leaves and small debris which clutter your lawn, paths and garden with ease. Unlike the other models in our review Bosch ALB 18 is battery-powered and absolutely independent from cords and fuel. You can use it in any part of your without being limited in movements. The other obvious advantage of Bosch leaf blower over other models is its quiet operation and emission-free performance. No harm to the environment whatsoever! However, with all that said, using it for only 10 minutes might be an issue for customers who need to clean quite large territories and so, we would not recommend it for those purposes. For all other jobs it will do fine. The 18 V 2.0 Ah lithium-ion battery keeps charge pretty well even in storage and can be replaced with any other one from the Bosch tool series, which can come in pretty handy for owners of Bosch tools collections.
The Easiest Thing Ever
Besides being mobile and environmentally-friendly, Bosch ALB 18 leaf blower is also pretty easy-to-use. Due to its compact size, it can be used not only in open areas but also terraces, arbours, furniture and in hard-to-reach places. 130 MPH airflow speed helps you handle all the leaves, branches and litter in the blink of an eye. With the blower’s weight of only 1.8 kilograms, cleaning garden or yard for a prolonged period of time isn't going to be a tiresome process. A soft handle cover provides a comfortable grip for enhanced user's convenience. The manufacturer has also thought-out the storage options and equipped the blower with a removable attachment that can be detached and kept away on a shelf. The unit itself is also small and will fit in a corner of your shed or garage.
More Products to Consider
Whitefurze G25LG1 Leaf Grabber Set will help you gather and move blown leaves to a waste bin.
If the only Bosch tool in your shed is this blower and there's no chance you can replace its battery with a different one, get Bosch 18 V Battery to keep in store.
Timberpro Petrol Powered Leaf Blower
Taking care of a garden is not only a way to keep your property neat but also have a rest from noisy civilisation. However, this process might be time-consuming, especially in autumn when there is a need to clean fallen leaves. To save your time and energy, try TIMBERPRO leaf blower. Being a petrol tool aimed at meeting your requirements, this leaf blower is highly effective and reliable due to 26 cc 2-stroke engine with 0.7 kW power as well as 10 m3/min airflow and 140 MPH speed. These very features allow the blower to handle leaves, small branches, and litter. Purchase TIMBERPRO leaf blower and make sure it will help you clean your garden, yard, or another outside area. By the way, this device is a good helper not only for personal purposes, it can be successfully used by public utilities to clean parks and streets.
If you have never worked with a petrol leaf blower before, we are ready to give you some advice. To start using it, prepare a mixture of petrol and special oil for a 2-stroke engine in 40:1 ratio. Pour it into the tank. The tank's volume is 0.5 litres, enough to support blower’s performance for one hour. Performance time is also affected by air cool option which protects the engine from overheating. The manufacturer has also taken measures to prevent hand fatigue which might come as an effect of a long cleaning process. Some might find 4.5 kilogrammes quite heavy to walk around, however, due to the anti-vibration system the load on your arms isn't going to be that big. One more thing to add to the usability of TIMBERPRO leaf blower is the variety of functions it can perform. Using a special vac kit, you can not only blow but also vacuum and mulch leaves and small litter. To gather all debris that you’ve vacuumed, the blower's equipped with a 45-litre collection bag. 10:1 mulch ratio lets you collect more leaves in one go. Consider the attachments that come in the box. 2 tubes – a wide one for a vacuum mode and a conical one for a blower mode – make the cleaning process easier. Toolkit is what will help you change tubes without any fuss. Eager to check how it works? Don’t hesitate – purchase TIMBERPRO leaf blower and turn the process of garden care into pleasure.
More Products to Consider
Ryobi RGA002 Two Stroke Oil for all Two Stroke Products is a necessary element to produce the right mixture to start the blower’s engine. And to mix petrol and oil in a more convenient way, you may want to use Draper 14447 1-Litre 2-Stroke Mixing Bottle.
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