As a gardening tool leaf blower are some of the most diverse gears you will have the luck to work with.
Now you may be thinking “Diverse? It’s only used to pile scattered leaves!”
Well not really. Although leaf gathering is the primary focus by association, it can also be used to;
- Clear snow
- Clean and dry driveways/ pavements/sidewalks
- Thread cables through the pipe
- Remove dust from electronic devices (computer),
- Remove grass clips
- Dislodge knotted grass.
Hence with the myth of the device’s “single-functionality” discarded, let’s move on to identify the features that will enable you to choose the right leaf blower!
Things to Consider While Buying Leaf Blower
There are many different types of leaf blowers available in shops around the country. So, what makes them unique from one another?
Simple! The Features.
So, here I’m going to discuss the factors that you need to
To answer this question particularly, given below are the main areas of their dynamic versatility!
The Type of Leaf Blower
To begin with, the differences take root from the user’s intention behind buying the device. A large space, for example, will require the assistance of a heavier gas-powered model as opposed to a small space where a compact hand-held electric one would suffice.
Thus, in this aspect, there are mainly three types of design to choose from when selecting a leaf blower-
1. The Handheld Leaf Blower
lightweight in design these types of blowers are versatile in nature and boasts user-friendly operation routine. However, due to its compact size, the handheld blower is inefficient in blowing away leaf or another disposable residue in bulk volumes.
Great for working in small yards and porches, you can use it to handle light to medium-sized snow, dust, leaf, and even sawdust remains.
2. Backpack Leaf Blower
For more power and prolonged run time, there is really no greater alternative to a backpack leaf blower. Manufactured to give consumers the maximum output within household domain or fields, garages and large shops this is an ideal device that excels at removing small branches or twigs, stones-pebbles, wet leaves, etc. with extreme ease.
3. Walk-Behind/Wheeled Leaf Blower
This third type of leaf blowers are basically manufactured for industrial/professional use and these are called the Commercial Leaf Blowers. Containing a lot of power, walk behind leaf blowers are functioned to clear away large bulks of leaves, garbage litters, metal scrapings, cardboard, and other heavy paper materials efficiently from the desired space within a record time.
The Noise Dispersion Characteristic
When thinking of buying a leaf blower one of the areas of substantial concern is how much noise the device is going to make during operation.
Leaf blowers are legendary garden tools for their noise-making capabilities, and it wouldn’t be farfetched to say that we ourselves have at one time or another blocked our ears in frustration while our neighbors went on a “cleaning spree”.
This just proves on to show how much of a thought you need to spare on this part of the device’s functionality. The amount of noise that a leaf blower produces depends on the type of power that the device runs on.
It is a common misconception that electric or battery-powered leaf blowers are assumed to make little noise as opposed to gas-powered. However, depending on the motor size and power equipped to each blower, the electric once could make lower, equal, or even louder noises than gas-powered ones.
Usually, as per manufacturers lobbyist, the device on an average makes 70-75db (A) sound. Hence a blower segmented as “quiet” will in effect go around making noise below the 70 dB (A) range.
Whether you decide to use the regular leaf blower or the Eco-friendly quieter ones, unless manufacturers are developing completely noiseless blowers there will always be some sound conundrum associated with clearing the yard off leaves.
Because subjecting oneself to prolonged high decibel sound can prove to be harmful to the ears, and the noise involved with the device makes everyone surrounding the region uncomfortable, therefore it is usually wise to follow some guidelines.
Guidelines You Need to Follow
- When turning on leaf blowers it is better to use ear protection such as earmuffs, earplugs, etc.
- To minimize the sound effect, you can also opt to keep the throttle or speed control at a lower level.
- Try to be considerate of others when using the device. It is always better to avoid times such as “quiet hours” in residential zones.
- Different cities have different rules and regulations (such as bans or decibel limitations) regarding the use of leaf blowers, hence before buying or using one, it is better to crosscheck the local law policy.
** You can also go to the “Noise Pollution Clearinghouse” to check the nationwide guideline from different regions online. **
The Power Mode
One of the major features to give special attention in times of choosing a leaf blower is the power source of the device. The power of the device greatly influences its productivity and maximum space coverage adaptability and in such are chiefly seen to come in two types-
1. The Electric Leaf Blower
This type of blowers is very easy to handle even if you are someone new to the job. Lightweight in design the device in terms of making operational sound is tad bit quieter compared to gas-powered ones (though this may not be true for some models
Depending on the voltage endorsed in the machine, light-duty electric blowers are ideal for working in patio, driveways, balconies or decks. Whereas high powered ones are perfect for cleaning sports court, yards, or any land with quarter-acre span.
Electric leaf blower also comes in two categories:
(a) The Corded Leaf Blower
As the name suggests, this type of leaf blowers is generally turned on by connecting the cord to a power socket. Hence this type of electric leaf blower can run for a long time without interruption as they have a continuous power supply.
But corded blowers on the other hand somewhat restricts the moving flexibility of the user. Thereby making it ideal to work for a domestic purpose such as clearing small yards, compact driveways, etc.
(b) The Cordless Leaf Blower
Cordless leaf blowers are habitually battery-operated devices. This feature makes the run time and productivity of the device to heavily depend on the voltage/power assigned to the batteries themselves.
Cordless blowers allow great freedom of movement, but the fact that the battery adds considerable weight to the design makes it a little bit convenient to carry around for longer work missions in case of large landscapes.
Also, the battery needs to be recharged at intervals to get the maximum output at all times.
2. The Gas-Powered Leaf Blower
These type of leaf blowers are just perfect for working in big areas such as huge lawns, fields, recreational sports grounds, sidewalks, and parks. Great for industrial use, the gas-powered leaf blower promises the optimum device run time along with user movement flexibilities.
Available in both pull-cord and push-button start the range that this device can cover depends upon the model purchased and the fuel being used as the power source.
Usually, larger built ones are industrially used by professionals to maintain large parks or regular road clean-up routines. Whereas the medium to small designed models is a preferable choice for individuals working with a quarter or more acre of land.
What more! With a little bit of attentive maintenance, you can use one of these devices for a long time thus eliminating the need to replace it every 3-4 years.
The Air Volume & Speed
The air volume and speed are perhaps the most important features to consider when thinking of buying a leaf blower.
- The air volume in this regard is usually calculated by cubic feet per minute (CFM)
- While the speed is expressed in miles per hour (MPH)
The Air Volume
The CFM of a leaf blower simply means the volume of air that comes out of the machine in one minute. In other words, the CMF determines the amount of debris that the device can move/manipulate at any time.
Hence a blower with high CMF will be able to push and pile large volumes of leaves per sweep.
On the other hand, airspeed measured in MPH simply translates to how far the given debris will be forced to move at any directional sweep. Thus, a higher airspeed usually means more leaves transferred at a greater distance.
This why when planning to shift snow, twigs, pebbles or clumped wet leaves from an area it is preferable to use a device with high MPH.
All leaf blower has an in-built turbine to move air depending on the designated speed and volume. As a result, it is important to maintain a balanced ratio between these two numeric in order to receive the optimum service depending on your purpose.
In this era of consumerism choosing any product out of the many options available is a dilemma indeed.
However, I believe that after going through this article determining the right kind of leaf blower would be the least of your concerns!