Three Things to Consider Before Buying a Leaf Blower

A leaf blower is a staple that can make your life much easier.

Man blowing leaves off of the sidewalk
A powerful leaf blower can clean lawn debris with ease, and save your shoulders and back from the pain and soreness of raking leaves.Pixabay

Many people worry about the hassle of raking up leaves. It takes a great deal of time to clean them from a lawn. If this sounds like you, it’s time to consider adding a leaf blower to your outdoor tool arsenal. A good blower will cut the time, stress, and worry you have about leaves, and you may actually find yourself enjoying this little seasonal “workout” a little more.

Style

DEWALT 20V MAX 5.0 Ah Lithium Ion XR Brushless Blower
When it comes to leaf blowers, you’ve got options for handles, length, color, and of course, motors.DEWALT

There are three main kinds of leaf blowers. Many people prefer a handheld leaf blower because it is lightweight and easy to use, though it doesn’t have the ability to get rid of large debris. Backpack leaf blowers are ideal if you need something more powerful or if you have a large swath of land to clean. A backpack leaf blower also has the ability to blow away heavier things like sticks and small rocks. The third type is a walk-behind leaf blower, and it is the most powerful. However, it’s typically used by professionals to blow away not only leaves, but also things like garbage, say after a large outdoor sporting event.

Noise

Greenworks 40V 150 MPH Variable Speed Cordless Leaf Blower
In the neighborhood, you want a quieter leaf blower.Greenworks

If you’ll be using a leaf blower in residential areas, you may want to opt for a quiet machine. This will keep noise complaints for your neighbors at bay. However, if you do need a leaf blower to be more powerful, make sure you use it at a reasonable hour so you don’t give your neighbors a legitimate reason to gripe.

Power

Hitachi Gas Powered Leaf Blower, Handheld, Lightweight
A high-speed motor doesn’t necessarily mean more power.Hitachi

It’s natural to think that by buying a higher speed leaf blower, you will have more power. However, this is not the case. It instead means that air comes out of the leaf blower faster. So, what you really need to look at is the volume of air that comes out of the leaf blower per minute. This determines how far away the leaf blower can push the leaves. The higher the volume, the less time you’ll spend blowing leaves.