Got leaves? This time around of year almost all of us do: on our lawn and driveway, our walks and roof, and in the gardens and gutters. Nothing quicker relocates leaves to more desirable areas when compared to a leaf blower. Considering that leaf removal can be an autumn priority, we visited work that will help you find the appropriate model leaf blower to complete the job. Compared to that end, we tested 10 machines across several popular categories. We evaluated traditional gas-engine models and two-stroke models that take the familiar 40:1 and 50:1 fuel-oil blends. And half of the machines we tested are powered by a battery, the most ever inside our test history-electric blowers (and other battery-operated power tools) continue steadily to improve and impress.
What you ought to FIND OUT ABOUT Leaf Blowers
Gas or Battery Powered
We realize from experience that the run time of handheld cordless leaf blowers is brief, but we never measured it until this test. For gas-engine machines, they often times run for one hour or even more on a tank of fuel. Battery options appeal for a number of reasons: They produce no fumes, and so are easy to operate (there’s no gas engine to start out), typically lighter, and remarkably powerful. For extended leaf-clearing sessions, however, they might need multiple battery. Gas-engine blowers have longer run times than cordless blowers, and if you’ve got extreme leaf clearing ahead, there’s no replacement for their power and capability to be rapidly refueled and continue.
Backpack or Handheld
By taking the strain off your arm and wrist, a backpack model can permit longer sessions; you could be less tired when you’re done. Also, a backpack model enables you to stop blowing leaves to go a gas grill, or some yard furniture, taken care of without needing to set the blower down or transform it off. Alternatively, these backpack models are bulkier machines and will take up more space in your garage or shed. Handhelds are smaller, lighter, and could become more maneuverable in tight spaces.
So, which do you get?
The thicker and wetter your leaf cover and the more debris blended with it, such as for example twigs and nuts, the more leaf-moving power you will need. If all you need is a thin layer that’s no deeper compared to the top of your shoes, a handheld or light-duty backpack will suffice. Either gas or electric should work. Ankle-deep leaves, particularly if they are wet, require a gas or electric backpack blower. Shin-deep leaves and deeper? Contact a pro-grade gas-engine backpack blower. If you want your machine and then sweep leaves or grass clippings from a driveway or sidewalk, go with a light-duty option-you won’t need as much capacity to move them across pavement, which includes significantly less friction than grass.
How We Tested
All of the blowers in this review were put through the same band of tests to acquire a clear impression of performance and usability. We performed an erosion test by hitting a 6×14-foot trapezoid of pavement covered in sawdust with an individual blast, to greatly help visualize the airflow of every blower. We also used them to clear a layer of leaves from a 6×12-foot rectangle of grass, and we measured run time of the cordless products by operating them consistently at maximum power. Our final test to measure air speed was possibly the most unusual in the annals of testing at Popular Mechanics. In order to measure boosts to 250mph, we primarily took our blowers to a tiny rural airport and measured air speed using the anemometer on an aircraft. With the success, and knowledge gained, from the original test, we purchased an MGL Avionics Stratomaster Vega air speed indicator (anemometer), powered it with a 12-volt DC power source, and built out own testing apparatus-air speed was measured six inches from the end of the blower tube.
Handheld Leaf Blowers
This handheld blower/vac from Husqvarna may be the most affordable gas blower we tested, and a significant value. We clocked the air speed at 109 mph, which from a numbers perspective is just a little less than others we’ve tested. The quantity of air is higher though, at 470 cfm (claimed), which appears to make up for this. Enough time to clear leaves from our test area was within one second of other gas handheld blowers we tested. So when we compared results from our sawdust test, we found the Husqvarna had an identical airflow pattern to the Stihl handheld unit, although slightly shorter. One design feature we appreciated was the offset on the blower housing, bringing the blower tube based on the handle. This makes blower use easier and less fatiguing, by limiting twisting due to backpressure when the throttle is pulled. We also included the 125BVX inside our leaf vacuum test, using the included vacuum tubes and bag
Oregon’s backpack battery and handheld blower were made to endure daily use by landscape professionals, together with provide the performance they might need. Air speed is on par with many gas-powered handheld blowers, at 127 mph according to your measurements. Air volume is 530 cfm, as claimed by Oregon. Inside our test area, it scattered leaves in seconds with a couple sweeps of the blower. Whenever we performed the sawdust test, the bulb-shaped pattern was long and wide, with a good feathered turbulent zone nearby the end. Unlike other backpack blowers, the BLH120VX uses a genuine backpack, the sort worn to school or on a hike, to accommodate the battery. One advantage is that people could put other activities in the pack, instead of our pockets, with all the blower. But, the pack doesn’t sit flat when you put it down-we pulled the battery out to stand it up for charging. Just about the most notable features may be the noise-or rather having less it. This can be the quietest blower we’