Which Kind of Leaf Blower Works Best for You?

As the leaves start falling, we’re all looking for easy ways to deal with them.  Some people rake them up into paper bags and let the city deal with them.  Some people burn them. Others shred them and put them in the compost pile.  Whichever one is your favorite method, a leaf blower can come in handy.  Blowers can also be used to clean up soil and dirt from hard surfaces, dusting off garage floors, cleaning porches, patios and decks.

Gas Powered Leaf Blowers

If you prefer to mix the gas and oil and pull a cord to get your leaf blower started this one is for you.  The gas-powered handheld or backpack blowers are convenient and powerful.  They are also noisier than other types (hearing protection required) and heavier to carry around, but they can go anywhere.  The backpack variety alleviates the problem of weight.

Electric Leaf Blowers

Electric leaf blowers can be powered by a cord or a battery.  They both have advantages and disadvantages.  The corded blower has limited reach and you may need multiple extension cords to reach your entire property.  They also have less power than the gas varieties.  Electric blowers are quieter and usually weigh less than 10 pounds, making them easy to carry.  The disadvantages of the battery powered versions are that you may not have very much time on a battery and will need backup batteries to keep working for longer periods of time.

Blower and Vacuum Combination Blowers

These combination blowers perform multiple functions including blowing leaves and debris, vacuuming leaves and shredding leaves.  One drawback to vacuums is that they may not pick up large leaves very efficiently.  Large maple or oak leaves, for example, may just get stuck on the intake tube and have to be moved in by hand.  They work well for shredding leaves once they get inside.  This type tool may have a bag attached that will catch the leaves or a hose and cover that will move leaves into a garbage can.  It also eliminates the need to have a separate blower and shredder. The vacuum works very well around shrubs and flowers and to clean out gutters also.