How to Choose the Best Cordless Leaf Blower?

Posted on Dec 3, 2020

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Here are some facts about the best cordless leaf blower that can help customers to make better and smarter decisions. For further information, please read the following content.

What to Expect from the Best Cordless Leaf Blower?

A leaf blower, commonly known as a blower, is a gardening tool that propels air out of a nozzle to move debris such as leaves and grass cuttings. Leaf blowers are powered by electric or gasoline motors. Some units can also suck in leaves and small twigs via a vacuum, and shred them into a bag.

However, there is surely a lot of products on the market. How can the customers choose the best one for themselves? Here are some facts about the best cordless leaf blower that can help customers to make better and smarter decisions. For further information, please read the following content.

Different Types of Leaf Blowers

Choosing the right leaf blower starts with understanding your needs. There are several types of leaf blowers to choose from.

Handheld leaf blowers are the most common types for the home landscape. Other designs include backpack blowers and wheeled walk-behind blowers. These gasoline-powered machines provide power and more comfort for extended use in large areas.

Some blowers convert to vacuums, allowing you to collect light landscape debris, such as small twigs or leaves in an attached bag. Blowers that convert to vacuum/mulchers collect and grind the debris, simplifying disposal and creating mulch for use around the landscape.

In addition to traditional blowers, there are shop vacuums and string trimmers that convert to blowers.

Power Supply Options for Leaf Blowers

1. Electric leaf blowers are low-maintenance machines. They're lighter and quieter than gasoline-powered blowers and easier to start. Light-duty electric sweepers handle driveways, decks, and patios, while higher-power electric blowers are good for yards up to a quarter of an acre.

2. Cordless blowers have good mobility. High-voltage batteries provide power and runtime but add weight. Batteries periodically need recharging, so depending on the size of your landscape, you may want to have a spare battery available.

3. Corded blowers offer steady power without the weight of a battery but typically require an extension cord to operate. The cord restricts mobility, so these blowers work best clearing small yards and areas near the house. Follow the device manufacturer's specifications for compatible extension cords and see Power Cord Safety Tips.

4. Gasoline-powered leaf blowers deliver maximum mobility and runtime. These models are suited for large areas — a quarter-acre or more, depending on the model — and frequent or prolonged use. Gas blowers crank with a manual pull start. Some models start with an optional, powered device you purchase separately, eliminating the need to use the pull cord. Gasoline-powered blowers need the right fuel. Follow the manufacturer's requirements and read Fueling Outdoor Power Equipment for tips on keeping your machines running properly.

Features of Leaf Blowers

Beyond vacuuming and mulching capabilities, there are other features to help select the best leaf blower for your work.

1. Two-cycle engines offer a good balance of power and weight but run on a blend of oil and gasoline. You need to mix the fuel yourself or purchase it pre-mixed.

2. Four-cycle engines run on gasoline alone. They eliminate the need for mixing fuel but are heavier than comparable two-cycle engines and require regular oil


3. Ratings for amps (A) on a corded blower, volts (V) on a cordless blower, and cubic centimeters (cc) on a gasoline-powered blower all indicate power output.

4. Simplified choke operation makes startup easier on a gasoline-powered blower.

5. Miles-per-hour (MPH) ratings measure the speed at which air exits the unit and are another indication of the blower's power.

6. Cubic-feet-per-minute (CFM) ratings measure the volume of air the blower moves. Blowers with higher CFM ratings can move more debris.

7. Larger-diameter chutes or tubes included with some vacuum-capable models help collect leaves.

8. Reduction ratios — such as 10:1 or 16:1 — represent the number of bags of leaves a blower with mulching capabilities can reduce to one bag.

9. Speed settings allow you to control the airflow and movement of debris. Blowers may have fixed settings or variable-speed controls. Some let you set and lock a speed.

10. Vibration reduction features improve comfort.

How to Maintain a Cordless Leaf Blower?

Make sure you have plenty of space to work with before you begin looking at your leaf blower. You'll need a well-ventilated area if you have a gasoline-powered leaf blower. Use a drop cloth in your work area to make cleanup easier.

Specific aspects of leaf blower maintenance may differ between models. This article covers general practices. Be sure to read the documentation that came with your leaf blower before starting to work on it. The documentation might also include a maintenance schedule. Be sure to always follow the manufacturer's instructions. Remember to contact the manufacturer with any concerns or questions.

Turn your leaf blower off and let all moving parts come to a stop before performing any maintenance, cleaning, or inspections.

Remove the spark plug wire from the spark plug on a gasoline-powered leaf blower. Disconnect an electric leaf blower from its power supply. Follow any pre-maintenance procedures the manufacturer specifies.

How to Properly Store Your Leaf Blower?

Don't overlook the importance of storing your leaf blower properly.

1. Allow the blower to cool before it's stored.

2. Store the leaf blower in a dry, well-ventilated place. This ensures fumes don't come into contact with sparks or open flames.

3. Make sure the leaf blower is out of the reach of children.

4. Manufacturers might recommend running the fuel system dry or storing the blower with the tank full of fuel mixed with a fuel stabilizer for long-term storage.

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