Leaf blowers are used to clear landscape debris, and they can help keep your property looking its best. There are several kinds, and they each come with different benefits and drawbacks. Below, we’ll break down what each leaf blower type has to offer.
Consider the Power Source
One distinction that separates leaf blowers is how they’re powered. Some run on electricity, while others are fueled by gas.
Electric Leaf Blowers
Electric leaf blowers provide the benefit of a relatively quiet, emissions-free operation. They’re typically easy to start, and their light weight makes them mobile and maneuverable. There are two types of electric leaf blowers:
- Corded blowers need to be plugged into an electrical outlet to operate. For this reason, they’re best suited for clearing areas that are close to the house. They tend to be very lightweight, and compatible extension cords allow these devices to clear leaves and twigs across a wider area.
- Cordless blowers are powered by high-voltage batteries. They give you the freedom to move from area to area without restriction. Note that the batteries add weight, which makes these devices heavier than corded models. Additionally, the battery’s life may not last an entire leaf-clearing session without needing recharging.
Gas Leaf Blowers
Gas-powered leaf blowers are cordless, and they’re usually more powerful than electric models. This leaf blower type is a great choice if you’re looking to remove debris from large areas, such as a yard that’s a quarter of an acre or more in size. They typically come with a manual pull ignition, but some models are equipped with an optional device that starts it. Gas-powered blowers tend to be louder than electric models, and they release emissions when used. The fact that they’re fueled by gasoline makes these blowers less convenient than electric blowers, and they generally require more maintenance.
Choose the Right Design
Leaf blowers are also classed based on their designs. Three model choices are offered: handheld blowers, backpack blowers and wheeled blowers.
- Handheld blowers are typically light, mobile and easy to hold while being operated. They may be powered by either gas or electricity.
- Backpack blowers are strapped to your back when used. These machines tend to be heavier than handheld models, but they’re reasonably easy to maneuver because of how they’re carried they’re carried. Backpack blowers usually offer more power than handhelds, and they can be used to clear debris from larger areas. Most backpack blowers are gas-powered, but there are some electric types available.
- Wheeled blowers, as the name suggests, are pushed along on wheels when in use. These blowers are typically heavier than other models. They also offer the most power, and they’re usually used for clearing leaves from large parks and public spaces. Most wheeled blowers are fueled by gas.
Taking the time to consider a leaf blower’s power source and design can help you select the best device for your needs and put you on the right track to keeping your property in top shape.
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