The leaf blower is one of the most underrated and under appreciated pieces of lawn equipment. While it has the power to transform a person’s lawn from average to awesome, so few gardeners and lawn care enthusiasts give it much thought. Which is unfortunate because this tool is one that belongs in the arsenal of anyone who wants to keep their outside space neat and tidy.
Another thing that keeps people from purchasing the best leaf blower possible is that they often just grab the first one available without much thought to its features or its intended purpose. Which is why I’ve decided to list the top ten leaf blowing models currently available below. Just to make it easier to choose a model that will get the job done right.
10. Homdox 600-Watt Handheld Blower
This portable dust blower is not only good for cleaning leaves out of rain gutters and flower boxes but is also good for a variety of other tasks and can be used in a person’s car, boat or out in the garage. It features a powerful 600-watt motor which delivers 16,000 RPM of force, which makes it ideal for clearing out sawdust, wood shavings, and cobwebs or to be used as an electric broom. This model comes with a 69-inch power cord and only weighs approximately 3.3-pounds. This allows it to be carried just about anywhere and easily used for a number of different jobs.
9. Toro Power Sweep 51585
While this electric blower only weighs 4.6-pounds and is compact enough to be carried just about anywhere, it’s packed with a pretty good amount of power. It can generate 160 miles per hour airspeed that comes out of the end of the blower at 155 CFM. It has a control switch that makes it easy to use and the operator can choose between using the 130-MPH setting or the 160-MPH setting, depending on their needs. These features make it ideal for using it to clear leaves and other lawn debris away from driveways and sidewalks and for using around patios and decks.
8. Greenworks 24012 Single Speed Blower
While many blowers are impressive for the number of features they pack into a single device, this one is fairly impressive because of its simplicity. It only has a 7-Amp single-speed motor but it manages to deliver 160 MPH air speed that’s powerful enough to get leaves, dirt and other forms of lawn debris moving along. It’s lightweight, easy-to-use and simply gets the job finished quickly. The only additional feature that can be found on this unit is its safety cord lock to prevent the cord from becoming disconnected. Otherwise, it’s just a simple blower that can be used for a number of jobs.
7. Kobalt KHB 400B-06 Cordless Blower
This lightweight blower may be a cordless model but it delivers power that can rival many of the corded models of blowers currently available. Using an 80-volt battery, which can be charged in approximately 30-minutes, this unit can deliver up to 125-MPH of air speed for about 20-minutes or longer, if used at a lower power setting. It’s small enough to be carried to just about any job and will do a fine job of clearing leaves and other forms of lawn debris. While it won’t replace bigger blowers for heavy-duty jobs, it’s size makes it perfect for light, around the housework.
6. Serene Life Corded Handheld Leaf Blower
This blower is designed for individuals who are looking for a lightweight and simple solution for cleaning up their lawn debris. After all, not everyone needs a lot of force and prefer a unit that accents reliability over power. This unit weighs less than five pounds but is capable of delivering air speeds of 135 MPH, just powerful enough to complete small leaf clearing jobs. It’s lightweight enough to be used by one hand and can be taken anywhere. And since it is made from sturdy ABS plastic, it’s sure to hold up to even the busiest sessions of yard work. It’s just a reliable unit that gets the job completed, easily and without a whole lot of trouble.
5. Earthwise LB20058 Variable Speed Blower
The Earthwise LB20058 is not only a powerful solution for cleaning up lawn and leaf debris, but it’s also fairly Earth-friendly as well. This cordless blower uses 58-volt 2.0 Ah lithium-ion battery and comes with a charger to charge said battery. This unit delivers up to 105 miles per hour airspeed at a rate of 480 CFM that can be adjusted according to the user’s needs. Which makes it an ideal unit for clearing leaves from storm gutters or flower boxes or going around decks and patio borders. And since it has a brushless motor, it’s as reliable and durable as any other blower.
4. Husqvarna 965877502 350BT Backpack Blower
This blower is designed with the end-user in mind and that’s evident from its unique design. Featuring an innovative backpack design that allows the unit to be easily carried to and from the job, this blower has all of the tools a person would need for their debris clearing. It has a 2.1 HP X-Torq gas-powered engine and produces 494.41 CFM of air force. It’s comfortable to wear, thanks to a load-reducing hardness and wide shoulder straps and is easy to start things to its air-purge system. All thing considered, this blower is good for anyone looking to get a jump on their leaf clearing.
3. Hitachi RB24EAP 2-Cycle Gas Powered Mower
The Hitachi RB24EAP is a blower which can not only deliver more power than many of its competitors but can also do it in a more environmentally friendly way. Its 23.9cc commercial grade engine can deliver up to 170 miles per hour air speeds, when used with the unit’s taper nozzle, and can do it using low-emission 2-stroke technology. This means that it produces fewer fumes than some other models that are currently available. It’s also lightweight, weighing only 8.6-pounds and is balanced in such a way that it’s easy for the average user to hold and use.
2. Hitachi Tanaka TRB24EAP 2-Cycle Gas Powered Blower
This Tanaka blower is not only considered to be one of the lightest full-size blowers on the market but it also one of the most powerful. It weighs only 8.6-pounds but can deliver up to 441 CFM of power. This is enough force to quickly and efficiently push leaves, dirt and other debris out of the user’s way. It uses a 23.9cc commercial grade 2-stroke engine that not only delivers performance every single time it’s started but is also extremely reliable. All of these features make this blower ideal for anyone looking to get their yard work done quickly, whether they’re a homeowner or a professional landscaper.
1. Worx Turbine 12-Amp Corded Blower
This unit uses patented turbine jet technology to deliver the power and performance yard work enthusiasts have been looking for in a blower. Often considered to be one of the best leaf blower models currently available, this unit only weighs a mere 6.4-pounds, so it’s easy to use without getting fatigued, but also delivers air flow up to 110 miles per hour. And with variable speed control, the user can decide just how much power each job needs. All of this can be found in a blower with a nice, good-looking design that should provide the user with many seasons of use.
A Guide To Buying Leaf Blowers
Leaf blowers are amazing machines that do a good job of cleaning leaves and other yard debris off of a person’s property or into a more manageable pile. However, it’s also a household tool that few people really think about because they consider all of them to be the same. That simply isn’t the truth. There are many differences not only between brands but between all of the different types of leaf blowers available, so it’s important for the homeowner to do their due diligence when selecting one.
To help our readers select the very best leaf blowers available, we decided to not only list the ten best models currently available, but to also create a guide which will help the reader differentiate between the different features that can be found on leaf blowers. That way, they can find not only the best overall model but the model that’s best for their property. Enough said, let’s get started straight away.
Electric Versus Gas Leaf Blowers
One of the oldest questions asked about these machines, and one most likely asked just seconds after the first electric leaf blower was invented, was whether an electric leaf blower is better than a gas one and vice-versa. Although just about anyone who has used both of these models will have their own particular favorite, we’ve decided to enter the fray by listing the pros and cons of each model below.
Electric Leaf Blowers
Pros: Quiet, Low Maintenance, Light, Easier To Start
Cons: Limited Range With Corded Models, Battery Models Require Periodic Recharging
As you can see, electric leaf blowers are generally pretty good. Although the corded models do have a limited range—unless you’re willing to hook up a large extension cord (or a number of long extension cords—and battery-powered models need to be periodically charged, these limitations are simple to overcome.
Gasoline Powered Leaf Blowers
Pros: No Need To Worry About Cords Or Batteries, Usually Has More Power, Has An Unlimited Range
Cons: Can Be Noisy, Requires Gas & Oil, Can Be Difficult To Start At Times
As you can also see from the above pros, gasoline models also have their own benefits. The primary one is that you aren’t limited by cords or don’t have to worry about keeping several lithium-ion batteries packed with you. However, they do require gasoline and oil to run, so that’s something you’ll have to keep close at hand. The main advantage of these blowers though is that they are usually more powerful than electric models. Which is very beneficial to many people, particularly professional landscapers.
Additional Features To Consider
Now that you’ve narrowed down your leaf mower to one of either electric or gasoline powered models, it’s time to look for additional features that may make the leaf blower easier to use. Although the scope of this article is unlikely to cover every single aspect of the leaf blower that you need to consider, we can cover some of the basics, so let’s get right into it.
Vacuuming & Mulching Features
Both vacuuming and mulching features are important things to consider. That’s because they not only allow the operator to move the leaves from one part of your property to another, but it actually allows the leaves to be disposed of. In the case of mulching leaf blowers, the leaves are turned into tiny particles that break down organically a lot quicker and can be used for making mulch. Vacuuming leaf blowers allow the leaves to be sucked up and then disposed of in a way that the property owner deems fit. Both of these are quite useful features.
Two Engine Or Four Cycle Engines
Although this obviously applies only to gasoline-powered leaf blowers, it’s an important feature to think about. Two-cycle engines are usually lighter than four cycle ones, but they do need oil to be blended with the gasoline for it to be used. Four cycle engines run only on gasoline, but they tend to be heavier and require periodic oil changes.
The Blower’s MPH Rating
As most people know, the leaf blower’s MPH rating actually stands for Miles-Per-Hour. This indicates the level of speed the air is projected from the blower. Since speed equates to power, it’s important for the person to buy the one with the highest MPH rating that they need. However, that doesn’t mean that they should buy the one with the highest overall MPH rating. Not everyone will need the force of 200+ MPH, especially when an increase in speed usually correlates with an increase in the blower’s size. So just choose the speed you need to do the job you need to be done and you’ll be fine.
The Blower’s CFM Rating
Another indication of leaf blower power is its CFM rating. Unlike the MPH rating, which just measures the speed exiting the blower, the CFM rating measures the volume of the air that it can move. Therefore, blowers with higher CFM (cubic-feet-per-minute) can move more leaves faster than ones with a lower CFM rating.
Reduction Ratios For Mulching Blowers
If your leaf blower has mulching capabilities, then it will probably have a reduction ratio such as 8:1, 12:1 or 16:1. What these numbers represent is the number of bags that leaves can be reduced to. For example, a blower with an 8:1 reduction ratio, 8-bags of leaves can be reduced to one bag. One with a 10:1 reduction ratio can reduce 10-bags down to just 1-bag.
The final feature worth mentioning is a blower’s speed settings. Some blowers allow the operator to alter the speed of the blower using variable speed controls or to lock in a particular speed. This often allows the operator to use a more powerful blower on a variety of different jobs by simply dialing down the blower’s speed when necessary.