Goodbye Pesky Leaves! A Guide to Different Types of Leaf Blowers
Of all the landscape machines you can acquire, a leaf blower must be part of your arsenal. This is if you wish to make quick work of amassing leaves on your sidewalks or even a few acres of lawn. The best thing about this equipment is that they come in different sizes and designs to meet every type of leaf blowing need.
Before you embark on a search for your next leaf blower here’s your sure guide to the different types.
- 1 Electric Leaf Blowers
- 2 Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers
- 3 What about Leaf Mulchers and Vacuums?
- 4 Summing Up
Electric Leaf Blowers
This kind of blower uses electric power to operate. They are ideal for small patios and walkways since they are small and compact. You’ll love them for the weight they carry since you can work for extended hours without fatigue.
Corded Electric Leaf Blowers
In this category, we have blowers which use an electric cord to function. The device has to be connected to a power outlet to work. If you have a power outlet in your small compound, this is the blower for you as it is at full power and you can work continuously. Only that with a corded leaf blower you have to work within the length of the cable.
Cordless Electric Leaf Blowers
With cordless leaf blowers, they use a rechargeable battery for operation. They are as lightweight as cordless blowers with the advantage that you can move around your garden without restrictions. They don’t need much maintenance like it is with gas-powered blowers. For those with medium sized properties, this blower works perfectly.
But a cordless blower has to sacrifice some of the power as it does not get it directly from a power outlet. And, they have a limited runtime for around one hour before asking for a recharge. If you want an extended runtime, then you’ll want to invest in an extra battery.
Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers
Gas Leaf blowers pack the power and capacity to clean large areas of leaves and debris. Their engines can run with high displacement making them fit for every type of debris from matted leaves to twigs and sticks.
Handheld Gas Leaf Blowers
Being handheld, the weight is quite manageable. You can work for as long as the tank is fueled. Most of these use 2-cycle engines where you have to mix the oil and the fuel in recommended proportions. This means they need a fair share of care and maintenance. They are perfect for extensive areas in acreage since you are not limited to the runtime or cord length.
You’ll need to yank at a string for startup, but since they don’t have complicated engines, a few pulls are set to start the unit running in no time. They are also loud enough to warrant use of ear muffs so you may want to check this aspect before you bring it to your state.
Backpack Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers
Another unique category is the backpack blowers. As you can already tell from their name, you’ll use them while carrying them on your back. This is because they have a significant weight which could cause fast fatigue when carried on the wrist. They are designed with heavily padded back and shoulder panels to distribute the weight and reduce stress.
Their construction is heavy duty such that they can tackle the most complex blowing jobs. Their air speed and volume allow them to handle a few acres of land within a short time. These models are intended for commercial landscaping since they also cost over a few hundred dollars.
Most of these blowers do not meet noise level limits. As such they are restricted for use in some states. You’ll need to invest in good sound muffling gadgets. Nevertheless, these blowers make a perfect match for vast lawns.
Wheeled Gas-Powered Leaf Blowers
This category is quite interesting. The blowers here have wheels to make mobility much easier. They weigh more than double of what backpack blowers weigh. They are ideal for over four acres of flat land since they are powerful. But the power these blowers relay make them challenging to push on rough terrain.
What about Leaf Mulchers and Vacuums?
Leaf vacuums may work as a leaf blower, but their distinction is that they shred leaves into small bits before discharging them into a bag. These devices are designed to suck up leaves through their suction tubes. They are integrated with chippers which cut down the leaves and other yard debris as they are sucked in.
You may have a small area with many trees. The volumes of leaves become too much such that after you blow the leaves, it takes a long time to collect. Instead of blowing and collecting separately, a yard vacuum comes in handy to complete both tasks simultaneously.
If you also live in rough terrain, these machines are perfect since you’ll not be doing repeat jobs.
This type of equipment is a whole new category of yard maintenance. When it comes to mulching, a yard vacuum can only do so much. When you have over fifty gallons of leaves and debris, disposing of it is a bit of a hassle. That’s where the leaf mulch comes in. It is equipment dedicated to mulching where you input bags of leaves, and it shreds them into around two gallons where you can use the heap for compost or use it directly as fresh lawn mulch.
Most of these machines are stationary where they are designed in the shape of a hopper. They use an electric motor with blades or trimmers for shredding. They can handle over fifty gallons of yard debris a minute; hence they are ideal for large lawns.
We believe you can now figure out the type of blower and yard machine you’ll need. Each type of equipment is unique in design and functionality so you can tell which works for you. Do feel free to ask away any questions regarding any category.
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