4 Leaf Blower Buying Guide Tips
Fall is on its way, bringing with it fallen leaves. Lots and lots of leaves. Constant raking can be overwhelming for even the most seasoned lawn care pro. But, leaf blowers make it quick and easy to tidy up your lawn, driveway and garden areas, allowing you to put the rake down and your feet up.
As you consider adding this new tool to your garage, keep these 4 factors in mind:
- Community Regulations
It’s important that you check and comply with your community rules. They may include time and noise restrictions, or even leaf blower bans. These typically only impact gas-powered equipment as it tends to be slightly noisier, but you always want to make sure you’re compliant.
- Gas or Electric?
Usually, gas-powered leaf blowers are the most powerful. Without power cords, gas-powered leaf blowers allow you to get the job done without being tied to a nearby outlet and can usually run longer.
Electric-powered leaf blowers are great for smaller properties. They’re typically lighter and quieter than gas-powered blowers, and they’re becoming more powerful but still have a shorter run time. New electric-powered leaf blowers, like the Briggs & Stratton® lithium ion battery powered cordless leaf blower provides 82 volts of power and their batteries can charge quickly.
- Handheld or Wheels?
Handheld leaf blowers take care of most jobs homeowners throw at them. They’re powerful enough to tackle a yard full of leaves, and require little maintenance and storage space. Wheeled leaf blowers are also available and are often used to make quick work of large areas.
It’s important to consider who will be using the leaf blower, and for how long they’ll be at work. Handhelds are typically 8-15 lbs., backpacks weigh a bit more – around 15-20 lbs. and wheeled can weigh anywhere from 75-200 lbs. Handhelds are compact and work well for smaller projects, backpacks are better for medium-large projects and weight is evenly distributed across your body, and wheeled are more cumbersome but provide a lot of power for larger projects.
Selecting the right leaf blower can keep you from raking your time away and get you back to doing the things you love most about fall.
*Remember, as with any other outdoor equipment, wear protective eyewear, hearing protection, gloves, long sleeves and pants, and sturdy, closed-toed, non-slip shoes while operating outdoor power equipment. Stay at least 50 feet away from others, and never point machinery directly at people or pets.
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