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Leaf Blowers and Vacuums

A leaf blower is a garden tool that forcefully moves air out of a nozzle, thus sucking up debris such as grass cuttings and leaves. These devices are powered by gasoline and electric motors. They are typically backpack-mounted units containing a handheld wand or self-contained handheld units.

What do leaf blowers do?

Some of the lawn and garden projects whereby this machine might come in handy include:

  • Cleaning rain gutters
  • Removing grass clippings
  • Cleaning arenas, amusement parks, and parking lots
  • Breaking up or dislodging matted grass
What are the different types of leaf blower?

Choosing the right type is dependent on your needs. There are several different models to choose from. Handheld blowers are more common when it comes to the home landscape. Other designs include the wheeled, walk-behind, and backpack model. The gasoline-powered devices provide power and great comfort for extended use when working on an expansive area. These models also have a grinding feature, thus simplifying disposal and creating mulch that can be used around the landscape.

What are the power options of the leaf blowers?

Electric-powered: These require low maintenance. They are quieter and lighter than gasoline-powered models and easier to start. Light-duty electric blowers can handle patios, decks, and driveways. Higher-power models are good for large yards. Electric models further fall into two subcategories:

  • Corded: These offer steady power minus the weight of a battery. Due to restrictions on mobility, they are good in clearing small yards.
  • Cordless: They have high-voltage batteries that power and run them. These devices have good mobility but some added weight. The batteries need recharging from time to time.

Gasoline-powered: These models offer maximum runtime and mobility. They are suited for large areas and prolonged use. Gasoline-powered units usually crank with a manual pull.

What are some features of a leaf blower machine?

Beyond the mulching and sucking capabilities, you might want to consider the following features:

  • Noise level - Pay attention to the manufacturer's details so that you select one that does not exceed any decibel limits.
  • Two-cycle engines - These offer a good balance of weight but are powered by a blend of gasoline and oil.
  • Four-cycle engine - They run solely on gasoline. Though heavier, they do not require a mixture of fuel.
  • Power output - For corded models, pay attention to amp rating. On a cordless unit, look at the volts.
  • Larger-diameter tubes - These are included in some models. They are helpful in collecting leaves.
  • Speed settings - These allow you to control the movement of leaves as well as the airflow. Some machines may have variable-speed controls or fixed settings.
  • Vibration-reduction features - This capability enhances comfort.
What are the performance characteristics of leaf blower devices?
  • Loosening performance: This refers to the ability of the leaf machine to loosen up wet leaves and other debris, which an under-powered machine won't be able to.
  • Sucking power: This is the ability of the machine to suck in the leaves and other debris.
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