What you need to know about Leaf Blowers
Leaf Blowers are available in petrol powered
, corded electric
& cordless electric
models. There is also a choice between standard blowers
, which have the added benefit of being able to suck in leaves for shredding & collection. When deciding which model to purchase, there are a number of important factors to consider.Petrol Leaf Blowers
are more powerful & are suitable where larger areas need clearing. They are also louder than Electrical Leaf Blowers, and ear defenders
are often worn during operation. Being self powered frees them up for use over long durations & away from power sources. However, they are heavier than electric models & require more regular maintenance.Electric Leaf Blowers
are lighter and quieter, making them great for use in smaller spaces and close-packed urban areas. Cable length should always be a consideration with Corded Electric Leaf blowers, as they require a nearby power source, but they are able to be used over longer periods. Cordless Leaf Blowers have a limited run time & you may want to think about providing yourself with a good supply of long lasting batteries if you wish to use one for an extended duration. High amp-hour batteries will last longer, much like having a larger fuel tank, whereas high voltage batteries will provide you with more power, equivalent to a bigger engine. It is also a good idea to purchase a blower that shares its battery type with a tool you already own, to minimise battery costs.
With Leaf Vacuum/Blowers, check the collection bag capacity and the shredding ratio (also known as the mulching ratio). A larger collection bag does not always mean that more leaves can be gathered, as a higher shredding ratio will compact more leaves into a smaller space. If you are concerned about weight, look into purchasing a blower that includes a shoulder strap or wheels to ensure ease of use. Blowers can also be used to clear snow, dust & dirt. However, the weight of wet leaves means they are seldom effective in wet conditions.
Safety when using your Leaf Blower
Disposing of leaves is not difficult – they are ideal for composting. If burning them, it is imperative that you do so in an enclosed bin or area. Petrol Leaf Blowers produce hot exhaust fumes, & care should be taken during use to avoid injury. Always wear protective clothing such as gloves
. When operating corded tools outdoors, it is essential that you use an RCD adaptor
to safeguard yourself against electrocution. RCD adaptors will cut off power from the mains in the event of an earth current fault.
Maintaining your Leaf Blower
Most Petrol Leaf Blowers run on two-stroke oil
. Two stroke oil will power your blower & also contains lubricant to keep the engine in good working condition. The exhaust vents on Petrol Blowers will require regular cleaning to eradicate carbon build-up.