While leaf blowers seem like they are basic overall, there are actually several components that potential buyers should consider. For instance, there are gas, electric and battery-powered leaf blowers, all of which have some positives and negatives. Different models also have different wind speed powers. Consider a few different aspects before you purchase your next leaf blower:
Gas powered leaf blowers tend to be more heavy duty and offer an air speed of 215 miles per hour (MPH) or more. Most gas-powered engines have a 25cc engine with two cycles or similar components.
One very important consideration to the use of a gas-powered blower is that gasoline must be mixed with synthetic air-cooled engine oil, preferably 2-cycle. You cannot use boat or automotive oil with a blower. The oil and gasoline mixes together at a ratio of 1:40, which you can accomplish by combining 95ml oil into 4 liters of gasoline. Shake the contents together carefully and follow the specific directions on the leaf blower operation manual to fill the blower with the mix.
While some users familiar with mixing and using gasoline and oil are not bothered by this process, other homeowners may find this task difficult or disconcerting. A gas blower also dispenses fumes during use, which can leave a smell on the users’ hands and clothing.
Electric Leaf Blower
An electric leaf blower often has a 25cc engine with 4-cycle full crank capabilities. While the electric blower has less power than a gas blower, usually around 150 mph, there is no mixing of fuel and oil and the unit does not dispense gas fumes during use.
Using an electric blower requires the use of an outdoor-approved extension cord plugged into a 120-volt electrical outlet. Some users dislike being connected to an extension cord during use but other users find that using an extension cord is far simpler than mixing fuel and oil.
Battery-Powered Leaf Blower
A battery-powered blower uses a battery that plugs in and charges while the blower is not in use and then the battery connects to the base of the unit to provide power. Most battery-powered blowers have approximately 20 volts of power and provide a 140 mph air speed. Typically, a battery-powered blower uses a lithium-ion battery.
Owners tend to like the absence of a power cord or the need for gas and fuel when it comes to a battery-powered blower. However, many users have complained that the battery only lasts between 10 and 15 minutes at a time before needing to be recharged and the air speed is significantly less than a gas or electric-powered blower. YardMasterz.com did an excellent battery powered leaf blower round up you should take a look at.
Many leaf blowers also work as a vacuum or in other capacities, depending upon the manufacturer’s tools and attachments for the leaf blower. Consider the available attachments for the blower if you think you may need to use the leaf blower in other functions. In addition, check to see if the leaf blower attachments work interchangeably with other tools by that manufacturer if you own other brand-name tools. If the leaf blower is a battery-powered unit, see if you can use the battery pack with other tools.
Another important consideration to purchasing a leaf blower is the provided warranty. Most leaf blowers have at least a 2-year warranty. Find out if there are any limitations to the warranty or if repairs during the warranty period must be performed by certain authorized repair centers. In addition, inquire whether the warranty includes replacement coverage for parts that break or are damaged during the warranty period.
Although the cost of a leaf blower varies according to manufacturer, make and model, there are also a wide range of available prices. Most leaf blowers cost between $35.00 and $140.00. The cost varies according to engine type and speed, the method of power and other accessories.
Before buying a leaf blower, read reviews and comparisons of various blowers to see which ones are most popular and why. After all, if you are investing the money for a new leaf blower, well, you want one that will blow you away.