Leaf Blower Buying Guide
September 26, 2019
When the autumn comes around and leaves are strewn every which way, your garden can be left looking a little messy – cue the trusty leaf blower
But which type should you buy?
There are several features that might affect your decision, so read on and find out which blower is best for you.
Things to Consider before You Buy
• How big is your garden?
• Where will you use it?
• How much weight can you handle?
• Do you want a leaf blower, vacuum, mulcher or a combination?
What is mulching?
If you buy a leaf blower/vacuum with a mulching function it means that it shreds the leaves before they reach the bag. This reduces them in size and makes it easier to collect more leaves in one go before you empty the bag. Have a look at our ‘Combi’ section below for more info.
Types of Leaf Blowers
If you have a small garden, patio or driveway, you might find yourself leaning towards a cordless leaf blower. These have a run time of roughly 15 minutes on a full charge, which gives you plenty of time to clear smaller spaces but they don’t quite have the power for anything larger. They do give you freedom of movement, however, thanks to the lack of cords, so you can move around your garden or patio freely without any cords getting in your way.
Electric leaf blowers are ideal for clearing larger spaces as they have a constant source of power. They’re usually lightweight for easy carrying, so you can manoeuvre around your garden without difficulty. They also emit much less noise than petrol leaf blowers, so they’re great if you live in a residential area and want to keep noise to a minimum.
The most powerful and heavy-duty option, petrol leaf blowers are perfect for large gardens and commercial properties. Because they’re powerful, they’re usually heavier and noisier than others, so make sure you have ear defenders if you opt for one of these.
Quite possibly the most convenient of the leaf blowers, combis enable you to get all your jobs done in one go. They come as either 2-in-1 or 3-in-1 models, with blowing, vacuuming and mulching modes. This means that not only can you blow your leaves into a tidy pile, but you can also vacuum them up and save space in the collection bag by mulching them.
Mulching, or shredding, reduces the size of the leaves, which means you can keep going for longer without having to empty the bag as frequently. The higher the mulch ratio (usually shown as '10:1' or '3:1', for example), the more the leaves will be shredded, which means you can collect more in one go. The leaves will also break down more quickly this way, so it’s great if you’ll be throwing them on the compost pile when you’re done.
Other Features to Look out For
Tackling large areas can be tiring work. Blowers with straps help you get the job done comfortably and carry on for longer.
Some blowers even come with handy wheels for easy manoeuvrability.
If it comes with a bag then bigger is best, so you don’t have to stop in the middle of your task to empty it. Detachable parts – If it has a detachable blower tube it’ll be more compact in storage, allowing you to save space in your home or shed.
The faster the airflow speed, the more powerful the result. Many leaf blowers come with variable speeds so you can choose which suits you best.