Do you want to save time?
Using a garden leaf blower to collect leaves is more time and effort efficient than using a garden rake or other similar equipment. The idea behind a typical leaf blower is very simple. The high-speed blower is surrounded by a cover. Ducts are attached to the sides of the blower, directing the airflow (up to about 200 miles per hour on some machines) in the direction you want it to go.
What to consider.
First, you need to consider the size of the yard and the exposure of the foliage. Do you have a large yard? If you just have a small garden with no trees or shrubs, you don’t need a leaf blower, but if you have a large garden and want it to look beautiful at all times, a leaf blower is a wise investment and a great time-saver for you. You have to consider these factors when.
Garden leaf blowers come in all shapes and sizes depending on the purpose.
Leaf blowers can be compact and can be held in one hand, or they can be powerful professional leaf blowers that can be mounted on your back hip. Consider using a belt, especially if you have back or neck problems, as a belt can put a lot of pressure on your shoulders and hands.
You should also consider the blowing speed and airflow of each model, as faster blowing will shorten the blowing time. Most garden leaf blowers have a capacity of 350 to 600 cubic feet per minute (CFM).
Ergonomic handles and shoulder straps also help reduce vibration, which increases efficiency and reduces stress on your hands, arms, and shoulders.
Manual leaf blowers generally fall into two categories: those that collect leaves and those that don’t. With a leaf blower, you can do more than just move leaves. You can also use it to dispose of trash and grass clippings, trim hedges, and collect empty cans.
The garden leaf blower you choose should have an effective system to minimize vibration in the parts of the machine that you or the user will come in contact with.
You also need to be aware of the weight of each type of garden leaf blower, as some can weigh up to 25 pounds or 12 kilograms, and you’ll need to do a lot of leaf blowing to use a 25-pound model!
Also, consider a model that allows you to suck all the leaves into a bag instead of planting them all. This is another great way to save time when dealing with leaves. Some leaf blowers/dryers have an additional cover feature. Mowed lawn waste can be placed in a composting plant or trash bag. Most of these machines can easily be switched from blowing to aspirating operation.
Choosing an electric or gas machine couldn’t be easier! Gas blowers are stronger, but electric blowers are quieter. If you choose a gasoline model, the engine should be stronger and easier to start. Do you live in a downtown area where the quiet is more pleasing to the eye? Or is your backyard so big and tree-lined that a powerful engine is the only realistic option?
Choose a feature-rich model within your price range. You can expect to pay between $100 and $500 for a decent garden leaf blower, depending on the specs you choose.