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Leaf Blower Types: Cordless, Electric, Gas & More

What types of leaf blowers are there? We explain. Learn about cordless, electric, gas, and other leaf blowers and how to choose what's best for you.

Leaf Blowers: Are Cordless, Electric, or Gas Blowers Best?

If you’re buying a leaf blower for the first time, you may be a little confused at the sheer variety of leaf blowers for sale. After all, how complicated should it be to buy something that just blows leaves out of your front lawn? Fortunately, we have a quick guide to help you not only to discern between the different leaf blower types but to help you find the best choice for your home.

Should you choose a corded or Cordless leaf blower?

Corded: These are typically electric blowers that are hooked up to a power outlet. The upside? You won’t run out of power. The downside, of course, is the limited range of motion. If you have a small yard, you can compensate for this by having a good extension cord, but in a larger space, the corded leaf blower is not the best option

Cordless: The cordless leaf blowers come in two types — electric and gas. The electric blower typically runs on a battery and will need to be recharged between uses. The gas blower, on the other hand, runs on gasoline and will need to be refilled.

What to know about Electric Leaf Blowers

Light-Duty: If you’re thinking of the “just a normal leaf blower” you’re probably thinking of electric, light-duty blower as these is the most commonly seen leaf blowers in residential areas. While not the most powerful, these types of leaf blowers are quiet and are typically enough to handle most leafy messes in your property. These types of leaf blower types also tend to come with at a great price point. The downside is the lack of power to move heavy debris such as twigs or even wet, clumped leaves.

Heavy-Duty: If you need a little bit more power than your “standard” leaf blower type, the heavy-duty electric blower may be for you. This type of leaf blower type is still decently priced but packs much more of a punch against those harder to move items and speeds up yard work by giving you extra power. The heavy-duty electric leaf blower types are also preferable over the light-duty when you are dealing with a larger outdoor space.

While the heavy-duty leaf blower types do tend to be more expensive than their light-duty counterparts, but if you dislike spending time on yard work, or simply have a tight schedule, the heavy-duty electric leaf blower is a great investment.

what to know about Gas Leaf Blowers

While more powerful than their electric counterparts, the gas blowers have one major trade-off- noise. Gas leaf blower types can achieve more power because they run on fuel instead of electricity, they are also much louder than their electric leaf blower types. In fact, you will probably need to wear some soundproofing such as earplugs or mufflers if you have sensitive ears. You will also need to keep gasoline on hand in order to refuel your gas blower once it runs out of juice — which can be an asset if you have a larger outdoor property because refueling a gas leaf blower is typically faster than recharging a cordless electrical blower.

Gas blowers come in two major types; the two-cycle and the four-cycle. The two-cycle is the more cost-friendly of the two and can deliver a good amount of power for a large yard. The four-cycle is ideal for fast clean up or particularly large clean-up spaces and can deliver plenty of power to make clean-up quick and easy. If you prefer more power and don’t mind paying a bit more, the four-cycle is recommended.

How to choose a Wheel Walk vs. Handheld vs. Backpack Leaf blower

Backpack Blowers: If you’ve ever lived in a city, you may remember the loud and, potentially annoying leaf blowers used by city employees during street-cleaning days. Those are pretty much your backpack blowers. While these are very efficient, they do produce a lot of noise and can get heavy over time. On the other hand, if you want a powerful leaf blower that will give you a good workout and don’t mind using a bit of headgear to protect your eardrums, the backpack blowers are ideal.

Handheld Blowers: These tend to be smaller and lighter than the backpack blowers, but you may also sacrifice a little bit of power for ease of use. Remember, the gas blowers are typically more powerful, so if you are looking for something simple, but powerful, the handheld gas leaf blower types are your best bet.

Wheeled Blowers: These look sort of like lawnmowers where you’ll walk behind the leaf blower and cart it along to the desired location. While the major convenience and lack of back strain make these appealing, they also tend to run a little more than your standard backpack or hand-held option. The wheeled blowers come in a variety of powers, so you may still be able to get a lower-priced blower that will work well for a smaller yard.

There are plenty of options when it comes to leaf blower types, but when you consider your budget, outdoor yard space and other conveniences, the choice isn’t as daunting. Remember that your leaf blower is something that will be used for years so you’ll want to consider your desired clean-up routine as a guiding factor.

Resources— Safety.comConsumer ReportsHome Advisor

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