Leaf Blower Buying Guide

A good multi-function leaf blower can save you time and effort, and also create healthy mulch for your lawn and garden. This leaf blower buying guide outlines the various types and features.

Leaf Blowers 101

Fall yard duty is a cinch when you've got a versatile leaf blower hanging in the garage. Clearing your lawn of leaves is fast and easy, and you can use a simple vacuum attachment to gather them up quickly for disposal. You can also use your leaf blower to mulch your lawn debris, or to sweep light amounts of snow off of your walkways and driveway. By considering the size of your outdoor cleaning jobs, and keeping in mind any neighbourhood noise restrictions, you can easily find a leaf blower well suited to your household's needs. 

Types of Leaf Blowers


Electric Leaf Blowers

If you’re planning to use your leaf blower in a residential neighbourhood, then an electric leaf blower might be the perfect option for you. They don’t make as much noise as gas leaf blowers, and their power output is well suited to residential yards. Rechargeable, cordless leaf blowers are a good option if you only need to clear a small area. Leaf blowers with power cords are best for big yards and big jobs. 

Gas Leaf Blowers

A gas leaf blower is the quickest way to clear your lawn of leaves and other debris. They're the most powerful type of leaf blower, easily able to handle grass clippings in summer and leaves in fall. You won’t need to worry about the weight of the fuel tank since most gas leaf blowers come with a backpack to carry the fuel tank. These leaf blowers also offer better mobility since they're not tethered to a power source.

Backpack Leaf Blowers

A backpack leaf blower will speed up any yard cleaning job. Compared to push leaf blowers, they're more mobile, allowing the operator to move quickly and easily to get at hard-to-reach spots. Backpack leaf blowers also relieve you of the need to carry your leaf blower by the handle. Even small units will grow heavy over prolonged periods of time. With your backpack leaf blower slung over your shoulders and firmly secured, you can easily aim the blower with one hand, leaving your other hand free to pick up larger pieces of lawn debris.

Push Leaf Blowers

A push leaf blower makes heavy-duty yard cleanup a whole lot easier. They’re generally bigger and more powerful than other types of leaf blowers. Most can be adjusted to push debris in different directions, so you can use them with greater precision and in a wider range of settings. Push leaf blowers are especially helpful when you have a very large space to clear as you don't have to exert yourself by carrying it on your back or by the handle. 

Leaf Blower Safety Tips:

• Never point your leaf blower at people or animals
• Keep your leaf blower out of reach of children
• Do not use leaf blowers indoors or in areas without proper ventilation
• Wear safety goggles when operating a leaf blower
• When operating a leaf blower, make sure to wear hearing protection such as ear plugs or ear muffs
• It's a good idea to wear a dust mask when operating a leaf blower
• If you’re operating your leaf blower in a residential area, be aware of the noise it creates and do not use it early in the morning or late in the evening

Leaf Blower Features

Vacuum +

Some leaf blowers have a vacuum feature. After you’ve directed leaves and other lawn debris into one spot, the vacuum allows you to suck up everything in the pile. Most leaf blower vacuums can easily manage mulch, leaves and small pieces of natural debris. This saves you the time and hassle of gathering it up by hand.

Mulcher / Shredder +

If you have a garden, consider a leaf blower with a mulching function, which shreds leaves and grass into small pieces for layering on top of soil (or your lawn). Mulch has many benefits including reduced weed growth and water evaporation, and improved soil fertility.

Blowing Strength +

There are three ways to measure the blowing strength of a leaf blower. The most important is CFM (cubic feet per minute), which measures the volume of air pushed through the end of the nozzle. The second is MPH, which indicates the speed at which air exits the end of the nozzle. However, a smaller nozzle can increase the MPH but not necessarily the blowing capacity. Finally, the CC number tells you the engine size in cubic centimeters. In general, the larger the engine size, the more powerful (and heavier) the blower.

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Leaf Blower Maintenance Tips:

• Always clean or replace the air filter before using your leaf blower
• Properly tighten all nuts and screws before each use
• Clean the exterior of the leaf blower regularly
• Check the fan blades on the flywheel on a monthly basis
• Check the spark plug on your gas leaf blower on a monthly basis and replace it when necessary
This article is intended as general information. Always be sure to read and follow the label(s)/instruction(s) that accompany your product(s). Walmart will not be responsible for any injury or damage caused by this activity.



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