With the leaf vacuum, you no longer need to sweep your patio or driveways or rake your lawn to remove dead leaves in the fall.
In just a few minutes, depending on the model you buy, it allows you to group your leaves in a pile, to vacuum up your plant detritus and/or to crush it to make compost.
But you still have to choose it carefully! There is indeed a whole range of different types. You don’t know how to pick yours? Here are all the criteria to take into account to make the best choice!
The different types
You will have the choice between:
- The blower
This is the basic tool. It simply allows you to group your rubbish into piles that you will then have to pick up.
- Leaf vacuum blower and blower
To avoid the drudgery of picking up leaves, the extra vacuum function saves you time and effort. Leaves and other detritus are sucked into a bag that you will then have to empty.
- Blower, vacuum blower and grinder
When the number of leafs is important, this type of tool is interesting because in addition to grouping and vacuuming them, it will shred them. Depending on the model, the shredder function allows their volume to be reduced up to 16 times. You can use it for compost.
Electric, thermal or battery operated?
This choice is most often made according to the surface area to be cleaned but also according to the configuration of your land, the power you want and of course your budget:
- Electric foil vacuum blower
It is the model most chosen by individuals. It is recommended for surfaces up to 2000 m². It is often lighter and therefore more comfortable to use. It is also quieter than a thermal leaf vacuum blower but you will depend on an electrical outlet to plug it in.
- The battery-operated leaf vacuum blower
For small areas or for picking up small amounts of plant debris, the battery powered leaf vac is perfect. It is easy to handle, quiet and light but lacks power if the leaves are wet and stuck to the ground for example. Their autonomy means that you are limited and will not be able to work for more than 30 or 40 minutes.
- Thermal leaf vacuum blower
This type of leaf vacuums is especially recommended for large areas. They are more powerful, offer a great freedom of movement but they are quite noisy and not very ecological since they run on petrol. For your information, a 4-stroke engine is less polluting than a 2-stroke engine.
Which power to choose?
That’s a question I get asked a lot. The power of an electric leaf vacuum blower is often between 2500 and 3000 watts. Your choice depends on the surface of your land and whether you want to get rid of wet and sticky leaves for example, as they require power.
For thermal tools, it is expressed in cm3 and is usually between 25 and 50 cm3.
Remember to look at the power in blower mode but also in suction mode! The higher the power, the easier it is to peel off the leaves and then suck them up quickly.
Other criteria to be taken into account
Here are some other criteria to consider before buying a leaf vacuum blower:
- A power variator: it’s the best way to adapt the power to your needs!
- Its handling: think about its weight of course but also whether its handles are ergonomic or whether it comes with a shoulder strap for optimal comfort.
- Its ease of use
- Its price
- Sound level
- Capacity of the collection bag
- If it’s easy to maintain
Taking these criteria into account according to your needs, finding your leaf vacuum blower will be child’s play!
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