Leaf Blowers are machines that produce a flow of air with a well-determined blower speed in order to remove dead leaves, debris and all kinds of plant waste. There are different types of Leaf Blowers you will find on the market. The main types are electric wire, battery-powered and thermal machines. These machines are available in a variety of styles, from portable units to backpack units as well as wheeled models for cleaning heavy debris. The type of blower you choose depends on your land, the size of your garden and your budget. The purpose of this article is to introduce you to the two main categories of Leaf Blowers, namely thermal and electric Leaf Blowers.
Category 1: Electric Leaf Blowers
Electric Leaf Blowers are characterized by an electric motor that must be directly connected to an electric source, therefore they require extension cords to move around or they are equipped with batteries that have a reduced autonomy. There are two styles of electric Leaf Blowers:
Style 1: Corded Electric Leaf Blowers
Models with wire generally weigh 4 kg or less and are designed specifically for one-handed use. They are fairly easy to start, just push a start button, so exhaust emissions are zero. Consider an electric blower if an electrical outlet will always be within 100 feet of the work area. In general, the price of such Leaf Blowers varies in the range of $30 to $110.
Style 2: Cordless Electric Leaf Blowers
They are light (usually less than 4.5 kg) and easy to handle. This type is more preferable for people who avoid the maintenance requirements of a gasoline-powered model and do not want to be attached to a fuel line. You should know that by going free, you’re going to be sacrificing some power. Rechargeable lithium-ion or nickel-cadmium batteries will run for about an hour, so if the chore takes longer, you’ll need to hit the hammock and relax while your battery rises. This type is more expensive than those with wire and their price varies between $150 and $300.
Category 1: Thermal Leaf Blowers
Thermal Leaf Blowers are characterized by an engine based on a mixture of oil and fuel. They are equipped with very powerful motors compared to the electric Leaf Blowers and there are also two styles:
Style 1: Handheld Thermal Leaf Blowers
This type of blower runs on fuel (usually gasoline). They are very powerful and fast.
You need to pull a pull cord to start the engine, and gasoline engines require periodic tune-ups. And although they are quieter than before, gas models are still quite noisy – the user should always wear hearing protection. Most have two-stroke engines, which require a mixture of fuel and oil. Those with four-stroke engines let you pass this stage, and they are cleaner and more environmentally friendly. Thermal Leaf Blowers range in price from $90 to $220.
Style 2: Back Thermal Leaf Blowers
This type of blower generally differs from portable Leaf Blowers in its relatively high power output. Most weigh 7 to 8 kg or more – almost twice as much as portable thermal Leaf Blowers. But your back and shoulders, rather than your arms, support the weight. Like the portable models, they are a little louder than the electric blower. They can’t suck or shred. And they cost more than portable fans, however, their price ranges from $160 to $480.
Common Style: Wheeled Leaf Blowers
This is a third common style between electric and thermal Leaf Blowers. You may never have seen one of these wheeled Leaf Blowers. These are considered the ultimate tool to use when you want to make your sheet blow quickly. People see this walking leaf blower as an alternative to backpack Leaf Blowers.
Need a lot of punch to quickly erase an important area? A wheeled blower could do the job for large construction sites. But this type has some drawbacks: they cannot vacuum or shred and require about 8 feet of storage space. They are bulky, at 100 pounds or more, and more difficult to maneuver and push, especially uphill. They are generally noisy and expensive, although some models are surprisingly quiet and have to comply with the strictest noise limits. Large four-stroke engines require no mixing of fuel and oil.