Leaf blowers are very a versatile tool to have in your toolbox of gardening supplies arsenal. They are often used for many things by many different people; from being used as snow blowers to cleaning your gutters, blowing dust and debris out of the garage and of course, rounding up and eliminating all those fall leaves.
What type of leaf blower should you buy?
Determining the size of your yard is important to determine how much power you need. The good news here is there are many different types of leaf vacuums and blowers for all budgets. Electric handheld blowers can range in price from $40 to $100. Gas powered blowers range anywhere from $90 to $200. There are larger commercial backpack blowers that that can range anywhere from $200 to $550. Last of all, there are the cordless battery powered blowers from $60 to $150 depending on the brand and battery size/type.
Ultimately there are numerous choices for leaf vacuums and blowers no matter what size yard you have. If you have a very large yard you probably are going to want a gas powered leaf blower, even though electric blowers are cheaper and generally less maintenance, you will have to run a lot of extension cords to be able to totally cover the area. You could get a battery powered leaf blower but depending on the battery life it could take 1-3 sessions to blow your entire yard if it’s very large.
Gas Powered Leaf Blowers
These are the most expensive and may require more maintenance than the others but are very useful if you have a very large yard due to the freedom of being able to use it wherever you can carry it and being able to refill it and keep going. But if you aren’t mechanically inclined it can be quite a job to handle the routine maintain these require, and having to deal with the gas exhaust is unappealing for some people.
Electric Leaf Blowers
These are great due to how light some of them are and the Toro leaf blower specifically is very handy for a smaller yard, for larger yards there can be problems with having to be attached to an extension cord the entire time you are using it. But these are the lightest, quietest, and require less maintenance than the larger gas powered blowers.
Cordless Battery Powered Leaf Blowers
This type of leaf blower is becoming more popular as time goes on and battery technology becomes better and allow the batters to require less charging time and lasting longer, reading reviews on battery powered cordless blowers is very important because the battery life varies a lot in the various models remember that Lithium batteries can sometimes have twice the capacity of NiCad batteries.
So no matter what type of yard you have, big or small there is a leaf blower that is right for you!